Traipsing the Land

November 9, 2011 § 2 Comments

Well, it’s official! We have not only exchanged contracts, we now literally own 2% of the land. Yep, that’s about nine square metres. And it’s all ours. So, what else were we to do on a Sunday morning but take Shannon’s mum out to see our block for the first time.

This is what it looked like the last time we had seen it:

Trucks had been busily cutting up the land and dumping it in great piles both inside the fenced off areas and the soon-to-be-planted-out riparian corridor. Some of the guttering had been put in and Deerubbin Drive had partially been tarred. Binyang Drive was flattened as well. You can also see some concrete storm water drainage points laid around on the land ready to be placed neatly into the guttering.

So! Imagine our surprise when we arrived and found all guttering and storm water draining completed, the earth levelled, mulched and planted with hundreds of native plants as well as driveway entry points already formed into the gutters.

I lead us (my mum in the orange; Shannon’s mum in the coral) out to stand on our land. It’s exciting because with the guttering and driveways in we can actually see where our land will be.

We’re walking towards it here – it’s hard to say what will be where we’re currently standing. It may be an extension of the riparian corridor, or it could be turfed council land that carries a footpath to the Mulgoa Reserve.

And we’re on it! The piles of moved earth have been relocated to the riparian corridor opposite our block and the roads are looking to be laid. We’re fortunate that it is a relatively flat plot – keep those building site costs down!

As mentioned in The Land, we chose this particular block because we are opposite a riparian corridor that will never be built out. It’s a strip of natural bushland that will help the flora and fauna in this region survive. It’ll be peaceful and pretty. Especially now that they have planted it out with new native plants:

Soon we will update you guys on a recent trip to the display homes at The Ponds and some great ideas we’ve got for our future house. Can’t wait to see what’s happened to our block this week!

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    We're a young couple from Sydney currently in the process of building a custom designed two-storey home on a small corner plot of land in Glenmore Ridge. You can read more about us here.
  • Building Timeline


    18 January 2012
    Frames delivered

    18 December 2012
    Slab LAID!

    17 December 2012
    Formwork complete

    14 December 2012
    Mr Waffle delivered

    13 December 2012
    Piers dug and slab half-formed

    11 December 2012
    Land cleared!

    10 December 2012
    Building contract signed

    24 November 2012
    Construction certificate finalised

    5 November 2012
    Back to Local for construction certificate

    24 October 2012
    Letter of determination generated

    12 October 2012
    Plans APPROVED

    9 October 2012
    Plans updated with garage at front (9th)

    20 September 2012
    Plans updated with double garage (8th)

    18 September 2012
    Shan meets with council personally

    14 September 2012
    Plans updated with large back driveway (7th)

    3 September 2012
    Plans are lodged with council

    27 August 2012
    Stockland approves new plans

    21 August 2012
    Plans changed for driveway (6th draft)

    6 August 2012
    Plans go to council on garage issue

    19 July 2012
    Plans resubmitted to Local

    18 July 2012
    Plans changed for setbacks (5th draft)

    27 June 2012
    Plans submitted to Local

    26 June 2012
    Stockland approves.

    18 June 2012
    Plans off to Stockland!

    15 June 2012
    Signed final plans with Zen!

    07 June 2012
    Land settled - we OWN it!

    24 May 2012
    Land registered with Council!

    23 May 2012
    Working drawing plans from Zen

    02 May 2012
    Signed tender with Zen

    21 Mar 2012
    Received updated plans from Zen (4th)

    13 Feb 2012
    Received third plan draft from Zen

    Jan 2012
    Working with new plans

    28 Oct 2011
    Exchanged contracts with Stockland

    14 Oct 2011
    Letter to Council about setbacks

    24 Sep 2011
    Holding deposit put down on lot 1426

    21 Sep 2011
    Preliminary draft plans for house by Zen

    11 Sep 2011
    Put a hold on lots 1401, 1404 & 1426
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