As you may have read on The Land, we have a few difficult splays at the front of our corner block that need to be addressed when choosing a house design. Many ready-designed project-homes will not fit on the block nor will they be easy (or economical) to alter. Sasha, our land sales consultant at Stockland Glenmore Ridge, told us of a local building company that custom design homes at ready-designed project-home prices. He showed us a few designs and we really liked what we saw. And not only that but the list of standard inclusions were almost too good to believe (including caesarstone benchtops to kitchen and laundry and nine foot ceilings on ground levels). So, not long after, and before we exchanged on the block, we called Matt and Andrew at Zen Homes for a consultation.
They were so lovely; laid back and obviously good at what they do. Being young, enthusiastic and still a small building company (they take on around fifty homes a year compared to Masterton or Clarendon Homes‘ 900 homes a year), we were confident that they’d be the guys for us.
We told the guys we wanted four bedrooms (preferably) and an alfresco area. We wanted to set our garage at the back of the house so that we could make the most of the lesser front setback for the house. Our other wishlist items included ensuite bathroom, an island bench in the kitchen and a walk-in robe. Here are the initial plans for our double storey three/four bedroom home.
There are a few changes we would like to make to really take advantage of our land’s position (like a small balcony off the front of the house where we’d like to relocate the master bedroom) and make the place more liveable (a toilet downstairs), but we’re really happy to see that we can build a beautiful home in the tight building envelope we have within our budget.
PLAN UPDATE (NUMBER 9)
Below are the final plans – the ones that council finally signed off on. For us they contravene the various DCP policies we had to contend with (three all together!) but it’s the one they finally agreed on. We’re grateful though because we do think that the ones below are the best plans so far!
Upstairs stayed much the same but the garage moved from the back to the front and the long thin living area became segmented. We love the larger alfresco and back sliding door. Also that the living areas are out of the westerly afternoon sun. Can’t believe this is it!