The House

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.



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!

  • About Us

    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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