Today we FINALLY signed off on our tender with Wisdom Homes. YAY!! We are building a the Manhattan 43 (Bathroom) with Avanti Facade.
It’s been a long process, we first received our tender back on 15th August, and for the last 6 weeks we’ve been tweaking it, and changing a few things here and there to make sure it’s exactly what we want. We deleted the rear upstairs balcony, as well as the ensuite from one of the front bedrooms, as we didn’t really see the point of either of them. Whilst the rear balcony would have been nice, the position of our block doesn’t really provide us with anything to look at from the back of the house, so the area really would be lost. And the ensuite in one of the kids rooms, whilst nice to have, really wasn’t necessary, and I just didn’t fancy the idea of having 4 toilets to clean for the rest of my life!
And so with all the tweaking, to-ing and fro-ing, last night we finally received the tender with all the elements included that we wanted. And today, after taking a very deep breath, and reassuring each other that we can do this, we took the plunge and signed the acceptance page. And so the process has now officially begun!
I spoke on the phone today to Andrew from the sales office, and he said that from here, Wisdom will now do up the plans, ready for submission to the SCR Design Review board, as well as for Council. The plans should be ready in about 4 weeks or so. During that time, we are also going to have to go and select our colours, as these need to be confirmed also before everything is sent to Council for approval. I’m really looking forward to the colour selection – I don’t think hubby is quite as excited about that part as I am. Must be a girl thing!
Council should take around another 4-6 weeks, so hopefully we will see soil turned on our site this side of Christmas. And the good news is, once all the approvals are received and they can start, it will be a 26 week build time, and Andrew is already suggesting that we will be in by 30th June 2011. I’ve been telling myself that it will be closer to a 12 month build, so to find out today that it’s only 6 months is a lovely surprise! SO EXCITED!!!