Our house building adventure has begun. Yesterday earth works started and with the convenient location of our new block, E and I were able to watch between naps.
We’ve lived in our rental here for almost three years and for the whole time the block behind ours has been for sale.
535m2 of battleaxe back block, with only a peach tree, for sale for waaay more than what we thought it was worth.
Conveniently, this friend also happens to be a draftsman, and one who recently owner built his own home. We started to talk about what we could fit on there and what we could afford.
We decided to owner build. This means that we will manage the building schedule and take on all the responsibility and liability that would normally fall on the general contractor. As I’m at home with E, and we’re so close, I can manage the trades and deliveries.
Owner building comes with some intense reactions, people freak out, tell us that it’s going to cost 20% more than we’re planning, seem to think we’re going into it with no idea. But we’re so lucky to have our friend the draftsman, who’s been amazing and supporting us every step of the way. And my parents owner built their own home only 12 months ago in the same area, so they have some great contacts and wonderful tips.
- Apply for an owner-builder permit. (We need this to apply for our building permit)
- Get plans designed.
- Earth works to level the block.
- Retaining wall will be built this coming weekend.
- Wait for first permit and apply for building permit..