Purchasing land and signing up to build the London 24 with Porter Davis
It’s been quite a journey to get here, but Porter Davis say they’re going to start construction on our home on Monday 20 June 2016. So I thought no better time to start a record of the process so we can look back on the entire process in future years!!
We’ve been planning this home since January 2015, so around 18 months. After visiting countless display homes, we put a deposit down on a block of land in Woodlea, a new estate in Melbourne’s west, back in May 2015. We were lucky enough to secure a block in stage 4 and couldn’t wait to start building our dream home there.
We initially signed up with Metricon to build the Mericks 37 in June 2015, but fell out of love with that home when dealing with Metricon became too difficult and overwhelming. During the long and arduous process of finalising small changes and selections for our home, which took over five months, we realised we didn’t want to live in a double-story home after all, and pulled out of the Metricon build. I am sure the fact it was more than five months since we paid our initial deposit and we still didn’t have finalised plans for our home, definitely took the shine off the Merricks 37 in our eyes, which is a beautiful home – if you want a McMansion.
But we also had a bit of a revelation during that five-month period. With only one child and both my husband and I being far from home-bodies and loving to get out and about on the weekends, we realised that a 37 square, double-story McMansion would actually cramp our style! I definitely didn’t want a tiny-house, but I didn’t want to spend my weekends cleaning rooms that we hardly ever used. I also like the fact that in our current 20 square house, you can always hear, and usually see, what everyone else is up to. It encourages a special closeness and communication (and it’s easier to keep an eye on what the kids are up to!). A home more suited to the three-person family that we are would also be more energy efficient and sustainable, and allow us to spend money on blinging it out with special fittings and features that would make our life more comfortable, rather than paying for additional square footage that we didn’t need.
So in December, it was back to the drawing board again, looking for a smaller, more cosy, single-story home that would foot on a 14mx28m block – not an easy feat, as most new home plans still seem to be designed for deeper blocks.
It wasn’t long before we stumbled onto the Porter Davis London 24, and after viewing the display in Armstrong in Geelong, we decided this was definitely the house for us. The London ticked nearly all of our boxes and having previously built a home with Porter Davis, we were confident that the build process would be smooth and that we would end up with a great quality home. Without any hesitation, we happily signed up to build with Porter Davis in January 2015.