(Closed) Building instead of buying a house….

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Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

We are currently building! Biggest Advice is make decisions as soon as possible and then don’t look back!  Good luck!

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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BohemianGirl:  but not when they leave the bathroom with the toilet and enter the bathroom with the sink right? Eh Never mind maybe it’s just a paranoid-US mindset or my own paranoid mind ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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BohemianGirl:  Ok, this is a totally new concept to me, so I’m curious.  (I’m in Canada).  Guest bathrooms never have a toilet?  Or they have a separate room for just the toilet, within the bathroom itself?  

Like, if your guests go to the stand alone toilet, then they have to unlock the door, walk down the hall and wash their hands in the other bathroom?  

It’s just very different from here, so I’m curious. Aside from that the place looks awesome.  Is there a possible door for the lounge?  A sliding pocket door, perhaps?  Then it could be used as a 4th bedroom, if needed.  Or if the doors are left in the pockets, it’s still a lounge. 

Post # 22
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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sostobe:  Always the room with the sink (it might be the laundry or bathroom) is next door to the toilet. (In some houses, there is a small sink in the toilet room). Either way there are going to be dirty hands flushing the toilet and touching the tap, so (to me) also touching the toilet door handle is no big deal.

The advantage of the Australian way is that you don’t have toothbrushes in the same room as the toilet (except when you have an ensuite). Also you can use the toilet while someone else is in the shower or bath, or cleaning their teeth. Historically this is important because 30 years ago when I was young, most houses only had one bathroom.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

My first thought was that this was a very strange floorplan (bathroom, tiny kitchen, hallways, etc)- but you live in Australia, so culturally, it’s just different! So, I won’t comment on the design of the house itself.

We built our first home as well! For us, it was very helpful to walk through the house during various stages of construction. We got to see how it all fit together, meet the people building it, and ensure that everything was up to standard and the building code. That said, they built 90 percent of the house in 3 1/2 months and then dragged their feet on finishing it…until two weeks before closing, when they rushed it all and really did a poor job with some of the finish work. That’s my biggest complaint with the house- doors hung crooked, cabinet doors hung crooked, not enough paint on the walls. They did come back, eventually, and fix most of it, but I had to threaten a lawsuit and it still makes me mad!!

So, I guess, just be aware of that and know your builder (and the subs they use) really well! A lot of stuff my builder just blamed on the subs, and that was total BS, because they still should be running quality control…but the foreman was a chauvinist a–hole who wouldn’t even make eye contact with me because I was a young woman. Phew, this makes me mad to think about! All that said, I love our house, our neighborhood, and the fact that we are in new construction…but be aware of the construction BS factor. I wish I had stood up for myself earlier in the process.

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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aussiemum1248:  Gotcha.  We’ve always kept the toothbrushes in a cabinet, so that wasn’t an issue.  A lot of homes here will have the toilet in it’s own room within the bathroom, for similar reasons, I’ve never seen them separated though.  Neat.  It’s interesting to see what’s different in various parts of the world.  

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BohemianGirl:  I *love* stone feature walls.  We’re building a house right now as well.  Unfortunately our fireplace is flanked by windows on both sides and it’s wired above for the tv (it’s the only space in the room suitable) so we won’t be doing the stone wall.  It took me a moment to get over it!  I’d love to see photos when your place is complete! 

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Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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aussiemum1248:  but then how does one wash their hands if someone is showering in the other bathroom? I strongly suggest putting a small sink in the room with the toilet. 

Post # 27
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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soy:  Usually the laundry is next door (as it is in OP’s house plan) and you use the laundry sink if the bathroom is occupied. I guess it sounds weird to Americans, but we’re used to it ๐Ÿ™‚

But some houses do have a small sink in the toilet room, yes.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Banquet hall

Are you going to be on a busy road? I don’t know that I could get used to having my master bedroom in the front of the house if there was lots of traffic.

Congrats on building your house!

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

We’re probably going to build instead of buy, but we don’t have the money right now (I lost my job). But we did do a bit of research. Double check that the house has eaves on all sides. I saw a forum regarding the builder we were considering using, and one person said they only had eaves on one side! In Australia eaves are very important because of the harsh sun in summer. For the same reason, bedrooms should face south, and living areas north. That will affect the plot of land that you choose, although most builders will allow you to “flip” the design (ie garage and guest bedrooms on the right instead of the left). Avoid plots of land that are very sloped. A slope will increase the costs for the concrete piles and slab. You should also ask about hot water (solar is a great option IMO especially for a new build). 

Regarding the separate toilet debate, it is very common in Australia to have the toilet separate to the main bathroom, but adjacent to another sink area (whether that is the laundry or the main bathroom). The way you have it, I think is fine. My parents recently renovated their main bathroom and separate toilet, and added a small sink to the toilet since it was adjacent to the main bathroom but everything else was far away, so that now people can wash their hands while someone is using the shower. In their case it adds value to their house. Actually, I think the only time I’ve seen the toilet IN the main bathroom here in Aus is in units/apartments…

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Oh, I forgot to add, I agree with the poster before me. When we were looking at house designs, we found that most of them had the master bedroom at the front of the house, which we specifically DIDN’T want, for both privacy and noise issues. Also bear in mind that, as far as I’m aware, when the house is first built, there are no fences!

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