Preliminary contract meeting – our house is flipped

3 02 2012

This week we received our preliminary contract and had our preliminary contract meeting with our Sales Consultant, Melissa at the  Metricon Head Office.  After many emails and phone calls, it was also nice to finally meet face to face with our Customer Sales Coordinator, Karen.

Since we received the first version of the preliminary contract plans back on the 16th Jan, there has been a few changes.  The most significant change has been that our floor plan has been flipped so the garage is now on the left hand side (south side) of the property.  This of course has meant that we had to apply to council to get the driveway crossover to be relocated to the south side of the property.  To the council’s credit they turned this request around very quickly and pre-approved the changeover in under 2 days!! Metricon can now proceed with the plans flipped.  Great work.

The reasons for flipping the house include:

  • A better design outcome for the proposed building design:- Locating the garage to the south will allow for appropriate positioning of north facing living areas.  In particular, the outdoor alfresco will have a northern aspect. It will also allow for potential building regulations to be easily met with appropriate building design.  However, we will still need to apply for Report and Consent for 3 regulations.
  • Visual surveillance along the driveway when reversing the car from the garage:- The current crossover location does not allow for comfortable visual surveillance for traffic approaching from the north end of street due to a sharp bend in the road. Relocation will allow for safer existing.
  • Widening of the crossover: – The current crossover is very narrow in width and when we relocate we will seek a wider crossover that meets Council specifications for the relocated crossover for easier entry and exiting.

At the preliminary contract meeting, we made a number of variations (adding, removing and correcting items).  We plan to review the contract further at home over the next few days before signing and see if there is any more opportunity to cut some costs.  It was very exciting to get to this stage.

I am currently creating a floor plan using Microsoft Visio based on our latest plans provided by Metricon and will post it as soon as I finish it.

Both Melissa and Karen have been very helpful in answering our questions and following up on a number of items promptly over the past few weeks and getting us to where we are.  Thanks guys!

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12 03 2015
Jacqueline

Hi, Chris,
I’ve recently found your blog and got lots of useful information here. I will have Bordaux 45 and will be signing our building contract in few weeks time.
I have changed our floor plan just like yours to flip the garage on the left hand side (south side) of the property. Do you apply to council to get the driveway crossover to be relocated to the south side of the property or Metricon will apply on owner’s behave. How to get pre-approved the changeover from coucil? Do you have to lodge in the application?

13 03 2015
ournolanhome

Hi Jacqueline,

Glad you found the blog useful!

In regards to the driveway cross-over change, we applied to the council ourselves. It wasn’t too hard – it was just filling in a 2-3 page form and paying a fee (I think it was about $150). Once the council approves it, they only give you about 30 days to do it. You might want to check with your council about how long to put it in once they approve it.

We had to move a garden tap as it was sitting in where the new drive was to go – so we have to organised that to be moved too.

Hope this helps.

Chris

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