Friday, October 31, 2008
Lots of rock!!!
I can picture something like this on the house (or even in the house like in this last picture), but I'm still not too sure about the Indiana copper.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Tom and I are still not 100% sure about this, it's very hard to visualise and is a bit bolder than I am used to being!!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
- we need to start to organise finance
- keep clearing the blocks so we can sell them
- speak to the conveyancer about selling the blocks
- And I'm too tired to think anymore..........
Saturday, August 2, 2008
On the subdivision side of things, we have submitted the plans for the driveway and services to council...on May 9...but as fate would have it, the senior engineer is on long service leave and the remaining engineers are all flat out, as are the people in hydraulics apparently. We received an email from our engineer (RC) the other day, simply stating.."It may take forever"
Today we received another email from RC. Council now have new standards, which we have to meet, but they have only now informed RC of these requirements. He was not happy to say the least and let them know this, politely, but firmly!
Oh well, what can you do?
RC has suggested we start to look at tenders for the driveway and services now, before council have given their final approval, to help speed things up. Sounds good to me.
Council have everything they require from us now and so it is a matter of them doing their thing now. Part of their thing was to send us the bill for the 'Public open space' levy, which they did yesterday. Over $9000!!! But it was less than we had budgeted, so that's good.
Now we have to read through the 26 pages of the part 5 agreement, should make good bedtime reading.
On the house side of things, we hope council have everything they want. RM (the planner) said he would check for us, and as we haven't heard anything to the contrary, that's got to be good...hasn't it??
We submitted the house plans to council 23rd June, so they are just a little bit over their 6 week limit...NOT. They are using the excuse that it's because the title for our new block has not yet been issued, it complicates things. I suppose we should be grateful that they are letting us submit the DA for the house now and not making us wait until titles are issued, but their communication still leaves a lot to be desired!!
The detail drawings for the house are coming along, MC says a couple more weeks work there. And he's looking at builders to quote the house for us. He has also sent the drawings along to someone (AM) to do an energy audit. After a quick look at it, he said it scored 45 points on his assessment program. Apparently, 5 stars is 15 points??? So that sounds really good. We will know more in a week or so! And then we can meet with AM to discuss any additional heating requirements etc.
Well that's about all for now
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
About 2 years ago we went on a sustainable homes tour of houses in and around Hobart. One designer caught our eye and from talking to the owners of the 2 houses of his we looked at, we decided to talk to MC (who has won awards for environmental design) about our project.
Jump forward again to March 2008 and we have a house design!! Yay!!
The brief was to have a 5 bedroom home, lots of glass to let in the light and warmth, rumpus room downstairs (very important), kitchen, dining room and family room on the eastern side of the house to catch the early morning light, separate lounge that can be closed off (so we can keep at least one room clean for when we have unexpected visitors), kitchenette in rumpus for kids parties, computer nook in a public space so we can keep an eye on the kids and all this in a house under 30 squares because we don't want to build a McMansion!!, nor could we justify the cost of building anything bigger.
Of course we went into more detail than this with MC and what he came up with is almost perfect. Now, I say almost because of course you never get everything you want, it's all about compromise. But we are happy and here's hoping council is happy too!
Plans should be with council in about a month, or when our planner gets back from his 6 weeks holiday!! Lucky for some!
We've subdivided off three additional blocks, leaving ourselves the balance (about 3.7 hectares) on which to build our "dream home".
Looking towards Lot 1 from the road
And towards the building envelope of Lot 3
View across the valley from near Lots 2 and 3.
And don't forget those views of the mountain from our first post!!
Still a lot to do though before we get titles.
- Final plan of survey - completed
- Blocks and building envelopes pegged out - done
- Geotechnical report - done
- Visual impact report - done
- Bushfire hazard management plan - needs to be updated
- Vegetation management plan - have seen draft
- Forest practices plan - don't need one (hopefully)
- Engineer's drawings for driveway and services - pending!!! must send him an email to get a progress report!
Soooo.... if you want a lovely block of land in Hobart, sized to suit all needs, north facing, with great views of the mountain and only 4 km from the city centre.....watch this space!!
Hopefully taking advantage of this existing cut and fill site will save us some money in the long run.
The planner a HCC also thought it would be looked on favourably from a bush fire hazard reduction point of view!!
We just have to get rid of the prefabbed concrete things that my father-in-law thought would come in handy one day. Guess what? They never did!
We love the aspect. It means that with a bit of thought going into the design, we can have a wonderfully comfortable house that is also environmentally friendly (if we don't think too hard about how much energy has gone into its construction).
And private...even though we will have neighbours near by, the slope means that we will still have uninterupted views.
Tom spent his youth exploring this bushland and hopefully our kids will do the same. We plan to replace the trees that we remove with new trees grown from seed collected on the block and maybe put some tracks or informal paths over it.
One spot I've got plans for...
Not sure what yet. A fernery if it wasn't so dry??
Something with a water feature may be???
Or just somewhere quiet to sit, drink 'tea' and watch the sunset over the mountain.
So much we could do, sometimes it seems a bit over whelming but exciting at the same time.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Leading roles - Tom and Michelle
Minor roles - AA aged 11
more to come later
Story to Date
About 3 years ago, we decided to start looking at building the house we had talked about for soooo long. With 4 kids now, we had well and truly out grown our 3 bedroom, 120m2 house.
We had our block - 4.34 hectares of partially cleared bushland situated below Mt Wellington, 4 km from the centre of Hobart (Tasmania), in an area sometimes referred to as "showers about the mountain".
To cut a very long story short, we decided to subdivide some of the land and sell it in order to fund the construction of the driveway and the house.
Not quite as easy as we thought it was going to be!!
But the views will be worth it!