A Simple Affordable Home Done Right

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This unassuming single storey home in North Manly was a favourite of ours when it was completed nearly 3 years ago in August 2012 and it remains that way today. It continues to show us that clean, effective design has … … read more

DSC_0030This unassuming single storey home in North Manly was a favourite of ours when it was completed nearly 3 years ago in August 2012 and it remains that way today. It continues to show us that clean, effective design has a such a positive impact on the lives of our clients.

The owners of this property came to us after going some way down the building path with a larger building company. After a long period of disappointments and extra costs (even before starting site works) with that builder, understandably the owners were looking for other options. We happened to be building in a nearby street at the time and they had been admiring the look of that home together with the steady progress on site. So they looked through our website to find out who we were and what type of homes we built. Unfortunately they came to the conclusion that Peninsula Homes being a one off, custom home builder that we would be more expensive then they could afford. After all they only wanted a simple single story home!

Time went by and these owners continued to have issues with their builder through the preliminary stages before starting site works. Meanwhile we had completed our home in the nearby street and those owners had moved in. I don’t know what exactly it was, but one day these owners decided to knock on the door of our finished house and speak to our clients and find out what their experience had been with us.

After enjoying a cup of tea together and a good chat about the build, they were convinced to call us and give it a try.

  • A short 3 months after this 1st phone call we had finalised a one off home design featuring:
  • Vast sloping ceilings to the main living areas,
  • North facing highlight windows to fill the living space with warm natural light
  • Bifold doors opening onto a covered rear deck
  • Large eaves that shade from the summer sun and also keep the rear deck area dry in even the most driving rain.
  • Laminated glass windows to block out the traffic noise
  • All catered for within the original budget brief.

The build progressed steadily over the next 6 months with the clients being involved in the process the entire way.
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Since that time I have had the pleasure of bumping into these owners a few times, it is certainly wonderful to hear them talk with such affection for the home that we were able to create for them. One particular comment that sticks in my mind is that they love being at home so much they are now planning to retire from work earlier then previously expected.

It’s a fantastic part of our business, that we are able to be involved in helping people realise their dream of a new home. Then add to that the fact that many of our clients actually under estimate just how much of an impact living in a custom designed and one off built home would have on their day to day lives. To exceed peoples expectations and then to witness them enjoying the homes we create is truly special.

The benefits of choosing a design and build company over a separate architect and separate builder

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Before choosing who or what process to use when designing your new home, you must first consider which elements are more important or critical to you. This goes deeper than just deciding what you would like, but is more a … … read more

External Finish on Northern Beaches Home - Curl CurlBefore choosing who or what process to use when designing your new home, you must first consider which elements are more important or critical to you. This goes deeper than just deciding what you would like, but is more a case of listing your priorities.

This could read something like:

– Maximise the lands potential views
– Accommodate a growing family
– Set budget
– Energy efficiency
– Low ongoing maintenance

 

 

This list could also have individual requirements like: future in-law accommodation, a sound- proofed music room or as simple as space for a garden.

Once you have given this list proper consideration, it will be clear to you just how many various aspects there are in a design and build project. Taking responsibility for the control of each aspect is what Peninsula Homes does. We bring together all the required professionals to ensure your list of priorities are not only met, but your expectations are exceeded.

How is this achieved?

We care – the responsibility that our clients place in us is not something we take lightly. That is why we give so much of ourselves to each home. Each and every home we design has a life of its own, so we nurture each one with great care in every detail. This goes beyond the items you can see and starts with the foundations, structure, use of appropriate materials and then follows through to practical kitchen designs, fabulous tile selections and inspired colour palettes.

We listen – from the first meeting, you have our attention. This is your home and part of our responsibility is to listen when you speak. This goes beyond simply following your formal instruction, but gaining a complete understanding of how you would like your home to function, how you plan to use your home and how you most like to live. Quite often it is the little, seemingly unimportant comments that our clients make, that once incorporated into the home, can provide that more lasting liveability aspects and ongoing satisfaction. It takes time to hear these things and this is most likely to happen when a single group of people take responsibility for the entire project.

We own it – How often have you been told something by a sales person only to find out later that it wasn’t quite right? Then, the person you are now dealing with says that they didn’t say that, so how can it be their fault? This simply does not happen when you deal with the same person from start to finish. Nobody is completely perfect, but we are the next best thing. We own what we say and do. If something is discussed in our first meeting, then that is what we keep to.

Each method (architect, project, owner builder) of designing and building a home has its place. A single design and build company, such as Peninsula Homes, can offer the individual design, kept to a predetermined budget, while managing every individual aspect of the project. What could be simpler?

Do you have a question about the design and build process? Let us know in the comments section below.