Best news of the day from my builder:

“Hi Teresa,

Just to quickly let you know, I just spoke with council and they said that the Development Approval for your home is in todayโ€™s mail.

Enjoy the rest of your day.”


-does a weird little dance but I don’t really care that it’s weird!!!-

Finally, first major hurdle over!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


Not too long to go now!

Got an email from the builder this morning saying:

“Hi Teresa,

I hope you had a good weekend. I just thought Iโ€™d send you a quick update. I received the Building Rules Consent for your home this morning, this means that council will receive all the technical documents shortly to complete their final checks and issue the full Development Approval. Council have 5 working days from when they receive the documents to issue the Development Approval (excluding postage back to us).”

Too much jargon going on in there for me to understand but I think it sounds like good news to me! A lot of things are going to happen at the same time now, I guess I should start stocking up on coffee!

Moving on!

“Oh when the saints, go marching in… Oh when the saints go marching in!” Not sure why, but that’s one song that has popped up in my head when I heard back from the workflow administrator yesterday. At 20 minutes to 5pm, with amendments attached, asking if ย I was happy with them for her to send them back to council.

I so wanted the plans to go back into council this week!!! I did the rough calculations a few days ago, and I estimated the house is only going to finish building in April/May 2015 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So at 15 minutes to 5pm yesterday, it’s GO!GO!GO! time! I quicklyprinted up the amendments, scanned through it to make sure that they are all in order. Wrote a reply to say yes please go ahead, and clicked send at 5pm. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh when the saints go marching in~~

CAN’T WAIT for the council to say, “Yes you can build this gorgeous house!!!”

Ok probably just the first word in that entire sentence but I’m sure they think that ๐Ÿ˜›


Anyway, I wonder what the difficulty level of this project is:

Looks absolutely useful for a small room!


Updates on re-drafts from engineers

Ermagarddddd I got the re-draft back from the builder! They have raised the ceiling as requested, and it is not going to cost me a hand and a foot! Phew! They have increased the set down from 860mm to 1200mm, so it’s another step on the stairs. Almost a double storey house isn’t it ๐Ÿ˜›

Only other issue is that they have raised the level of the windows as a result of that, so I got to ask them to lengthen the windows. Who doesn’t want a bigger window? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m really hoping this is the last thing I am going to change before re-submission.

Can’t wait to get them sent straight back into council!

What did the council say?

The council rejected the plan!!! GAHHHH! And just before I left for my 2-week holiday in Singapore too! I felt gutted. I thought I did a pretty good job, reading up on council regulations and adhering to every single line that was relevant. But their answer was no, and I had to have the plans revised. Before I go on, here is a little background to the story:

The house is going to be built on sloping land, which meant that cut-and-fill and retaining walls are going to be necessary. The retaining wall was going to come up to almost 2m in height where it abuts the Council’s reserve, and they did not like that. Their suggestion was to make it a split level so that the height of the retaining wall can be reduced.

I spoke to the builder, and they said that it is probably the only way to go, and I was absolutely panicking because I knew that would mean more added costs. And I could almost hear all the “I told you so”s from people who have warned me about the difficulties of trying to build a home. I was desperate to get it happening, being tight for time and all, so I said yesย to getting the plan re-drafted by the engineers for a split-level design, and I hoped for the best.