Whether you’re renovating or building from scratch, no doubt you have a vision of the end product. Find out how these locals brought their dream homes to life.
Paul and Jo
Paul and Jo Amante have always had a keen interest in property. Having built a new home before, they would spend any free time looking through display homes and seeing what land was available. Their adventure continued, until they found an elevated block in Mount Louisa around the corner from their current home.
Together, Paul and Jo spent the following five years collecting designs and ideas they had seen and liked and began to draft a plan. The couple had great fun making continual changes to room layouts, challenging traditional building design and seeing what they could come up with. The concept plan was a lavish construction that spanned over three levels. It had everything a home of your dreams would have, complete with a gym, media room, pool, sun deck and gazebo, spread over an open-plan living space.
“One of the reasons we went with Martin Locke Homes is that Martin never said no to our ideas,” Paul says.
“He always said ‘we’ll work it out’. It was the little things he thought of that impressed us too, such as elevating the house a bit further to take in more of the view and making the sliding door tracks flush with the floors from the house to the alfresco area.”
Our 5 top tips for home builders
1. Visit display homes more than once. You’ll be surprised what you notice on the following visits.
2. Listen to other people’s opinions about their experiences of dealing with builders.
3. Have a level head. Don’t let the excitement of the moment get to you when you talk to the salespeople at the display homes. Take the time to listen. Are they only there to make a sale or is he/she genuinely interested in building your home?
4. If looking at a custom-built home, don’t be deterred by how long it will take to construct as it does take time to get things perfect.
5. Don’t be afraid to be involved in the entire building process. Do your own research and ask as many questions as you need.