We signed the contract on the block of land 450sq in inner north Brisbane on 19/08/11 and settled on the 27/09/11.
The block was originally 1 house which the owners purchased, removed the house and completely cleared the block and then sold the two blocks separately. We chose the one next to the newer house and also because of the street number as it happened to be Rick's favourite number so we took that as a sign, not that I/we are really into that, but it seemed appropriate.
Some of the pics throughout our blog you will see the house next door being built too, they started a few weeks before us but we seem to be catching up :-) It is also handy/interesting for us to see what is coming/what to expect next.
So far we have had a change of SS and about 5 or 6 different CSC's. I don't mind changing CSC's so much, but our first SS seemed really good our current one as at 26/02/12 which started just after the slab went down we are not keen on at all!!! Communication is bare minimum at best, our first experience was abysmal, might go into that another time. But what can you do :-(
I am more than happy to answer any questions about pricing/process/Metricon experience etc. The one thing we struggled with early on and the first few months is getting pricing from Metricon is like extracting teeth, and I think with dental advances these days and Ricks experience extracting teeth is easier!!
We really really needed to know pricing for everything as we had spent more on the land than we had originally planned but were able to get something closer to the city so that was the trade off, but we were also cutting it very fine to be eligible for the QLD govt 10K building boost grant. so every dollar and therefore every choice mattered a LOT!
The above photo is the 'Vogue' facade which is what we are having but with the 'Plantation' balcony