We understood that this would inflate the price by a significant amount however we were of the opinion that we would start big and then cut back to achieve our budget. Once we were able to see the price for the additions we could review them all.
The Langdon 28 has a base starting price of around $200k. The display in Craigieburn sits around $280k. We managed to add around $130k in inclusions including our site costs (around $20k due to rock) to the base starting price! Some of the major inclusions are listed below.
NOTE: prices are accurate at the time of our quote and our particular situation. Use only as a guide...
Provide 2700mm ceiling height in lieu of 2400mm to single storey. $6,150.00
Provide Option for Three Car Garage (Recessed) in lieu of standard: $12,430.00
Provide corner butt-joined aluminium stacker (tri-slide) door unit in lieu of standard: $13,037.00
Provide Extended Grand Outdoor Room to Langdon 28 in lieu of standard: $7,200.00
We were comfortable with the above addition prices and felt the prices were comparative to other builders we had looked at. The double triple stacker doors to the alfresco with the support pole missing was a surprise however once they explained the engineering involved we understood.
However the more we looked through the quote the more concerned we started becoming. It turns out that there is very little as standard. Who would be happy with laminate bench tops? To upgrade the kitchen to match the display you had to spend around $15k. If you don't upgrade the kitchen you are left with wasted space and a useless layout!
|This is a $15k Kitchen|
It become very hard to justify removing any of the smaller items from the quote. We felt our overall plan for the house meant we couldn't sacrifice the third garage or alfresco options however we also didn't want to live in a house being disappointed with the overall finish.
To make matters worse it then became apparent the quote only included basic lighting packages and a trip through the Metricon colour and fittings studio would set us back even more! I estimated that we would need to spend another $20k - $30k to get a finished home which included decent cooling and flooring finishes that we were happy with.
We raised our concerns with the agent and explained we wanted to strip back the quote a little to see what we could live without. We could forgo 40mm bench tops for 20mm and we could select the cheaper tap fittings etc.