Both working full-time and living in Rivervale during their build process, homeowners Emylane and Nino Lucero would venture to site on average once a fortnight to see the progress of their new home. Now moved into their Byford abode, the couple caught up with New Homes to discuss their home building process from start to finish.
We were attracted to Byford as it is an area with a lot happening. There are new schools, new shopping centres and also the promise of the Tonkin Highway extension, but living here it still feels like we are in a rural area. It has that small town feel – everyone is very friendly and forthcoming. Our block is a north-facing 450sqm lot within walking distance to one of the schools and a short bike ride from the estate’s main parkland. We chose to build Easystart Homes’ London design after seeing the Mewstone display in-person in Haynes. The Mewstone is about 80 per cent the same as the London so it was easy to visualise. We tweaked the design a little by including more windows, extending the living area and making the study a little smaller. We also flipped the design to benefit from the sun in our main living areas.
A solid foundation
Our slab went down late December 2016 so it was like an early Christmas present. Getting to this stage felt extremely long, so when we saw the slab was finally down, it was very exciting.
Initially when our slab went down we both thought the house looked really small, but when we saw the walls up, we had a clear vision of what our home would look like. We soon realised it was actually a massive house for just the two of us.
A roof over our heads
Due to building within a new estate, we knew we were restricted to certain things such as roof colours and fencing materials. Since moving in, we have also installed solar panels. We hope to take advantage of the abundance of sun that beams down on our home, using that energy to reduce our electricity bills.
We have keys
Getting our keys was a big moment for us. It was like a big weight had been lifted from our shoulders and we were finally standing in our own home as homeowners. Building your own home is like one of the biggest headaches you may have in your lifetime, but it is very nice to see what you can design and come up with.
The great outdoors
Since receiving the keys we have completed our front yard, paved down the side of the home and our backyard is about 70 per cent finished. We both don’t have a trade background, so everything we do is a brand new learning experience. Every time we do something we have to YouTube it or Google how to do it.
Originally published in The West Australian New Homes Guide on August 19th, 2017. To view the online version, click here.