New home puts a line through renting
When Vineet and Shruti Narayan moved to Perth from the Red Centre in February 2020, they decided the time was right to build their first dream home.
The couple, who had worked at a resort near Uluru, had rented homes as they travelled around working in hospitality, but it was time to put down their roots.
New Homes spoke to the couple about their experience of building their home, with New Generation Homes, as well as what changes they made to ensure it suited their everyday requirements.
What made you select New Generation homes as your builder?
New Generation Homes came highly recommended to us by our friend who was already building with them. We arranged a time to sit down with one of their sales agents and our sales talk began around May/June 2020. Our prestart meeting was in September of the same year and construction finally began in November 2020.
What inspired you to select the layout you did?
We visited some display villages around Perth and viewed a number of home plans online, and we loved the Muse floor plan from New Generation Homes.
In our new home, I really wanted a theatre and Shruti really wanted a scullery. The reason we actually picked the Muse was because both of us really enjoy cooking.
The kitchen space offered was essential for us, we needed lots of bench space and a large sink, which the layout provided.
We also wanted to select our own colour scheme for our home, and the Home Portal, which New Generation Homes offers to all clients building, was a handy tool. It was also a powerful tool that we could use to select our Colorbond steel roof, or tile, colour, brick and paver colours and even door handle colours for the interior and visualise how they would look.
What aspects of the floor plan did you change to suit your needs?
We changed a couple things on our floor plan. The first thing we did was flip the original plan to mirror our land requirement and added a sliding bathroom door, which connects our bathroom with one of our guest bedrooms. We did this because if someone locks the common bathroom door to the guest room, then it can become an ensuite for us.
As we also wanted a theatre, we made a couple of extra changes to maximise our desired areas – we added extra height to the theatre ceiling and dropped our theatre floor to enhance the effect of our surround sound system.
Describe the first phase of the build – how did New Generation Homes guide you through the process?
Our initial conversations with our sales agent Domenic were pretty free-flowing and easy. Initially, we explained what we had envisioned in our minds and he was the one who recommended the design plan we inevitably selected.
We actually got to meet Domenic too, and we found him calm, honest and transparent, which made going through the whole process far simpler.
What is your advice to those building their first home?
The biggest tip we can give to those building their first home is to not rush anything – ensure you meticulously plan your build and take your time. Be very open with builders as to what you want and see how they can meet your requirements. Putting your faith into a builder is important but, as a first homebuilder, it is essential.
CONTACT New Generation Homes, 6555 7548, www.newgenerationhomes.com.au
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