We continue following the building journey with Rachel Auld and her family in Oran Park in Sydney’s southwest growth zone.
Rachel, her husband Dean, father Tony, and 4-year-old son Liam are looking forward to moving into their brand-new home later this year.
The family is building a multi-generation home with a main dwelling, and an attached granny flat to house the extended family. Rachel’s dad Tony has recently relocated from South Australia where he was living alone since 2015 when Rachel’s mum passed away.
The family bought their block of land in October 2020, after searching for an existing home to buy. They couldn’t find anything that suited their requirements with an existing granny flat, so decided to build a new home. While their new home is under construction, they are all living in a smaller rental house nearby, and can’t wait to have their own space, including Rachel’s dad Tony was used to his own space before his Sydney move.
Making good progress
Rachel reports that there have been a few delays that were beyond their control and beyond the control of ANSA Homes, but she’s still very happy with the progress.
“The roof is on, the gyprock and stairs are in, and the next stage is all the internals. It’s very exciting to see it take shape. It looks like a real house now,” said Rachel. The delays experienced were related to the COVID pandemic which saw construction shut down for one period, but also impacted the availability of trades and delivery of building materials. Sydney’s higher than average rainfall over the past few months has also impacted the project.
Pro-active and transparent communication
“Our site supervisor Wayne is fantastic. He is very proactive and keeps us updated regularly. He even answers my emails on weekends which goes beyond my expectations,” said Rachel. “The ANSA Homes team has been very transparent in their communications. They usually come to me first, but if I have any queries, I know they’ll answer them promptly and honestly. I couldn’t fault them,” she added.
Price promise has been kept
“I’m a member of several social media discussion groups focused on building new homes, and other members are constantly complaining that their builders are asking for additional payments. This hasn’t happened to us. Not once. “This has given us so much assurance and comfort. We’re extremely happy,” said Rachel.
Little extras that make a difference
The Auld family’s new home is based on ANSA Homes’ Brooklyn design with Origin façade. They were able to customise the floor plan to suit their extended family needs by incorporating a granny flat with a separate entrance, offering complete privacy.
“My husband Dean works from home in his role with a telecommunications company and is constantly on the phone. In our new home, he’ll have his own study which will include acoustic soundproof insulation to ensure he can speak as loud as he likes without disturbing the rest of the household. He’s already named the new room his ‘man paradise’.
“Dad’s own space is also really important. We’ve been able to incorporate the granny flat within the home which means he will have privacy, but he’ll also be close by when he wants to be involved in family life,” said Rachel.
Keep an eye on the ANSA website as we follow Rachel and her family on their ANSA home-building journey. We’ll post a final update of the Auld family’s new home once it’s complete and they’ve moved in. Call us on 1300 757 810 or send us an online enquiry and our experienced new home consultants will work with you to design and bring to life your home design ideas.