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#1 Etcetera

Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:39 AM

Recently I've been thinking about selling our house, buying land and building a home.
Our house needs quite major renovations (building in downstairs of a highset to make a new bedroom) as its getting too small for our family, and I'm getting increasingly frustrated by our neighbours.

So I've been pondering the idea of renting while we build but I'm worried I'm looking through rosé coloured glasses and so I need some perspective!

Have you rented whilst building?
Did it completely suck going back to renting after owning your own home?
What are some things I should look into before getting completely carried away?
A friend bought a sloping block of land and there was almost $100k worth of changes to make it flat!
Ballpark figure of water, electricity, phone etc connected?

We'd love to design our own home rather than get an already oackaged house - is this incredibly expensive?

And finally, where in Australia would you go if you wanted a couple of acres, an hour or so from a major city, that's not too hot and jobs aplenty?
We're in Qld and I don't cope we'll with the heat at all.

Oh and if you want to chuck in some floor plan porn, go right ahead!

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