We tried negotiating with them and asked them to remove the wall as a good will gesture. Forgery aside, they had already given us 3 different measurements as the the minimum size this wall could be reduced to. We had absolutely no confidence that Boutique Homes would get this wall right, so we figured the easiest thing would be to remove it altogether.
Boutique Homes would have absolutely no bar of this however. In fact, they even tried telling us that doing things like that can send them bankrupt! How often do they pay for upgrades themselves due to being caught out committing fraud that it could potentially send them bankrupt?
Either way, they were not willing to offer anything other than an apology. This was not good enough for us; on top of their fraudulent activities, it was also the way the managers spoke to us and the blase nature towards this issue that convinced us that Boutique Homes are not the builders for us.
So we've changed directions and have decided to build with Porter Davis instead. Our new journey should be called "The road to Essex". This is the floor plan we've chosen (Essex 27).
A few structural changes we've made/added:
- Two way bathroom to Bed 2
- Cavity Sliding doors to Home Theatre
- Additional internal wall to Study
- Grand Alfresco option
I will also be looking to have the the fridge space in the kitchen moved to the other end of the back wall as it seems really silly to have the fridge opening up onto a wall.
I can't wait to go and visit the Porter Davis 'World of Style' on Monday.
P.S. This isn't the end of the drama with Boutique Homes either. We will be seeking advice from a Solicitor, demanding our initial deposit be refunded and reporting them to both the Housing Industry Association (HIA) and the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).