The very beginning starts in February 2014.
We (my husband and daughter) had moved to Melbourne from Bendigo and have been renting in Narre Warren Sth for the past 4 years. Our daughter is due to begin high school in 2015 so we had decided it was time to start looking for a house to buy and settle in for our daughters high school years.
We'd settled on sending our daughter to Casey Grammar school in Cranbourne East and so in March this year we decided to start looking for a house to buy close by the school (either a short bus trip or ideally walking distance).
We spent a couple of weeks going through open houses each weekend, but just didn't like anything we saw. Everything needed work of some kind (and we are not the DIY type).
My workmates were constantly on me about building a house instead and I kept brushing them off saying that it would be too difficult and that we know nothing about building a home and if I was honest with myself, I was scared to attempt it.
One Saturday afternoon after we'd been through our 4th open house for the day we decided to wander through the display homes in Berwick Waters. It was just around the corner from where we live and so thought we'd just stick our heads in.
Well, that was it for us. We spent a good hour chatting to a lovely lady in the Hotondo display home there and when we walked out we decided that we're going to build a house now.
That was April 26 2014