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Selwyn Times: August 16, 2016


10 RURAL | LIFESTYLE | RESIDENTIAL Licenced under REAA 2008 First Time Lifestyle West Melton Incredible Value Here! Eyrewell • 6.16 hectares, six paddocks with post and wire fencing • Own well for stock and domestic water • Four-bay shed, lock up shearing shed, threephase power • Small set of sheep yards • Lovely modern open-plan three-bedroom home, warm and cosy with a great log fire • Set in a mature section of trees and shrubs with a very cute sleep-out • An excellent opportunity here to live the rural life ID: DAR24224 $780,000 OPEN HOME Sunday 21 August 12.30pm-1.00pm Min Cookson B 03 341 4301 M 027 249 5417 H 03 347 9944 Priced to sell! Motivated trustees of the Deceased Estate want this property SOLD! Offers over $770,000 plus GST (if any) will be considered (RV $820,000). Located in peaceful surroundings, this 4.7940ha established lifestyle property is offered for genuine sale for the first time in 22 years. The spacious two-storey brick home in a mature garden setting offers six bedrooms, kitchen, dining, separate lounge with open fire, two bathrooms, two toilets, numerous storage rooms, laundry, double garaging and large verandah area. There is a six-bay barn, workshop and one-stand woolshed. ID: CHR23351 ENQUIRIES OVER $770,000 Plus GST (if any) Peter Crean M 027 434 4002 Michelle Singh M 021 163 2103 Athol Earl Sales Manager/Auctioneer M 027 437 6298 Peter Crean M 027 434 4002 Min Cookson M 027 249 5417 Sam Davidson M 027 488 8269 Karen Hennessy M 027 967 0186 Wilton Atkins M 027 606 0660 Peter McCorkindale M 027 594 5190 PGG Wrightson Real Estate Ltd, Real Estate Agent, REAA 2008

[Edition datE] 3 Your guide to Show Homes & New Sections in the Selwyn District 11 CREATING A CHECKLIST WHEN PLANNING TO BUILD When building a new home, a budget blow-out can occur with far more spent than was originally intended. Exciting new features, fashionable design trends and having bigger and better can all be reasons for this, as can, not determining the true cost before embarking on the building project or making changes during the build. To help avoid this, carry out some exploratory research before deciding on a house design. Visit kitchen and other outlets to get ideas of building products available, as well as a selection of show homes that appeal, collecting concept plans of interest. Next draw up a checklist with three headings: Constraints, Must Haves, and Desirable Features. Under constraints, start with a minimum and maximum budget figure. This should include the cost of fences, driveways, paths, and landscaping. Compile a list of ‘must haves’ considering each requirement and whether it is something that is absolutely essential or just desirable. An example is a separate laundry. A compromise might be locating this in the garage. Another consideration is the size and positioning of windows. If you love the sun streaming in, larger windows might be opted for. The question is: What do you really need? A ‘must have’ might be a smaller easy care section or having sufficient space to park a caravan or work vehicle. Inside, it might be having an office to work from home, or separating bedrooms and living space so a shift worker can sleep during the day. The ‘desirable features’ list is likely to be the longest. It might have elements such as a higher stud (ceiling), larger doors, cedar panelling, butler’s pantry, free-standing bath, bi-fold doors, a covered outdoor entertaining area with fire or pizza oven, and more storage space. Unless the budget is extremely tight, you should be able to incorporate some ‘desirable features’ into the final design though possibly not all. Once your checklist is drawn up, look again at the concept layouts collected from show homes visited. Select those that fit your requirements and will suit the building site you have chosen then go out and look at the show homes once more, taking the checklist with you. As you walk through each house, make comparisons with your checklist. Weigh up whether any ‘must haves’ might be relegated to the ‘desirable features’ column and vice versa. Collect extra concept designs that you like and that might work for you. When you have a firm idea of the size and features for your new home, talk to the designers who might work independently or for a particular building company. Listen to their suggestions but be firm about what you can or cannot afford. Ask the designer to visit your building site so the home can be positioned to make the best of the elements then before finalising the plan, get a firm price or quotes from a builder. Proud to have been building homes for Cantabrians for over 25 years. Ph: 348 1994