We lived in the Rockingham and Kwinana area for the past 40 years and decided we wanted a bit of a change. We came to Madora Bay and recognised early on there was more of a nightlife and access to great restaurants there, and we also had the estuary. We bought the block in April, but we didn't get the title deed until August 2016. Between deciding on the block and receiving the titles, we went around to several display homes and decided on Summit Homes' Alkira display. The design was changed quite a bit - it was supposed to be a four-bedroom, but now it is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a front verandah.
Because all our plans had been sorted with Summit early, the site works actually began pretty quickly after the title deed was issued. We were living about 10 minutes away, so we would visit the site virtually every day to check on the progress and see what was happening. When we saw the slab we were both so excited. We would have loved to have pitched a tent and stayed there.
It was great to see the walls go up. There was only one minor error with our brickwork; however, it was quickly picked up and fixed the very next day. The house next door to us had 14 bricklayers working on it and our site only had one, but he did a fabulous job.
A roof over our heads
The roof went on with no hassles whatsoever. Our old home had a corrugated iron roof and we loved it, so we wanted something similar for this one. When we signed up with Summit we were introduced to its interior designer who talked about all the available colour schemes and we decided on this colour as it went well with the render. WE have also installed solar panels. We had solar panels at our old home and figured that although it costs a little bit to start with, it does save you money in the long run.
Lock and load
We were so excited when we got to the lock-up phase because we knew we were coming down to the final stages of the build. We had been living without our own home for a while, so we were just looking forward to getting in. It was fantastic to see our house at that stage.
A place to call home
After handover, we had the painters and our own electrician come in, then we had the floor coverings put in before we moved in. All of the landscaping and garden spaces have now been completed as well. We love our new home and honestly wouldn't change a thing. We are so happy with the design and appearance - it is definitely our forever home.
Originally published in The West Australian Newspaper New Homes Guide on July 8th, 2017.