Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Final plans

Below are the floor plans and elevations.

In the beginning...

Carter Grange was happy for us to make alterations to the original design of the Hilton28. Music to our ears... We wanted to add a storage area (indoor and outdoor), a large rumpus room, a different kitchen design, a alternative ensuite design, bigger windows in the living area, eaves for most of the house and sliding doors leading out to the alfresco area which had to be flipped from left to right. This was not a problem. I also wanted:

  • 9 foot ceilings
  • terracotta roof tiles and 
  • a 25 degree pitched roof.
The original Carter Grange Hilton28 design:

Friday, 25 May 2012

Welcome to our blog - Hilton in the making

Our property; ready for Carter Grange to turn it into a home

We've created this blog to document our family's odyssey to build our dream home. We have chosen Carter Grange ( to construct it.

Making a decision to build your own home can be daunting. The cost is huge.  But, the rewards are worth the risk.  The road isn't easy. You will encounter some interesting challenges along the way to finish yours.  If you're well prepared and flexible, you should be able to overcome these challenges.

Having considered going it alone as owner builders, we chose a volume builder to undertake this project and we are excited with what we envisage will be a home we will proudly call our own. We chose Carter Grange's Hilton 28 design, which we modified into a Hilton 33.  We added another 5 squares to it, to meet our needs and lifestyle.

We hope you enjoy this blog and find it useful in your building odyssey.  Over the next few days, we will document the journey thus far.  Work on our project has already begun, so we have a lot of information to share.

Please feel free to provide feedback.