Monaco 28 with modified Contemporary Facade

Monaco 28 with modified Contemporary Facade

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

DA Submitted!

A big step - our DA was submitted to Council yesterday. Service from Fowler Homes seems to have been a bit more reassuring and responsive since we started working with the Head Office. However, it has taken more than twice the time quoted to submit the DA.

I have had a look at Council's recent approvals and they appear to be turning them around pretty quickly, some as quick as 2 weeks. I hope that they don't come back with any significant ($$) revisions.

We have been thinking that we might be better off if building does not commence until after Christmas - we'd prefer to not have to pay any progress claims, and hence the bigger mortgage, before they stop for the Christmas break.

It has now been over 5 months since we signed on for a Tender. It is likely that it will be 8 months before commencing construction and probably 15-16 months til handover. This seems like a long time in a period of record low building activity. The actual work gone into all of this so far is probably 1-2 weeks worth, which means that our job sits in queues a lot of the time. There must be a better way.

I found this cool picture of an endless stair case which is akin to where we are right now.

The picture also reminded me of the first verse of Helter Skelter (The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, U2...):

When I get to the bottom
I go back to the top of the slide
Where I stop and turn
and I go for a ride
Till I get to the bottom and I see you again
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Can you tell I'm getting a little bit bored? All of this kind of sums up the experience so far - exciting and monotonous, tantalising and tedious. The builder's paradox.


  1. Congratulations for your DA submission!

    I hope that you will get your DA approval very quick. From our experiences, Marretta architecture is very good on matching their plan with councils' legal requirements. Our rebuild is in very established suburb and our council's building legislation is considered as the strictest but we got the fastest record approval!

    However, it is not top secret that it takes very long time for Marretta architecture to... complete their jobs! So, I even consider we will be very lucky if our construction is able to commence in January!


  2. Thinking back, a good proportion of the delays so far have been with Maretta. We did choose Fowler based on their desgin though...