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Where to start with Prestart?

The prestart stage is fun, exciting stage of building your home, but all the choices can be a little overwhelming. It’s where you plan out the small details of your new home, everything from the colour of your cupboard handles to the location of powerpoints.

No need to worry about going about it all on your own. To help you wrap your head around the whole process we’ve put together a little guide.

The pre, prestart:

Before you get to your prestart meeting its important to do your homework. Research on sites like Pinterest to help find the style you’re after and find handy gems of inspiration. Visit showrooms and display homes and take some photos of things you like. Bring some photos if there is anything you may like to include to help your prestart consultant put together your dream home.

But most importantly, be clear about your budget if you are looking to upgrade or change any items. While our consultants are happy to provide you with a some options for your fixtures and finishings, it’s important to be open to options that will work with your budget.

Kitchen:

The kitchen is the heart of every home. Here are some considerations to help you build your dream kitchen:

  • Benchtop. Think about what colour or style will match the cabinetry. Upgrade to our Complete Package and 20mm Essastone benchtop will be included in your home.
  • Pay attention to the location of your powerpoints. If you aren’t quite sure, your prestart consultant will assist in choosing the best location.
  • Where to put the bin? Hide it in a cupboard or drawer. There is nothing worse than having a beautiful new kitchen and seeing a bin on the floor at the end of the bench.
  • Check that the fridge recess dimensions on your plans suit the fridge you plan to install and look into adding a water tap if your fridge makes ice or filtered/chilled water.

Bathrooms:

When designing your dream bathroom there are a lot of things to keep in mind, here are a few to get you started:

  • Tiles. What colour? Size? Shape? Texture? Our online portal will show you some options that can be included in your home.
  • Check the placement of your towel rail. Try to keep it close to the shower to make it easy to grab a towel. Single or double rail – how many people using the bathroom will determine how much room you’ll need.
  • If you are tall, make sure your bath is big enough for you to fit comfortably in it.
  • If you have a wall mounted outlet for your bath, consider one that can be swiveled out of the way to avoid bumping little heads.
  • Tall people should check the height of their shower heads and make sure that there is enough clearance.

Electrical:

The electrical planning stage isn’t as glamourous as the other areas to design, but it will have the biggest impact on your day-to-day in your new home. Here are some things to consider when planning:

  • Think about the placement of your furniture. This will help you make sure you have power, TV points and lights where they need to be.
  • Add 2 Way switches to hallways, this will save you having to walk blindly through the dark.
  • Consider the heights you want your TV’s if you are planning on mounting them on the wall.
  • Consider where your tech hub (modems, printers etc) is going to go and make sure you have power and data points.
  • Add provisions for garden and landscape lighting.
  • Add day/night sensors to driveway and porch lights.

If you are still feeling a bit overwhelmed don’t worry, we’re here to help. Contact us now to have a chat about pre-start and how we can get you into your home sooner.

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