We’ve been approved by Blacktown Council – now what?

Council has approved the plans, we’ve received or “Authorization to Commence Construction” from our lender and the land has been cleared of all rubbish, debris, and tall weeds. So now what?

Now we wait.

After the monotonous back and forth process between the builder, council, our bushfire consultant, and the Rural Bushfire Service over the past two months, it is nice to start getting into a routine and understand clearly what the process is from here.

Metricon now needs to finalise our construction drawings, based upon any requirements put forth by council. They’ll be raising a variation for the additional cost of using Merbau hardwood for the bifold doors. While I’m not thrilled about spending the extra $5,200, we at least will get the doors we originally wanted in a wood that will likely age better than the standard softwood that’s used normally. Once signed, the plans are off to the design team to finalise and get it all ready for the looming site start – within 20 working days. I find it interesting that when the timeframe relates to something on our end, it’s 20 days, but when it’s on the builders side, it’s 20 working days.

It’s during this time that our file heads across to the Metricon estimating department where all the orders for our home is placed and surveyors and excavators etc are scheduled in.

Of course, this is all dependent on the weather, so keep your fingers crossed for good weather!

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About Stefan
Stefan is the regular writer for Megan & Stefan, and hails originally from San Diego, California. A resident of Australia since 2007, he write about his experiences living abroad, his love of photography, and documenting the process of building a house here in this sunburnt country he calls home. Feel free to drop him a line - he's always up for a chat.


  1. Kriss says:

    This exciting, but I am sure “hurry up and wait” can be stressful. I suspect you should enjoy a few days of down time why you have it?

    Thinking of you both, and crossing my fingers for good weather.


  2. Amanda says:

    I have my fingers crossed for fine weather for you! (And me – we need fine weather to start landscaping!)

  3. Sarah says:

    Maybe now is the time to take a holiday??? Because you won’t want to when the house starts :-) This time next month you’ll be driving to the block every day seeing what is going on. Just a tip too, from our experience Metricon NSW aren’t very flexible with ANY changes once they send off the orders from estimating so if you have any doubts on your choices then maybe go through these now. I can’t wait to go for a drive soon and check our your house.

  4. Megan says:

    Thanks for the tips Sarah. Hopefully we’ll get the plans soon and then it will be a balance of getting them back as fast as possible but going through them as thoroughly as possible.

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