- The seasons are important - this was one that we didn't fully appreciate, and had we been a little bit luckier, could have saved quite a big chunk of time in the build journey. When it's wet, things slow down. Excavating a steep slope in particular is something that's very unlikely to happen in the wetter months - and even things like the laying of blocks is going to be hindered by wet weather. If you can recognise this fact and make sure to push your planning and engineering through early enough in the year to leave enough time for your consent to process and the earthworks to be completed in the drier months, that overall build time could be as much as 3 months quicker.
- Plan, pick and order - this has been an area that Matt and Building Logic have been incredibly onto it. We had all our bathrooms, kitchens and fittings picked out super early in the process, and Matt was way ahead of the curve in terms of ordering things like timber and materials. That has ended up being doubly important with the covid supply chain issues - so being two steps ahead of the curve definitely helps the process.
- Be ready for a delay - if you are building, and the builder says they'll have you 'in the place in 6 months' - maybe make sure you have an extra couple of months up your sleeve wherever you are staying. If we'd moved into our parents place thinking we were going to be into the house 2 months ago...tensions may be fraying by now!
- Make the most of the build time - having settled into rolling with the punches and delays, we are now trying to see the positives in it. We've got a bit more time to save for things like furniture, we're getting stuck into the planting and maintenance of the rest of the site, and we really are trying to celebrate each little milestone that comes along.
And on the note of celebrating milestones - the foundations are definitely taking shape!