Following on from last week’s post, The Smart Prestart Process Part 1, the day of the Prestart Meeting has finally arrived! After going through all of the preparations from the “Pre-Prestart Process”, you should be ready to tackle the meeting with a solid idea of what inclusions you would like choose for your home. The first half of the meeting requires your full attention (fortunately coffee is provided) during the finalising of all of the different site plans.
1. Walk through internal floorplans. Your Prestart Consultant will be with you every step of the way, reminding you of things to consider that you may have forgotten during your preparations. Viewing your plans is the final chance to walk through the house in your mind. Envisage the intended everyday use of rooms like the kitchen, bathroom or bedrooms. This will also help you determine the positioning of extra cupboards, tiles and electrical points.
2. Select storage options. Storage is often overlooked and can be expensive and difficult to amend at a later date, so try to plan for how much storage you will need, both now and in the future. For some advice on storage ideas to consider, take a look at how much storage is enough.
3. Finalise the electrical plans. Here is where you confirm the final destinations of your electrical points throughout the rooms. Don’t be alarmed, but try to ensure you’ve at least attempted your plans prior to the meeting, as it can seem a bit confusing to those of us who aren’t electricians. There is a lot to consider. Think of outdoor and garden lighting, down lights vs pendant or fluorescent, exhaust and ceiling fans, power points (how many, where to place them, and style), connectivity within the house eg. wiring between computer and TV (for sharing data), or even wiring for future wall mounted TV & speakers. Have a read through how to understand your electrical plans to gain a better understanding of exactly what to expect when finalising your electrical plans.
4. Exterior site plans. This entails the backyard, proximity of the fence to the house and even the placement of trees. There is no landscaping included in the house build, so try to think of your future garden or outdoor entertaining areas and what structures (BBQ or a pool) you will need to leave room for. For some suggestions on how to plan ahead for your garden, check out 3 impressive garden decor ideas.
Next week will be the final installment of the 3 part series, discussing all of the selections and optional extras available to complete your dream home. To read Part 1, see: