We (my girlfriend and myself) have just signed a contract to start building a new house in the Maples, Laurimar Estate. We bought a block of land back in August and it was the last Lot in Barrett Place to be sold (stage 1). We settled in November 2009 but had started planning to building a house in September 09. The Maples Green is only 400 metres to the Laurimar supermarket and shopping complex. It is also close to the lakes, walking paths, primary school and two large sports ovals. There is going to be a tavern, day spa and waterfront cafe as well as a community centre, swim school and kindergarten.
We've moved the TV room to the rear of the house which also has access to the alfresco area by way of large wooden sliding doors. The TV room may be used as a pool table room in the future. The casual room/lounge will be near the kitchen and the rear wall is setup for a future fireplace. This wall between the two windows will be a recess to store a frame for future fireplace installation. We may turn this into a feature wall at some stage.
We moved the laundry alongside the garage and internal access is now into the laundry instead of the entry hall. The position of these doors needs to be changed as the laundry and garage doors back onto each other. This will be included in a variation and final drawings.