Welcome to our blog! My name is Courtnee. My husband Rhys and I have signed our lives away by entering into a contract with Porter Davis to build our first home and we thought it would be a good idea to document the process so that our friends and family can keep track of the build, and so that at the end of all of this we can look back and remember what we've gone through and hopefully be proud of what we achieved!
How we got here:
Rhys and I met when we were 14/15 at our local blue light disco. Rhys had just moved to Australia from New Zealand, I on the other hand had been attending said disco every month for about 2 years, so I noticed the fresh meat lurking about on the sidelines straight away! After a bit of stalking and 'accidentally' adding him to my MSN chat list, we were talking every night and have been together ever since! We married in October 2011.
For about a year before the wedding up until now we have been living with our housemate Iain in a two bedroom apartment in St Kilda. We love it here, St Kilda is fantastic, but we always knew we wanted a proper house with a yard where we could have pets and start a family, and for a couple of newlyweds in their early twenties Melbourne is a hard property market to crack into. We never stopped thinking about it though, reading the weekly property guides and auction results religiously, attending open house inspections for properties we knew we couldn't afford, buying lottery tickets just in case...
Cue our friends Dee and Sol. I'd grown up with Dee and when we left high school she moved straight to Geelong for uni. I have been visiting her pretty much monthly since then, and since she met Sol 5 years ago Rhys has been coming as well for fishing trips and general male bonding. When they told us they were building a house in Leopold, lightbulbs flashed for us and we knew it was something we should look into, so we began doing our research!
Fast forward to April 2012 and we'd signed a contract with Porter Davis to build the Montague 21 with the living and ihub, kitchen and grand alfresco options.
We thought that this was a great home for us to live in for the next 5 years while we plan the start of our family and we could see it being a flexible family home for some other lucky people in the future, therefore a wise investment for us.
Our land doesn't title until December this year so for now we're just sitting around twiddling our thumbs waiting for things to get moving, but the estate is taking shape so we visit every month or so just to check on the progress and get to know our future community.
I'll be sure to write some posts in the near future detailing our choices as far as colour and electricals, layout etc. For now hopefully you've enjoyed getting to know us (or for those who do know us, refamiliarising yourselves), and I'll check in again soon. Don't expect to hear much from Rhys on here. While he's very active in the whole 'setting up the blog' and giving me ideas for what to write about, he's quite happy to sit on the couch and watch me type!
Until next time :)