Now I thought we were very thorough with our plans and that we couldn’t possibly have missed anything but we did! Fortunately they haven’t been biggies and we could have changed them (for a price and some stuffing around).
The north facing window behind the sink in the kitchen we had just assumed looking at the plans was a sliding window but when it was installed we realised it was fixed. The scullery window was the same. We checked our plans and saw that we had missed this. We would have preferred both to be sliders but fortunately there is good cross flow in both areas and we decided to leave them fixed and avoid the additional cost and delays.
Ensuite shower niche – this was on our initial wish list and looked like it was on the plans but somehow got overlooked on the build. As soon as our shower wall went up we queried this and were told that it had been missed out on the current plans (somehow) but they would cut one out as it is a double leaf brick wall. Our builder has been good with this sort of thing and quite happy to ‘sort it out’ which makes life a lot easier.
Front entrance door – looked good on plans but as soon as we saw the brick work up we realised there would be too much visibility from the road into the house (glass front door). Again our builder was great with this and he suggested extending one of the walls and making a niche in the entrance and this has been a perfect outcome and in fact better than the original plan.
We have made very few changes during our build so far which is what we had hoped to achieve. We added a water connection in the scullery for the fridge (all ready have one in the kitchen so maybe overkill but easier and cheaper to do it at this stage).
We have watched some builds progess so slowly and with major cost involved because there were so many variations and so with this in mind we spent a lot of time in the planning and design of our place. With what we hope is only 2-3 months left on our build I am quietly optimistic that we will achieve our goal of no variations or just a few!