2 years on and still happy!
We moved into our GL home (our first home no less!) about 2 years ago now but are still enjoying and excited with our house. Our block was 14m wide across the front narrowing down to 8m at the back but very long, so we couldn't really use an "off the shelf" plan. But our salesperson was excellent and tailored a plan to our site and needs. We were really impressed by her honesty and thoughtfulness in suggesting design elements we hadn't even thought of but now love. We went through the the same process simultaneously with another popular (brick)...home builder but kept coming back to the GL design; the combination of Hebel, Colourbond and other cladding materials, along with the use of lots of really well placed windows, made for such a light, airy but very energy efficient house. The building process itself was smooth and only took around 5 months start to finish (Christmas extended this timeframe somewhat). Our site supervisor, Jim, was also very helpful and was happy to arrange people even to come back and fix niggly little things well after we'd moved in. But in the time we've now been in the house we really haven't had anything go amiss at all. There were no major issues with GL in the process but we did find a few things a little frustrating along the way. We felt the whole selections process was a little basic and "unprofessional" compared to some friends' experiences with their building companies (in terms of the quality, flexibility and thought/planning of the process). We also found the council approval stage a little frustrating; we were prepared for the length of time but found the lady who managed the approvals at GL a little defensive and lacking in communication (I think she felt we were criticising her when we were actually just wanting an update). These are small things though and overall we are very happy with our whole build process with GL and our house now is everything we wanted! Great designs, helpful sales staff and building supervisor, very competitive on price. Slightly frustrating selections process aside, nothing really!
Very satisfied customers
Like many other reviewers of Gallery Living we found our building experience to be trouble free and very enjoyable. The only issue we had was building through a very wet winter but even that was managed extremely well by the site supervisor Andrew Obst and the various trades.
After six months living in our new home, which is a variation of the Monet, I am still amazed that we were able to fit such a spacious energy efficient home on a courtyard block.
Having built and renovated a number of times over the years we knew what we wanted in a...new home. The process was made so much easier working with Russell Slater on our design. As mentioned by others Russell had the ability to interpret our requirements for the plan and improve on our suggestions, always with patience and an obvious desire to deliver exactly what we wanted. We found the various contractors working on the job to be very professional, communicative and pleasant to deal with and the end result is a very attractive energy efficient home. In fact we are so pleased with this project we are now consulting with Russell to build another home for our retirement. We have every confidence that we will again be delighted with the home built by Gallery Living.
Gallery Living were chosen on the basis of the Picasso floor plan. Unlike most other plans, the Picasso allowed for a long thin house. My house had a long gestation period which was entirely my fault for spending too much time researching all the options. Interestingly after looking at all kinds of variations, materials, design details etc in most circumstances those of the GL team were the ones I chose as they proved to have done their research well.
I am pleased with the house. Its layout works well and its visually quite striking. One asp...ect I'm particularly pleased with is the passive floor heating. I have a polished concrete floor in the large open plan area. The house is north facing on a large 10 acre plot. Currently there is not external shading (although a large deck and pagoda are planned) and no internal blinds. The plan was that in winter, fall and spring the lower sun would come through the large windows and heat the slab and as the temperature cools release the slab's retained heat. It works very very well and is like having free heating. In summer the high north sun is blocked by the roof overhangs (which do not look large enough to succeed) and stop the sun from entering the building. It works well. To get the perfect mistake free house I think one has to go through the process a number of times. I'm pleased with GL although obviously there are negatives. Many, or in deed most of the drawbacks are no doubt uniform across the entire building services industry. The selections process is truly ridiculous and appears more concerned with irrelevant 'pretty things' that any sensible person can predict rather than being shown issues with the build / spec process that you may have ignored or simply not thought of. The build time, although within the standard contract specs, seemed quite long or rather there appeared to be a lot of no show days where the site was dead. I can't remember the build time but I do remember thinking if contractors turned up 5 days a week stage after stage then the house would have been completed in under 3 months (excl planning application). Contractors make their money by getting things done quickly and this shows in some of the construction and mistakes were made - again this is not just GL but is probably applicable to all builders. On the up side, most mistakes were rectified prior to moving in or within a couple of months. Back up service from GL and its contractors (particularly A&L Windows) has been very good. This was quite a surprise as once the final stage payment is made you as a client have no clout. Aside from the Picasso design, GL's other star is Russell Slater. A patient man with product, build and construction knowledge above and beyond his sales role. I set out to build a bright, light and modern family home in a beautiful landscape and GL allowed me to achieve this goal within the time and budget specified - what else can one ask for?
I had a small block but was still looking for somethig different. I really liked the look of the Gallery Living homes and with [name removed] help i was able to get a 4 bedroom home with 2 living areas on a small block. He suggested to add some colourbond panels to break up the long sides of the house and i was very pleased with the outcome having Hebel, cladding and colourbond on the exterior walls, so i have ended up with a house that stands out and looks great. The building process went very well, [name removed] the supervisor was great and ...kept me up to date at all times and the house was finished weeks ahead of the orgininal hand over date. There was only some minor things to fix after hand over so over all i am very happy with the whole process and the cost came in under what i had budgeted for. A great home to live in..
Home built for our block
We had pretty much given up on building a house because things like orientation and lots of natural light were important to us. Unfortunately, in order to get those things for our block we were looking at needing an architect, which was way out of our price range. By chance we went down to visit some display houses at Aldinga and came across Gallery Living. We were impressed by their display homes natural light and had a quick chat to Russell Slater (salesperson) who really 'got' what we wanted. Within a few minutes he drew up a house design th...at was similar to what we had been hoping for but couldn't find in other builders standard plans. And just as importantly we could afford to build it. We moved though the contract stages well, and entered into choosing the colours and fittings. This was okay. We found you really needed to know a lot about what you wanted before hand, and didn't felt very guided though this part of the process. Next it was time to get started. Andrew Obst, our site supervisor, clearly kept great control of progress as barely a day went by that someone wasn't on-site (and believe me we checked!). The house went up really quickly, and the quality was very good. At handover there was just a couple of very minor things that needed to be corrected. Everyone loves to tell you the horror stories of friends that built a new house, but all in all our experience was very much hassle free and we're really pleased with the outcome. Energy efficient, good quality, design, layout, price
Ev and Grae
Waiting for our home to sell,we were getting anxious as we had found the home we wished to build, it was with the help of [name removed] that we chose the Picasso 235 modified by Gallery Living. After looking for months at display homes we kept going back to Gallery Living Display,s. Construction started just before Christmas, what a great present. The open plan living, the Northerly aspect, the different building materials all assisted in our decision. All the tradesmen were easy to relate too, polite and very efficient.The on site supervisor...was exceptional, keeping us up to date, pointing out things we hadn't noticed, and allowing outside tradesman to complete their work. All the tradesman that worked on our house complemented us on the design.Loads of people told us it was very stressful building a house, we didn't think so.Moved the garage onto the house so we could have internal access, added an extra metre in width to living areas. The building process was a smooth transition, as was hand over with [name removed]. Would recommend Gallery Living to any one.Extremely happy with our choice and the finished product. The skillion roof, energy efficient, the design and the facade that they came up with by moving the garage onto the house.
Design, quality and price
When we decided to build our first home, design, quality and price were the 3 criteria most important to us. After visiting numerous display villages, homes and builders, we chose Gallery Living and haven't looked back, We had fallen in love with a block of land that had potential views and soon found out that with this came some challenges- slope, shape and a host of other limiting factors (not to mention council restrictions) .
Wanting to build a 260m2 home on a very narrow block was a challenge that Gallery Living stepped up to. They cam...e up with a number of concept ideas, helped formulate those into practical layout and worked with us every step of the way. Once we got development approval, the building got underway very quickly and each phase was completed according to plan. Handover was a great experience for us as we finally got to see how it all had come together! Unique style and design The painting contractors-
Want relaxed, sea side living, Gallery delivered our dream home!
From the outset, Russell at Gallery Living worked meticulously with us to build our dream home. No request was too much, no matter how many times we came with new idea's, or new room size requests. He worked with us to alter the design of their plan to suit our specific needs, leaving no stone unturned. This sealed the decision to go ahead with Gallery for myself and my husband. No other builder had really cared about what was best for our style of living, for our family, until now. Our experience was further enhanced with the efficient ma...nner in which the build progressed from there, helped along by an exceptional supervisor, who communicated with us at all times. Our home is now perfect for our family, it is everything we had hoped and planned for it to be. I would not hesitate in recommending Gallery Living and especially the service of Russell again in the future. inexpensive, energy efficient, service, service, service
We were instantly impressed by the Gallery Living Picasso display home. Without being an overly large house, it gave us that big spacious feeling, particularly in the combined living area with its soaring ceiling that fills the heart of the home with light.
We have now lived in our Picasso for about 6 weeks and we are loving it. Since moving in we have come across a few minor faults, most of which have already been rectified, and we are confident that all will be completed in the very near future.
A builder is only as good as the people invol...
One year has flown past. I am absolutely thrilled with my home. Russell Slater (Blg Design Consultant) was patient and helpful and has a keen eye for detail and perfection. Very soon after demolition, the team was on site and began work. Access to the block was difficult, with Andrew Obst (site manager) nothing was a problem, he maintained communication from the beginning to the end. The team were professional, helpful, and polite. All the tradesman did an excellent job, a high standard throughout, The painters did a perfect job, amazing. Th...e Dali Villa was built in record time, within the schedule. Overall it ticks all the boxes, it's affordable, contempory, confortable, good use of space..... I love my new home. I would highly recommend to anyone planning to build, to seriously consider ,,,,, 'Gallery Living', a home to be proud of. SLB. Affordable, energy efficent, contempory, moderate selection of fittings.
My Journey with Gallery Living was an Easy Experiance!
I built the Dali Villa design from Gallery Living range. My journey with Gallery Living was an easy experiance from the first contact with Rhonda Lacey in the planning stage. My investment plan was to construct a dwelling that was in the affordable price range and would suit the current real estate market conditions. The builders contract and documentation during the construction period was a painless exercise which most clients don't experiance when building their own home or investment property. Even the handover was painless with Jim Gro...pe defaults were minor which were made right prior to the final settlement cheque being paid. Look forward on working on the next project with the Gallery Living team when I am financially ready to sign another builders contract. Easy, painless and affordable investment home.
Gallery Living - What a pleasurable experience and fantastic product :o)
Well I have to agree with the other reviewers in shouting the praises of Gallery Living. The whole experience from start to finish a great one. This was our second build and although the last experience was not horrendous (different builder) this experience far surpassed the last. From the moment we walked into the show homes [name removed] listened to what we wanted he looked at our block and where other builders had looked and said yes that will fit [name removed] took into consideration the geography of the block (we have an irregular shape...d block) and added details that would ensure that the house only benefited from the block irregularities. We went into this build knowing what we wanted and although the house is based on the Da Vinici 280 we flipped part of the house, added walls, moved and added doors, windows, added extra power points, an outdoor shower, fridge plumbing etc - the little things that we didnt take into consideration the first time around. I am officially in love with the finished product The house was affordable, environmentally responible and ticked all the boxes and far exceeded our expectations. The build process was smooth and the supervisor was always on hand with to answer any questions we had. Finished product is amazing
fantastic house, awesome service!
We are really happy with our new home. It looks great, has so much character and it turned out just the way we had pictured it! It was such a nice experience working with Russell in the planning stage. He helped us modify our floor plan and make changes to suit our family and budget. No request was too much for him and it's obvious that our happiness and the quality and style of the house was as important to him as it was to us.
Once building had started, the house went up quickly. The after care was good too. Within a couple of days of us moving in anything that needed tweaking had been done!
great service, great looking houses that are energy efficiant, quick build time.
Wonderful first home build.
Our experience with Gallery Living was great. They were well organized and helpful. All team members answered our queries promptly and aided in any amendments with helpful suggestions.
This is our first home and we are very happy with the finished product. Our added niceties and the thoughtful design changes that were suggested by Russel have made the house into the home we love.
We definitely recommend using Gallery for your builder.
Helpful and insitefull service throughout the design, approval and build phases. Great value for money. Sight supervisor had the knowledge and experience to ensure ease of construation.
Not Gallery's fault - issues with ETSA and getting electricity. Be aware
Questions & Answers
To those who are now living in a gallery living home, how are you finding heating and cooling costs? Given the larger windows in these designs, do you find it costs more to air condition in summer and heat in winter? Any positives or negatives you could provide would be appreciate thanks.
We've only been in a short time plus we added solar when we did not have it before. All our windows are double glazed except some louvres so I hope it should be reasonably good.
Imhave only been in my home for 4 months. My windows are also double glazed, except the louvres. I have found the north facing windows keep my northern living areas lovely and warm in winter, compared to the south facing bedrooms/laundry/bathroom that a very cold in comparison. I ensure that the blinds are down by about 4.00pm to retain the heat. I have not had any permanent heating installed at the moment I have only been using a portable convector heater and my heating costs are low. With the arrival of spring I have found that there is already considerably less direct sun coming through the north facing windows but I am yet to experience a summer in my home.
I have found our house to be a lovely warm house in winter, we only had our heating on a minor amount throughout the long winter of 2016. Now that summer has arrived I'm finding the house to be warm in summer. If it's 25 outside it's 25 inside. This is great when it cools down at night, your house quickly cools down too, they don't retain the heat like brick homes. But there is no way you could go without air conditioning in the metro area.
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