We sat down with our client and experienced property developer Ian Fayman, to hear about his recent Dual Occupancy build journey with Carter Grange.
Client: Ian Fayman
Co-Managing Director of a textile business for nearly 30 years.
Property Developer I’ve completed 12x property developments, working with 4x different builders.
Q: What was your first impression of Carter Grange?
A: I had seen Carter Grange’s Dual Occupancy work in the market and had heard good things.
I visited several Carter Grange display homes (with different sizes and specifications) and spoke with their team. I appreciated the quality of finishes and the specifications included.
Q: What made you decide to build with Carter Grange?
A: In March 2020, when I was considering my next project, I decided to reach out to see if Carter Grange would be a good fit.
I needed to buy a block, and I had identified two sites worth considering, both in Caulfield North.
Once I called Carter Grange, we met the same day, and visited both sites. The first site was 630sqm, and the second site was much larger being 900sqm.
Within 3 days Carter Grange provided me with a concept design & development feasibility for 2 x 32 SQ dwellings on the 630sqm block and 2 x 45+ SQ dwellings on the 900sqm site.
Having this information allowed me to decide (with confidence) to purchase the 900sqm site
I then began work with the Carter Grange team, which encompassed a Carter Grange Dual Occupancy specialist, a Town Planner, and their design team.
Q: What was your Design Brief?
A: My brief to the Carter Grange team was to design two large 45SQ+ dwellings (4 generous bedrooms, each with own ensuite & walk in robe), 2 separate living areas, separate dining area plus a study. A wow powder room was a must, with a beautiful kitchen, floor to ceiling 3 metre windows with double garages to both.
We decided to put in a lift, so that all bedrooms would be on the first floor, making ground floor all living.
Q: What stood out most when working with Carter Grange, compared to other builders you’ve worked with?
A: The attention to detail, the formalised paperwork and process, their friendliness, and build knowledge. Their staff went out of their way to explain every detail. And of course, as a developer – the price!
Q: What elements of Carter Grange’s pricing stood out to you?
A: Carter Grange offers a 24-month fixed price guarantee on the base house price of the build. Many of the other builders I met with offered 12-months or no price guarantee at all.
A 24-month guarantee showed to me that Carter Grange are realistic in the timeframes it takes to design a Dual Occupancy home and proceed through Council. (I’ve learnt this the hard way) I didn’t feel like I was given empty promises to get my business.
Q: Would you build with Carter Grange again?
A: Yes, I am. I bought another block on Bambra Road in March 2022; Carter Grange have advised we will start Construction in early 2023. With a 12-month build it will be a two-year project start-to-finish.
Thinking about building?
Give our team a call and find out your options based on your block size and budget, or arrange a one-on-one meeting.
Gary Gorov – Design and Planning Manager – 0476 001 131
Nikia Conroy – Dual Occupancy Consultant – 0427 155 683
Jordan Lebenbaum – Dual Occupancy Consultant – 0499 799 017