As a Melbourne inner-city dweller for many years, Boutique Homes customer Fiona decided it was time to sell her 1-bedroom apartment in favour of moving to the country where she could enjoy some quiet and more living space.
Now living in Bacchus Marsh, Fiona’s Marseille 28 has a master bedroom to rival the size of entire last apartment and she enjoys the peace and quiet, that has made way for overall inner-peace.
Even with a move to the county, Fiona has kept her lifestyle and maintained practicality by selecting a home and location that supports her daily life, saying the experience has worked out beautifully.
‘I like the city but always wanted to live in the country, I wanted to live deeper into the country but I had to be practical so I’ve also serviced my needs and I love where I am!’ she said.
For Fiona, it began with a drive to a small land sales office where she hastily purchased a block of land. Soon after she was faced varying mixed thoughts that wavering between ‘what have I done?’ and ‘what am I going to put on this’?
But while in the land sales office, she found a copy of the Boutique Homes brochure that captured her attention.
‘I had no idea Boutique existed’ she said. ‘I saw the brochure and thought ‘that looks nice!’ and took the giant chunky brochure home.’
From there it was a series of walking through display homes, getting a clearer idea on what she wanted each time she walked through.
‘Thank goodness for display homes - looking at a floorplan, I had no idea! But walking through, you get a feeling of how it works and if it’s too complicated if it’s too hidden or too dark.’
‘Every time I went through was more ‘yes’ and the staff were very patient with me, I visited the Point Cook display home 33 times, I kept a tally - it’s a wonder they didn’t ask me to leave!’
Finding the home design for her, Fiona described the Marseille as having a lovely inner-spine that everything peels off, making it easy to get around.
‘I walked through the Marseille and I just knew it was ‘The One’, I liked this home and I knew it. As you get older you tend to trust your instincts more and so that’s what I did.’
Surprised with what she could get standard with Boutique, Fiona also had a clear idea about what she wanted and was appreciative for the flexibility.
‘I did like the fact to that I looked at the basic home design and I could choose different design options included. I built the three-bedroom option, mainly because it’s just me so I don’t need four bedrooms.’
‘A lot of things I stuck to the standard category which was good, but where I thought there was value, I added it and it was not half as expensive as I thought it would be!’
Reflecting on her experience a single home builder, Fiona recalled having no idea if she could build with her own single income.
‘It was a challenge but I was lucky, I previously owned a small apartment but I also knew how to budget.’
Fiona says that as a single person home building can be terrifying because you question whether you’re doing it right, but it’s not a horrific journey.
‘I was able to talk freely about what I needed and what I expected. A lot of single people don’t often think of building but we can do it!’
‘I’m a single woman - and quite happy about that - but single people in general, not everyone is going to have a family. We’re not all families with kids, and I know it’s ideal - a nuclear family, but I think there is a big market for singles.’
‘Trust yourself’ she added. ‘You can build whatever you like, also everything is yours, and that is fantastic!’
Learn more about the Marseille home design here.
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