With a busy household of four kids, the Fraser family set out to build their first home – and deposited with Carlisle on day one of their search!
When Ben and Renee started looking to build their first home, they were adamant not to settle for the first builder they visited; that is, until they stepped into a Carlisle display home! Impressed, they confidently initiated the process with us – even before they’d chosen a home design.
After Ben and Renee had signed their initial deposit paperwork and spent time combing through home designs on the Carlisle website, they jumped into the car and set out to see the Arlington on display in Tarneit.
“We arrived at the display, and when we walked in, I cried,” says Renee smiling. “It was the realisation that this was going to be our first home and that our hard work had paid off.”
Having looked at established homes for so long, Ben and Renee knew exactly what they wanted in a new home; and the list was long!
“The priority for us was a big kitchen, living and dining area so that all the family could be together in the one room,” explains Renee. “We wanted four bedrooms, two lounges, and for it to open up to the side yard so we could see the kids from the kitchen and lounge,” she adds.
Renee and Ben were also after open plan living, a big entrance way, a study nook, and an island bench. “Everything we got with the Arlington 27 was what we wanted,” says Ben.
"Being in construction, I could envisage the home from the floorplan,” explains Ben, “but it was so good to see the house in real life,” he adds.
And the kids were just as over the moon as mum and dad.
“They were running around picking their bedrooms and were really excited to have their own lounge room,” smiles Renee. “Because we’d been living with the in-laws for so long, they were so happy to have their own space again,” adds Ben.
From their very first visit to a display village, it was obvious to Ben and Renee that Carlisle was the builder for them. Following a one-hour appointment with the Sales Consultant, who made them feel instantly comfortable with the process, Ben was confident that he didn’t want to look at any other builders.
“We started our building journey quite nervous to begin with though,” explains Ben. “But the Carlisle Sales Consultant made us really comfortable, and he talked us through everything we needed to know,” he adds.
“We had a tight budget, but he never once tried to push it and was really accommodating,” recounts Renee gratefully.
After spending so much time dreaming about their first home, the pair knew what they were looking for in a floorplan – and found that in the Arlington 27. Not only did it have everything they needed in terms of design, but the luxury inclusions were also an impressive and surprising drawcard for the pair.
“We also got a lot of things that we didn’t think we would be able to afford – the amount of inclusions were amazing,” says Renee. “We loved the quality of the Carlisle display homes, and trusted that our home was going to look just like the displays – and it did!” she adds.
Ben and Renee struck a deal before their Colour Selections appointment: she would have the freedom to choose the internal colours, while he would take charge of the exterior. “Thank goodness he did a good job,” laughs Renee.
However, when it was time for their Spectra appointment, the level of inclusions meant that there wasn’t much left to add. “We hardly upgraded anything at Spectra at all,” says Renee, with Ben adding that they spent under $2,000 at their colour selections appointment, having already added the bi-fold doors at sales stage.
“The things we added were just luxury nice-to-have things like a barn-style sink, an upgraded façade and plumbing for the fridge, nothing we really needed, because everything was already included,” says Renee happily. Ben interrupts with enthusiasm about the addition of the black trim on the bathroom fixtures, saying “I was just so excited to add them. I’m sure the Colour Consultant thought I was crazy,” he laughs.