Thoughts from a resident of Trinity, Kendal Goulay
Picture yourself relaxing in your alfresco on a glorious Perth afternoon. The sea breeze has come in, you’ve put your feet up and are taking a moment to admire your newly constructed home.
The journey from choosing the right homesite in the right community, to building and meeting the neighbours takes lots of planning and a little patience.
As a master-planned community, LWP’s Trinity at Alkimos has set a benchmark for quality, sustainable living in Perth’s northern corridor while offering a relaxed, easy-going coastal lifestyle.
And there aren’t many people around who love Trinity more than Kendal Gourlay. She lives at Trinity with her husband Ross, children Christopher and Rachel and their dog, Harvey.
Kendal is a member of the Trinity Community Reference Group and embodies everything that is great about the sense of community at Trinity.
In this blog, we asked Kendal about her journey to becoming a Trinity resident, and lessons learned along the way.
First things first… choose a homesite
Whether you are planning to raise a family, build your first home, or find a sound investment, there’s a lot to consider when buying land.
It’s best to start with a wish list of your preferred suburbs, lot size and shape, home size and design etc.
Developer’s land sales offices and websites offer loads of information, such as LWP’s First Homebuyers Online Guides, to get you started.
Kendal and Ross purchased a 450sqm block in December 2011.
“We chose Trinity as it was good value for money and we liked its ‘village’ theme,” she said.
“We do wish that we had purchased a slightly bigger lot so we could have accommodated a larger garden but we loved that Trinity was a quiet, friendly neighbourhood.”
Help is a question away…
As this was the first time Kendal and Ross had built, they found the process confusing at times and learnt that there was a lot to gain from asking questions.
“For example, we come from the UK where soak wells are a standard inclusion but we learned that we had to put in our own soak wells here,” she said.
“We also learned that we could have brought our house forward slightly, giving us more space in the garden. Our neighbour did this but it was not offered as an option to us, so we didn't realise it could be done.
“Another thing to remember is that if you choose a corner lot, you are responsible for the upkeep of the verge area.”
Choose the builder that’s right for you
After choosing their homesite, Kendal and Ross built a 4x2 with study and theatre room through Celebration Homes.
New developments often have display villages and it’s a good idea to visit as many of these as possible (before you meet with your builder) to get a feel for the size and style of home that suits your needs.
The display village at Trinity features 21 homes from Perth's leading home builders, with eight of the homes built on 'cottage' homesites and the remainder on traditional lots.
Kendal said Celebration Homes had been “first-class from start to finish”.
“The rooms are a good size, which is one of the reasons we chose this design,” she added.
“Construction started at the end of February/beginning of March and we were in ahead of schedule!”
She did however advise home builders to check their home thoroughly before handover and speak up if they noticed any defects:
“We were lucky not to have much of a snagging list but on final inspection we noticed that the main bathroom tiles on the decorative strip were a different shade from each other,” she said. “This was easily and immediately fixed by the tiler.”
Love where you live
Kendal has seen some significant growth and change at Trinity since her home was finished two years ago.
“Access to the new Butler Train Station is nearly complete and we now have several play parks for little kids,” she said.
“I love the local markets throughout the year and am also looking forward to visiting the planned local shops and cafe. A village cafe where residents can meet for a chat and a coffee is so important.”
The passionate Trinity resident says she enjoys living in a community where “everyone is willing to help each other out”:
“I love my neighbours here at Trinity and really love the community feel it has!”