Alternate Dwellings Review

This Alternate Dwellings review is of the Website. "A fourth generation building family since 1920, Alternate Dwellings have developed a unique building system and manufacturing process that has combined to produce the acclaimed range of Kit Homes and Kit Barns available today.

The Alternate Dwellings collection of Homes and Barns are available in a broad range of sizes and floor plans, from charming Bed and Breakfasts to expansive Homesteads. A 100% Australian product, everything from the raw material to the finishing touches are produced at their factory in Morwell, Victoria. By producing their own timber, they can control the quality and ensure no imported timber is used in the kits.

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This enables them, along with the option of the latest environment friendly termite and weather treatments, to truly guarantee the kit home product they make" (from website). This provider supplies 'build your own' home kits. Kit homes Victoria provider.

As you can see below I have over 40 submissions and 30 more comments on those submissions and all of them are less than happy with this provider. Seems they mostly build kit homes for clients and from the comments this isn't ending well. Put in perspective, it could be that they have a very large turnover and this is just the disappointed few. But I have very few negative comments on my other 30 odd pages of other kit home provider reviews. If you intend to build it yourself, as an owner builder, it may be fine to work with this crew. It seems, from the feedback, their builders are not good at finishing. Some comments refer to a failing business, others to liquidation, so beware. Due diligence will be required and perhaps a building consultant to assist. Here is a facebook page set up for A.D. information on this subject.

Here is a link to an ABC story October 2016

Website Rating Legend

1 house = poor information
2 houses = some information
3 houses = good information
4 houses = excellent information

Website Ratings for Alternate Dwellings

Website information access: navigation, speed, copy, contact


Owner builder support: OB info, instructions, manuals, pdfs, links


Floorplans: selection of offered floorplans, sizes, styles


Kit Inclusions: lists of inclusions in each stage


Base prices: listed costs for inclusion stages


Description of standards: materials, finishes, prime cost items (PC)


Photos/videos: renderings/graphics, photo slideshows, videos


Website address: www.alternatedwellings.com
Location: Officer, Victoria

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The house in the pic above .  
We dealt with G...B...(ed) when we built and I have never met a bigger liar and cheat . He has no morals whatsoever. House should have been demolished …

Review 
Alternate Dwellings are a pack of liars and bullies. The brothers Ross Andrew and Mark Gilbert; Ross being the owner Glen's, son inlaw, also Build Manager …

Traumatised 
This company is in liquidation. The term is "Under external administration." as of Friday 21st Oct. I'd be interested to know how many other people are …

Please Avoid 
Reading all these other reviews that sound so much like the nightmare experience we had with Alternate Dwellings I thought I would tell a little bit of …

Don't go with this mob 
Unless you enjoy dealing with: 1. leaking roof - still leaks with every easterly, despite an AD rep having supposedly fixed it twice 2. cheap, drafty, …

Alternative Dwellings at Rosebud Victoria 
I built with Alternate dwellings in Rosebud, VIC. Found them very flexible and very accommodating. I am surprised to see these other reports because my …

Relatively smooth build from Alternate Dwellings 
We built with Alternate Dwellings. They were good overall. The lock-up stage went really fast. Finish was slower and required more direct input. But we …

be aware of what your getting into, nice houses but thats where the pleasureble experience stops 
Im an owner builder and as i wanted two houses (one in Victoria and another in Western Australia)i wanted to save the time making the frames, so i chose …

Think twice about Alternate Dwellings 
Shocking construction work! Two separate friends have had a nightmare with their house and aggressive site managers who cover up dodgy work. One said …

Upset and deeply disappointed 
My wife and I had Alternate Dwellings build a modified Old Mill to lockup stage. We had seen some unfavourable reviews of their finishings, but it sounded …

Flexible designs with beautiful finishes - Thank you! 
Alternate Dwellings provided my family with our dream home I hope will remain this way for generations to come. When choosing to build another home, we …

Great team to work with 
I really enjoyed the process Alternate Dwellings provided, I built to finish stage in Victoria. I am shocked by these negative reviews as I had the complete …

Loving our Counrty Home 
Well unlike most reviews on this site, I would like to thank Alternate Dwellings for building my dream home. I have a modified Kornalla and its everything …

Avoid at all costs 
Whilst the product looks good it gets thrown together on site, we had access to the site until we pointed out faults and errors (like power points in the …

Do not use Alternate Dwellings Not rated yet
My husband, a small business owner did investigative and repair work on plumbing the Alternate Dwellings contractors damaged in the first quarter of this …

BE WARNED - BEWARE! Not rated yet
Very accommodating up until signing a contract and then you're at risk of disaster! And then they become aggressive, deceitful and bullies. Use the cooling …

DO NOT TOUCH THIS COMPANY Not rated yet
This company is a nightmare to deal with. They do not respond to emails or return phone calls. They started work over three months ago, did 2 weeks work …

AVOID THESE SCUMBAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not rated yet
UNETHICAL, IMMORAL, LYING BULLIES!!!!!!!!!!!! READ THE REVIEWS AND MAKE AN INFORMED, ASTUTE DECISION. CLIENTS DON'T POST NEGATIVE REVIEWS ON A WHIM - THERE'S …

Please do not build with this builder Not rated yet
Very disappointed with the construction quality of alternate dwellings. The end result was a nightmare, now we have to fix it all.. pls do not build with …

AL Not rated yet
Thanks for the reviews. I had the Old Mill in mind, but after reading about these reviews, have put it on hold. Thanks for the site, great example of …

Overt deception and bullying Not rated yet
Having previously used a different builder we were shocked at the continuous incorrect plans and bullying behavior over payments before agreed stages. …

Do not use Not rated yet
Slow and in fact refused to complete the job

DON'T USE 'ALTERNATE DWELLINGS' Not rated yet
Lost ALOT of money with using this company. I wish I never built with them given the money lost. I was told to pay deposits before builders would start, …

Enlightened Not rated yet
We were about to order the large Alternate Dwellings old mill and old mill barn. After having issues with builders in the past and knowing the stress we …

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Ms Not rated yet
I have been dealing with Alternate Dwellings during 2013, 2014 and will probably go into 2015. If you would like a first hand opinion of their work, please …

BULLIES - STAY AWAY!!!!!!!! Not rated yet
These people in particular their unprofessional construction Manager A...B.... is nothing but a bully. Stay Away - Bullies & nothing but poor workmanship …

Nightmare with Alternate Dwellings Not rated yet
I am currently living a nightmare having a home build by Alternate Dwellings. Beware, Beware, Beware. If you use these people get your own inspector …

We have had the same awful experience Not rated yet
We have had a very similar experience with alternative dwellings as others. To quote Gerard's review - "the salesman was wonderful but that's where it …

AVOID AT ALL COSTS Not rated yet
We had a horrible and stressfull experience with Alternate Dwellings. Dont get suckered by the sales pitch.

Wanted to build with Alternate Dwellings but... Not rated yet
after reading these complaints I wont be building with this company when I really like their designs; common themes throughout that are frightening

On the up side! Not rated yet
Just a few positive words on behalf of Alternate Dwellings. We have just completed a gorgeous Gippslander on the front half of our block for my mother …

Lovely Staff! Not rated yet
I just want to mention the staff!!! They were so professional and understanding. Lovely to deal with. My partner and I felt so looked after... not just …

Alternate Dwellings Review: "Absolutely terrible" Not rated yet
I've had constant problems with my Alternate Dwellings build, mainly with water damage, ruined doors and leaky windows. The general workmanship is absolutely …

Built with Alternate Dwellings 10 years ago Not rated yet
We bought a home through them about 10 years ago. We opted for a 3 bedroom place, western red cedar, with open plan kitchen/lounge for a holiday home. …

Deeply disappointed with alternate dwellings Not rated yet
We love our house but had an awful time with the builders. The building manager was a big bully who seemed to take great pleasure in restricting our access …

Bad Experience Not rated yet
Like many of the other Alternate Dwellings reviews, I also had a bad experience with poor project management, aggressive treatment, specs and legal requirements …

Alternate Dwellings: youneedtosupervisethesupervisor Not rated yet
Buy the kit and get someone else to build it for you, preferably your local builder or carpenter. Alternate Dwellings built my home and it is beautiful …

Frustrated and Disappointed Not rated yet
I notice from previous commentary that some comments are removed following pressure from the company - what a surprise. We decided not to use AD as we …

Wish I'd seen this site before! Not rated yet
Very similer experience with alternative dwellings to others on this site, the salesman was wonderful but thats where it ended. Aggressive and bullying …

Non disclosure of fees Not rated yet
Alternate Dwellings charged us previously undisclosed exhorbitant fees when we decided not to sign their contract. They could not give us a final quote …

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