Got home yesterday to find an Express Post delivery waiting....found it was from Rawdon Hill and hurriedly opened it - and lo and behold, Draft 1 of the House Plans !
There's a few things to be modified along the way, but as a whole it's pretty much according to how we wanted it (certain modifications here and there were all included).
Now have to get them scanned into the computer and do some photoshop work along the way to point out where certain things would be good to go.
There isn't a huge backyard thanks to the easement, but there's more of a "side" garden - we're not having an alfresco, but more of a patio area.
UPDATE: We've just found out that the garage has to be setback to 5.5m from 4.87, so we're thinking the only way to do it without losing the verandah/door from the garage is to move the whole house back, which would put it near the easement, and then shorten the rumpus and bedroom 3 by the amount to get it back from the easement - if that makes sense.
Otherwise if you move the garage alone, you lose the verandah/door and there's nowhere else on the plan to put an entry door without comprmising other rooms. If the plan was flipped (which we can't do), then it could've been an entry to the laundry.
After going to the color selection room at Rawdon Hill, we drove up to Evans Rd where Melada Parade will begin, and they've made some progress on the civil works - now there's some guttering, and some new dirt for the landscaping of the median strip and nature strips. Reassuring.