The inspiration for this site came from the many posts I came across and responded to in the different social media groups like Facebook, Instagram and forums. There were a lot of similar questions asked and I enjoy helping others who were in a similar position to where I was when I didn’t know anything about the build process
I hope this site helps you in your build journey.
If theres anything missing here that you think should be then please leave a comment below.
The typical journey follows a pattern like this
It can be overwhelming to find out what a house can cost to build. The Budget guideline will help guide you on this.
You need to know what you can build on your land. This will be set by either DA (Council) or CDC (State) guidelines. The critical points to initially understand are:
Determines the size of the house you are allowed to build
Side setbacks can be different for the ground and first floor and will impact the width and length of the home that you can build.
For the home, you need to think about your use of the space and what’s important to you, not just for now but for later too. For example, a theatre room might be great when the kids are older but for now, it may just need to be a playroom. If it’s a playroom you might want to have it in close sight from the kitchen. You should also consider the following for your build:
This is incredibly important because it helps narrow your search from an endless amount of options to a few. Its hard to visualise a floorplan so its worthwhile Getting Inspiration and looking through Great Sources of Information for building a New Home
You can engage with an architect, building designer, or draftsman to come up with a custom design. Alternatively, you can choose a builders floorplan and customise it. Almost everything except the staircase in a builders plan can be changed.
When you look at a floor plan theres only so much you can see how the home might look at feel. There are some great 3D apps which start with simple to very complex ones that can help you visualise the house.
Some parts of the design can lead to excessive costs to the build. There are tips in this link for an efficient building design that will still give you a great result at a lower cost.
Choosing a Builder is important because this is who you will be working with over the next 1-2 years and there are different aspects to investigate when doing so. I found the following valuable though they’re just a subset of what I would look for.
Take a look through the first link in this section for more about this.
This is what happens from signing to before construction starts and includes below. Its good to understand what inclusions you want in your build too as it will impact your overall cost.
Each build is different and has different timelines for each phase of the development so its best to confirm these with them. The timeline in the image provides a high level view of the different stages of the pre-construction stage.
Other stages to consider:
The selections phase will provide you an opportunity to add many different options to your home for example:
Your builder is busy with either a handful of clients all the way up to hundreds or even thousands at a time. Just because you could be spending over $1mil on a build will mean very little to the admin team. My biggest tip is dont trust the builder will get things right or will have initiated something unless they’ve confirmed this. Also dont trust that the costs they pass on or the building regulations they say your build needs to follow is actually required. People make mistakes and things can easily be misinterpreted. The following are tips to help speed up your journey
Be well prepared for your selections. You should know exactly what you want before going to the appointments and have a list of items you want costings for. Going back and forth and adding to these will further delay the process.
Its important to know your rights here as builders can put off maintenance issues and defects for weeks or months, sometimes longer, and people arent aware of ways they can reduce this. Take a look at Conflict Resolution & Quality Control to know what you can do before and after the build.