Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to build?
Anytime during the year!!!
How long will it take to build my house?
Timeframe varies depending on the type of house built. However, generally to build your house it will take approximately 10-12 months to complete the entire process. The development stage will take about 4 months including planning, designing, agreement and time pass through council and receive approvals. Then the construction stage will be around 6-8 months from the initial siteworks through to completion of your house.
Who organises the plans?
As a full service building company we have qualified architects that can design your house plan internally without the added cost of outsourcing.
Can I change the plan once it has been drawn?
Changes made prior to the written agreement can be made with no extra cost, however, any changes made once the contract is signed may results in additional charges.
What approvals do I need?
We have it all sorted, we organise approvals with the council and water corporation and also arrange survey and engineering details.
Why is the council process taking so long?
Each council has different procedures and requirements for building. During peak building season there may be occasional delays with approvals. If you think the approval process has taken longer than usual it’s advisable you contact the council directly.
Can I purchase my own fixtures / fitting / materials?
Yes, if you decide to provide your own products please advise your consultant prior to materials being purchased. Any changes may affect the price and schedule of your project.
Will my new home be energy efficient?
All our homes comply with government 6 star energy regulations, which is a more cost effective use of heating and cooling energy whilst reducing the carbon footprint. We continually seek more efficient ways to improve energy efficiency for our projects.
How often will we contact you during the building process?
At completion of each stage we will send you an updated invoice for the work finished during that period. If you have any queries or would like to make a change please feel free to contact us.
What is practical completion?
The building project is complete but requires a practical completion inspection by our director where any defects are outlined and will be correct within a reasonable time. At this stage the house can be lived in.
What are siteworks and do I pay extra for them?
Siteworks (earthworks) are required before building can commence. It includes a contour survey, a report of the soil and levelling off the ground in preparation for laying the concrete slab. Every building project requires sitework and the costs vary considerably as each job is different, most new land estate blocks are already level with a sandy base so costs are lower than a block on a severe slope with rocks underneath. However, this will not be an additional charge it will be factored into the overall amount of your house.
What areas do we undertake renovations?
We generally provide renovation services to the immediate Perth metropolitan area, however we can be flexible so contact us to see whether we are able to renovate in your area.
How can I get my home renovated?
Simply contact us to organise a suitable time for us to conduct a FREE no obligation site visit at your home and to discuss what changes you want made.
What should I think about when planning out my renovation?
Think of a renovation in terms of the entire house rather than just a specific room. Try to plan long term on how you can improve your overall house appearance and make it more practical. You want to maximise space whilst trying to keep things simple. Renovations add value to your home so ensure all materials and colours used match the existing scheme.
How long will my renovation take?
Every renovation is different so it’s hard to say a specific time frame. You will be advised of the scheduled completion date prior to signing the contract. Generally renovations will be finished within four months.
Can I stay in my home during the renovation?
It’s up to you, however, depending on the type of re-construction your house will be under it may be more comfortable for you to find a temporary place to stay as it might become noisy, messy and restricted through parts of the renovation but we do try our best to keep that all to a minimum so speak to your consultant and site manager to discuss before making a decision.
What is a granny flat?
A self-contained extension (seconding dwellings) that is on the same block of land as the main house, which can be separate or attached to the existing house. It must have a separate entrance and have separate toilet, bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and living area from the main house.
What approvals do I need to build a granny flat?
Development Application approval is required to build a granny flat, which can take about 10-30 days, depending on shire. We can draw up your plans for you as we are aware of all the regulations you need to comply with. If you want to add a granny flat onto your existing home it must have a separate entrance from the house and if building a separate granny flat to the house it must have street access.
What are the regulations involved?
New regulations stipulate that granny flats can be built in all residential zones provided there is only one main house and granny flat on the same block of land. The dimensions of the granny flat are to be no more than 70 metres living space with up to 12 metres patio, which may vary between councils. The granny flat must meet all requirements set by the local government in their local environment plan and the Building Code of Australia.
House and Land Package
What is a house and land package?
Purchasing the land and new house together, which can be cheaper than buying the land first and then deciding to build at a later stage. It also offers convenience as it is all undertaken in one place rather than worrying about having two separate companies to deal with. It can also generate profit if you select the right area to build your new home.
What is an “off the plan” home?
A pre-built house and block. You can select your house depending on your requirements like number of bedrooms for example. You can make changes to the home like different door designs, flooring or windows, however, check with our developer as this may incur an additional cost depending on what is required.
How much does a land home package cost?
It varies depending on the home developer, the size of home and the suburb in which the house will be built. A down-payment of around 5% will be required, which may not be due until completion of the home.
Do you offer warranty on my house?
All our construction projects come with a 90 day warranty maintenance period and you will be provided with a 7 year structural warranty for your reassurance.
Do I need to change my own insurance?
It’s recommended to inform your current home insurance company about the renovation and they should advise you on your individual policy requirements.
What is indemnity insurance?
Insurance required by all registered builders to cover the renovation construction. We are insured with QBE Insurance.
How much will my repayments be?
Our finance calculator will provide you an estimate of your repayments based on the amount borrowed, interest rate, repayment frequency, duration of loan and fees. To find out how much your total repayments will be, click here .
How much can I borrow?
Using our finance calculator it will provide you with an amount that you can borrow according to your affordable repayments, set interest rate, fees and the duration of the loan. To see how much you can borrow click here .