Breaking down the building process. A step-by-step guide.
So, you’re going to build a new home. But where do you start? And how do you turn your you list of needs and wants into a living breathing home? Well, lucky for you, you start right here, and we’ll work with you to make your dream home come alive. So, here’s a step by step guide to building your very first home.
The paperwork & approval process
The first step is the paperwork, which sounds quite boring but it’s where all the fun decisions are made. Once you sort out your home loans, and finance is approved, you can pick out a block in a location to suit your needs and budget. Once that is settle, you can begin thinking about how big a home you need, what style of home you’d like, and start playing with house plans.
Research, research, research.
Before you start making big decisions it’s important to do your research, you’re going to be making so many decisions over the coming months you want to be prepared. We also recommend checking out sites like Pinterest to get some ideas of what styles and finishes you may want in your home.
Prestart is where you sit down with one of our talented Prestart Consultants and sort out the small details of your new home, everything from choosing fixtures to flooring. The prestart stage can be the most fun stage, but it can also be the most daunting, so it try to get some ideas before you come in, but if you are still unsure of what direction to go in, our prestart consultants will guide you through the process.
Now that all the paperwork and planning is all done, it’s time to get on with the construction.
But how does a vacant block turn into a brand-new home?
The first step to any build is laying the slab. The slab is the foundation of the home and you can already begin to see your chosen floorplan come to life. The foundations are key and take a few weeks to complete before brickwork can then begin.
A few weeks after the foundations are set, the walls begin to rise, and the rough skeleton of your new home starts to take shape.
After the external and internal walls are done, it’s time for the roof. It will begin with the framework, then the exterior and then the internal ceiling. Your new home is starting to actually resemble your plans.
Lockup is when the doors and windows are installed, and the house can actually be locked up! As well as the doors and windows the internal plumbing and wiring also begin.
Next is the internal fitout and your new house turns into a home with the installation of your kitchen, bathrooms, taps and tiles. Plus, any agreed fixtures and fittings, like the installation of cabinetry, skirting and more.
Before you move in, the site will be cleared and ready for the final inspection. You’ll do a walk-through and check your home, anything that needs tweaking will be adjusted and then that’s it, you’re ready to move in!
All you need to go is schedule your removalists, and voila! Welcome to your brand-new home! Settle in and enjoy having a place to call your own.