STEP 1: Early decisions
The first steps when you build a new home in Sydney include being sure about where you are going to build. With house and land packages being in short supply, it will probably make sense to knock down and rebuild your existing home or to purchase an older home on a great block so you can knock it down and start from scratch. You also need to be clear on your budget. Speak to a lending expert about how much you can spend so you don’t go shopping for the kind of home you can’t afford. Once you have decided where your home will be, you will know how much space you have to work with.
At Dhursan Construction, we help home builder clients by letting them know what’s possible in regards to things like orientation and terrain. We also provide designers (more on that in a moment). During this initial stage, you will need to lock in a home designer and builder and be clear on their timelines. Speak to Dhursan about their availability as they may have a long waiting list that delays your project. When you’re having early discussions, try to lock down the price. Talk about approval as well, so your project is not delayed. Finally, if you are going to knock down an existing property, check to see if this is included in the price and how much it will be.
STEP 2: Choose your designs
Now you have land and a builder in mind.You may have chosen a ready-made design. This will limit the decisions you need to make but there will still be a few options to work through in terms of the layout and features of the home If you want a bespoke home, you will need several meetings with your building designer. Note that you don’t need an architect to design a family home. Bring your ideas to your meetings and you will probably have the chance to review a couple of versions before you sign off. Ideally, your designer will have connections with your building company. They may also be able to offer an ‘ inclusions package’, which gives you high-quality features like Fisher & Paykel appliances and stylish wall hung vanities. This will save you from spending hours agonising over wall tiles and benchtops because the selection is more limited.
If you have any specific interior on your mind or you will have to make a lot of decisions about materials and fittings. Create a Pinterest or Houzz ‘mood board’ to get an idea of what you like. Make sure materials are available, you might love some tiles you find online but realize they are in Italy and won’t arrive for twelve months. Take your time during the planning! It’s easier to change things on paper than on a building.
STEP 3: The official parts
Stage three is the time for planning permissions (if required). If you have purchased a house and land package, you will likely already have council approval and be able to go ahead. Otherwise, your designer will help you liaise with council to make sure your new home has the green light.
STEP 4: Finalise Drawings
STEP 5: Prepare to build
STEP 6: Time to build
STEP 7: Move in!
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