The Building Process
Although we strongly recommend the early involvement of a builder in the design process, this is the point where many customers first consider the selection of a builder. We suggest that you look behind the headline figures advertised by many building companies, and dig deep into the actual deliverables on offer.
There several forms of building contract available, however, most new homes and extensions contracts are likely to be a lump sum contract agreed between yourself and the builder. One of the benefits of engaging with a builder at an early stage of a project, is there should be nothing new popping up at this contract stage.
When you have signed a building contract, the builder will make the application for a building permit which will require additional documentation from you, including the engineering drawings and in most cases, an energy efficiency report. Once approved, construction can commence.
This is about getting your thoughts and ideas down onto paper. It is imperative that the designer has a keen eye on the construction budget. If you are intending to utilise an architect or draftsperson, it is highly recommended that you involve a builder such as ourselves at an early stage.
Once you have a design that you are satisfied with, this can be taken to the local council for regulatory approval. The development approval submission can either be made by yourself, or we can assist you with this.