24 Mar Step By Step Guide To The Building Process
MAKING YOUR DREAM HOME A REALITY
Follow our easy step-by-step guide to the building process to get you on the road to getting started.
FIND THE RIGHT ARCHITECT
Choosing the right architect is important as he/she can bring your ideas to life and ensure they are realistic with your budget. (read: How to select an architect ). Once you have selected the architect, arrange a meeting to brief them on your needs for the project. By going down the path of using an architect, you can ensure you new home is unique and stands out from the rest.
After the briefing, the architect begins preliminary drawings of the house according to your brief. When the prelim drawings are complete, send the drawings to your preferred builder to complete a detailed cost estimate for the build.
FIND THE RIGHT BUILDER
It is important to look for a talented builder who can maximize the potential of your project. (read: How to find the right builder). Getting a detailed building cost estimate is an integral part of the process as it determines whether the build is feasible for your budget.
If the detailed cost estimate is out of your budget, it important to decide what changes should be made before completing the detailed architectural drawings. Determining these changes at this stage will save excessive architects’ fees down the track. Once you are happy with the detailed cost estimate, the next step is to revisit the architect.
Some local council planning departments need the planning drawings to be submitted for approval. If your new home does not comply with the residential code or in in a heritage overlay zone, a planning permit will most likely be required. If planning permits are not required, ask the architect to proceed with architectural drawings. The architectural drawings must include all the main specifications required for the actual build.
Soil testing is required for engineering drawings and can be done while the architectural drawings are being finalized. You, the architect or engineer can engage a geotechnical surveyor to complete this testing.
Once the architectural drawings are complete, they are given to an engineer to make structural drawings. Engineering drawings outline the engineering for the slab structure, footing system and structural steel if required.
An energy rating report is also required by the local planning department. Your architect can engage someone to do this on your behalf. The energy rating is compiled from the architectural working drawings and is a requirement for any building permit.
FINALIZE BUILDER’S QUOTE
Once all the permissions and paperwork is in order, it’s time to go back to the chosen builder to proceed with a fixed quote for the build itself. It is recommended that bathroom, kitchen and internal fixtures are selected at this stage to ensure these are incorporated into the building contract. The cost for these items varies tremendously and pinning down the costs will help you stay within your budget. Keep in mind, there is always the opportunity for variations during the building process.
SIGN CONTRACTS AND GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD
When you are happy with the builders quote, advise the builder to draw up a builder’s contract and specifications book. The specification book details the list of the building tasks and materials, finishes and selected fixtures. It also gives a list of other things that may or may not be included. Both contract and specification booklet must be completed and signed off by the client and builder.
Now the builder can apply for home warranty insurance and a building permit. Once the building permit is issued and insurances supplied to the client, a 5% deposit is required before the building works can commence.