What comes first? Steps to get your build off to the right start.

Quite often we find that people are unsure about which steps to take first when they undertake a building project, whether that be a new home or an extension/renovation, especially if they are wanting to take ownership of the initial stages themselves. Taking the wrong path can be a very expensive exercise and lead to stressful beginning.

Some choose to engage their own architect or draftsman to create their dream plans, going back and forth until they are happy with the layout and design they have chosen. They may have a bit of an idea about how much it will cost them but nothing in concrete, it’s more of a ‘guestimate’. They then get all of their drawing finalised, get the engineer to design their component and send this off to their local council for development approval. They receive approval and are now ready build, they take the plans to a builder to accurately cost in preparation for building only to find that either the cost significantly exceeds their budget or the proposed methods of building may not be the most practical. We have seen firsthand the disappointment that this brings as people have spent thousands on plans, engineering and council fees only to have to go back to the drawing board and revise everything.

If you are wanting to take ownership of the initial stages in your build, read the steps below to guide you through the process.

  1. Talk to your local council planning department and discuss your building plans. Ask them to give you feedback on any areas that you will need to take into consideration.
  2. Start talking to a builder NOW! Share your ideas and they can begin to guide you through the process.
  3. Get your architect or draftsman to draw your plans up to a working drawing stage.
  4. Get your soil testing completed so you know what type of soil you are dealing with.
  5. Ask the builder to provide you with a cost analysis of your build based on the working drawings you have. Know the fixtures/ fittings and cabinetry finishes you are wanting to select as this all needs to be added into the cost of your build.
  6. Based on the costing you have received you can now decide if your plans and selections meet your budget. If not, you can make amendments with minimal inconvenience.
  7. Now you can finalise your drawings and your engineered documents, give these to your builder so they can provide you with a fixed price contract.
  8. Submit your Development Application to your local council for approval.

We cannot stress the importance of engaging a builder from the beginning. Their knowledge is invaluable. A simple question could save you time, money and stress. 

Get your project off to the right start today.