At Blue Build we are professional builders. We have over 15+ years experience servicing Sydney with our premium building services. We understand that building a new home is both an exciting and overwhelming experience.
Building a new home involves a bunch of questions and aspects that you may have not thought about. Sometimes there can be unexpected delays or issues that can show up from paperwork through to construction. Using this guide you can make sure you have all aspects covered when building a new home.
1. Soil Ratings – It’s important to know the type of sand you are building on. Soil that is sandier will have to be compensated for, as will soil that is more clay-like. The importance of knowing the soil type and building to structurally compensate for these factors will save both money and disappointment in the long run.
2. Building Covenants – It’s also important to be aware if there may be any building covenants that apply to the area you are building in. This could involve restrictions such as paint colours (e.g. the house must be painted in heritage colour) or materials (e.g. the house must be rendered) or height (e.g. the house must be below three storeys).
3. ‘Small Lot’ Codes – If your lot is smaller you should be aware of any restrictions that apply. Specific safety standards must be met for smaller lots, particularly with fire safety. Save yourself the added expenses in the long run by ensuring you are meeting all the requirements.
4. Unexpected delays – It’s more likely than not that delays will occur during the building process. However, to minimise these delays make sure that all the necessary materials are ordered way ahead of the time they are needed and always confirm appointments with tradesman the day prior to them being due at the site. If possible try to allocate some money for emergency use – this can potentially be used to address any problems should they arise. These problems could be something as simple as an item breaking or needing something extra that was not factored into the equation at the start.
5. Consider Resale Value – If you plan on selling the property make are that the total spend of the house does not exceed the estimated sale value as you want make a profit. Chat to our expert builders at Blue Build about potential upgrades that can be added to your new custom home build and what features are currently popular in the market. Upgrading your home during the building process, rather than later on will in turn save you a low of money when it comes time to sell your Sydney property.
6. Consider Sustainability – In this current age it makes sense to build an energy efficient home. With the inflation of electricity costs and the large focus on minimising our carbon footprint, adding features such as solar panels or grey water gardening systems will ensure that your property is far more energy efficient.
7. Consider Climate – Make sure you pick materials that are suitable to the climate that you are living in. For example, wooden floorboards, although extremely popular, if you live in a colder climate, insulation will need to be installed to minimise the cost of heating during winter. On the other hand, for warmer climates, tiles are a significantly cooler option.’
8. Storage – It’s important to be realistic when thinking about the amount of space you will need to have sufficient storage where it will be required. Don’t forget to factor in items that are smaller such as bedside lamps, phone chargers, hairdryers and laptops. If the people in your household use a lot of electrical devices, make sure you install plenty of power points! Also remember that if you want satellite TV or internet connections, ensure you have the inputs set up in the correct areas you want them.
9. Space – Make sure you are being realistic with the amount of space you will need. It is always better to have more storage than less! Think of the laundry, linen closet, kitchen cupboards and fridge or the dishwasher space. The storage space should be easily accessible and not too high to reach.
10. Insulation And Fly screens – In Australia it’s a must to have fly screens! It’s also a good to have an idea of the type of frame and screen you want for your windows. Adding sufficient insulation will make are your home is more energy efficient and help to maintain a consistent temperature during both warm and cold months. It is always more cost effective to add the insulation during the building process rather than afterwards, so make sure you have considered these features thoroughly.
11. Have a Plan B – When you choose items such as tiles and plumbing fittings, lights and fittings as well as a variety of other ‘extras’ it’s always a good idea to have a second choice ready in case your first chance has run out or is not available. This may not be a common occurrence, but sometimes it happens so it is always good to be prepared in case it does happen.
12. Consider Upgrades – You may wonder, ‘Will upgrading to higher quality materials and features improve the value of your home?’ More often than not, the answer is yes. Talk to our expert builders at Blue Build to find out what features and upgrades are available for your new custom home build. These additions are generally cheaper to add to the home during the construction process rather than afterwards, so it’s better to discuss them prior to having the house built.
Build Build are a Sutherland Shire based Building company that services all of Sydney with our premium building services. We specialise in new homes and custom home build solutions. In addition to this, we are also experts in Home Renovations and extensions of all kinds. If you want to learn more about us or get in touch we’d love to hear from you! You can contact us on 0421 475 592 or alternatively email us by clicking here and filling out a contact form.