Design Process

Initial Meeting

Whether your design or ours, we aim to make the process of working with you and building for you as simple and seamless as possible.  With our design and build process we want you to enjoy the steps and delight in the construction of your new home.

 

Your initial meeting in our office, located on the perimeter of the Coles car park at the Roslyn Road end of High Street, Belmont (where you will find ample parking) will involve a simple discussion on your requirements and expectation of cost, finishes and design of your home.

 

Keep in mind that selecting a pre-designed home from the many in our range will expedite the initial stages.

House Design Stage
design selection

Design Stage

We will then arrange and accompany you through the formal design stage of your home.  This stage may take up to four – six months with numerous factors effecting the potential timeline.   You will be invited to meet with our drafting team who will guide you through the process of preliminary drawings.   Fine tuning of the plans will occur over the following weeks will until you are 100% happy with your design.  Once you are completely happy with the plan we can move onto full working drawings, engineering and energy rating.

This stage also includes your selections.  You will also meet in our office with interior designer Vicki Murname from Lusheridesigns, to choose the colours, inclusions and finishes for your home.

Fixed Price Contract

Once the design stage is complete we are able to offer you a fixed price for the build of your new home.  Whilst we can provide an estimate along the way we will only provide a quote price at this stage, once all the unknowns are finalised. 

Any precontract fees will be deducted from your contract price. 

Once you accept the fixed price we will then happily draw up a contract for you.  This document includes working drawings, engineering, full specification report and Building contract.  Please allow 2 weeks to have they paperwork ready to sign. 

After signing we are able to apply for a building permit of which you will receive a copy….then we break ground!

fixed price contract

Build Process

Base

The base stage prepares your block of land to be built on; it lays the foundation of your home. This involves levelling, excavating, and underground connections made such as plumbing, electrical, and stormwater systems. Once the concrete slab is poured, the base stage is complete. 

Progress Payment: HIA prescribed 10%

build process - base stage
frame stage

Framing

Following your floor plan, the frame stage is all about forming the skeleton of your home. It starts with the marking and construction of the walls along with roof trusses, window and door frames. The frame stage is complete once approved by a qualified building survey.

Progress Payment: 15% (HIA-prescribed)

Lock-up

The lock-up stage is the locking up of your house. Focusing on external areas such as windows, temporary external doors, guttering, roof cover, brickwork and walls, it begins to shape the exterior of your home. Rough-ins occur at this same stage, where plumbing and electrical conduits are fixed for ducted air conditioning, vacuum systems, and security systems. 

Progress Payment: 35% (HIA-prescribed)

lockup stage
build process - fixing stage

Fix Stage

This stage involves all the internal details being ‘fixed’ into your home. From wall plasters, ceilings, skirting boards, internal doors, stairs, kitchen and room cabinetry. The house’s wet areas will also be waterproofed at this stage. This stage is complete after an approval of the inspection.

During fit-off, walls are painted and the final design features are installed – shelving, cabinetry, cornices, among others. The final fit-off for ducted vacuum, electrical, plumbing, and security also takes place. Once the quality management inspection has been certified, this stage is complete.

Progress Payment: 25% (HIA-Prescribed)

Handover

This is the stage you’ve been waiting for and our favourite part of the build process. With painting, installations, and detailing done, the house is ready for your inspection. The builder will walk you through all sections of the house, demonstrating all features and functions. Note any defects the builder will need to amend before handing over the keys.

Once you’re happy with the results and the final payment is settled, prepare to move in. Collect your keys and celebrate this momentous event in your life!

Progress Payment: 10% (HIA-prescribed)

build process - Handover Stage

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Design Process

Your initial meeting in our office located on the perimeter of the Coles car park at the Roslyn Road end of High Street, Belmont (where you will find ample parking) will involve a simple discussion on your requirements and expectation of cost, finishes and design of your home.

Keep in mind that selecting a pre-designed home from the many in our range will expedite the initial stages.  

We will then arrange and accompany you through the formal design stage of your home.  Meeting at the Geelong office of our drafting team we will guide you through the process of preliminary drawings for the home, with fine tuning of the plans over the following days until you are happy with your design.

You will also meet in our office with our selections consultant Vicki to choose the colours, inclusions and finishes for your home.

It is only after we know all these factors that we will give you a fixed price for your home so there are no hidden surprises from a monetary point of view.

Build Process

Your building process is in 5 stages. 

1. Base

The base stage prepares your block of land to be built on; it lays the foundation of your home. This involves levelling, excavating, and underground connections made such as plumbing, electrical, and stormwater systems. Once the concrete slab is poured, the base stage is complete. 

Progress Payment: HIA prescribed 10%

2. Framing

Following your floor plan, the frame stage is all about forming the skeleton of your home. It starts with the marking and construction of the walls along with roof trusses, window and door frames. The frame stage is complete once approved by a qualified building survey.

Progress Payment: 15% (HIA-prescribed)

3. Lock-up

The lock-up stage is the locking up of your house. Focusing on external areas such as windows, temporary external doors, guttering, roof cover, brickwork and walls, it begins to shape the exterior of your home. Rough-ins occur at this same stage, where plumbing and electrical conduits are fixed for ducted air conditioning, vacuum systems, and security systems. 

Progress Payment: 35% (HIA-prescribed)

4. Fix Stage

This stage involves all the internal details being ‘fixed’ into your home. From wall plasters, ceilings, skirting boards, internal doors, stairs, kitchen and room cabinetry. The house’s wet areas will also be waterproofed at this stage. This stage is complete after an approval of the inspection.

During fit-off, walls are painted and the final design features are installed – shelving, cabinetry, cornices, among others. The final fit-off for ducted vacuum, electrical, plumbing, and security also takes place. Once the quality management inspection has been certified, this stage is complete.

Progress Payment: 25% (HIA-Prescribed)

5. Handover

This is the stage you’ve been waiting for. With painting, installations, and detailing done, the house is ready for your inspection. The builder will walk you through all sections of the house, demonstrating all features and functions. Note any defects the builder will need to amend before handing over the keys.

Once you’re happy with the results and the final payment is settled, prepare to move in. Collect your keys and celebrate this momentous event in your life!

Progress Payment: 10% (HIA-prescribed)