We are a family business and take great pride in our personal touch. You will always deal with Garry direct for all things concerning your project. Building a home is a personal business, and for many of us, it is the biggest investment we will ever make. We have a fantastic online client contact programme that allows you to contact, email, air your thought and ask questions at any given moment on your phone or PC.
One of our biggest point of difference is transparency. We have an 'Open Book' policy with all our clients. It is important that you are comparing apples with apples, so beware - not all builders will include the cost of all things you may assume are a given part of your build...
An average home contains hundreds of different ‘ingredients’ including carpet, bricks, tiles, taps, sinks, paint, timber, glass etc. All of these materials come in different qualities. On top of that, the way in which these materials are assembled into a finished house differs in quality and attention to detail.
The variances are almost infinite. So comparing one builder’s price of $1,000 per square metre with another’s price of $2,000 per square metre is exactly like trying to compare an orange with a lemon.
Additionally, every house design is different. Some houses are square, some are ‘L’ shaped and others have many different angles and shapes. While three different houses may all have the same internal dimension (square metres) the quantity of building materials that go into these homes will vary greatly depending on the shape, structure, materials and engineering.
Whilst we can offer a rough guide, following a brief discussion with you about your ideas and finishes, we believe the best way to ensure you are comfortable with your investment is through great communication with your builder and designer. By first choosing a builder, a designer is challenged through the builders’ practical knowledge, on use of materials and a design that actually fits your budget and requirements.
A builder with integrity, knowledge and a good relationship with a number of designers will be able to work with you to provide a design build that works for you and your requirements, and importantly, at an investment level you are comfortable with.
If you would like to discuss your project further with us, we would love to meet you and hear about your ideas.
Whilst we predominantly work on custom homes we appreciate that some home owners want either inspiration or the ease of working with a plan range. We are not however trying to compete with housing group companies and our exceptional levels of quality and service are paramount.
Our plan range are also easily modified to create energy efficient homes and the use of structural insulated panels, an area we are particularly passionate about. For our (Certified) plan range visit our plan range page for full concepts. Plans will continue to be revised and added to.
As a custom home builder, our business model is such that we generally work with clients who already own land and we build on their lot. However, it can be advantageous to contact a builder while you’re still researching land, as he can help you get a better idea of the kind of land you’ll want to build on. Ultimately though, the land you end up with will dictate much about your home’s design. So while it may be obvious that we can’t start building a home until you have a place to build it, what might not be so obvious—but is just as important to know—that we really can’t design a home either until we know exactly what kind of building conditions we’ll have.
All that to say that generally, you will want to own land before you start talking to a builder about design and pricing. If you’re interested, we can work with you and one of our lending partners to bundle your loan for the land and your construction loan, so feel free tocontact us if that’s what you’d like to do. Also, if you don’t have a Realtor yet, feel free to contact us and we’ll connect you with one of our preferred real estate agents who can help you find land
Yes. Once concept plans have been approved we can provide a preliminary estimate based upon the information supplied at the time. This will enable you to see if the design is within your budget before committing to full working drawings and any engineering requirements. We are able to provide guidance on costs without plans following an initial meeting to establish your ideas and level of specification. Our experienced QS can do this, but without plans we can provide a guideline only based upon information on hand at that time.
It depends. In all honestly, we occasionally do let a home owner do some of the work when building their home, but it’s really not to save money. Most of the time, it’s because the home owner wants to feel invested; like he or she really got to be a part of the building process and put some sweat into the house itself. That can be a great feeling!
However, many people overestimate the way costs are calculated when building a home, so they think that if they take a small portion of the work off the General Contractor’s plate, big bucks can be saved. In truth, there’s really very little savings to be had by the kinds of tasks a home owner can bring to the table. Plus, it’s also important to remember that we as a builder are liable to build everything properly, and put a warranty on all of our work, so if we make a mistake, we fix it, at our cost. Whereas, if a home owner makes even a very small mistake, any of the intended costs savings could be lost, and the home owner would be liable to fix the mistake.
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