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General FAQ

Shortly after signing the contract, a contract manager will sit down with you to discuss and select items such as interior design including bathroom tile selections , internal finishes, selection of fittings and fixtures, number and location of light fittings. Don’t worry if you haven’t all of the information to hand. Our staff can help to guide you through selections.
This is where you sign an agreement with your builder for them to commence preliminary works which includes site survey, engineers report and building permit plans.  The PPA will involve a deposit paid to the builder for the costs involved with the preparation of the plans.
Prime Cost Items (PC’s) are items that either have not been selected or whose price is not known at the time the contract is entered into, and for which the cost of supply and delivery by the builder has made allowance for in the contract price.
Typical examples of a PC include ‘white goods such as cook-tops & ovens ’, ‘bath-ware’ such as vanities, baths and taps, door & door furniture such as handles and locks and ‘floor coverings’ such as tiles and carpets.
A Provisional Sum Item (PS) is often confused with PC’s. PS’s have a much wider application and are used where there is a mixture of items and labour (installation).
A PS is used for work (including labour and materials) for which the builder, after making reasonable inquiries, cannot give a definite price at the time the contract is signed. Common examples include stairs, landscaping & tiling.
Inform your insurance company. They will advise you on insurance of for example your home contents during construction.
Some items can be salvaged before demolition occurs. Many properties have sentimental value to a client, so you may choose to keep various items such as floorboards, doors, windows or some beautiful trees where possible.
Builder need to obtained demolition licence prior to begin demolition works.

The builder will advise if and when you should meet tradesmen on site. It is essential to communicate firstly with your contract manager not the tradesman; this is to avoid misunderstandings, confusion and potential mistakes. In some instances such as deciding on the detailed layout of tiling or selecting the finishes for your cabinets a meeting will be set up on site with the contract manager, the tradesman and yourselves a few weeks before the tradesman is engaged to carry out the work on site.
During addition & renovation projects, sometimes your main switchboard will need to be upgraded to comply with current electrical regulations. If this is required, we will let you know as soon as our electrician has carried out his initial inspection. Some of the older switchboards cannot be upgraded without provision of electrical safety devices (RCD’s) and sometimes all existing wiring need to be replaced as no longer comply with current requirements.
Select your light fittings early, this will help your electrician locate wires in the walls prior to render or gyprock is applied. Make sure you have included for everything. The common mistakes are not allowing sufficient power points throughout , locating wall lights and heated towel rails and power points in vanities in bathrooms and not indicating heights of skirting and power points.
Consider external power and lighting points, location of TV aerials and indicate if you intend to install solar panels, air conditioners or heaters. Indicate if you require communications wiring or security wiring and whether this needs to be hooked into existing.
Make your selections early !

Certain items such as tiles , doors and window frames have long lead times and are one of the first items required on site. Also your chosen bathroom fixtures and fittings may need to be ordered from over east. The plumbers will need a list of intended fixtures and fittings even if they are not in stock. Keep in mind the plumbing prelay is one of the first items to go in the ground.

Make a decision regarding floor grates in the bathroom. A common mistake is not to provide a location on the drawings in which case the plumber will put them where it is most convenient, ie.in the middle of the room. This is located even before the ground floor slab is poured.

Floor finishes if not stated on the drawings need to be selected before work commences on site as this affects the height of the slab.

Even if council will send your plans to your neighbours for comment, and you’re not legally required to inform them yourself, you should still have a friendly chat over the fence. Your neighbours may have very valid concerns, and if you’re aware of them before you submit your plans or start work, they’re far less likely to delay construction.

Colorbond is cut to suit each and every roof so it is a seamless piece of metal from the gutter to the ridge which can be beneficial in extreme storm, rain and wind situations. A disadvantage is that it might be a bit noisy in heavy rain. Advantages are that it comes in very light colours (white) which tend to reflect heat. It tends to give a roof a very neat and contemporary look.
Tiled roofs can potentially add character to a home but are limited to more earthy colours. An advantage is that they can be used in extreme marine environments. However tiles are more prone to cracking which may lead to leaking in the roof space and subsequent damage. Tiles can be terracotta or concrete.
Acrylic is a colour through product applied over the grey render. Advantages are that the colour is much longer lasting and requires less maintenance. Suitable for high pressure cleaning. It is better by the coast and less prone to oxidization. Overall finish is not as sharp as painted render. Hard to patch or repair damage, will require a tradesman.
Painted render as the name suggests is a painted finish. The paint is applied over a high finish grey cement render. The overall finish is much more accurate and a broader spectrum of colours are available. Easier to repaint and to repair; fine cracks are easily painted over. Longer term though it will require a complete re-paint which may be expensive with scaffolding etc required on a 2 storey home. It is probably not the ideal choice to be made in a marine/corrosive environment.
Yes, we are a member of the Master Builders Association.
The Association’s member services include training, builder’s registration, industrial relations, safety, contractual, technical and insurances policies.Members enjoy an extensive and exclusive range of services and benefits such as specialist advice on technical issues, legal matters, workplace health and safety, industrial relations and much more.
Your building contract will specify a progress payments schedule which is specific to your construction.  There are usually 6 to 8 periodical payments (depending on whether it is a single or double storey construction) and they are a percentage based on which stage of construction your home is at.  These are payments made to the builder as each stage of construction is completed or they may be based on value of production achieved on a monthly basis.
The actual construction process takes approximately 5-7 months for a new single storey dwelling  and 9-10 months for a new double storey dwelling. Timeframe for additions, extensions, refurbishments and fit outs may vary significantly.
Simple non structural changes can be easily accommodate. Changes of a structural nature usually requires engineering input, approval by local council and in accordance with the building permit.
It is not essential to select interior wall colours until lock up stage.
It is a good idea to select all external wall colours before completion of roof cover.