Building a house is one of life’s biggest projects. To stay on top of things, you need to be fully briefed so you’re not flying blind. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to take you through the steps of building a house. When you build with G.J. Gardner Homes, we’re all about transparency so you know exactly what to expect, and when.
Step 1: Finding Finance
Designing your dream walk-in wardrobe might be the fun part, but understanding your finances must come first. Having a clear budget from the very beginning helps to avoid blow-outs and unmet expectations. Work out what you can afford and then research home loan options so that you can make informed decisions on land and design. With G.J. Gardner Homes, you’ll receive a fixed price contract which provides certainty on costs.
2. Locate Your Land
Finding a location you love is a critical step. It affects your house design and your outdoor living options. With in-depth knowledge, G.J. Gardner Homes can provide advice or even source land for you. We’ll let you know the implications of the land you’re looking at: design considerations, aspect, accommodating a pool, dealing with a sloping block, council regulations, and more. It doesn’t have to be a blank canvas either: knock down rebuilds are also popular, particularly in the inner city.
3. Create Your Dream Design
For a done-for-you approach, G.J. Gardner Homes has a host of award-winning designs to suit every style and budget. Alternatively, you can bring your own plan, or take one of our existing designs and customise it further.
With so many choices, it can feel overwhelming. That’s why we provide resources to guide every step of your design journey. Just getting started? Take a peek at our Style Diary for ideas and inspiration. Ready to shortlist your favourites? Browse a huge range of house designs. Want a virtual walkthrough to get a feel for the spaces? Try out our new 3D technology and see for yourself. Ready for real life? Visit one of our many display homes and see, feel, touch and experience the details.
4. The Fine Print: Contracts and Approvals
You’ve probably heard nightmare tales about building projects struggling to get off the ground or experiencing endless delays. We safeguard your project by dealing with all the council and building authority paperwork, using expert staff who can streamline the process. Our fixed contracts provide assurance around the timing and cost of your home. This means you avoid ongoing delays and the pain of paying extra rent or mortgage – and the surprise of unexpected variations.
5. Kicking Off Construction
This is where the action happens. Seeing the foundations being laid means your home is officially “under construction”. Once the frame goes up you’ll really see it come to life. At G.J. Gardner Homes, we take the added step of strength-testing the timber frame to ensure your home is built to last. Next, we put a roof over your head and complete the exterior walls. Heading indoors, your interiors are the final piece of work.