(Q) How long does it take to get council approval for a new build?
(A) While council approval depends on a range of factors, if all documentation is provided and submitted correctly, the standard turnaround time is approximately 6 weeks after lodgement. (Q) I'm interested in building a new home, but after having my block assessed was told it was a difficult site. What does this mean for my build?
(A) Generally, what constitutes a difficult site is the area is either isolated, sloping or has a soil type that may require specialised footings designed by an engineer. Soil types that can be problematic, and need engineering solutions, include highly reactive sand, rock or clay. (Q) If Allfitz Construction builds my new home, am I required to use your company's architect or draftsperson for the plans?
(A) No. While we do offer plan design and drafting services, we have no objections to working off plans designed by an external party. But, when working off plans that are supplied by an external party, these must be your own design, as copyright laws do apply. (Q) What's the difference between a project home build and a customised home build?
(A) A project build means you'll receive a standard home design that's provided by the builder, with limitations on how much this can be customised—generally it's only the interior fixtures and finishes.
The benefits of this type of home is the materials are bought in bulk for the project, allowing you to purchase the home at a cheaper price. Whereas, a custom build enables you to create a home design that's specifically tailored to your needs. You'll also have the full copyright on the plans, so nobody else will be able to design the same home as you. (Q) How do I know if a builder is registered?
(A) You can find out if a builder is registered by accessing your state building authority's website and entering the builders name. You will be provided with a complete security check.