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What To Look For In A Queensland Building Contract

Building contracts are an important necessity to ensure that your rights and obligations are met. According to the Queensland Domestic Building Contracts Act, a building contract is legally needed if you undertaking domestic building work worth $20,000 or more.
 
At Shelton Homes, you have peace of mind knowing that all of the contracts and legal items associated with building a new home will be made very clear, without any fine print. We don't expect any of our clients, especially first home buyers to know or have the time to learn about all of the legals associated with building a new home and we can help explain all of this information so that you're fully informed.
 
In fact, all of our clients are taken through an in-depth design and construction process that we have developed over the last 20 years. You can see what our clients say about the Shelton Homes approach here.
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Four Fun Facts About Toowoomba You Probably Didn't Know

Since Toowoomba's establishment in the 1840's the city has over the past 170 plus years grown to be a thriving city. With a heavy emphasis on retail, defence, construction and energy, Toowoomba has recently become a hub of sorts for an emerging startup ecosystem. With a population of approximately 115,000, Toowoomba is a unique city with some interesting facts that most people don't know, even many of the local residents!
 
Here Are Four Fascinating Facts About Toowoomba
 
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5 Tips To Ensure Your New Home Is Within Your Budget

If you’re looking to build a new Queenslander home, one area you may need some help with is knowing how much you could, or should be spending. For most people, there are a lot of budgeting decisions that need to be made, and for everyone a lot of paperwork and moving parts to digest.

You'll also have to find the right block of land if you don't have one already, and a trusted builder that can build within your budget, without any surprise add-ons along the way.

It can quickly seem overwhelming, so to help, we've prepared an easy list to help you make sure your new home is on financial track.

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Why Queenslander Homes Are Perfect For Sloping Blocks

One of the most magnificent features of Toowoomba, Darling Downs and the surrounding regions, is the hills and stunning views on offer. But as the area develops and housing demands rise, often the only available blocks of land in your ideal location are sloping blocks.
 
Many builders, especially those who build brick homes may offer just one option, to level your block. Homes are of course cheaper to build on a level block, but the additional labour, equipment and council approvals can add $50K-$100K to the project, actually making it more expensive to level than building your home 'around' your sloping block.
Queenslander homes are ideal for sloping blocks, but you need to know the ins-and-outs. Here's some Shelton Homes pointers:
 
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When Is The Perfect Time To Build In Toowoomba?

Toowoomba is one of the jewels of Australia. Boasting a great climate and the perfect balance between small town hospitality and major urban amenities, it doesn’t get much better than living on the crest of The Great Dividing Range. 

Toowoomba’s population grows at about 1.22% per year, and is expected to reach around 117,000 by June 2017. Future predictions vary, but it can safely be assumed that Toowoomba will continue to grow into a very important satellite city for Brisbane and greater south east Queensland.

There are a number of factors that influence the ideal time to build a home in Toowoomba. Of course, your personal circumstances will always be the most important.

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5 Things You Should Know, Well Before Building Your New Home

For many people, building a new home will be one of the most exciting, yet potentially stressful experiences they will go through.

Naturally there are numerous benefits to building your own home, you can design it to your own needs and likings, choose your land and truly make it yours. However, there are a number of important factors that you need to take into account before setting off on your home building journey. 

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Written on 13 October 2016

The Process of New Home Ownership

The Process of New Home Ownership

 Imagine building your own Queenslander home, that is specifically designed for you, with the freedom to create your own style from the design through to selecting all the inclusions. Building a new home can be one of the most exciting and satisfying projects you undertake in life.

To ensure your experience is hassle free, and the outcome is everything you dreamed of, it is important to find a builder who takes pride in building your home, has a reputable qualified team and is someone that you can trust.  

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Written on 12 September 2016

Toowoomba Celebrates the Carnival of Flowers

16 - 25 September

Shelton Homes Carnival of Flowers Blog

Spring has arrived, bringing a sense of rejuvenation and renewal.  Toowoomba is abuzz as the region gets ready to celebrate the 67th annual Carnival of Flowers.

 From its inception back in the post war days of 1949, this award winning regional event has grown significantly, attracting people from all over Queensland - showcasing spectacular gardens, food and wine, live music and much more.

The Carnival of Flowers draws many garden enthusiasts from far and wide to glean ideas for their own gardens and simply take in the beauty of the array of colours and textures of the landscape. 

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Written on 19 August 2016

Shelton Homes Turns 21

Shelton Homes Turns 21

Just as turning 21 is an important milestone for an individual, it is great to be celebrating 21 years in business.  Over the past two decades Shelton Homes has built a sought after reputation for designing and building quality timber Queenslander homes.

The Journey from Day 1 to Today

Like many businesses, Shelton Homes started from humble beginnings. Our founder and director, Scott Shelton, commenced his building career as an apprentice in Toowoomba, forging his career in construction.

His passion for timber homes and design led him to forming his own building company, Shelton Homes. 

Since then, Shelton has built a reputation of designing and building classic Queenslander timber homes.  The innovative designs cater for a modern lifestyle, whilst maintaining the integrity and character of these iconic beautiful homes; including expansive wrap-around verandas, timber flooring and the hallmark Queenslander trimmings.

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Written on 26 July 2016

5 Tips for Building on a Sloping Site

5 Tips for Building on a Sloping Site

When building a home, a slope on the site can create some interesting challenges you wouldn’t face with a flat site. However, when everything is done correctly with some clever problem-solving skills, the outcome can be well worth the extra effort.

If you’ve found your dream block of land and the only thing holding you back is a slope, put your worries aside and go for it!

The most common factor that scares homebuyers away from a sloping site is the idea that construction costs will increase as the builder struggles to work with the hill(s). While this is sometimes the case, these expenses are usually balanced out by the fact that sloping sites are often sold at a lower price than their flat counterparts. Overall, you may even find that building on a sloping site ends up costing you less than doing so on a flat block!

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