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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.  

At Shelton Homes, we understand it makes for a more enjoyable experience when you have a clear understanding of what happens throughout the building process. Let's take a look at the 'life cyle' of creating a new home, which involves two stages. The pre-construction stage and then the actual build stage.  

The pre-construction stage takes a few months, so now would be the perfect time to start planning and be ready to commence construction of your new home! 

Here is a summary of the process: 

1. Find a suitable Block of Land

Selecting the right block is imperative to keep design, building and site work costs down - avoiding unnecessary complexity in the construction process. Bearing in mind the beauty of timber Queenslander homes is that they can be adapted to both level and sloping blocks.

2. Initial Consultation

Schedule a meeting with your building contractor to view your proposed block. Your builder will advise you of any aspects of the block that need to be considered when designing and costing your home.

3. Pricing Estimate & Signature Inclusions

We assess your requirements and recommend a design approach that fits your specific situation.

4. Preliminary Agreement

We may ask you to enter into a preliminary agreement before signing a contract, allowing us to undertake work such as plans, site survey, soil test and building approvals. It is not a regulated contract, but sets out any costs that may be payable in performing the works listed in the preliminary agreement.

5. Concept Drawings

Plans are drawn to preliminary stage so the home can be estimated and then adjusted if required, prior to construction.

6. Client Input & Amendments

Our draftsman is able to design a home that fits your block and site conditions, appeals to your sense of style, fits with the site's specific orientation and environmental factors and most importantly, is designed to you budget.

7. Construction Drawings, Specifications and Quote

Once we have a design, we accurately price your home and provide a quote including a detailed inclusion list based on our discussions with you.

8. Client Approval and Selection Process

We meet with you and finalise the detailed specification and inclusions list.

9. Engineering Plans

Engineering designs are generally completed after the construction plans.

10. Contract & Deposit

The contracts include your specific specification and design (we use Master Builders Residential Contracts). After signing the contracts, a 5% deposit will be required and your finance arrangements will need to be finalised.

11. Council Submission of Plans

We submit the design for Council approval. This will generally take four weeks.

Once the above steps have been completed, we then move into the exciting stage of Construction. There is nothing like seeing your dream home come alive.

As you can see building a new home isn't as daunting as you may have imagined!

Our team at Shelton Homes would love to help you build your dream Queenslander and guide you throughout the whole process. Contact Us today to discuss your plans and ideas.