Building A New House
Jun 30, 2007 3:48 pm
My wife and I are very interested in building our own home and we have spent a lot of time doing research to figure out all the steps that are involved. We have found out about draftsmen, soil tests, building permits, plumbers installing roofs, etc.... but so far we have not been able to find any single source that lays each step out for us clearly. TBH even if we did know all the steps we are not sure which step to take first.
We will be designing our own place and having it pre-fabricated. You can assume that we will be attempting this as owner builders. The house will be in Tasmania, single story, 130 m2 in a rural town.
Could someone point me in the direction of such information. If there is no web site that points out each step would some people here be able to list out each step required.
We are so keen to get started but our biggest fear is getting halfway through and stumbling across serious, hidden requirements and steps that will halt construction and blow the budget. As yet we still have not purchased the land but we have our eye on a few half acre blocks.
Thanks for any advice you can offer.
Re: What are all the steps involved when building a new house?2
Jun 30, 2007 5:14 pm
Casa’s steps in designing and building a home, once you have your block of land and organised finance.
PHASE 1: PRELIMINARY (0.5 months)
1) Get a copy of the house design software My Virtual Home (it’s free!)
2) Get property information:
a. Deposited Plan
b. Sewer Service Diagram
c. Local council Development Control Plan
d. Contour map
e. Soil test
3) Talk to as many people as you can about the design and building process
PHASE 2: PLANNING (0.5 months)
1) Put together a plan of each step with timing
PHASE 3: REQUIREMENTS (2 months)
1) Document all your requirements (what you want without details about how to make it happen).
PHASE 4: BUILDING DESIGNER SELECTION (2 months)
1) List what you are after in a Building Designer
2) Interview Building Designers
3) Select candidate Building Designers
4) Examine candidate Building Designers work to see their quality level
5) Talk to previous customers to see what their service is like
6) Get candidate Building Designers’ ideas for a concept a design
7) Select Building Designer
8 ) What you want in the Building Designer contract
9) Sign up a Building Designer
PHASE 5: DESIGN DEVELOPMENT (3 months)
1) Finalise a concept design
2) Get a physical model of your design
3) Pre-DA meeting with Council
4) Show the neighbours your plans
5) Detailed design
6) Collect information for DA
a. Site plan
b. Floor Plan
e. Shadow Diagrams
f. Landscape Plan
g. Environmental Effects Statement
h. Drainage Plan (Stormwater/OSD Checklist)
i. BASIX Certificate
j. Heritage Report (if required)
k. Geotechnical Engineers Report (if required)
l. Structural Details
m. Foundation Details
n. Demolition Plan
PHASE 6: COUNCIL APPROVAL (3 months)
1) Check with council to make sure they have everything
2) While waiting, put together your Building Specification
The Building Specification details each of the items in your building such as fittings (manufacturer and part number)
PHASE 7: BUILDER SELECTION (4 months and in parallel to Phase 6)
1) List what you are after in a builder
2) Interview builders
3) Select candidate builders
4) Look at previous work of candidate builders to see their quality level
5) Talk to previous customers of candidate builder to see what their service is like
6) Get quotes from candidate builders
7) Select builder
8 ) Price negotiation/redesign
9) List what you are after in a building contract
10) Building Contract
11) Construction Certificate
PHASE 8: CONSRUCTION (12 months)
1A) Select building inspector
1B) Finalise appliances/variances
1C) Select furniture while house is being built
2) Construction (the main event!)
3) Progress checks with building inspector
4) Progress payment if building phase is complete and correct
PHASE 9: ACCEPTANCE (0.5 months)
1) Final Inspection
2) Document any faults
3) Follow-up final inspection
5) Final payment
PHASE 10: MOVE IN (0.5 months)
A good book to buy is Building Your Own Home by George Wilkie (available through Choice).
Re: What are all the steps involved when building a new house?3
Jun 30, 2007 6:04 pm
Thanks very much for your reply Casa.
A lot of that information is very helpful. I just need some more info on the construction side as we plan to be owner builders. We need to know about all the things we need to prepare as owner builders and what other people (electricians, plumbers etc) we are legally required to bring in and at what times.
Re: What are all the steps involved when building a new house?4
Jun 30, 2007 6:19 pm
Get a copy of Building Your Own Home by George Wilkie and The Choice Guide to Building & Renovating On Time & On Budget by Peter Mason. Both are available from Choice. They're easy reading and should arm you for specific questions with answers from those that have gone down the Owner Builder path.
Re: What are all the steps involved when building a new house?5
Jun 30, 2007 6:51 pm
Wow casa, great stuff!
Not sure what’s in this, take a look.
http://www.build-yourown-home.com/home- ... steps.html
You are very wise to wait and get things sorted before you start.
This way you are guaranteed less hassles along the way!
My advice to you is to look around find out which tradesmen you will want to use on the project.
Gather all their information, then call them for a meeting one at a time.
Discuses what is you will want them to do, THEN ask them at what stage would they like to be called in on the job.
This way you will get to meet and get to know the tradesmen before hand, and they will be able to TELL you when to call them!
You have all bases covered this way. By meeting your tradesmen before hand you should be able to establish wether they are who you want for the job.
Being an owner builder means you will have to work closely with your chosen tradesmen, so it helps to know wether you will get on with them or not.
Too many people plunder into building without doing their homework first, this is when problems can occur.
Take your time, sort your traidies, then you will be confident to go ahead with building your home.
Good luck, I hope it works out for you.
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Jun 30, 2007 9:45 pm
Thanks very much for your replies.
I will get my hands on those books. Are these books available in web form? If anybody has any other online info I can access that would be great too as it may be a couple of months before I can get back into Australia and to an Aussie bookshop.
Re: What are all the steps involved when building a new house?7
Jul 01, 2007 3:01 am
Had a look at a couple of the courses available for potential owner builders such as
http://www.buildingcentre.com/courses/o ... mendations
Would this kind of course provide me with all the information I am after or would I just be as well off getting my hands on one of those books?
Re: What are all the steps involved when building a new house?8
Jul 01, 2007 10:08 am
Check this one out - there's some useful information on this site:
In NSW in order to be an owner builder, you need to register for an approved course. You'll need to check the requirements for Tassie.
Here's another link which may help:
The site you quoted looks good - I'd go for the one day workshop rather than correspondence course. You'll always get more out of a face to face class.
All the best for your adventure!
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