Nov 11, 2007 3:26 pm
As a long time interested reader I thought I would dip my toes in the water and say hello
I have recently moved to Oz and Im considering asking an architect to custom design a new house for me to build in the countryside (real estate in the city is bananas here!!)
I know this is more expensive than a kit home but I cant find any new designs that I like (just my luck!!)
I was wondering if anyone had any info that they can provide on the following:
Fees involved (architects, planning apps, land tax, build cost etc)
what I should be looking for when looking at land(when do I do soil checks, do I get the architect to look at the land etc)
The best way to identify an architect that I like
Timeline- between purchase of land, planning app and build
I have been searching around the net for a while and cant seem to find any decent forums specifically for custom builds so I would appreciate any help you can give on this.
Thanks in advance
Re: Custom design/Architect build5
Nov 11, 2007 3:59 pm
We are in ACT. Found our building designer from recommendations and checking out his work.
Started plans in July/August 2007, expect to be in our new home by Christmas 2008. ACT planning authority takes about 6-8 weeks for a simple application. Complex designs or other environmental/ structural issues would take longer.
Ask around your local area for recommendations, also call the HIA (housing industry association) and MBA (master builders association) in Victoria. They can sometimes point you in the right direction for architects, designers and builders.
Re: Custom design/Architect build10
Nov 15, 2007 8:35 am
Any more feedback on this would be appreciated
thanks in advance
I have sent you a private message
Building an architect designed home out of Insulated Concrete Forms on acreage in semi-rural SE Melbourne.
Developer approval obtained, engineering complete, getting quotes
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