We are embarking on an a project due to my fathers ill health. He is 70 just had 2 hip replacements and fallen over twice in last few months. He has lived on 2.5 acres for the last twenty years so to ask him to sell and move into a house in suburbia would stop the joy he has daily of attending his animals which are his life. Take these away and he would wither and die very quickly.
We are selling our home and due to the status of his land, Green Wedge we require to remove his food prep area so council will allows us a planning/ building permit meaning our house would be classified as such and his an outbuilding.
We are just about to organise an architect to draw up all plans, we will require an engineer to design the slab and a surveyor whom we have got a hold of to do a land survey.
Once all plans are submitted or before plans are submitted do we need to hire a building surveyor? Not sure of the process, and or the cost although I know they take a % of the project costs.
My questions are the following and I will thank you in advance, we have a price through the architect for a cost of $1500 to follow the complete process through with council but with meeting council town planners could we do this ourselves and save the money or should we just pay the money to save the headaches?
For a 35 square home to be built what is the rough cost per square so I suppose what would and should we be aiming for for a budget of this? 250-350-400K?
I believe that the volume builders are making a lot of money some 40% of the total price and some of this is through volume buying power, I understand that but if they can build a 35 sq property for 275K then what can we do it for or better?
I will offer all contractors cash as we can so the prices you would normally get from them should lower and we will look to tradies that family have used and recommended.
We will require septic and tank water so will this need to be in the plans submitted into council as working drawings?
I greatly appreciate your time and look forward to hopefully feedback.