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When starting out on a new build project, it is important to ask the right questions. But as a new-comer to the world of home building, what are the right questions?
The key components that often trip up a new build seem to be similar regardless of the owner’s individual requirements. We’ve covered a couple of these below, to help you with your project home build.
Why should I build with you?
This initial question is a very important one to ask and the answer will really depend on your personal circumstances. What is important to you when looking for a building partner? Is it price alone? Quality? Speed? Evaluating exactly what you are looking for in a home, and subsequently your project builder, is the cornerstone to facilitating a positive building experience. Beechwood Homes endeavour to meet the unique needs of all their clients.
Can you build to suit my block?
Block size, slope and location can put additional demands on building requirements. It is really important to discuss any concerns you have about your block of land with your builder to ensure you do not stumble across any unforeseen costs during the construction process.
What are the inclusions for my home design’s package?
Thoroughly understanding exactly what comes as part of your home’s building package avoids disappointment when it comes to your finished product. So many people assume that certain things will be included as a standard feature and are really upset when they check their contract too late. If you have any doubts, always clarify with your builder as to exactly what comes with your home.
What if I want to change one of your standard designs?
Although modern home designs are usually carefully considered to account for flow, function and appeal, sometimes they may just require a few little changes. Always check with your builder if alterations are allowed and at exactly which point they need to be made. Deadlines for alterations to design are usually very early in the construction process so that the builder can provide the best possible finished product.
What is expected of me during the construction process? How will I know when to do these things?
Understanding your role as the home owner in the construction process can help to ensure that it runs smoothly towards a successful outcome. It is important to always keep an open channel of communication with your project builder to avoid delays, conflicts and disappointments.
At Beechwood Homes, we understand that building a new home can be a confusing and daunting process. That’s why we are happy to advise and guide you through each stage of the construction process
Beechwood Homes are a widely-recognised home builder in multiple locations. We build traditional and affordable family homes to suit every modern lifestyle. We have built our expertise over many years of successfully providing homes for families. Call us today on 02 9616 0999 so we can help advise on any questions you may have in relation to building your new home.
One of the most asked about topics that often comes up when starting the planning process with Beechwood Homes’ is “What is the difference between a Development Application (DA) and a Complying Development Certificate (CDC)?
It is important to note that before any work can commence on your new home, either a DA or CDC will need to be lodged and approved by your local council or a qualified certifier.
What are DAs and CDCs? And what is the difference between them?
A Development Application (otherwise known as a DA) is the application made to your local council seeking consent to carry out a development. A Complying Development Certificate (otherwise known as a CDC) is an alternative to a DA and can be known to some as a fast track approval process when dealing with a more straight-forward development.
The major difference between the two is that a CDC’s requirements for development approval are a more universal set of requirements and cannot be amended to suit the needs of your development. The requirements for a CDC are considered to be “black and white” and these requirements apply across the state of NSW. The requirements for a DA will vary between the local councils of NSW. Each local council have their own set of requirements specific to their regions, and whilst your local council may have similar requirements to that of a CDC, your local council are in a better position to assist you with a development approval for your project if your development needs are more complex.
How do I know which method is the most appropriate for my job?
Beechwood Homes have been building new homes, and facilitating knock-down rebuild projects for over 35 years. We have a knowledgeable team of drafts people who, when creating your initial tender, will review and assess the factors your site may contain and will recommend which method of development application is best suited for your new home.
When do I need to decide which path I will go down for my development application?
The decision for a development application will need to be finalised in the early stages of planning your development. Once you receive your plans and tender for review, the team at Beechwood Homes will then discuss with you our recommendations for your development application. Beechwood’s recommendation will be based on your job’s specific needs and requirements.
Is there anyone who can help me with my development application?
When you have opted to build a new home or conduct a knock-down rebuild with Beechwood Homes, the good news is we will guide you through the entire building process starting from the planning stage right through to construction and even maintenance stages, as seamless as possible. Our team have experienced, dedicated members who are happy to assist you in planning, and realising your dream home. We work in conjunction with your local council and reputable certifiers to ensure we stay up to date with all guidelines outlined for both DA and CDC applications.
If you find that you still have some questions regarding your development application, you can seek advice from your local council or an accredited certifier. The team at Beechwood Homes will be happy to go through any questions or concerns you may have and explain them further to you.
The Beechwood Homes Group is proud to announce the launch of a new division, Ascension Living, specialising in the construction of granny flats.
Speaking at the launch at the HIA Home Show in Sydney, Beechwood’s Managing Director, Vic Cavasinni, said “This is a great day for our business. For over 35 years, Beechwood has been building modern, spacious and affordable family homes. We have now developed a modular building system to streamline the building process for granny flats and as a result we can offer customers an 8-10 week build time. What’s more, customers do not need to build a new Beechwood home in order to be able to build an Ascension Living “Bijou” granny flat in the backyard of their property.”
To mark the occasion, Ascension Living has constructed a new, full size granny flat which is on display at the ICC International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour, Sydney for the HIA Home Show this weekend. Of course, the “Bijou” granny flat comes with the quality finishes, inclusions and appliances that one expects from Beechwood.
People attending the HIA Home Show will be able to touch, feel and experience a “Bijou” granny flat. The HIA Home Show runs until Sunday, 26 March 2017 and entry is free.
For more information, visit www.ascensionliving.com.au.
Nestled in Chisolm, one of the Hunter region's newest suburbs, is Waterford County, an estate that boasts a relaxed and contemporary country lifestyle.
Beechwood Homes are proud to build our quality, affordable homes within the beautiful Waterford County Estate. We are currently offering a range of Home and Land packages for Waterford County that feature some of our most popular home designs including the Verdelho, the Merlot, and the Cienna.
Waterford County is an estate that represents a growing move to expand our residential areas to those beyond the metropolitan restrictions. With larger land sizes, more affordable prices and idyllic surrounds, this area is growing in popularity for those in every walk of life. First Home Buyers, investors, and families are all recognising the benefits of living a country lifestyle, with more freedom, time, and relaxation.
Enjoying a 'tree change' lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean you will be limiting the prospects for your or your family in the future. Every opportunity is available to the Waterford County residents with employment, education, health, and leisure options all within an easy distance of the estate. All surrounded by views of the gorgeous Wallarobba Ranges, active wild life, and estate facilities.
To take a look at our range of Home and Land packages available at Waterford County, Chisolm simply check out our Home and Land page or give us a call on 02 9616 0999. If you would like to contact Waterford County about their range of lots available or the fantastic lifestyle opportunity they can provide, please take a look at their website. Or why not take a drive to experience the peacefulness of the estate for yourself? It's around a two hour drive from Sydney and you will not regret the scenery.
Our range of designs feature quality products and considered layouts specifically tailored to fulfil every family's needs for comfort and lifestyle. But sometimes, you might just need a little extra...something.
That something is the Evolution Indulgence package of inclusions. This premium range of inclusions is perfect for those who are a little more discerning and who want the very best for their family home.
The Evolution Indulgence package brings an upgraded element of class and sophistication, enhancing the way you can live in and enjoy your home. These include features that are functional as well as beautiful, making your home a haven of style and convenience.
It is the little details that count when building your home. They may not be glaringly obvious, but a small investment in quality when building, ensures that your home is the way you want it now, and into the future. In the kitchen you can choose from the upgraded Westinghouse oven and stove top combination that best suits your style and habits. The Evolution Indulgence package also features 40mm stone bench tops, splashback and vanities for a sleek and modern appeal.
The Evolution Indulgence package also covers the quality inclusions that you won't notice every day. These include the things that you don't see, like the Granitguard™ termite system, wall and ceiling insulation, and superior slab inclusions. Each one of these features has been designed to increase the comfort, function, and longevity of your family's new home.
The Evolution range of inclusions is extensive so the best way to understand them in detail is to check out the package document or call into one of our display homes to experience these premium features.
Beechwood Homes is proud of each professional relationship we have with our quality suppliers, but we are particularly happy to be able to offer our brand new home owners a range of Westinghouse appliances as part of their specific inclusions packages.
Westinghouse is a much-loved household name, known for manufacturing beautifully crafted and intelligent appliances to suit every household's needs. Westinghouse bring a touch of class and sophistication to every kitchen with appliances that are designed for both exceptional form and function.
At the heart of every home, the kitchen is the place where we tend to catch up on the day’s happenings with our family. Preparing and sharing meals is a central and intimate part of almost every family’s lifestyle and the intuitive Westinghouse ovens, cooktops, and range hoods make it easier to spend time with your loved ones.
For all of the details in regards to the Westinghouse products available as part of our Genesis and Evolution inclusion packages, take a look at the full downloads or call one of our friendly staff on 02 9616 0999 today.