You have purchased the land, picked a great builder, selected the house design, and now you are all set to build your new home. The process of building your dream house can be exciting and challenging at the same time.
There is a lot involved in building a home so it helps to understand the different stages of construction to minimise any worries and make the process straightforward, easy and enjoyable.
If you haven’t constructed a new house before, check out this step-by-step guide by Ventura Home Group explaining the home-building process:
Before construction starts, all legalities must be completed. This stage can take between 24-26 weeks before the actual building begins.
At this stage, formal building contracts are prepared, finance applications are created and the building license, water corporation and land settlement applications are submitted for approval.
Pre-start is also undertaken at this stage where the you get to choose what type of bricks, windows, doors and fixtures and fittings you want throughout your house. This also includes choosing all your colours for your painting, render, roof, doors, kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinets, benchtops and tiles. Pre-start is where you really get to add your personal touch to your home.
Essentially this is where all the paperwork gets handled in preparation for the actual build.
Once all approvals have been received, your builder will be able to officially start on constructing your dream home!
Construction Stages of Building A House
The process of construction can be covered in eight main stages:
Stage 1: Site Works
Depending on the type of land you’ve purchased will influence what amount of site works get completed. If you buy a new lot from a new land estate, the site works are likely to be less than if you buy a sloping sub-divided lot. Site works may involve demolishing an existing home or building retaining walls and flattening the surface to prepare it for construction.
Stage 2: Slab Down
The slab down stage is when the concrete slab gets poured. This forms the foundation of the home. All foundation plumbing works are prepped before the slab is poured.
Stage 3: Plate High
At this point, the external and internal brick walls are constructed and electricians, plumbers, and engineers install essential wiring and pipes for power, water and gas.
Stage 4: Roof Completion
This is when your house really starts to look like a house. This is when the roof gets put on – this might be with either roof tiles or Colorbond steel. With your roof on, your house will also get gutters added.
Stage 5: Lockup
This is the stage when all your doors and windows can be locked. As your home is now secure, plumbers, electricians, tilers and carpenters can complete their work.
Stage 6: Cabinets, Fixtures and Fittings
Here, all kitchen, laundry and bathroom cabinets and benchtops, tiling, tapware, mirrors, basins, baths and shower screens are fixed into position. All these fixtures and fittings are selected by you at the pre-start stage before construction.
Stage 7: Practical Completion
This stage is all about finishing the home ready to be viewed by you to ensure everything is finished to your expectations. By this stage, all paving, lighting, painting, air-conditioning and appliances will be installed.
This is a great opportunity for you to go through the whole house with your Construction Supervisor and note anything that still needs attention before you make the final payment and collect your keys. All reputable builders will address any feedback before they hand over the keys.
This isn’t the first-time you will get to walk through your constructed home with your supervisor – it’s just one of the last times before you get to finally move in.
If you request some final works to be completed before handover, you will get to have another inspection with your supervisor to make sure you are 100% happy.
If you find yourself happy with the final finish of your house, you will move on to the next step – make the final payment, get the keys, and enter the house of your dreams!
All in all, the total time period for the construction stage for a brick single storey home is between 5 and 6 months. If you choose to build a timber frame home, the construction is much shorter.
Stage 8: Handover
Congratulations! Your new home is completed! This is when you have made your final payment to the builder and collect your keys.
All clients find this incredibly rewarding after starting their building journey over 12 months prior. Although building a new home can sometimes be viewed as a challenging experience, it is more often a very exciting, rewarding journey for so many Western Australians building their first or second home. They get to move into a house that they chose for themselves.
Once you have moved into your new home, the process doesn’t end there. Builders offer you a maintenance period where they will come to your home either 6 months or 12 months after you have built to fix any areas that need work after the house has settled down.
Thinking of building a new home? If you are planning to construct your dream house in Perth, you can always contact us at Ventura Home Group to set the process in motion! We have four building brands to choose from – Aussie Living Homes, Smart Homes for Living, Ventura Homes and Express Living Homes.