Things to Consider When Building a New House
To build or not to build – is that even a question? With the freedom to tailor your home to your specific needs and lifestyle, building a house represents an exciting opportunity to create a space that’s uniquely you.
However, building can also feel daunting, particularly if it’s your first time. Today, we’ll be exploring the key stages of building a house and the things you can do to make it feel like home.
Choosing the Right Builder
One of the first steps to building a house is choosing the right builder. It’s important not to rush this step. Many builders specialise in a particular style, for example, so it’s best to find someone with lots of experience in the style you’re looking for. Take time to consider your options so you can find the best person for the job. The right builder is someone who can understand your vision and has the skills, experience, and dedication required to make your dream home a reality.
- Here are some things to consider when searching for your perfect builder.
- Are they within your budget?
- Do they build in your location?
- Are they licensed and insured?
- Check their portfolio: Do you like their style?
- Can you visit any display homes to get a feel for the quality of their work?
- Do they have a lot of positive reviews from previous clients?
- Do you like them? Personality clashes aren’t something you want to discover further down the track
At Eynesbury, we work with a range of accredited builders and only partner with trusted professionals. That means you can be confident your home will be built to the highest quality standards and tailored to your exact needs and preferences.
The Stages of Building a House
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your home won’t be either. Here are the steps involved in taking your dream home from ‘slab’ to ‘fab!’
Stage 1: Base
Before construction can begin on the house itself, the site must first be prepared for building. This is where your land is levelled and excavated, and underground plumbing and electrical connections are installed. The concrete slab can then be poured, marking the completion of the base stage.
Stage 2: Frame
This is an exciting step of the building process as it’s where you first begin to see your home taking shape. Think of the frame as the ‘skeleton’ of your house. This includes wall frames, roof frames, guttering, sheeting, and insulation. During this time, you can also expect to see plumbers and electricians laying pipes and electrical wiring. Your house won’t have a roof at this point, so the progress of this stage will be heavily reliant on the weather.
Stage 3: Lock-up
As the name would suggest, the lock-up stage focuses on completing all the areas that allow you to physically ‘lock up’ your home. This includes external cladding, roof tiles, exterior doors, windows, and sometimes (but not always) the garage door. Once the lock-up stage is complete, your house will be much more secure, making it safer to install objects of value, such as appliances and other fixtures. To minimise the risk of theft or damage, it’s still best to only install the essentials prior to handover.
Stage 4: Fixing and Fit-off
Now that the exterior is largely complete – and the house can safely be locked up – work can begin on the inside of your home. This is where internal walls and ceilings can be plastered and other interior details installed, such as interior doors, skirting boards, tiles, cabinets, and shelves. Electricians and plumbers can also safely begin work on essentials such as power outlets, switches, light fixtures, taps, and showers.
Stage 5: Final Build
You’re almost there! The final stage of construction involves all the finishing touches that tie your new home together, including paintwork, mirrors, and built-in systems such as air conditioning and heating.
Stage 6: Handover
Once your house is built and a post-build inspection has been conducted, it’s time for the most thrilling part of the process. The handover marks the completion of your build, meaning you can collect your keys and move into your brand-new home.
With the house complete, it’s time for the fun to really begin as you bring your new home to life in your own unique style. Be as creative as you like with your styling, and don’t be afraid to experiment. This is your space, after all. While the temptation may be to get everything finished as quickly as possible, it’s best not to rush things. You’re better off taking the time to perfect your design now rather than having to rearrange things later down the track when there’s more furniture, decorations, and nick nacks to contend with. If you haven’t already chosen a colour palette, now’s the ideal time to do so.
Establishing a clear colour scheme can help tie the style of your home together for a more cohesive look. It can also help guide your purchasing decisions, such as your choice of furniture, cushions, window covering, wall art, and more. Before you begin, it’s best to also consider how you’ll use the space so you can furnish and arrange each room accordingly. This is the point where you can really pour your heart and soul into the design. Remember, trends come and go, so don’t base all your choices on what’s trendy at the moment. You’ll be enjoying your new abode for many years to come, so now’s the time to create a home that’s truly a joy to wake up to every morning.
Where to Start
Eager to start building your new home? We offer a wide range of land options to suit every need and budget, so check out our home-and-land packages to discover your dream home in Eynesbury. Demand for homes in Eynesbury is high, so be sure to take a look at what land is currently on offer. Alternatively, you can contact us today to find out about any upcoming releases before they’re made public.