Initial site assessment:
Typically this will be with your G.J. New Home Consultant and involve a visit to the site to get an overall picture. From this meeting we are trying to establish your objectives and thoughts around developing the site and potential suitable designs. There is no cost for this service. Local council regulations and overlays vary from lot to lot which are likely to drive planning and/or design considerations for your project.
Initial planning assessment:
Next you have a no obligation, no cost meeting with one of our preferred planning consultants and your G.J. New Home Consultant to have a preliminary discussion on the feasibility of the development of a preliminary budget would be established. Following this meeting we can provide a quote to prepare and submit your planning application.
Minor works agreement:
Now it’s time to commit some funds to a minor works agreement, usually $10,000-$20,000. This enables us to take the lead of the process for you and contract the necessary professionals to compile the required information for the project. These may include planners, site surveyors, engineers and designers. The scope of this will be tailored to your specific project.
Your Design Group at Work
During this time there will be a melting pot of information being compiled. This is done in collaboration with all consultants, with G.J.’s coordinating it primarily with the planner. All components affect one another. For example, the site levels will partially dictate how high in relation to the boundary you can go, thus affecting design. How the neighbors have utilized their site will affect how you can develop yours, usually due to privacy rules.
Soil types, flood plains, fire rating, orientation, existing drains, existing trees, historic areas, retaining walls and many other considerations, can all affect the final design.
Final agreed design / planning application:
By assessing all the challenges and balancing this with your primary objectives the final concept design and planning application takes shape. This is then submitted on your behalf.
Responding to planning / permit conditions and queries:
As the planning department runs through their assessment of the proposal, there are usually a number of requests for information or amendments to the submission that need to be made. Together with the planner, we respond to these with your input as required. Some of these may be outside the original scope so may require the input of some more funds.
On receipt of a planning approval there are often a number of requirements and a list of fees/infrastructure charges to be paid by you. On your acceptance of these, we proceed to finalize the design of the home/s, and investment required then assemble the building contracts.
Some things, like soil tests and levels, can be cross credited as we will already have these from the planning process.
There are also likely to be some civil works. For example, drains, power and the like which we can also help get underway at your cost.
Final working drawings / building contracts signed:
Once any subdivision/civil works are complete and signed off or at an earlier time, if agreed, the building contract (contract is signed prior to planning application) is entered into which may include the demolition of the existing home.
Building permit application submitted:
We then submit for a building permit. While this is taking place, you have time to make your color selections from an extensive range of colors, materials and finishes.
There are often further requests from the local jurisdiction for more information or clarification, which we take care of on your behalf, involving you where necessary.
Building permit approved:
On receipt of your building permit, we finalize your finances, suppliers, subcontractors, produce orders and confirm the construction start date.
- Siteworks and Demolition (if applicable)
- Underground Plumbing
- Foundation of new house complete
- Wall frame complete and installed
- Roof frame complete and installed
- Structural supports installed
- Electrical, gas and plumbing rough-in
- Windows installed
- External wall cladding/bricklaying
- Upper roof covering
- Fixing of internal doors, external doors
- Fixing exterior architectural features
- Internal linings and plaster boarding
- Finishing touches
- Floor coverings (if applicable)
- Walkthrough the house together, identifying areas needing attention
Handover of your new home:
You will be contacted at regular intervals during the build leading up to the handover of your home.
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