Talk to a building designer. Yep, sales pitch for sure. But it is necessary to understand that building a new home is not as simple as just 'having a crack at it.' Employ the right people, get the right results. Have a building designer help you design a house that suits your family's requirements, and get the best out of your block.
Think energy smart. With energy costs rising, now is the time to think of how you want to power your home with the basics. Electricity, heating and cooling, water storage, hot water systems, insulation, window and door placement towards prevailing winds of the area etc. Check out our range of helpful blog posts discussing how to design smart: Sustainable Living
Find out all local council requirements. You don't want to send the plans in to council, and then have them reject it simply because you didn't know about certain requirements. We will obviously help you with this, but it is important to know all you can before commencing the design and construction drawings. For Brisbane residents, you can use PDOnline. Brisbane's property details enquiry engine here: PDOnline
You will be able to see all of your property's details like your property lot and RP number, Parish, Ward, Area, if there are any development or building applications on your property currently, Zoning, Local Plans that are applicable to your property and they even have a satellite mapping system.
What consultants will you need to employ the services of? It is important to know who you will need to employ and for what. Usually, you will need:
- a building designer of course to design and detail the new home,
- engineer (for all of your concrete and steel detailing),
- an energy efficiency consultant (for an energy rating assessment certificate for habitable rooms),
- possibly a surveyor if the block has certain site features that need to be known accurately in order to complete the design,
- a private certifier to submit the plans to. Alternatively your builder can submit them to council directly and use council's certifiers, but a private certifier is usually a better choice as you only deal with one person, and you usually get your building approval through faster.
Brainstorm your new dream home! Immerse yourself in thoughts of your new home. Immerse your family in thoughts of your new home. Your needs, your wants and desires. Photos of houses you like, materials you want to use and what you want your new place to 'feel' like too. All of this is super important because in the end, you have to live there.
Bring everything to your designer (us... hint hint...) and throw them all on the table and have a brainstorm together and yo will reach a design that is yours. Your new home!