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uilding a home is an exciting journey, one that is filled with anticipation and planning. From selecting the right design to watching your property take shape, each stage of construction is an important step toward creating your dream space. At Builders Brisbane, we are committed to delivering quality construction in a timely manner. Here’s a detailed guide to the typical build times for the various types of structures we offer:
Granny Flats: Typically 3-4 Months: If you are looking for a small and quick housing solution, granny flats are a great option. They have a compact design and can be built in a short span of time. We take care of every step of the process, from planning to execution, to ensure that your tiny home is ready in 3-4 months.
Loswet Homes: Typically 5 Months: Lowset homes, or single-storey homes, are more complex to build than granny flats. They usually take about 5 months to finish, but this may vary depending on the size of the floor plan. Lowset homes are suitable for families who need more space and comfort.
Double-Storey Homes: Typically 7 Months:
Building a double-storey home requires more time than a single-storey one. These homes are large and luxurious, and they usually take about 7 months to complete. Some of the factors that increase the time frame are the use of steel beams, different types of cladding, multi-level roofs, and scaffolding that needs to be set up and removed.
Duplexes: Typically 7 Months: Duplexes are a type of housing that have two units attached by a common wall. They usually take about 7 months to construct and can offer some advantages over single-family homes. For example, duplexes can make efficient use of land and provide a source of rental income for the owners.
Extending Build Duration: Landscaping and Other Considerations
While we strive to meet the timelines mentioned above, there are factors that may extend the build duration by up to a month. Here's a look at some common considerations:
Landscaping: The aesthetic appeal of outdoor spaces is vital. Custom landscaping can add weeks to the construction process, depending on the complexity of the design.
Weather Conditions: Unpredictable weather can lead to delays. Rain, strong winds, or extreme temperatures might hinder the progress of construction. Living in Queensland, we have some amazing weather during the winter and large amounts of rain in Summer. Keep in mind the seasons when talking time frames.
Permit and Inspection Delays: There are various factors that can affect the duration of a construction project. One of them is the legal and regulatory aspect, which involves obtaining the necessary permits and passing the required inspections. These processes can sometimes cause delays or interruptions in the work, depending on the availability and efficiency of the authorities. At times, it is important to plan ahead and anticipate any potential issues that might arise from this aspect.
Customisation:If you choose to add or modify certain aspects of the construction, it might extend the timeline depending on the complexity of the changes.
At Builders Brisbane, based in Ormeau, South East Queensland, we take pride in our craftsmanship and commitment to timelines. We understand that your home is more than just a building; it's a personal space that reflects your taste and lifestyle. That’s why we work closely with you to ensure that every detail is attended to, even if it means spending a little extra time to get it just right.Should you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out to us. We are here to help you build the home of your dreams, or an amazing investment to catapult you to a brighter financial future.
A granny flat is a self-contained living space that can be attached to or detached from the main house. It can be used for various purposes, such as accommodating elderly relatives, renting out for extra income, or providing a home office. However, building a granny flat is not as simple as it may seem. There are many factors to consider, such as planning permission, design, budget, and construction. If you are thinking of adding a granny flat to your property, here are five common mistakes to avoid.
Owners do not insist on a builder who designs in 3D.
One of the common pitfalls that owners face is not communicating their expectations clearly. This can lead to frustration and dissatisfaction with the outcome. A good way to avoid this is to use 3D visualisation to show the project in detail. This allows the owner to see how the project will look like and make any changes before it is too late. 3D visualisation is a powerful tool that can help owners achieve their goals and vision. It is always advisable to request 3D visualisation from the contractor or designer.
A lack of understanding of council regulations - and engaging a builder who doesn't know!
The National Construction Code regulates the technical standards for building and plumbing in Australia, but it does not cover the planning aspects of development. That is the responsibility of local councils, who have the power to approve or reject applications based on their own planning schemes and policies. Planning is a complex and sensitive issue that can affect the rights and interests of property owners, neighbours and the community. If you do not comply with the planning requirements of your council, you may face legal consequences, disputes or fines. You may also lose the value of your investment or the opportunity to use your property as you wish.
Planning policies vary widely among councils, depending on the local context and objectives. For example, some councils may allow you to rent out a granny flat as a secondary dwelling, while others may restrict it to family members only. Some may impose limits on the size, height or design of your granny flat, while others may be more flexible. Therefore, it is essential that you do your research and consult with your council before you start any building work. You need to find out if you need a planning permit, what are the relevant rules and guidelines, and how to lodge a successful application. One size does not fit all when it comes to planning, so do not assume that what works in one area will work in another.
No 'site-centric' design ideas.
One of the factors that influence our choices when we purchase something is how well it fits our personal preferences and needs. However, when it comes to building a house, many people do not consider how well the design matches the site characteristics. Instead, they choose a generic design that may not suit the site conditions, such as the slope, the soil type, the drainage, etc. This can lead to extra expenses and complications, such as having to level the site, build retaining walls, or install drainage systems. A better approach is to start with the site analysis and then design a house that is tailored to the site features. This way, you can save money, time, and resources, and also create a more sustainable and comfortable living environment.
Not understanding building codes.
One of the common problems that some investors face is that they try to do everything by themselves and end up making costly mistakes. For instance, one investor recently wasted money and time by not knowing the minimum ceiling heights required for different rooms. The BSA states that bedrooms, living rooms etc. need to have at least 2.4m of ceiling height. This investor thought that they could get away with certifying the building as 'storage' but that did not work out. You NEED to work with experts who have experience and knowledge in design, construction AND council rules and regulations.
Negative gearing mentality.
Many investors make the wrong assumption that a positively geared property is too risky or unrealistic. This is because they have been influenced by the traditional advice of negative gearing, which focuses on capital growth rather than cash flow. However, the market conditions have changed and capital growth is not guaranteed anymore. Therefore, investors need to look for properties that can generate positive cash flow regardless of the market fluctuations. Don't limit yourself to the old paradigm of 'capital growth or nothing' when it comes to property investment.
As a third-generation designer and builder, I have building in my blood. I've been designing and building my whole life. Specialising in management and company building, we have built an amazing team in Builders Brisbane to bring your dreams into reality!
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