How does the building process actually work? So glad you asked. While every build will differ slightly, the construction of a home and its progression from design selection to settlement follows roughly the same timeline.
THE BUILDING PROCESS
1. FALL IN LOVE WITH A DESIGN
Once you’ve found a design you love, an outcome that you’ve no doubt reached after enduring countless hours in display homes, on builder’s websites and stalking the Instagram images of architectural masterpieces, you’ll need to place your initial deposit. You’ll receive a formal quotation from your New Home Consultant, then pay the deposit to lock in the base price and receive the site plans for your new home. You’ll also need to speak to your bank/mortgage broker at this stage to ensure you are in the position to receive a loan.
2. ELECTRICAL CONSULTATION
This is where you’ll select all of the electrical fittings for your home, and learn about all of the amazing advances we have seen in the last couple of years in technology. This can be overwhelming, however, your New Home Consultant will walk you through the process and make it easy to understand.
3. SOIL TESTING + NEW HOME PROPOSAL
We’ll organise a soil test and a site survey on your land and then order your land title information. Following this, your plans will be submitted to the drafting team to be drawn up. Once complete, our team will present your New Home Proposal for approval and, if approved, you’ll pay $2000 and move to the next stage of your build.
4. COLOURS STAGE
The fun part. If you build with Burbank, you’ll spend some time at our Edge Selection Studio, a showroom bustling with potential options for the internal and external fixtures of your new home. Our South Australian studio is located within our office in Norwood, which makes the building process even easier, as everything is conveniently located in one place!
5. CONTRACT STAGE
Every piece of documentation for your contract is crosschecked against your final tender, colour/electrical selections and drawings before being given to you to sign. The second part of the deposit is also due to be paid at this point.
6. PERMITS AND ORDERING STAGE
Once the contract is signed, your builder will obtain all required permits to begin construction. They’ll also begin ordering materials from their suppliers in preparation for site start. You’ll need to have unconditional finance approval from your lender and go through a checklist to make sure your site is ready for construction with things like clearing debris and cutting the grass. The very last thing to do before your home begins construction is to sign and return your final construction drawings.
Your dream home is about to come to life before your eyes. But what is the process of the build itself? Let’s have a look.
1. Slab pouring (laying your home’s foundations)
2. Framing (support structures installed)
3. Lockup (windows, doors and walls erected - your home needs to be locked up!)
4. Fixing (plumbing, electrical and other design features all installed)
5. Completion (your home is almost complete...)
6. Pick up your keys and move in!