Our guide to stress free home building.
By now you should have a good understanding of the Architopia process.
If not, click here to head to our home page to get up to speed.
So what happens after you purchase an architectural house design package from Architopia?
The fun part - it's time to approach a builder and start building your dream home!
But we also understand that building a new home can be daunting. We've been there. So to make the building process as simple and stress free as possible, we've created this step-by-step guide for you.
Everything you need to know in 8 simple steps.
Ok, let't jump in.
1. Adjustments & Site Survey.
If you’re happy with your new design and don't want to make any changes, you can skip this step.
However, if you would like to make any changes to the design of your new home (such as adding another bedroom), you'll need to engage a local draftsperson, designer, or architect. This stakeholder may also offer to administer the project for you until completion, however you may opt for the builder to run the project - both can produce great results.
2. Get Quotes from Builders.
Your choice of builder is critical. A good builder will be able to help guide you through the process from here on. Spend some time researching and ask around for local recommendations.
Supply our architectural package, or those from your draftsperson from 'Step 1', to your shortlisted builders for quotation.
We recommend obtaining a minimum of 3 quotes from different builders in order to secure the most competitive price.
Ask them to explain any large contingency sums or monetary allowances, notating exclusions to their quote in writing.
We recommend asking your preferred builder to provide a site survey, paid for by you separately to the contract. This will help identify any unknown geotechnical/subsoil conditions that can impact overall building costs.
If the builder requires engineering documentation, they may also be able to obtain this for you and include the cost in your building contract.
Confirm back to back insurances, licenses, bank fees, legal fees, site allowances and a project timeline (including end date) with your builder.
Make any final changes you’re considering now. Once a contract is signed, a change is considered a ‘variation’ and can become quite costly.
Sign the contract with your builder!
3. Apply for Town Planning.
Your builder will now apply to the local planning authority with your set of plans and specifications, complying with any local regulations.
The local planning authority will issue a checklist of all requirements to be met and issue certification once approved.
4. Build your home.
Start of construction!
The builder is automatically assigned (or required to assign) a building surveyor. The building surveyor will visit the site to inspect the building progress at critical stages during construction.
Ask when they have the inspections planned, as you may also like to attend.
5. The Occupancy Permit.
Once your home nears completion, the builder applies for a certificate of practical completion, ‘PC’. A building surveyor will come and inspect the building, determining if it is suitable to be occupied or not.
This will trigger the start of the ‘Defects Liability Period’.
It’s important to note that insurances are closely tied to these certificates, so be careful not to move in until ‘PC’ has been achieved.
6. Make Final Payment.
Once the certificates have been achieved, the final payment is due to the builder. This marks the completion of their contract.
7. Move In. Defects Liability Period.
As previously mentioned, the ‘Defects Liability Period’ commenced when ‘PC’ was achieved.
Now that you have moved in, there is a period of (generally) ‘12 months’ in which if anything in the house does not work as intended, or is of poor quality, the builder must arrange for it to be made good, free of charge.
Example: you feel a draft coming through your closed door, it likely has a faulty door seal.
The benefit of finding a good builder ensures that if any problems arise, they won’t hesitate to provide advice or come back and fix it.
8. Check in with Architopia.
This is by no means an obligation but once you’ve completed your home, we’d love to hear about your experience.
We highly value all feedback from our customers. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!