How to build a new house

Building your dream home should be enjoyable – but with so much to think about, sometimes it can feel overwhelming. Having a good understanding of the process can help, because you’ll know what needs to happen at each stage of your build. Luckily, the basic process for building a home is the same, regardless of its size and complexity. We’ve put together an outline of the entire process of creating a new home, from the dream in your head to the keys in your hand.

PLANNING

1. Create your vision

Your new home starts in your imagination. Take some time to picture your dream home and what it will be like relaxing in your new abode. It helps to consider your lifestyle. Imagine going about your day – from waking up in your Master bedroom to reading a bedtime story to your children. Having a clear vision in mind will help you down the track, when there will be a lot of decisions to make.

2. Assemble your team

For a high-quality home, you’ll need a team of experts you can rely on. It’s best to do this early on, because your team can then offer advice, guide you through the process and help you avoid common pitfalls. Most homeowners begin by finding a trustworthy builder, who can then select the other members of the team using their contacts and expertise. This means less work for you, so you can relax and enjoy the process.

3. Consider your budget

Having a good idea of what you want to spend will help you make decisions in line with your budget. Talk to your builder about the vision you have in mind and get an idea of what it’s likely to cost. This will give you a preliminary budget to work with. If you find the projected cost is more than you can afford, it’s best to work this out early on so you can adjust your plan accordingly.

4. Choose your land

If you haven’t already found land for your home, seek advice from your builder. If they have good knowledge of the housing market and connections in the industry, they’ll be able to help you find the right section for your home. They should ask questions about your lifestyle and the type of neighbourhood you prefer before providing options that are tailored to your needs. Once your land is selected, your builder should conduct soil tests to give them the information needed before constructing your home.

5. Choose your plan

Most new homes begin with an existing design that you can then customise to suit your lifestyle. It’s important your chosen design works well with the land you’ve selected. It will need to be the right size and shape, and should be positioned to make the most of natural light. Work with your builder to select a plan that’s right for both your lifestyle and your chosen land.

6. Decide on the look you want

Now you know the layout of your home, you’ll need to decide how it will look. Take time to select the colours and finishes that appeal to you, to create an interior you’ll love. It’s a good idea to get some advice from an expert who’s done this before, so ask your builder if they have a trained consultant who can help you with the interior of your home.

7. Sign your contract

Now the builder has all the information they need to scope your project, it’s time to sign a contract to make it official. Make sure your contract is signed and dated by both you and your builder. The contract should describe the project in detail and include a list of everything that’s included in your build, so you know exactly what you’re getting.


CONSTRUCTION

1. Permits

Before construction begins, the council or government needs to give your builder a permit. You might need permits for things like plumbing, electrical work or contouring the land, as well as the construction itself. The permit process can be complicated, so it’s best to rely on your builder, who will have done this many times before.

2. The foundations

A good foundation is essential for a high-quality build. Your building team will remove trees, rocks or debris that are in the way, level the site and dig any holes and trenches required. This is also the time to install underground plumbing, electrical cables and connections to stormwater systems. Concrete will then be poured into the holes and trenches of your foundation walls, and depending on your home design the builders may create a concrete slab as a base. After the concrete is poured it needs time to ‘cure’, so no work will be done on the site during this time.

3. The frame

The ‘skeleton’ of your home will be created, including the beams, roof trusses and internal and external walls. Your builder will then fill in the frame, including your windows, fascias, roofing, guttering and doors. This is an exciting time when your vision really starts to come to life.

4. Complete the interior

It’s now time to complete the inside of your home. Your team will work on the plastering, internal doors and skirting boards throughout your home, as well as creating the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry. From there, painting, flooring, carpets, mirrors and lighting fixtures add the finishing touches to your new home.

5. Inspection

It’s finally time to walk through your new home. Your builder should show you your completed build and guide you through each aspect of it. If there are any final touches that need to be made, your team can then complete these following your inspection.

At Toro Homes, our streamlined process makes it easy for you to create your dream home. Our team of experts will guide you through every step, providing advice and answering your questions along the way. Get in touch today to take the first step towards your perfect home.

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