5 Things To Consider When Building a New House

5 Things To Consider When Building a New House

You may have a dozen options when it comes to choosing a home. You can either buy or have it custom built. While there are many factors to consider when deciding on this matter, your personal preferences will still have a bigger bearing.

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Now, if you’re one of the people who choose to build their dream home, then this article can be most useful for you. Read on.


What are the things you need to consider when building a new house?

Choosing to build your home can become exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Let us help you make it through more conveniently with these helpful tips on what you should consider:

 

#1. BUDGET

Everything depends on the amount of money you are willing to spend. So ensure you have a clear budget in mind. Some questions you need to consider include:

  • How much money have you saved for this project?
  • Can your budget handle it from start to finish?
  • Do you have extra funds in case of an emergency?

These are just a few of the questions you can check to evaluate if your budget is enough for building your home. However, if you don’t have a lot of money, you can adjust things according to your budget. Just make sure that you’re aware of this okay.

We advise that you talk to a registered consultant to estimate where your budget can bring you. It’ll help the available options for you.

 

#2. LOCATION AND LAND TYPE

After evaluating your budget, the next thing you need to asses is the location and land type where you’ll build your home. 

You need to check if the location suits your lifestyle. Is it the type of neighbourhood you want to live in, or is it a good place to settle down? You also need to consider things such as it’s proximity to the schools, market, hospitals, and/or shopping retails.

Aside from the location, you also to check the type of land where you plan to build your home. Is it a flat or sloping site? Are there any boulders to work on? 

These are important questions to ask because your dream house’s construction process is very much dependent on these. Need help in checking your land type? Call us on 0409 661 655.

 

#3. DESIGN AND DECORATION

This can either be FUN or DAUNTING, depending on your personality. But these are some of the things you need to think of:

  • Exterior and interior wall finish
  • Colours in each room
  • Type of flooring
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Furniture
  • Windows and doors
  • Size of the rooms

You may have many ideas in mind. Thus, it is best to list it down and show it to your builder. That is if your chosen builder has in-depth knowledge with design, just like Davolyn Constructions

 

#4. BUILDER SELECTION

Now, this, we can say, is the most, but not the least important thing you need to think of when building your dream house.

Choosing the builder that’ll work on your dream house must be able to guide you throughout the construction process. You should be able to openly communicate with them from start to finish.

Your builder selection is critical in the success rate of your plans. Choose a reliable and reputable builder who will not leave you in the middle of the project. They should also be open to your ideas and your budget.

Check the builder’s record, past and current client’s review, and their expertise on your project. Will they be able to handle a sloping block or are they just expert on flat sites? Your builder shouldn’t be your stressor but your trustworthy partner in building your home. Choosing the right builder is significant in the smooth process of your project.

 

Why choose Davolyn Construction?

Davolyn Construction can handle simple and complicated projects for you. Whether it’s a flat site or sloping block, we can help you build the home of your dreams. We make sure that you know every part of the process and keep things stress-free for you.

Bringing your dream the home to reality should be fun, hassle-free, and exciting. Let us build the house that you’ll want to come home to at the end of the day.

Contact Davolyn Constructions

Do you need help in evaluating these things before building your home? Call us on 0409 661 655.

7 Major Things To Consider When Building a Custom Home

7 Major Things To Consider When Building a Custom Home

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney

Building your dream home can be exciting! 

It is surely exciting when you’re about to build your custom home. You can decide on how your rooms will look like, however, reality check, constructing a custom home can be tiresome.


7 Major Things To Consider Before Building Custom Home

 

It’ll require critical thinking and analysis to ensure that you get the best out of it. There are things that you need to consider before building a custom home.

So to help you become prepared and keep the excitement high, we’ve listed down the things you need to take into consideration when constructing a custom home.

 

Top things to consider

Here, we listed down the things that should be in the top of your mind when you’re about to construct a custom home.

 

⚬ Solid and functional design

 

The design for your home should also consider functionality. Ask yourself these: 

  • What is the purpose and function of your home?
  • Will it be where you’ll put down roots or it’s just a vacation house?
  • Do you have a plan to sell it?

 

Taking these questions in mind can help you achieve a design that fits your future life goals.

 

⚬ Purpose of each room

 

Keeping in mind the purpose of each room in your custom home allows you to maximise each one of it. For example, you can use one room for two purposes, like it can be a kid’s playroom and study room at the same time. Think of this carefully so you there’ll be no wasted space.

 

⚬ Inspect the grounds carefully

 

Make sure that you are aware of the laws regarding the ground where you want to construct your home. Residential construction law varies per location. Knowing the requirements that you need such as building permit will help in speeding up the construction of your custom home.

 

⚬ Create a list of your specifications 

 

A list of your specifications such as what materials to use on your flooring can help you sort out things along the way. This will help you ease your likes and dislike during construction. 

 

⚬ Everything is included when choosing a custom home for your lifestyle

 

When building a custom home everything is included. There are no hidden nasty surprises. 

 

Custom Home Builders are more customer service orientated

 

A custom home builder is normally not a large team, So you are only dealing with a small number of people throughout your entire build. 

 

Find your perfect team

 

Finding the perfect team that you’ll work with all through-out the project is important. See to it that you hire a professional and reliable builder to work for you. Spend time to get to know them so you can get comfortable with them and see how things will work.

 

Minimal considerations

These following may be minimal considerations yet they are still important. These are the basic things that still need your attention.

 

Basics 

  • Width of hallways
  • Ceiling heights
  • Interior design ideas
  • Type of doors and windows
  • Electrical plans
  • Pipe plans
  • Type of lightings

 

Rooms/Doorways/Closets

  • Will your rooms be soundproof?
  • Do you like your kitchen and living room connected?
  • Any entertainment area idea?
  • Will there be a playroom?
  • How many entryways do you want?
  • What will be the design of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning?
  •  How many storages do you plan?
  • Do you want built-in storage?

 

Bathrooms/Kitchen

  • Do you have enough space for your appliances?
  • Are you planning to have a breakfast nook?
  • What type of finishing do you want?
  • Do you need outlets in your bathroom?
  • Do you want a heater?
  • What colour do you want for your bathroom walls?

 

Outdoor/Others 

  • Do you want a porch?
  • Landscape design
  • How large will your garage be?
  • Security features such as motion light detectors

 

We hope this checklist has helped you understand the things to consider before building a custom home. You can follow this or change it according to your preference. Happy building!

 

 

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Building your dream home can be exciting! Get in touch with us. Let’s discuss and plan your energy strategy to minimise energy costs.

Reality of Building on a Corner Block Home | The Pros and Cons

Reality of Building on a Corner Block Home | The Pros and Cons

“For those that love them, corner blocks come with plenty of pluses,” shared Michael Rodden.

Well for many people who just love their corner block home, it is that feeling of living in a much bigger space without being bound by convention. 

So do you think a corner block home is perfect for you and your family? Read some of the pros and cons of owning one:

 

CORNER BLOCK HOME PROS AND CONS

 

CORNER BLOCK HOME PROS AND CONS

 

Multiple access point

Pros: The availability of this one may vary depending on what’s allowed by your local law but with a corner block home, you can have multiple access to your home. Your driveway can be on one side and the entrance to your main door is on the other side. This is beneficial especially to slope sites.

Cons: If you have multiple entry points to your home, this could also mean multiple entry points for potential thieves, thus the need for an additional security measure to be implemented.

 

Bigger landscaping space

Pros: Having a corner block allows you to have a corner garden where you can show off your gardening skills. This also means additional natural aesthetic appeal for your home.

Cons: However, having two landscaping means double work for you on your weekends. Instead of looking out on one corner, you’ll have two to take care of. 

 

A large blank wall canvas

Pros: With a wall fence on both sides of your corner block, there’s a space for some art. You can use one side and put up wall art that will make your home stand out from the crowd.

Cons: Your wall fences can be a target for vandalism and graffiti. But this can easily be fixed with a CCTV camera and a warning sign for everyone to see. 

 

Street noise and traffic

Pros: One real advantage of being on the corner block means having two corners for street parking which is very useful on holiday visits.

Cons: Living the corner block means gaining the noise of two streets. The amount of noise from cars and pedestrians are doubled.

 

House heights and setbacks

Pros: Take note that this varies depending on the allowed by your local law on building requirements. Building on a corner block allows you to scope a larger vicinity for your property, thus you can utilise that space for your advantages.

Cons: As local laws may differ, your original corner block measurement can be reduced due to the setback requirements. Also, you may not be able to achieve the house height you want as it could create a blind spot for pedestrians and cars.

 

Fencing design and options

Pros: Building on a corner block with lesser neighbours on your sides means the fence designs and options are all yours. So whatever type of fence you want can apply. No need to compromise with others likes and dislikes.

Cons: The setback here is that all the cost of fencing your corners are all on you. You can’t split it with a neighbour. If not thought out carefully, you could end up spending too much for a fence.

 

Conclusion

So do you think a corner block fits your family’s lifestyle and personality?

Talk to a professional builder who’s expert in making the most out of a corner block site. Call us on 0409 661 655

Contact Davolyn Constructions

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Why Stump Homes for Sloping Blocks

Why Stump Homes for Sloping Blocks

Why Stump Homes for Sloping BlocksAre you wondering how to build your dream house on a sloping block?

Are you puzzled on what design to apply?

Don’t know where to start?

Maybe this is what you need.

Are you familiar with a stump home? Stump homes are usually referred to homes built with stump foundations. It may be unconventional compared to slab foundation but it proves to be sturdier for sloping blocks.

Stump homes stand on individual concrete or steel post with footings below. These individual posts can be built with different heights to reach the desired level of the house’s ground floor. With this, massive and expensive excavation can be set aside.

 

The First Step: Choosing the Right Builder for the Job

Challenges and issues can come up on the process of building a stump home; but with the right builder, you’ll be able to maximise your block and its view. Choosing the right builder is crucial in any house project, especially on sloping blocks.

With the right builder, your stump home can be stronger and more aesthetically appealing than a house built on a flat site. Learn more about us

 

The Second Step: Examining the Site

Yes, buying a property on the hills is cheaper than flat sites; but the view you get on the hillside is definitely more rewarding. Thus it is important that your site is examined before starting any construction on it. 

Examining the site and its surrounding can help you anticipate the pros and cons of your project. You’ll also be able to check if there are large rocks or shallow land part that needs extra care while your building your dream home. 

 

Third Step: Deciding on your house design

Take note that every sloping block is different. There can be a case where a sloping site is easy to work on while another site is rocky and needs more hard work. As sloping blocks are different so as the result of the stump home. This can also have an advantage because your home will have its unique design.

Look at the variety of designs we have prepared for you. 

 

CONCLUSION

A sloping block is not a hindrance in building your dream home. You just need to find the right builder who will make your dream house a reality. 

To ensure that your stump home is well-designed, ask help from a professional builder that is expert in sloping blocks. Contact us and let us help you get the best out of your sloping block. Send us a message today!

Contact Davolyn Constructions

Contact us and let us help you get the best out of your sloping block. 

5 Reasons Why Split Level Homes are Perfect for the Holidays

5 Reasons Why Split Level Homes are Perfect for the Holidays

Are you one of those people who just love the holiday season? Who wouldn’t? It’s the time of the year where families find time to bond and just relax, mostly inside the comfort of their homes. Thus, families spend time, effort and money preparing their homes for the holiday.


5 Reasons Why Split Level Homes are Perfect for Holidays

But do you know that choosing split level homes for your family can be very useful, not only during the holiday season but to any family who just loves to celebrate various occasions? Learn more about this. 

 

5 Holiday Benefits of a Split Level Home

Split level homes bring many benefits to homeowners, especially if your house is standing on sloping blocks. Here are some of them:

 

It can optimise spaces

Optimised spaces are one the most unique and smart features of a split level home. By splitting the level of your house, you can double up the space you have. Thus, you can use that extra space to welcome your guests and celebrate with them any time of the year.

This allows you to accommodate more family and friends, especially during the holiday season.

 

Is very easy to maintain and highly adaptable

Split level home designs are highly adaptable and are also very easy to maintain. Thanks to  its straightforward design, you can easily:

  • Add rooms
  • Connect one level to another
  • Perform repairs
  • Install a new deck

Do you plan to add new rooms to your house? Call us on 0409 661 655.

 

It has a compressed layout

With a split level home design, you can ensure that every space and corner of your home is maximised. Your bedrooms can be placed on the upper level with typical kitchen and bathrooms. While your family room, laundry, guest room, and kids playroom are located on the lower level.

This allows you to use more of your space and leave nothing behind.

 

It gives you more privacy and space

By split levelling your home, your important rooms such as the master’s bedroom can be situated on the upper level or on the farther level of the house. It’ll be away from the traffic noise and eyes of your visitors during their visit on holidays, thus gaining you more privacy and peace.

You can keep your sanctuary spaces safe from unexpected disturbance during holiday events. Customise and protect your peace and privacy with the help of a professional builder. Let’s talk.

 

It is practical and affordable

Split level type homes are practical and affordable, especially when you’re building a house on a budget. With a split level type of home, you’ll be able to arrange, maximise, and fit your home into your block.

 

Conclusion

Whether you’re just about to build your home or just want to renovate it to cope for the holiday events, this type of layout is the best idea for anyone who wants to get the most out of their home space. 

Does the idea of a split level home excited your imagination? Do you plan to own one for your family as well?

If you need help in incorporating your ideal split level design to your home, refer to a creative and dependable builder. Contact us so we can help you make your home ready for any kind of holiday! Send us a message today!

Contact Davolyn Constructions

Contact us so we can help you make your home ready for any kind of holiday!

Things to Consider When Building a Sloping Block Home

Things to Consider When Building a Sloping Block Home

Building a home in a sloping block is filled with challenges, risks, and expenses. However, the reward is breathtaking. A block on the slope pose different obstacles but offers a uniqueness a flat site don’t have. But before jumping into it, there are things you need to consider.


Things to Consider When Building a Sloping Block Home


Home drainage system

A common concern of homeowners in sloping blocks is the drainage system. Especially if heavy rains occur. A large amount of water rain collected in the lower elevation of your home can cause soil erosion. So an effective drainage system is important. If your drainage system will be situated at the slope’s foot – a drop manhole is necessary for the slow passage of the water. If it will be situated in uphill – you need to install a pump.

 

Rolling rocks

Make sure to check out for rock formations around your property. It can pose the danger of rolling rocks into your way. Expect the ground to be shallow in your area. A deep excavation might be needed to hit the rock bottom. Do not overdo it as excavation can be very expensive.

 

Cutting into the hill

Cutting into the hillside will be necessary depending on the steepness of the slope on your block. It is needed in order to create a flat platform for the house’s foundation. 

 

Climate and direction

Building on a sloping block, the house will have to face the climate and other elements such as high winds and heavy rains. So make sure to give extra attention to the landscape surrounding your block. Possible landslides and soil erosion due to heavy rains must be taken with great consideration. Weatherproofing the house is a must.

 

Choosing the right builder

Working with the right builder to face the challenge of building a house in a sloping block is vital. They are significant in the construction’s success. Opt for a builder where sloping blocks are their expertise and you shall be able to meet your sloping block home.

Contact Davolyn Constructions

Davolyn Constructions creates a sloping block home with strong foundations that can surpass natural elements and climate change. Call to schedule an appointment with us.