Step 1 – The Start of your Design & Construct Process
To start the BUILD™ process, we will meet you on your land or in our office to help you develop a confidential Project Brief. To do this, you will be asked to think about various aspects of your new home including some you may not have yet considered including:
• Special features of your land
• The ‘look’ you want your home to reflect
• The shape, size, and number of rooms you need
• Special features you may want included
• Your budget
• Your building timetable
• Any work you may wish to do yourselves
Our aim is to establish exactly what is important to you in your new home.
Step 2 – Your Project Assessment
Following our initial meeting we will assess your responses and prepare a written report suggesting a potential size for your home and an estimated building budget.
Step 3 – Design Fee
At this point, if you think our BUILD™ system can satisfy your needs, we will ask you to pay a Preliminary Design Fee of $5000*.
You meet with our designer again to discuss your project in greater detail
Please remember our money back guarantee. If you don’t proceed to Step 7 – Plan Fee – we will refund $1500* – representing our design costs – and give you the contour plan and engineers report prepared for your land and valued at approximately $3500*.
Step 4 – Site Investigation and Assessment
On your behalf we now commission a contour survey and an engineering investigation to ensure that the slopes of your land and any special engineering requirements are considered in our design solutions. We also check with relevant authorities about any special building or design conditions that may affect your development.
Step 5 – Design and Budget Development
Our designer now develops your first draft design based on your Project Brief and subsequent discussions you have had with him. At this point your involvement in the design process increases. If, after considering the first draft, you want to make changes, a second draft will be prepared. The cost impact of any changes you make will be discussed with you prior to proceeding further.
Step 6 – Final Design and Investment Proposal
After any necessary fine-tuning of your design and budget we prepare your final draft design including a floor plan and one or two elevations and your Guaranteed Investment Proposal.
Armed with this information you can now move forward confidently to the next step of the BUILD™ process.
Step 7 – Plan Fee
Assuming our design and cost calculations meet your approval, you are now in a position to pay your Plan Fee that covers the cost of preparing full architectural and engineering plans, calling tenders, home-owner warranty insurance premiums and statutory fees necessary to gain development and building approvals. These costs have already been included in your Guaranteed Investment Proposal.
Step 8 – Working Drawings and Council Approval
Once completed your working drawings are presented for your final approval. We then submit your development application to Council and, on approval, to the Principal Certifying Authority for a construction certificate.
Step 9 – Specification Development
While the approval processes are taking place, we guide you in finalising the selection of the individual inclusions and finishes for your home. Its good fun and our experienced staff help you all the way.
Step 10 – Building Agreement
When all approvals are received your Building Agreement is prepared. You are given copies of all documents in ample time to obtain whatever independent advice you consider necessary prior to signing.
Step 11 – Construction
About two weeks after contracts are signed building work begins on site. Our supervisor oversees day-to-day site activities, organise tradesmen, material deliveries and progress in general.
You are kept informed of progress by our office and through regular site meetings.
Our designer inspects your project regularly and are available to discuss any issues that arise during construction.
At other critical stages the engineer, surveyor, and Principal Certifying Authority also carry out inspections.
You make Progress Payments as agreed and if you want to make changes (an extra power point perhaps) you approve the cost of work, in writing, beforehand so you remain in full control of your budget.
Step 12 – Completion
Your home is finished within a Guaranteed Completion Time and within budget. You inspect it thoroughly and, when you are completely satisfied, make your final payment and take possession.
You still have plenty to do – moving in, familiarising yourself with your new living environment and so on – but you can relax knowing that Stibbard provides a unique Lifetime Guarantee and is always there to help you.