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 Questions to Ask Your Potential Custom Home Builder

 

Building a new home can be one of the most exciting, yet overwhelming times of your life. The most important thing to consider is selecting the right custom home builder. To choose your ideal custom home builder, ask candidates these essential questions.

 

How Long Have You Been Building in the Area?

 

Ensure you choose a quality, reputable builder who has been building in your area for at least five years. An experienced builder intimately understands the landscape, storm drainage system, property boundaries and values, building codes, inspections, sewer and water locations, and neighbourhood desirability. 

 

Do You Employ Quality Tradesmen? 

 

A good custom home builder will work with the best tradesmen. The builder and his tradies care about the construction of your new home as if it's their own. They're willing to communicate with you throughout the entire process and offer informed options and suggestions, allowing you to make quality decisions.

 

Can You Provide Details on Specifications and Cost? 

 

Without a detailed cost break down, the costs of building your new home can spiral out of control. Before going ahead with the build, ensure you clarify everything with your prospective builder. Ensure every detail - from excavating and landscaping, water supply, foundation, exterior and interior walls, and more - is spelled out clearly.

 

How Much Customising Be Done? 

 

When building a custom home, this is one of the first questions you should ask. Build with us, and your imagination only limits you. We’ll “build” your home on paper first, including all the upgrades and features you desire. From there, we’ll pinpoint the exact cost, so there are no surprises. 

Are You Licenced and Insured? 

 

At Resolve Construction, each of our custom home builders are fully licenced and insured. Before starting your project, we will sit down with you and discuss exactly what the insurance covers. 

 

How Often Should I Expect Updates? 

 

The key to a successful relationship with your builder is open communication. At Resolve Construction, we understand this, so we stay in constant communication with you from the planning stage, until we hand over the keys. 

 

Whether it’s through emails, voicemails or website enquiries, you’ll know exactly what’s happening at every stage of the building process. 

 

What is and Isn't Included? 

 

This is perhaps the most important question to ask your potential custom home builder. When determining the total cost of your home, we will discuss factors like surveying, construction plans, insurance, impact fees, insurance fees, tree trimming/removal, fencing and more. 

 

For answers to more vital questions to ask your potential custom home builder, or to start the building process, simply call or email the friendly team at Resolve Construction today. 

 Making the Most of Your Narrow Block

 

As the Australian housing market becomes increasingly saturated, house lots are subtly shrinking. In fact, the average lot has shrunken to 395 square metres. This often results in new home buyers having to readjust their definition of “dream home.” 

 

Fortunately, though, with a specialised narrow lot house design, you can make the most of your small space. 

Open Plan Living Spac

es 

 

Creating the perception of more space is one of the most important aspects of house design. That’s why Resolve Construction’s unique designs feature open plan living areas, complete with kitchen, living and dining areas all within one spacious, light-filled room. 

 

An integral component of our personalised designs is outdoor living, to increase the perception of space. A fantastic way to utilise the outdoors is installing generous glass doors which open the kitchen to an alfresco dining area. This increases your usable floor space, creating a feeling of luxurious openness. 

Make Glass a Central Feature 

 

A poorly designed home on a narrow lot can make the homeowner feel quite claustrophobic. Whereas, an intelligently designed home creates more space, by opening to the outdoors with strategically placed glass doors and windows. 

 

The positive effect well-placed glass has in the home cannot be understated. In a narrow property, glass makes each room feel far more spacious and open, while an abundance of natural light streams through the windows. 

Utilise Light 

 

The more natural light you can invite into your home, the more spacious it feels. Introducing more light into your home is easier than you think. Simply integrate additional windows (especially facing north) into the design. 

 

Another fantastic way to pour light in is by installing a skylight. If you’re concerned about privacy, you can install transparent window coverings after the build. 

High Ceilings 

 

By opting for ceilings over 2.7 metres, even the smallest room will look much larger. If you’re building a double storey home, consider voids above your kitchen or living area. This will create an instant “wow factor,” and give the room a bright, airy feel. 

Eliminate Unutilised Space 

 

While open floor plans keep walkways to a minimum, they are inevitable in narrow blocks. The best way to utilise this space is having it against the outside wall of the house. This allows you to install large windows or fixed glass panels along the length of the hallway. 

Be Realistic

 

When designing on a narrow block, be realistic about how many rooms you need. The more rooms you put into the narrow design, the house either becomes longer or the rooms become smaller. If you’re unlikely to regularly use certain rooms (i.e., utility room or media room), either ditch it or consider transforming it into a multipurpose room. 

 

If you’d like more innovative house design tips for narrow blocks, call or email the friendly team at Resolve Construction today.

Tips for Maintaining Your Custom Home

 

Entering your custom-built home for the first time is an incredible experience. From shiny appliances, to clean, new walls and flooring, it can be very easy to imagine your new life here.

 

However, keeping your new home in pristine condition can be challenging. The good news is, by following these simple tips, your custom home will remain in top condition for years to come.

 

Commit to Regular Maintenance Schedule 

 

Create a list of tasks to be completed inside and outside your home. To make the workload more manageable, divide chores up into weekly, monthly and seasonal duties.

 

Maintain Curb Appeal 

 

Besides aesthetic reasons, spending some time maintaining your lawn and garden allows you to fully enjoy your property. While each season requires maintenance work, the majority occurs before winter. This is when grass should be mown short and fertilised, and flower beds should be mulched.

 

Perform a Deep Clean

 

Most homeowners do some form of house cleaning every day or week. However, there are some tasks which are usually neglected – a deep clean is one of them.

 

Twice a year, do a deep cleaning on your entire home. Ensure you cover everything, from appliances to windows, exteriors, dusting and more. It may sound like a hassle, but it’s far less work in the long run if you do a deep clean every six months.

 

Landscaping

 

Every three months, perform a little landscaping. The most important part of this process is clearing out any dead plants – these are very unappealing and will not help your other plants, either. Ensure you remove any dead branches which could potentially cause damage.

 

Deck Maintenance

 

If you have a deck, patio, balcony or terrace, ensure you give the outdoor space a thorough cleaning a couple of times a year. Most of the time, all it will need is spraying down with water to stay in pristine condition.

 

Plumbing

 

Small leaks can occur in any home. They can be unsightly and downright dangerous. To prevent leaks, simply check the water pressure on your taps, showers and toilets.

 

Caulking

 

Besides looking unattractive, mould can be downright dangerous to your family and pets. To prevent a mould manifestation in your showers and bathtubs, check and repair the caulking.

Heating and Cooling

 

Australian summers and winters can be particularly harsh. For consistent heating and cooling throughout your home year-round, conduct regular maintenance checks on your air conditioning system.

 

If you’d like even more handy maintenance tips to keep your custom home looking absolutely pristine, call or email the experts at Resolve Construction today.