Building for the First Time
Benefits of Building a New Home vs Buying an Existing Home
- Building a new home means you get choice in the layout of your home as well as external and internal colours, fixtures and fittings
- You can avoid potential headaches that occur when renovating an existing home, which could result in significant additional costs due to unexpected maintenance issues
- You know who built your home and how it was constructed
- You will have a choice of a large selection of parcels of land in housing estates that have been master planned with parks, schools, shops and amenities
- You save money buying a new home, because you only pay stamp duty on the cost of the land, not the building
- You could save money while your new home is being built: payments are staggered throughout the process so you don’t have to come up with all the money up front
- If you’re a first home buyer you may be eligible for grants from federal and state governments and also additional stamp duty savings. Click here to view our First Home Buyers Resource Page (insert link to First Home Buyers Page)
- Your new Ashmont home comes with building and structural warranties that offer you peace of mind
What to Consider When Choosing a House Design
Before you start looking at plans, have a realistic idea of how much you have to spend. At Ashmont Homes, we can give you price guides for all of our home designs and will be able to give you some guidance on site costs based on the parcel of land you are considering. Alternatively, you can select an Ashmont House & Land Package which can will be a fixed price contract.
If you have several designs that you like, it’s worth asking us which one would work best on the parcel that you have purchased (or are looking at purchasing.) We will provide you with a free Site Assessment where you’ll get advice on the suitability of the land for building purposes. All you need to do is keep us informed as you progress along the land purchase process.
Take a critical look at your existing home and start noticing what works for you and what doesn’t. Of the features you want in a home, create a list of ‘must haves’ and a list of ‘nice to haves’ and also the things that don’t work for you at all.
Your wish list should reflect the lifestyle you want in terms of layout and practicality.
Do you entertain frequently, or rarely? Do you love to have bustling outdoor summer barbeques by the pool, or prefer snuggling up in front of a film in the home theatre?
Single storey or double? Not every floor plan will suit your lifestyle and your phase of life. You may have small children needing you close by, or possibly teenagers wanting space. Going up the stairs a few times in the night to little ones may not be very appealing, but also hearing a beginner drummer practising in the next room may not be either.
You may need to think about where to put a home office, or the in-laws when they come to stay (Or not!) Having these things in mind can help you to stay focussed on what you really want and need, and not get side-tracked when you start looking at amazing floorplans.
Do you have little ones you want to keep an eye on while making dinner? Or are you the messy type that needs a door to close the mess behind when guests drop by? Keeping in mind your lifestyle when looking at plans will help you choose the right one for you.
Make sure the sizes of the rooms will be adequate for the usage you want for your lifestyle – check with us that the design you are looking at getting will be adequate for your furniture.
If you plan on using furniture from your current home, get out the tape measure and note down the sizes of your favourite pieces and try to envisage where they would fit in your new space. Make sure they will fit. If you are planning on styling the interior to suit the new home, get an idea of the style you want to go for, and measure some lounges or other large items from a showroom to get a sense of space.
There will also usually be a range of materials available both for the home’s exterior and interior, and of course paint colours, roof colours, flooring colours and so on. Deciding on these aesthetic features can be the hardest part, but it’s important not to get too hung up on it – after all, you can always change the colour later. Making firm decisions on the things you can’t change after the house has been finished is most important.
Before talking to us, we suggest to make as many of the decisions as you can, so that when we meet, you are focussed on the important issues that require more discussion. Prepare a concise list so that nothing is forgotten.
Finding a Parcel of Land that Meets your Needs
Finding the right parcel of land for your new home is an important decision. There are a number of considerations to factor in when choosing the size and location of your block to ensure you can build the home design of your choice.
- Is your land ready to build on? Often land is sold “unregistered” meaning that the land is not ready for construction and you will be required to wait for completion before you can purchase the land
- How much fall (or slope) is across the parcel of land? If there is significant fall, this will result in increased building costs
- Where are the services for water, power and sewerage located and are they readily accessible?
- Does your land suit your preferred home design?
- Are there any pre-existing covenants or developer guidelines that restrict the requirements for the style, type or size of home you want to build
- What’s your block’s orientation? Home orientation is an important thing to think about because it will affect how much natural light comes into your home, which will affect your home’s energy rating and heating and cooling bills
- Will your block suit your lifestyle? You need to consider such things as proximity to shopping amenities, public transport and main arterial roads, parks and schools. Another consideration is the importance of community in the area.
- What is the long term plan for the area? You need to consider future development plans in the area such as shopping amenities, schools or infrastructure projects, which may impact on your lifestyle in the future.