It’s Time for a Change!

September marks the beginning of a new season – one where we can finally look forward to the end of a (freezing!) cold winter, climb out of hibernation and enjoy the beauty of a Canberra spring. As the weather warms up, we’re often prompted to dust things off, clean...

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What to allow for in your build budget

For most people, building a new home is the single largest financial investment they will ever make. And given the fact that they will likely only do it once, it’s understandable that decisions about budget and inclusions weigh heavily on their mind. Finance is a...

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Where do the $ go in a knock down rebuild?

Building a house is one of the biggest financial commitments a person can make, so it’s reasonable to wonder where all the money goes, and how to minimise costs if needed. In the case of a knock down rebuild, there are three significant areas that affect the...

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How much do you charge per square metre?

We often get asked, "How much do you charge per square metre?" And though the question of cost is reasonable, the assumption that a generic cost can be applied to every house build is not. At least not with a custom home build. Some builders offer standard...

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Asbestos in our homes: Making them safe

In our last blog, we talked about the history of asbestos in the ACT. This week, we want to share with you a few tips on what to do if you find (or suspect) asbestos in your house. We’ll also cover what happens to reduce the risk of asbestos exposure during a knock...

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Asbestos in our homes: What do I need to know?

If your house was built before 1987, there’s a high likelihood that it has asbestos in it. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fibre that was once revered for its versatility as a building and manufacturing product, mainly due to the fact that it is flexible,...

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What you need to know about building contracts

Your building contract is the single most important document you will sign when building your new home. Not only does it lay out the specifications of the home the builder has agreed to build for you, and the inclusions that form the basis of the price you will pay,...

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What’s it like to be an owner builder?

Have you ever thought about building your own house? Not physically laying the brickwork or connecting the gas and plumbing, but project managing the process without the help of a licensed builder? It can be done, and it’s called “Owner Builder”. An Owner Builder...

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