Your Home Building Journey
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Building a new home is one of the most significant investments you can make – both emotionally and financially. Whether you’re building your first home or your forever home, the building journey is exciting – and sometimes a little daunting!
When you choose Montgomery Homes as your builder, we will help you find the perfect home design, understand the complete building journey, and make sure you’re still smiling when we hand over the keys to your new home. We’ve refined this process to ensure you’re comfortable every step of the way.
See below our 12 Simple Steps to building your new home.
Your step by step building journey
Find your block of land and dream home design
If you already have a block land or you’re planning to knock down and rebuild your existing home, you can tick this step off your list! Otherwise, our expert consultants can help you find a piece of land or a house and land package to suit your needs and budget.
We strongly recommend taking a virtual or in-person tour of our display homes to gain an understanding of space, style, and floor plan options to suit your lifestyle, land, and budget. Our team will then work with you to modify the floor plan (if required) to truly personalise your home.
Once you’ve chosen your new home design, we will provide a free site inspection to ensure your block of land is accessible and is suitable for construction and your desired home design. This will also ensure you’re aware upfront of any site-specific costs.
Tender presentation and sign off
Your tender presentation appointment is our opportunity to showcase your selected home design and walk you through a detailed list of inclusions and current promotions that comprise your tender and quote. At this appointment, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and tour our selections gallery.
Following your tender presentation, we will invite you to place your deposit so we can progress to the pre-construction phase and send your home design to our talented drafting team to begin drawing your plans.
Contour Survey & Site Classification Investigation
After the deposit has been received we will procure a contour survey which will provide details on site levels, boundaries and any easements which will enable us to correctly position your home on your block.
A geotechnical engineer will carry out a site classification investigation which will provide details on the soil type, site classification, rock depth and any other site conditions we may need to be aware of.
Contour survey received and first draft plans developed
Once the survey has been received, our drafting team will ensure the perfect positioning of your home on the block. We pride ourselves on our ability to build site-specific homes to ensure we enhance all available views, breezes, natural light, ventilation, and drainage. You will soon see the first draft of your house plans along with an updated tender for you to review. Shortly after, we will arrange to meet again and you will have the opportunity to make any final plan or tender changes.
This is where things really get exciting! Our qualified interior designer, kitchen, electrical, and flooring consultants will be in touch to organise your selections appointments. This is where you will choose your internal and external colours, appliances, fixtures, and fittings. Our selections guide is a fantastic resource to help you prepare for your appointments.
Sign off to proceed to regulatory bodies
Once you have signed-off on the final floor plans, we will forward them to the applicable regulatory bodies such as BASIX, local water authority, mine subsidence board, estate developer approval, etc.
If you’re planning a knock down rebuild, this is the time to organise demolition. Get in touch and ask for a copy of our Demolition Fact Sheet. Our qualified planner will then lodge your house plans with council for DA approval or with a private certifier for CDC approval. Approval time varies between council areas and the private certifier can take up to four weeks.
Approval and contract signing
Our Contracts Administrator will contact you to arrange a signing appointment and once CDC or DA approval is obtained, you will sign contracts, provide proof of funds, and ensure site preparation is organised.
Earthworks and utility connections
Excavation is a crucial step in preparing your block for the build. This process involves cutting, filling and compacting the site to the required levels. If the soil needs more stabilisation, we will install screw or concrete piers to support and level your foundations in preparation for your slab to be poured.
Once the site is ready, our trusted sub-contractors will install connections to plumbing and electrical prior to the slab being poured. The slab will then be poured and termite protection materials will be installed. A temporary site fence will also be erected.
Construction is underway!
From here, the only way is up - frames are erected and you have the exciting experience of seeing your dream home come to life!
After building their first Montgomery Home 25 years ago, Terry and Katrina only ever dreamed of building again. But as the years went on, the couple knew they needed more space to accommodate their growing family. Learn more about their journey of finding a house to knock down and rebuild.
Keith and Cheryl were planning their retirement in the stunning Northern Beaches and wanted to be able to help their son and his family enjoy the same beautiful lifestyle near the beach. They seized the opportunity to secure a sloping block of land and built a split level home that easily accommodated them all. Discover how the two families were able to live independently in their brand new home.
We understand home building can be a complex and confusing journey. That’s why we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions to help guide you along the way
The timeframe for building a new home can vary depending on what type of house you’re building (two-storey vs one-storey), the size of your home, the blocks accessibility, as well as local council approval processes. On average, building your new home can take anywhere between 26 to 38 weeks from when excavation commences.
Building a new home is one of the most exciting journeys you will embark on. To prepare for the journey ahead, there are a few things you can prepare to reduce any pressure or stress on you and your family, such as short-listing homes that you like, generating a list of ‘must have’ items, gaining pre-approval, and saving colours and materials you might like to use on your new home.
Before choosing a home builder, it is important to understand their pre-construction processes to avoid any potential delays in getting your home into construction.
Some builders can take more than six months to submit plans to your local council, whereas Montgomery Homes have in-house drafting and planning teams that regularly monitor the progress of your submission in an effort to have your plans approved as soon as possible.
Your sales executive will provide you with a free detailed tender to itemise everything required to build your new home. Once you are happy with the initial home design draft and the tender quote, we will invite you to pay your $7,500 commencement fee to progress and ensure you receive your promotional offers.
This is the only payment necessary until your slab is poured.
Once your deposit is received, we will prepare an updated tender with any requested changes. Next, you will proceed to drafting which allows us to begin your final plans.
Get started with a free design consultation today