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Winner of Brisbane’s Best Display Home for The Hamilton 317

Brisbane project home builder Ownit Homes has been named as the Brisbane winner of the Master Builders Queensland Display Home ($351,000 – $450,000) for their Hamilton 317 Display Home in Upper Kedron, Queensland.

The prestigious award was presented in front of industry professionals from across Queensland at the Master Builders Queensland Brisbane Housing and Construction Awards on Friday, 13 July 2018.

This will be the tenth Master Builder Award Ownit Homes has received, adding to their ever-growing stable of building industry awards.

Ownit Homes Co-Managing Director Brad Ganim said he attributes the win to their expert use of natural lighting, functionality of a narrow lot design and stylish finishes.

“We are honoured to receive this prestigious award amongst our industry peers, and are extremely grateful to Master Builders Queensland for their ongoing support to the industry,” Mr Ganim said.

“Over the past 45 years we have worked incredibly hard to create a resilient structure within our team and we couldn’t have done it without the tireless efforts of our staff, suppliers, sub-contractors and families.

“This award is a testament to the quality of our product offering in the marketplace and the passion behind its operation.”

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Knockdown Rebuild Or Renovate

Perhaps your lifestyle and family needs have changed, and your current home no longer accommodates all that you require? Selling up and moving to a new home that may or may not cater to all your needs is one option available to you, but not the only one to consider. Perhaps you’re on the hunt for opportunity and eyeing off purchasing an existing home, reminiscent of being the worst house in the best street – or a bargain on a great block of land that is too good to overlook?

The multitude of home renovation shows on TV can often spark a fire in the belly to inspire you to get your hands dirty, with the hands-on approach that renovation provides. However, when weighing up between undertaking this task or demolishing the home and starting fresh, the latter might deliver better on cost, time and design.

Given the many advantages of removing the home and building anew, it’s no surprise that this is becoming an increasingly popular solution for many. To help you determine whether this approach is the right one for you, read on to see a few of the benefits of the knockdown-rebuild approach.

1. Costs

It really depends on the outcome you wish to achieve and how extensive of a project you are planning to undertake. Smaller projects like revamping a kitchen and bathroom wouldn’t necessarily warrant knocking the whole home over and starting again completely, but if you’re planning major renovations that require significant structural changes, it might be the more cost effective option in the end.

Renovations are notorious for taking longer than anticipated and you know what they say ‘time is money’. This is partly due to having to undertake a fair bit of demolition and rectification works on the current properties of the home before any of the new work can even begin, especially if it’s an older home that may no longer comply to the Building Code of Australia and these tasks must be done first in order to comply and continue.

Often there are some costs that are difficult to predict when renovating – you can’t always tell what’s going on behind walls, under floors or in roofs until work has begun and issues exposed. Whilst appearing cynical to the first time renovator, old hands will tell you there is a lot of wisdom in the adage, “Whatever costs you estimate to renovate, no matter how carefully you’ve budgeted – double them!” And even then, you might only be in the ballpark when all is uncovered.

2. Less Surprises

The possibility for unforeseen problems to occur when renovating is one that can cost you both time and money as it’s difficult to determine and account for what might happen in the early design stages, and are more likely to turn up half way through the endeavour. This can include undetected asbestos, leaking pipes, dodgy wiring, major termite damage and even issues with the foundations, to name a few.

A knockdown rebuild can certainly come with its own set of surprises, however you should feel more comfortable knowing that the potential for any situations to occur will not require your contingency budget to be so deep. Costs and budget blowouts are far less uncertain, and are more predictable, in a new build than what may occur during a renovation.

3. Clean Slate and Longevity

Starting from scratch and building a new home offers more freedom and a clean slate to explore different ideas and incorporate your design dreams. When renovating, flexibility can be limited and the designs you long for may need to be compromised or even sacrificed as they just won’t work around the existing structure of the home currently standing.

Further, building a brand new house comes with the stress free knowledge that your home is structurally warranted, built with more sustainable materials, environmentally friendly innovations and is designed to be more energy efficient; ensuring that a newly built home has less ongoing expenses and low level maintenance.

4. Stay or Go

If you have friends for neighbours and have grown accustomed to the travel time to your work and school drop off, a knockdown-rebuild is a great option to have the house of your dreams in the street that you know and love.

On the other hand, if you’ve always dreamt of living closer to the hustle and bustle of the city but the shortage of vacant land available in the inner city suburbs is turning your dream to a nightmare, undertaking a knockdown-rebuild might be something to look at rather than relocating to where vacant land is more readily available. Be warned however that the cost of homes in suburbs close to the city are often pricey and there may be council or heritage restrictions in place that have to be complied with, so always check with your local council and real estate agent first before purchasing.

5. Return on Investment

Making the decision to renovate or re-build completely may be difficult, or quite straight forward, depending on your circumstances. The main influencing factor in making this decision is return on investment (ROI). Do the homework required to ensure that you don’t over-capitalise by spending money that you won’t be able to recoup should the value of your renovated or newly built home not increase as it was expected to. Consider a knockdown-rebuild for those larger blocks in the inner city Brisbane suburbs, (or even outer suburban areas with great potential for growth, like Ipswich or Logan), that have the potential to be sub-divided into two lots should you not require as large a home. This option can add value to the originally bought block of land by building duplexes or a house on each title, where you can live in one and rent/sell the other.

To discuss your options on a block with the potential for a knockdown rebuild or even subdivision, contact our experienced Building Consultants at any of our display homes, or call us on 07 3343 4244.

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7 Considerations When Buying Land to Build

When building a home, it all starts with your block of land. There are a number of aspects that affect costs, design, build time and more. We’ve put together some of the most important keys to consider when looking to purchase a block which you can easily investigate yourself or ask your land agent. Further still, having this information to hand will assist your nominated builder when working with you to choose a home design.

1. Is The Land Registered?

Registered land has been processed through the Land Titles Office and essentially means it can be built upon immediately. Unregistered land is similar to “buying off the plan” and the time until registration can vary and postpone your building timeline.

2. Covenants

Almost all homes in new land estates will have design requirements to adhere to, so as not to diminish the surrounding land value. Setbacks, fencing, external finishes and even building materials may be stipulated.

3. Bushfire Zoning

Homes to be constructed in bushfire-prone areas have additional constructions requirements to ensure their improved safety. Your Local Council can identify whether your block is in a designated area.

4. Site Fall

Rule of Thumb: The more level the land, the more affordable to build on!

Some builders may be unable to build on blocks that have substantial fall. The type of home you wish to build may also be impacted – slab on ground versus pole home.

5. Soil Type and Presence of Fill

The type of foundation design your home will require will largely depend upon the type of soil it is to be built on. Soil tests performed by qualified professionals can determine this for you and your builder.

6. Essential Services

Is your block connected to town water and sewerage? How is stormwater to be treated? NBN? Remember to factor in water tanks, household sewerage treatments (septic) and rubble pits if necessary.

7. Setbacks and Building Envelope

A building envelope indicates where structures can be built on a block of land which best protects, or has the least impact on, the amenity of neighbours, aesthetics and character of the neighbourhood. Your building envelope can be found within your land contract or you can request this from the developer.

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