Survivors of disaster will often express these priorities: Water, food, clothes, shelter. Where we live is right up there in our needs, and getting from where you are now, to a peaceful snooze at the new ranch, can be a long and stressful, as well as exciting journey.
At Leaderbuild we will be thrilled to start collaborating with you at any point, and from our perspective the earlier the better.
Let’s assume you have decided on an individual design ‘bespoke’ builder rather than a production line, volume builder. Good, you have proven you’re not a sheep.
Phew: You have had 3 picnics at ‘the block’ with the in-laws and it’s time to think design
At last, there is a draft set of drawings you can show the relatives. Tell them: what I want to hear is “Its fabulous.” Not “where is the linen press?”
This process is detailed in the insight: Costs
Contract documents usually include architectural and engineering drawings, a specification detailing finishes etc and a list of ‘Prime cost” items such as tiles for which a particular amount has been allowed and may need later adjustment – up or down!
If you block is not connected to a sewage system you will need an LCA to determine what sort of septic system is appropriate, and this report will also include the soil conditions needed for the engineering design of footings etc. (See Insight: Sewage system and LCA)
If there is sewage available, you will not need an LCA but will need a soil report for the engineering design.
If you are in an area subject to bushfires (and goodness knows that’s almost everywhere!) you will need a report assessing the risk. (See Insight: Bushfire planning and BAL)
The local council will in most cases require a planning permit. This is to ensure your project fits into planning guidelines. Drawings showing the site plan, building floor plans and elevations, and detail regarding external finishes need to be submitted to council and a fee paid. Obtaining a planning permit not always but often, can be a long and frustrating wait with requests for further information are common.
Once you have the precious planning permit you will need a permit to ensure that the project is built to established standards. The planning permit drawings will have to be further developed into construction drawings that show precise dimensions, method of construction etc and include engineering and energy rating detail.
This permit is issued by a building surveyor, usually a private company but occasionally a council employee. He or she will check that the drawings meet codes and will visit the site at key stages to ensure the building complies. At Leaderbuild we would be disappointed if the surveyor found even one issue.
If a septic is needed you will need a specific permit from the council which details the type of system and layout etc. (See Insight: Sewage system and LCA)
That’s a lot, and to quote the Beatles
“It’s a long and winding road that leads to your door”
But don’t worry. It's our job at Leaderbuild to guide you through all or any part of this journey.