FAQs

Building your new home is an emotional and financial investment and should be an enjoyable and confusion free process. We encourage our clients to ask as many questions as they want and be comfortable in doing so. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers that many of our clients have wanted to know about in the past.

How does a higher star rating benefit me?

The higher the star rating the more naturally comfortable your home will be to live in. A more energy efficient home means lower energy bills as there’s a reduced need for artificial cooling and less electricity being wasted by in-efficient light fitting or appliances. Reduced energy use also means lower house hold carbon foot print so you can be confident you are doing your bit for the environment and to ensure our planets sustainability for future generations.

Does a higher star rating mean a more expensive build cost?

Whilst this can be true, the extra costs are generally offset by ongoing saving over the life of the home on house hold energy bills by reducing the need for artificial cooling and heating.

Can I afford to become sustainable?

As soon as people hear the words sustainable, solar passive and energy efficiency everyone immediately thinks, “This is going to be expensive”. Building products that are sustainable are expensive; there is no denying it. However, there is always the alternative. Starting with good efficient design by an architect who knows sustainable design is most important. If your home is orientated incorrectly you will use more energy in cooling, heating and lighting. This will be costing you money before you have even started building your home the long term effects can be costly. If you are building, these key aspects need to be looked at before you start spending money on photovoltaic power cells, thermally broken windows and solar hot water. You need to ensure the home is efficiently designed before adding all of the extra sustainable “fruit”.

How do I go about becoming sustainable?

First of all you must decide how sustainable you would like to be. You need to ask yourself a series of questions.

  • Do I want more open liveable spaces in the home?
  • Do I want to connect the indoors with the outdoors?
  • Do I want to live comfortably through all the four seasons?
  • Do I want a house that has a lot of natural light coming in to the home?
  • Do I want to lower the costs of my energy utility bills?
  • Do I need more storage?
  • What is my end goal that I want to achieve?
  • Is having a sustainable performing house more important than having a big fancy house that does not perform sustainably?
What is a – Project home builder ?

Project builders often construct multiple homes in new suburbs in a specific area.

For a project home builder this is easy enough to answer as the exact same home gets built over and over again with very little variations to the plans and inclusions list. Going down this track means your home would have been built many times over and may look similar to other houses being built by the same builder. It is known to advertise a base square meter rate for a very standard spec home with builders range inclusions, however in reading the fine print it may not include items like, floor coverings, water tank and site costs and so on. Here are some points to know about project building,

  • Square meter price is possible to use for a project home you choose from the builder
  • Not many options with inclusions
  • Great for if you are on a budget
  • Don’t have time to make your selections simply choose from builders selection boards
  • Many house designs to choose from
  • Not having a unique design and one of only home is not a priority
  • Offer house and land as a package deals

Volume builders is another name we call them and they can pass on cost savings by purchasing building materials in bulk, this is why they sell the same plans and try to keep the same inclusions per house. This is a positive, however, range of choice is limited so your “personal touch” may be compromised. Working in with the builder may not be the case as you may be faced with the sales rep and onsite manager, making the relationship with the building company inconstant. You can miss out on that ongoing relationship you would get when working with a custom builder.

Clients who select a project’s builder typically cannot change the basic structure – the floor plan, layout of rooms and square meters. However, many builders offer a series of “standard, mid-range and premium” inclusions at price points to help simplify your product choices.

What is a – Custom home builder?

If you have your eyes on a particular piece of land, or want to build in an established neighbourhood as a way of knockdown rebuild, already have a set of floor-plans, or want to be heavily involved in each step of your home’s design and construct process, then consider a custom designed home built through a custom builder.

For a custom home builder using a square meter rate is not possible as custom homes are unique, one off designs and have personalised touches from the clients requirements. Custom homes are more time consuming and challenging to build and at times do cost more money, but the outcome and final product is more satisfying. Imagine putting your dream home on paper, then building it. A custom home will be a unique design to suit the lifestyle you want to live.

The custom built home process differs from the standard projects home builder, because there are no pre-defined choices or selections to choose from. With custom homes:

  • The custom home can be built on land you own or land that you acquire
  • You can supply us with your own set of plans or we can put you in touch with our leading architects
  • You can work in one on one with the architect and the builder together
  • You’ll be more involved in the process and have the opportunity to make many decisions
  • Your selections of inclusions are endless

While many people associate custom homes with large and expensive homes, a custom home can range from a simple small house to a more sustainable home and way of living.

Since most custom builders create homes in a variety of architectural styles and price ranges, a great place to start when selecting a custom builder is to ask to see photos of the past homes they’ve built. Many custom builders maintain strong relationships with past home buyers, so you may also be able to work with a custom builder to set up an appointment to visit a home they’ve previously built.

It is important to note that being able to fully customise your own home to the lifestyle you want means that you will typically spend a lot more time in design and construction then you would with a project builder. Given the many choices involved, it’s not unusual for custom home buyers to experience a few more emotional ups and downs in their new home journey. The key to working with a custom builder is to establish a realistic budget with the inclusions and building materials selected and to stick to it, even when you’re enticed by a lovely but higher-cost option!

The good news is? When building a new home, your choices are nearly unlimited; the main restrictions are your budget and time. If you find that freedom to create a home from a blank sheet of paper to be exciting, then building a custom home could be for you.

Can you provide us with some references from past projects?

We are happy to provide you with a list of references. We are pleased to have all our future clients contact our references. Please contact us and we will put you on to past clients who can share the experience they have had with us.

Do we use the same contractors for all our jobs?

Yes, generally we the same trades for every home. The trades we use have worked with us for many years and know what is expected from them in terms of quality and service.

How important is building an energy efficient home?

Building an energy efficient home is one of our top priorities! – it’s one area that makes us truly unique from our competition.  We endeavor to build the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient houses that are financially feasible for our clients. Building a sustainable home will save you money in the long run, saving you costs on your utility bills. Why build a home for today when you can build a home for tomorrow?

Once we sign the contract will the price change?

Your contract price will only change if you exceed the allowance for the item/s that were in the contract. If you make any selection variations outside the inclusions agreed in the contract there will be an additional cost, you will be notified of any increase.

What warranty do you give with my new home?

At Element we give you a 7 year structural warranty.

How do I keep track of the construction process on the days I can’t make it to site?

You will be able to keep track of everything that goes on site with our online management system. Here you can access all information in relation to your home schedules, calendar,  and even see photos of the stages in relation to where we are up to.

Will I have access to the site during construction?

Yes! We understand you would like to see the progress of construction on site, booking in a time with a representative of Element Building is essential as we have onsite safety policies in place. It is crucial to maintain site safety throughout the construction process.

Who do I communicate with during construction of my home?

You will communicate directly with,

  • The project manager
  • Builder
  • Architect
  • Sales team
How much will it cost to build my new home?

Every home we build is unique, which means each home is priced individually and accurately to the plans provided by you. If you cannot provide plans or don’t know where to begin, please book in a time to meet with our team, or send us an inquiry to discuss options of getting plans and pricing developed.

How long does it take to build my home?

There are a lot of factors in building a house like weather, availability of trades and suppliers as well as the type of house being built. Build time is one of the big questions our clients ask us, normally building your home can range between 19 & 30 weeks, each home will be looked at individually and a good time frame allows us to build your home to the quality and level we are known for.

Do you quote custom homes as well as sustainable homes?

Yes we do on the rare occasion, we also cater to those clients who would just like a standard custom home with no sustainable elements.