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Building can be a daunting process. Everyone recognises that building requires the coordination and organisation of a lot of different resources (people, materials and equipment).You want to know that the person you choose has the right skills to make all this work.Below we have compiled a list of questions which come up on a regular basis to help you decide what type of builder is right for you.

How Can You Be So Confident Of Finishing On Time?

We can be confident of finishing on time for one primary reason –

SCHEDULE

We use our online project management system to schedule and then manage your project, our subbies and our suppliers so that they integrate perfectly.

This means that if we hit a delay with weather we can usually absorb it by looking at the schedule and modifying it to keep your project on track.

Best of all…the schedule is open book, you can see everything we do, so you know exactly what is happening, when its happening and how long for!

How Important Is Building An Energy Efficient Home?

Building Energy Efficient Homes to a high quality is our number one priority. Why is it your number one priority? Two Reasons;

  • Low ongoing power bills
  • Increased return on investment (all homes are sold eventually)

The rise of understanding in the community about energy efficiency and what it means is slowly translating into an understanding that houses that are highly energy efficient are more valuable. This means a truly energy efficient home (the only type we build) will be far more valuable than a minimum compliance one when you come to sell. The current average is 10-15 years for new home buyers to hold their homes. This gives plenty of time for the compound effect of the understanding of energy efficiency to grow in your favour!

Who Do I Communicate With During The Build Process

You will communicate directly with,

  • The project manager
  • Builder
  • Architect
  • Sales team

How Does A Higher Energy Rating Benefit Me?

The higher the energy (or star) rating the more naturally comfortable your home will be to live in. The more energy efficient your home is the lower your energy bills are as you don’t need to use as much power for artificial cooling. Its not just about insulation and heating and cooling though. Appliances, lighting and other items are taken into account. This helps ensure you are reducing your energy consumption on a holistic level, coupled with solar panels, a lot of our clients achieve cost neutral or profitable homes.

What Does A Higher Energy Rating Mean for my Running Costs?

The higher your star rating, the lower the amount of energy is required to keep your home at a constant temperature.

This reduces your energy bills, and saves you money!

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

There are some areas where you do spend more on your home construction to gain a higher energy efficiency star rating. These can be in;

  • Windows and Glazing
  • Insulation
  • Slab Construction
  • Additional labour and materials for doing the detail work required to ensure your house meets or exceeds the rating it has been given

All of these costs are offset by lower power bills. The speed of the payback is always increasing as the costs of new materials and methods of construction come down, while energy costs continue to rise.

Can I Afford to Build An Energy Efficient Home?

When you hear the words sustainable, solar passive or energy efficient people often think, “This is going to be expensive”.

Some of the building products used to gain additional energy efficiency in a home are more expensive than traditional method, no doubt about it.

If you use the right architects and designers for your home can go a long way to keeping your costs reasonable. Making sure you find the right architect or designer ensures you have someone who understands that;

  • Correct orientation is critical to minimising energy use for cooling, heating and lighting
  • Correct selection of building materials for the different elevations plays a massive role in the energy efficiency outcomes of your build
  • Knows a builder with excellent contacts in the Solar Energy Industry

How Do I Know If Energy Efficient Is Best For Me?

Not everyone is keen to minimise their power bills for the long run at the expense of spending more money now. Others are focused on the long term and see the value of investing today for comfort and returns in the future.

If your not sure where you sit, ask yourselves the following questions if you answer yes to more than half, you are keen to invest now in Energy Efficiency;

  • Do I want a home that can put money back in my pocket?
  • Do I hate coming home to a hot stuffy house in summer?
  • Do I hate coming home to a cold, uninviting house in winter?
  • Do I want a healthy dust free environment to live in?
  • Do I want a home that is the envy of my friends?

What is a Volume Builder?

Volume or Project builders often construct multiple homes of the same design usually in the same sub division or area.

As the exact same home gets built over and over again with very little variation to the plans and inclusions list, prices are driven down through offering trades a volume of work in return for doing it at a cut price. 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.

This allows this type of builder 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 tanks and pumps
  • Site costs
  • Painting
  • Lights
  • Surveying
  • Landscaping

When looking at volume builders there are some considerations;

  • You can easily compare square meter rates between volume builders
  • You will have a limited selection of included items
  • You can get a larger (although lower performing and quality)home
  • You get to just choose from the builders board rather than having an architect help you with selections and attend meetings at the specialist centres to get EXACTLY what you want
  • Limited set of house plans, which can help reduce confusion
  • Your home is likely to be one of many on your street or in your suburb

Low prices are maintained through limited choices 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.

Making changes outside the set plans and inclusions can leave you spending way more than a fully custom home.

Why Use A Custom Builder?

Not sure if a custom builder is right for you? See how you answer these questions;

  1. Do you have a block or your eye on a block (regardless of if it has a house on it)?
  2. Do you want to have a house designed just to suit your needs?
  3. Do you want a personal touch and high level communication with your builder?

If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, its highly likely that you well have the most enjoyable building outcome by working with a custom home builder.

One key aspect of working with a custom home builder is that they dont have square meter rates. This is because one off designs have personalised touches which meet the clients needs. Custom homes are more time consuming and challenging to build with benefit being the outcome and final product is more satisfying. Imagine putting your dream home on paper, then building it.

You have complete freedom of choice with a custom home, and with the right builder guiding you, making final choices can be a fun and enjoyable experience, consider these points:

  • Your home can be built exactly as you want it
  • You can work with an architect you know, or we can put you in touch with one of our highly experienced energy efficient architects
  • You can work in one on one with the architect and the builder together – this means more collaboration and less problems
  • You’ll be more involved in the process and have the opportunity to make many decisions with guidance from an experienced team
  • Your selections of inclusions are endless

The term “custom home” doesnt always equate with “expensive”.Often the trap of volume builders is signing you at a low price and then adding variations. With a custom home the budget is set by you at the beginning and a house designed to work with your budget and to maximise your value for money.

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.

One thing to consider with building a custom home is that process of designing a custom home can take a lot longer than a project home. There are more choices to make and this can lead to some emotional ups and downs, which is why choosing a custom home builder is about the people your working with, rather than the square meter rate (as is the case with volume builders).

So when you build with a custom home builder your only restrictions are your budget and time. If your dream home is just waiting to get out of your head and onto your block of land then building with a custom home builder is definitely for you!

Do You Use The Same Trades On All Your Homes?

Yes. We have a team of trades who move from one project to another with us. Our only reason for changing the “Team” is due to lack of performance. All new trades are carefully vetted against the following criteria;

  • Leading hands must have 10 years or more experience working in their trade
  • They must be fully licensed and insured (both public liability and personal accident/income protection)
  • They must integrate with our online management systems
  • They must be recommended by an existing member of the trade team or another builder

This ensures that there is complete continuity in quality of build and quality of service delivered to you, our clients.

Once We Sign The Contract Will The Price Change?

Your contract price only changes if you make changes that 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 is likely to be additional costs and we make sure you know about them ASAP using our online management system.

How Do I Keep Track Of The Construction Process On The Days I Can’t Attend 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 Enduro Builders is essential as we have onsite safety policies in place. It is crucial to maintain site safety throughout the construction process.

I Don’t Have Drawings Or A Design In Mind – Where Do I Start?

Stay calm!

Call us now and make a time to come and see us where we can sit down and explain the process in detail and get you started the right way. We have a carefully tailored system which gets you from the idea to build all the way to finished home with a minimum of fuss and almost no anxiety or stress. So don’t worry if you don’t have any floor plans in mind, we only need to hear how your lifestyle works, what types of things you really want in your house and what you don’t and then we will show you the way! Call Us Now to make a time!

Why Do You Need To Know What Budget I Am Working With?

Starting to design a custom home (or quote an existing set of plans) without a budget in mind is a bit like taking off in an airplane not knowing where your headed, a few things can happen;

  • You can spend way more than you intended (your flight goes longer than you have fuel)
  • You end up with a compromised finished product because you have drop features you really liked (you crash land because you ran out of fuel)

We never compromise on quality on your build. To ensure we can do this, we need to be open and honest with each other about budget (from both sides) the whole way through the build process. Imagine if we were your pilot and you said “I want to fly from Adelaide to Sydney” then just as we speed down the runway you say “actually lets go to New Zealand”. I would let you know we only had enough fuel to get to Sydney and explain why going to New Zealand is unrealistic with the amount of fuel we have, and that we would end up in the water if we tried!

Enduro Builders are ready to create your unique, luxury Energy Efficient home