Building in the Country

Country Homes

When we talk about building in the country, we refer to blocks that are un-serviced, meaning that along with the home construction, the block will require one or all of the following:

  • Power connection over a longer run
  • Water tanks, pads and pumps
  • Waste systems to deal with the sewerage
  • Water/power for construction

When Regal Homes launched our country series many years ago we devised a ‘”COUNTRY PACK” to take care of all of the extra items needed for a country build on an un-serviced block. Regal Homes can also offer the installation of complete off grid solar power plants for blocks that do not have power available or for blocks where the power run costs are prohibitive.

When planning to build in the country, experience is key and this will make the difference between a house plonked on a block in the country and a home which has been thoughtfully designed and meticulously planned.

Things to consider when building in the country?

Contours (natural fall on the building envelope)

It is always better to work with the contour of the land. The contours will tell us volumes about what shape of home will best suit the location. A superior result will be achieved by working with the land and not against it.

Solar orientation

The solar orientation will indicate where the rooms are best placed within the shape of the home to maximise the energy efficiency of the home and reduce the ongoing costs of heating and cooling.

Placement of Waste Systems

The placement of the waste systems will be determined by the effluent report and the size of the waste system, which in turn is determined by the size of the home and number of people living in the home.

What is the process for building in the country?

To start the process of building in the country, Regal Homes will organise to have your soil, effluent and contour survey done so that we will then have the tools necessary to provide accurate information in estimating, designing and building your new country home.

Setting a total build budget is important with any project of this nature and should be discussed at the beginning of the process to ensure that your expectations can be achieved.

Once we have the reports and an estimate to build has been completed, it is time to pay the design fee and meet with the architect to start work on designing your new home. It is always good practice to have developed a “wish list” at this point, as these items will need to be considered in your estimate.

When your individual design is completed, our estimating team will accurately quote your new home, taking into account any additions, alterations or deletions that you may want to make from the standard inclusions and your “wish list” which will be itemised for your consideration.

Our estimating team will produce an initial proposal and then a revised proposal if need be, which will then be included into your building contract. At this stage, you will have made all of your selections and chosen any additional inclusions. It is important to note that Regal Homes do not use provisional sums in our building contracts, giving you peace of mind knowing everything has been costed, chosen and included in the final building contract - barring the presence of rock which we cannot foresee. (Speak to our consultant about this)

When you are happy with your proposal, Regal Homes will prepare your working drawings and have your building contract completed and made ready for you to take to your lender for formal finance approval.

After finance is formerly approved, you pay the deposit and Regal Homes will lodge the plans with the local authorities for approval to build.

Please feel free to speak to one of our consultants about the process, an estimate and time frames.

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