Top Money Saving Tips for New Builds and Renovations

Building a New Home in Airlie Beach?

Read on for our Top Money Saving Tips

Building a new home or undertaking extensive renovations is a costly venture. Without all-encompassing planning expenses can spiral out of control very easily, leaving the owner in financial difficulty and causing a whole heap of stress. Here are some tips on reducing the cost of a new build or renovation, without compromising on build quality.

1. The Plot

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If buying a plot of land to build upon consider three things; sharing the plot, purchasing a less desirable location and purchasing a ‘problem plot’.

  • Purchasing a larger plot with a family member then splitting the land can save money and enable buyers to choose their neighbours. Large plots in prime locations may not be available in smaller land sections, so buying with a family member or close friend can open up options and save money.
  • Do not discount ‘problem plots’, such as sloping land, narrow plots or ‘fill-in’ property, these are not so desirable, so can be bought at a lesser price. Always be wary and consult an experienced Airlie Beach builder if buying an awkward plot as construction costs can increase for difficult land.

2. The Materials

There are a few ways to save money on building materials, both during construction and during the life of the building.

  • Use construction materials which are durable and have little maintenance requirements. Although these may cost more initially, the extra outlay will be recouped in the long run. Metal sheet roofing and vinyl siding are good examples of these materials, ask your experienced Airlie Beach home builder for materials to suit your construction plans.
  • Salvaging used materials is a great way to save money on materials; brick, statement wooden doors, even windows can all be re-used and can make a huge difference to the budget projections.

3. The Designhome design

Getting the design of a new home is tricky, but is well worth getting right.

  • When designing a new home it tempting to only think about the here and now, but designing for the future will save costly renovations further down the line. Think about possible future residents, their needs and design requirements and try to accommodate this from the start.
  • Do not design a home to outstrip the neighbourhood; this will constrain the value of the home. Value will be deducted from the home due to the lesser dwellings around it. Similarly, don’t buy a plot in a very affluent area if intending to build a lesser property as you could come into conflict with planners and local residents.
  • Design the home with standard construction components in mind as anything that has to be created bespoke will add cost. For example, roof trusses are commonly manufactured to 32 feet or less in length, so keeps sizes within this to buy off the shelf.
  • Many home builders offer a catalogue of designs to choose from, taking one of these designs and customising it is less expensive than designing from scratch. Take a look at the Lockwood catalogue for inspiration.

4. The Team

Choosing the right builder can make all the difference to the success of a construction project. An experienced builder will cost more than a novice, but the experience of a highly qualified builder is well worth the extra outlay.

  • Experience is the key to getting what you want, when you want it at the agreed price. Always employ an experienced builder for all new home and renovation projects. Check references, qualifications and always follow your gut instinct.
  • Draw up a clear contract which details all the work and materials, do not settle for lesser materials or construction techniques once the contract has been agreed.
  • Do not agree to the commencement of work until you are 100% happy with every aspect of the design, changing your mind is costly.

To discuss a building project in the Whitsunday area, talk to Brian of Allenbuild, the experienced Airlie Beach home builder who will set your construction project on the road to success.

Lockwood: The Secure Kit Home

Lockwood: Built for the Harshest Climates on Earth

Investing in a Lockwood timber kit home isn’t just investing in a great house, it’s investing in a secure future. Put plainly, the designing and engineering of a Lockwood outstrips all other home building techniques in terms of durability under climatic pressures.

Lockwood are Engineered to Withstand EarthquakesLockwood Earthquake Resistant

Tested in emulations of up to 7.0 on the Richter scale, a Lockwood is the real deal in earthquake damage resistance. During testing the home came through with barely a scratch, with all windows and utilities in working condition.

In New Zealand’s recent quakes, many home were completely lost, causing devastating damage for families through the region. Lockwood homes stood strong, protecting homeowners, their investment and their loved ones.

Cyclone Protection like no other with Lockwood

Testing of the Lockwood system also indicated that one wall of their specifically engineered walls can withstand 12 tonnes of horizontal pressure from high winds. This durability under pressure makes Lockwood homes among the strongest residential dwellings readily available.

In February 2010, cyclone Pat ripped through the Cook Islands causing damage to 60% of homes on the small island of Rarotonga. Lockwood structures stood firm providing a refuge and in difficult times ahead.

The Lockwood Kit Home System makes Homes Safer

Laminated timber and aluminium profiles are locked together without the use of nails or common fixings, giving strength like no other home design. All planks are pre-drilled for utility installation, so no structural integrity is compromised during the building phase. The Lockwood vertical tie system is a revolutionary design which makes all Lockwood kit homes able to withstand the harshest of weather conditions around the globe.logo2

Lockwood Arrives in Queensland

To find out more about Lockwood homes in the Queensland area, or to enquire about building your own Lockwood kit-home, contact Brian of Allenbuild, the Whitsunday builder who represents Lockwood in the Airlie Beach region.

Asbestos and the Professionals

Could I have Asbestos in my home?

Between the 1940’s and 1980’s asbestos was a common building material used for many construction types including residential dwellings. It is highly fire resistant, very durable and is a good insulator, so became popular in construction. It was later discovered that once disturbed asbestos was very hazardous to humans, resulting in a range of severe health problems. The use of asbestos in any construction was illegalised in late 2003 throughout Australia, so if you home was constructed after this date the likelihood of it containing asbestos is very small. However, if you home was constructed before December 2003 there is a chance it could contain asbestos products, this risk is heightened if constructed before 1985.

Where could I find it?

There are many places asbestos was commonly used in home construction. Kitchen Cupboards, bedroom walls, roof eaves, roof sheeting, sheds, garages and cement sheeting are areas asbestos is commonly found. Both internal and external areas can contain asbestos as it was seen as such a useful product. It’s worth noting that so long as asbestos remains undisturbed then its risk to humans is low. The risk arises when asbestos is disturbed without the proper qualifications, or disposed of irresponsibly.

Why Should I employ an Asbestos Assessor or Removal Specialist?

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One of the main problems of asbestos is that it is relatively difficulty to know it is present unless you know what you are looking for. It’s all too easy to find asbestos once it has been disturbed, only realising the problem once it has already become hazardous. Employing a qualified asbestos assessor is wise if you have any suspicion regarding asbestos, even if it only the date of construction. Having complete piece of mind, or locating a problem without disturbing the dangerous fibres, keeps everyone protected and confident of their homes safety. In addition, hiring a qualified removal specialist if asbestos is located ensures the material is removed and disposed of with appropriate care and in accordance with the law.

For reliable and safe asbestos removal Cannon Vale residents can trust to do the job right, Allenbuild are only a few clicks away.

When Should I find a Professional?

As mentioned above, asbestos only becomes hazardous once it is disturbed. If you home was completed before 1985 and you are considering any renovations, it is time to find an assessor and, if necessary a removal specialist. Do not risk disturbing asbestos and breathing its hazardous fibres under any circumstances. If you go ahead and commence improvement work without an assessment and asbestos is found, any tradespeople will cease work immediately which could cost you time and money. An unqualified person can only legally remove an area of asbestos that is equal to ten square metres or less. Employing qualified professional to both assess and remove asbestos is the only sure way to make sure you, your family and those living nearby are safe. If you require qualified asbestos removal specialists in Queensland contact Allenbuild for a quote.

The Licences

Asbestos assessors can have one of two licence types; A and B.

Class ‘A’ assessors can:

  • Supervise air monitoring for air-borne fibres
  • Identify the type, location and condition of any present asbestos.
  • Take samples of the asbestos for testing or carry out a visual assessment
  • Provide a risk assessment
  • Give management advice
  • Write a report specifying the work required

A class B assessor is only qualified to carry out a survey which will detail the type, condition and location of any asbestos. They cannot provide detailed reports and give advice about removal or disposal.

Asbestos removal specialists can have one of two licence types too; A and B.

Class ‘A’ removal contractor can:

  • Disturb and handle both friable and bonded types of asbestos
  • Remove and dispose of both friable and bonded types of asbestos

A Class ‘B’ removal contractor can only disturb, handle, remove and dispose of bonded asbestos.

Always ensure your asbestos assessor and removal contractor holds a valid licence for the work needed. Do not allow an unqualified person to work with asbestos in your home; it is both illegal and unsafe. Brian Allen of Allenbuild holds a class B asbestos removal licence, so can disturb, handle, remove and dispose of bonded asbestos in Queensland.

For asbestos removal Queensland homeowners can count on, call Allenbuild.