Step 8: Navigating the Building Stages

This is step 8 in a 10 step process uncovering whether Owner Building is right for you. In our last post we covered an owner builder’s role as project manager. Now that you’re pumped up to take on the job, let’s dive right into the five stages that make up the building process, and look at what you’ll need to …

Step 6: Protecting What Matters Most, Looking at Insurance

This is step 6 in a 10 step process uncovering whether Owner Building is right for you. Accidents happen. Mistakes are made. The unplanned becomes reality. Make it your rule, before you break ground on any new build or renovation project have the proper insurance policies in place to protect your family and your future. At BuildSafe we’ve created a …

Step 5: Keeping it legal. Your responsibilities as an owner builder.

This is step 5 in a 10 step process uncovering whether Owner Building is right for you. As an owner builder you will be subject to the same legal obligations as a full time building practitioner. As such, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 and the Building Act 1993. We’ll cover the basic here in this …

Owner Building Step 4: Where to turn when you hit the design phase

Owner builders have four basic options when it comes to obtaining workable blueprints for their new home. Which path you’ll choose depends on the complexity of your design, budget, and level of experience in the building field. It’s just like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle. Companies offering kit homes have been around in Australia since the early 1970’s, but today …

Should you Hire a Draftsman over an Architect, and Vice-Versa

The words “draftsman” and “architect” have become synonymous to the lay man, but for those in-the-know they are hardly one and the same. Both professions play important roles in the Australian building industry, but it’s extremely important to have a solid grasp on what exactly these roles are before you hire either one to work on your project. Learn from history …

Asbestos: the epidemic that could be hiding in your walls!

Now that 25 years have passed since the phasing out of asbestos in construction, many Australians have been lulled into a sense of complacency when it comes to this potentially lethal material. But if you’re planning a renovation project on an older home, asbestos detection and safe removal ought to shoot right up to the top of your to-do list. …

Owner Building Step 1: Realising that Owner Building is a Real Option

Owner Building Step 1: Realising that Owner Building is a Real Option In the introduction to our 10 part series on being a successful owner builder we outlined some of the benefits of choosing to be an owner builder. From quality control to cost savings to satisfaction of a job well done, the theme of this edition is plain and simple: …

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Small Construction Companies Keep Australia on the Move

The building industry is a vital cog in the machine that fuels the Australian economy. The construction sector employs 9% of the total national work force and pumps nearly $200 billion back into the economy (Australian Bureau of Statistics). And it’s not just about creating living wage jobs, either. A modern and efficient infrastructure empowers innovation and productivity across the …

Proper Pool Barrier Maintenance Saves Lives

The Royal Life Saving Society reports that the number of children drowning in Australia increased by 48% over the past year. With two-thirds of these deaths taking place in swimming pools, clearly not enough is being done to keep pools safe. What’s even sadder is that the number one cause of underage pool drowning is absolutely preventable. 50% of accidents are caused …