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By Carolyn Bundesen 13 Sep, 2016

Getting into a big project like a new home build can seem overwhelming. Understanding the stages of building your home will make it clearer and empower you to ensure it’s being done to your satisfaction.

 

1 – Design, Planning, and Approvals

All new home builds start as an idea and this stage is in some ways the most important. Of course, once you have the perfect design you’ll still need to get council approval to build.

 

2 – Site Preparation and Foundation

Before building can start the site needs to be prepped. This involves clearing rocks, debris, and trees and then laying the foundations for the house.

 

3 – Building the Skeleton

The next step is to create your new home’s ‘skeleton’ by building the floor, wall, and roof frames, and installing doors.

 

4 – Rough Plumbing, Electrical, Heating, and Cooling

At this point basic roofing and siding is installed, alongside rough work for the building’s plumbing, electrical, and climate control systems.

 

5 – Inspections

Before building can continue, the work done so far needs to be inspected to make sure it meets standards.

 

6 – Installing Insulation

At this point, insulation will be installed – usually in walls, floors, and the roof – to make sure your home more comfortable and energy efficient.

 

7 – Flooring and Benches

At this point bench countertops are installed along with all hard flooring materials like tiles, vinyl, and wood.

 

8 – Lights, Power, Faucets

Your house is getting close to finished now – it’s ready for light fixtures, a power panel, climate control systems, sinks, toilets, and faucets.

 

9 – Final Touches and Inspection

At this point mirrors, shower doors, and carpeting are installed. Then there’s one more inspection and it’s ready for your final walk-through.

By Carolyn Bundesen 13 Sep, 2016

Renovating your home can be a great way to transform the space either for your own enjoyment or to increase the resale value of the property, or both. But, whether you’re upgrading your kitchen or revamping your whole house, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Follow the tips below to avoid disaster and disappointment.

 

1. Don't Over-Spend

Renovations are expensive, so be sure to create a comprehensive budget. If you’re using a builder be sure to get an accurate quote, and if not seek the help of a financial planner.

 

2. Talk to the Experts

Get expert advice from builders and local council on best practices and getting planning approval for DIY jobs. For large renovations you should engage professional builders.

 

3. Why Are You Renovating?

The overall goal of your renovation will affect the details. Creating your dream home? Then express your personality and use premium materials. Renovating to sell? Then a generically appealing style and mid-range materials should suffice.

 

4. Timing Is Everything

Minimise extra work by planning the steps of your renovation logically. For example, don’t put in a beautiful new floor if you are planning to re-plaster the roof!

 

5. Prepare for Disruption

Depending on the scale of your renovation and what room it’s in, your house may become difficult to live in or even close to uninhabitable. Think about the reality of living alongside the work and decide whether you need to plan alternative accommodation.

By Carolyn Bundesen 26 Aug, 2016

Tips for First Home Buyers

Whether you’re buying your first home or building from scratch, it’s not something you should rush into. With the cost of houses, you can’t afford buyer’s remorse!

The following checklists will help you make sure you’re prepared before signing on the dotted line or breaking ground on your build site.

 

Before Buying

Before buying a property make sure you do the following:

●    Don’t settle for less – know just what you want and keep looking until you find it. Of course, you may never find absolute perfection, but make sure that the house you purchase at least meets your most essential criteria.

●    Don’t stop at one inspection – look at any home you are considering seriously multiple times. This will allow you to get an overview of the house and zero in on potential problem areas.

●    Look at the floor plan – this will give you a more accurate sense of the house’s dimensions than a walk-through can.

 

Before Buying or Building

Whether buying or building, be sure to:

●    Make a realistic budget and stick to it – don’t let outside pressure or overexcitement leave you broke.

●    Choose a location that you love, because you’ll be living there – consider transport, schools, parks and shops, and quality of neighbours.

●    Don’t ignore orientation – which rooms get sunlight at which times can greatly affect your quality of life.

 

Before Building

If you’re building a new home, don’t forget these tips:


●    Lock in the plan for your house before start – mid-build changes will blow your budget right out.

Spend time choosing the right builder – research them thoroughly and talk to past customers, if possible. 
By Carolyn Bundesen 26 Aug, 2016

7 Signs You've Picked a Great Builder

It’s important to realise that not all builders are created equal, and that choosing a sub-par contractor to build your home will cost you in the long run. Only work with building firms that meets the standards outlined in this article, even if it costs you a little more up-front – we’re talking about your home, after all.

 

What Makes a Great Builder?

The qualities that make a great builder are deep knowledge of the field, experience, integrity, commitment, and professionalism. But you can’t just ask a builder or firm if they have these qualities – of course they’ll say yes – you need to look for the evidence. Here are the key things to look for when comparing your options:

 

Signs of Quality

1.  Experience and reputation – has you builder been in the game a long time? That’s a good sign, but only if paired with a great reputation. By the same token, a newer firm might be a good option if they’re getting stellar reviews.

2.  Nothing to hide – a good builder won’t just tell you they’re great, they’ll show you with examples of past work, testimonials, and reviews.

3.  Liability and worker’s compensation insurance are a must – make your build a no-cowboys zone!

4.  Accurate, up-front, and guaranteed quotes are a must.

5.  Builders who know their work is of a high standard will offer generous warranties.

6.  Service comes first – a building firm that’s serious about their work will be serious about looking after their customers.

7.  A great team with a solid network of staff, subcontractors and suppliers.

By Carolyn Bundesen 20 Jul, 2016

Should You Use a Draughtsman on Your Build?

While a draughtsman can’t replace a trained architect for complex new home builds, they still play a crucial role in making the process efficient and cost-effective. A draughtsman can also act as sole designer for very simple home designs and for renovations of all kinds.

 

Using a Draughtsman Saves You Money

A good draughtsman will save you money, whether they are working alongside an architect or on their own. A draughtsman serves an essential role on new home builds. They are specially trained to quickly and accurately create scale drawings for builders to help make an architect’s designs a reality. An architect’s time costs more than a draughtsman’s, so this cuts down your overall costs. For simpler projects or renovations where the high-level skills of an architect aren’t necessary, a draughtsman can do the same work at much lower cost.

 

More Efficient Builds

Using a draughtsman for your project also results in time savings. On architect-designed projects, a draughtsman can create detailed building plans as the architect’s pages are ready. This can almost halve the time needed to get from design to building plans. draughtsmen are also experts in using computer assisted design (CAD) software to design and create building plans at the same time. On simpler projects this means a fast turnaround.

 

Our In-House draughtsman

Here at Bundesen Family Builders, we have a top-notch draughtsman on staff who has worked on many successful projects and is always ready to help our customers create their dream home.

By Carolyn Bundesen 20 Jul, 2016

Don't Get Burned by Hidden Costs

When building a new home, you need to know where every dollar is going so you can create a realistic budget and keep costs under control. At Bundesen Family Builders we provide detailed and comprehensive up-front quotes so you won’t have to deal with unpleasant surprises – but not every builder is so conscientious!

 

Hidden Costs Ruin Plans

Hidden costs can stall your project or put you in debt! Avoid the financial and emotional strain by making sure these oft-hidden costs are included in your quote:

●    Costs necessary for a functional building site, such as temporary fencing, on-site toilets, erosion control measures, and so on.

●    Site preparation can include costly operations like excavation, bulldozing, and clearing foliage. Even when site prep is included in your quote, be sure it’s based on analysis of the actual site and not just a generic figure.

●    Building approval fees that must be paid to your local council and vary widely depending on the details of your build and site.

●    Structural costs – the price of the materials for your house – should be included. If accurate estimates are difficult so early in the process, be sure your builder is estimating high rather than low.

●    The little things like door handles, bathrooms mirrors, and taps are often left out of quotes. Create an inclusions schedule to make sure your builder includes these smaller items – they add up!

 

Choose Trustworthy Builders

If the builders you are considering have left out multiple costs from a quote, they may not be entirely trustworthy. Consider switching to a builder that guarantees accurate up-front quotes.

By Carolyn Bundesen 15 Mar, 2016

The Advantages of Building Local

 

If you’re looking into building a home, and in the process of obtaining quotes, you might want to look at the advantages of staying local.

 

Contracting local builders will bring a number of benefits to the building process, making your life a whole lot easier – both emotionally and financially.

 

Smooth Communication

 

It’s really important to go with a builder you trust, and who you can communicate with well.

 

This will reduce the risks of any disputes, cost or time blowouts and miscommunications. Start and completion dates will most likely be quicker, and easier to negotiate.

 

You can also be more sure of fast response and follow-ups to any of your queries or requests throughout the process, from the first quote to the final nail.

 

Network Connections

 

Using a local builder will open you up to their network of long-term tradespeople and suppliers. Your local builder will most likely employ local staff and contractors, and work with local suppliers and manufacturers.

 

They’ll also have the best local knowledge about sourcing the most affordable and best quality materials for your home.

 

You’ll be engaging with a wide range of members of your community, who are always available and accessible to you.

 

Easy Follow Ups and Reviews

 

When your builders are based locally, you know they’ll be around even after your house is built. This is extremely handy for your home’s review period – builders can complete routine check-ups during the maintenance period to make sure everything is going smoothly.

 

As you can see, going local will benefit you in a number of ways – plus, it’ll also benefit your community, bringing money into your local economy. Win-win!

 

For professional local builders on the Sunshine Coast, talk to Bundesen Family Builders . Call Phill 0418 708 978 or Tim 0408 120 248 or contact us online for a free quote.

By Carolyn Bundesen 12 Feb, 2016

The Bundesen Story

By Carolyn Bundesen 18 Jan, 2016

Renovating is a sure fire way to add value to your home.

 

Investing even relatively small amounts of finance into renovations can result in a huge financial gain in the long run, particularly if you are looking to sell your property at some point down the track.

 

If you're looking to add value to your property through renovation, we recommend being smart about what you prioritise.

 

Smart Renovation Tips

 

Before you get started, research what buyers are looking for and use your budget to target those areas of the property that will achieve the biggest bang for your buck.

 

A key factor to remember is that your home just needs to be presented as better value for money than comparative properties.

 

Common ways to maximise the value of your property include :

 

·        Adding a room or creating space by removing walls

·        Updating the kitchen and/or bathroom

·        Adding a second toilet or bathroom

·        Improving lighting and ventilation

·        Adding storage areas, such as wardrobes

·        Adding secure car parking

·        Introducing an al fresco entertaining or dining area

A professional builder will be able to give you expert advice on the best renovations for your home – whether you want the renovations to reflect your own style and tastes, or to improve your home’s value for re-selling.

 

Contact Bundesen Family Builders for more information on adding value to your home through renovation. Call Phill 0418 708 978 or Tim 0408 120 248 or contact us online for a free quote.

By Carolyn Bundesen 13 Jan, 2016

Don’t Cut Corners When Building Your House

 

Creating your dream home involves a huge investment of time and money. Because of this, you need to make sure you’re investing your money wisely, in a house that is properly built, and built to last.

 

Choosing the Cheapest Quote Can End Up Costing You More

 

One of the most common pitfalls of building a house is going with the cheapest quote for the job. While you may think you are being smart and saving money, this decision could end up costing you a lot more later down the track.

 

We recommend that you do your homework before asking builders for a quote, by getting recommendations, referrals and seeing their past projects. Don’t ever assume that the cheapest is the best choice by default – the last thing you want is a builder who has to cut corners to make a profit.

 

Houses that are built using cheaper materials and processes will inevitably lead to expensive renovation work later on – don’t fall into this trap.

 

Go with Builders You Can Trust

 

If you are planning on building your own home, you want reliable, trustworthy and professional home builders on the job.

 

Look for someone you can communicate well with – common pitfalls of building such as cost blowouts, disputes and problems with timeframes would be fewer and further between if expectations were clear and transparent at the quotation stage.

 

Do a bit of homework for yourself – talk through quotes with the people providing them, thoroughly check references and credentials, and find someone you believe you can genuinely work well with.

 

Building designers and architects often work with the same trusted contractors who they know will do justice to their designs.

 

To talk to trusted professionals in the business, contact Bundesen Family Builders . Call Phill 0418 708 978 or Tim 0408 120 248 or contact us online for a quote.  

By Carolyn Bundesen 13 Sep, 2016

Getting into a big project like a new home build can seem overwhelming. Understanding the stages of building your home will make it clearer and empower you to ensure it’s being done to your satisfaction.

 

1 – Design, Planning, and Approvals

All new home builds start as an idea and this stage is in some ways the most important. Of course, once you have the perfect design you’ll still need to get council approval to build.

 

2 – Site Preparation and Foundation

Before building can start the site needs to be prepped. This involves clearing rocks, debris, and trees and then laying the foundations for the house.

 

3 – Building the Skeleton

The next step is to create your new home’s ‘skeleton’ by building the floor, wall, and roof frames, and installing doors.

 

4 – Rough Plumbing, Electrical, Heating, and Cooling

At this point basic roofing and siding is installed, alongside rough work for the building’s plumbing, electrical, and climate control systems.

 

5 – Inspections

Before building can continue, the work done so far needs to be inspected to make sure it meets standards.

 

6 – Installing Insulation

At this point, insulation will be installed – usually in walls, floors, and the roof – to make sure your home more comfortable and energy efficient.

 

7 – Flooring and Benches

At this point bench countertops are installed along with all hard flooring materials like tiles, vinyl, and wood.

 

8 – Lights, Power, Faucets

Your house is getting close to finished now – it’s ready for light fixtures, a power panel, climate control systems, sinks, toilets, and faucets.

 

9 – Final Touches and Inspection

At this point mirrors, shower doors, and carpeting are installed. Then there’s one more inspection and it’s ready for your final walk-through.

By Carolyn Bundesen 13 Sep, 2016

Renovating your home can be a great way to transform the space either for your own enjoyment or to increase the resale value of the property, or both. But, whether you’re upgrading your kitchen or revamping your whole house, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Follow the tips below to avoid disaster and disappointment.

 

1. Don't Over-Spend

Renovations are expensive, so be sure to create a comprehensive budget. If you’re using a builder be sure to get an accurate quote, and if not seek the help of a financial planner.

 

2. Talk to the Experts

Get expert advice from builders and local council on best practices and getting planning approval for DIY jobs. For large renovations you should engage professional builders.

 

3. Why Are You Renovating?

The overall goal of your renovation will affect the details. Creating your dream home? Then express your personality and use premium materials. Renovating to sell? Then a generically appealing style and mid-range materials should suffice.

 

4. Timing Is Everything

Minimise extra work by planning the steps of your renovation logically. For example, don’t put in a beautiful new floor if you are planning to re-plaster the roof!

 

5. Prepare for Disruption

Depending on the scale of your renovation and what room it’s in, your house may become difficult to live in or even close to uninhabitable. Think about the reality of living alongside the work and decide whether you need to plan alternative accommodation.

By Carolyn Bundesen 26 Aug, 2016

Tips for First Home Buyers

Whether you’re buying your first home or building from scratch, it’s not something you should rush into. With the cost of houses, you can’t afford buyer’s remorse!

The following checklists will help you make sure you’re prepared before signing on the dotted line or breaking ground on your build site.

 

Before Buying

Before buying a property make sure you do the following:

●    Don’t settle for less – know just what you want and keep looking until you find it. Of course, you may never find absolute perfection, but make sure that the house you purchase at least meets your most essential criteria.

●    Don’t stop at one inspection – look at any home you are considering seriously multiple times. This will allow you to get an overview of the house and zero in on potential problem areas.

●    Look at the floor plan – this will give you a more accurate sense of the house’s dimensions than a walk-through can.

 

Before Buying or Building

Whether buying or building, be sure to:

●    Make a realistic budget and stick to it – don’t let outside pressure or overexcitement leave you broke.

●    Choose a location that you love, because you’ll be living there – consider transport, schools, parks and shops, and quality of neighbours.

●    Don’t ignore orientation – which rooms get sunlight at which times can greatly affect your quality of life.

 

Before Building

If you’re building a new home, don’t forget these tips:


●    Lock in the plan for your house before start – mid-build changes will blow your budget right out.

Spend time choosing the right builder – research them thoroughly and talk to past customers, if possible. 
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