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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1:In which areas do you build?
Q2:What is site evaluation?
Q3:Why is site evaluation important?
Q4:How do you know which design suits my land?
Q5:What is included in basic price?
Q6:What are site costs?
Q7:What is included in total price?
Q8:Can I have a fixed price contract?
Q9:What is duplex management fee?
Q10:What is Development Application?
Q11:What is Construction Certificate?
Q12:What is Occupation Certificate?
Q13:How long does it take to obtain Development Approval?
Q14:What are statutory charges?
Q15:How long does it take to build a duplex?
Q16:What are standard inclusions?
Q17:How do I select colours?
Q18:Can I have any façade that I want?
Q19:Why cannot I have my house bigger (or smaller)?
Q20:What if I want to do my own landscaping (or paving, or...)?
Q21:What if I sell the land with Development Approval?
Q22:What if I change my mind?
Q23:Can I buy plans and build myself?
Q24:Can you design a custom duplex for me?

What is Development Application?

It is an application that we lodge with your Council, asking them to let us build the duplex on your land. It consists of architectural drawings and a number of supporting documents, from concept landscape plan, to preliminary schedule of colours and finishes.

Development Application is assessed by specialists employed by the Council, checking it for compliance with the Council's Development Control Plan for the area.

Compliant Development Applications are assessed relatively quickly, and may be approved by Council's employees under the 'delegated authority'.

Non compliant Development Applications take longer to assess and must be referred to the Council meeting. Very often they get refused, wasting a lot of our effort and your duplex management fee.

We strongly encourage our clients to let us comply with the development controls, even if it means making small compromises.