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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 site evaluation?

It is the first step towards establishing the true cost of construction on a particular block of land. It enables us to assess all the site-related parameters and offer you a fixed price contract.

As part of site evaluation, we produce a number of documents, such as:
- Contour survey to Australian Height Datum,
- Soil test report (borehole report),
- Planning Certificate (Section 149),
- Preliminary siting,
- Preliminary stormwater design,
- Preliminary landscape design.

Based on these documents we can calculate the extent of excavation, amounts of cut and fill, extent of retaining walls, fences and driveways etc. These are all the components that vary from site to site and will influence the total cost of your new duplex.

Beware of builders who insist that the owner takes care of retaining walls, driveways and landscaping: site works are messy to organise and manage, can be expensive and must be completed to obtain an Occupation Certificate.