DC Living New Home Builders Brisbane


Home Building

We are dedicated to making the process of building your DC Living home as uncomplicated and easy as possible.

As Brisbane builders committed to delivering better building experiences, we provide complete transparency to our process, costs and timings so you are confidently versed in what to expect at every stage. With our innovative construction methods and premium materials we can ensure you a quality build in an industry-average time frame.

As detailed below, our simple process outlines the initial decision-making stages right through to moving into your new home.

Pre-Construction Process

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    Choosing DC Living as your builder

    Researching home builders, home designs, visiting displays and establishing budgets can be a long and involved process — and one you want to get right.  We’ve established a Builder Checklist to assist you in asking some important questions along your journey, and compare the differences between new home builders in Brisbane.

    Download your Builder Checklist here.

    If you do not already have a block on which to build, our DC Living Sales Consultants have relationships with numerous land developers and can assist you in finding the ideal block of land in most parts of the greater Brisbane area.




    Preparing a quote

    Our DC Living Sales Consultant will work with you to choose the best home design for your needs and your block.

    We have home designs that will fit on lots 10m, 12.5m, 14-15m and 20m+ in width. Developer’s covenants and design guidelines can also affect which design can be built on the land. Once a Sales Consultant has prepared a basic site plan of the house design on your lot, a comprehensive written quote detailing any upgrades or options itemised as well as the basic floor plans is prepared.


    Initial deposit

    After your approvals of the quote and home design plans, an initial deposit is payable. The contour survey, soil test and slab design, preparation of plans and specifications then follow.

    It is at this stage you will also be asked to select your external and internal colour scheme. Our Interior Design Team has prepared a number of internal and external schemes that are cohesive to our home designs. You are also able to curate your own colour schemes by appointment with our Interior Design team*.


    Preparing and signing the contract

    Following receipt of the contour survey, soil test and slab design, the plans and specifications are finalised along with the contract documents.

    All documentation will be provided ahead of time for you to familiarise yourself with before the day of the contract signing. This ensures you have the opportunity to ask any questions about the documents before you sign. We want you to be completely comfortable when signing the actual contract. Once the contract is signed, the remainder of the 5{8d71ebb5eec87025ab3bed131ec3653b389c94668c999f73f238f419a0b42b3f} deposit is due for payment.



    Following the payment of the deposit, building and plumbing applications are lodged. While the building and plumbing applications are being assessed, you should finalise your finance approvals, if required.

    When we have received your written finance approval, building and plumbing approvals are released from the private certifier. A copy of these can be sent to your finance institution along with a copy of our construction insurance policy so the Authority to Commence Construction (ACC) can be released by the finance institution.

    The ACC is usually the final approval needed before construction can commence. Once all the necessary approvals have been obtained, we will be on-site to commence construction within four weeks, if not earlier.


    *Please note:  This is an extended service that incurs a fee, which will be quoted at time of booking.
    If any non standard materials are chosen, additional costs will be detailed in writing following your consultation.

    Building Process

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      Base stage - the slab is down

      This stage encompasses all the work required for our home builders to complete the slab and footings of your new home.

      Temporary fencing and/or fencing of the site, sediment controls and waste management are set up ahead of any trade contractors starting work. Earthworks and drainage preparation are completed ahead of the concrete slab being poured ready for the frame.

      This process takes our builders up to two weeks but sometimes longer in inner city areas of Brisbane due to access constraints and permits required. On completion of this stage, the Base Stage progress claim is invoiced. Making arrangements to have the progress stage authorisation forms signed off ready for your finance institution is recommended to avoid any delays.

      Builder leveling a concrete slab

      Frame stage

      On average, our Brisbane home builders will have your home’s steel frame up in one week for a single-storey and two weeks for a two-storey home. We use frames that are rated to N3 wind zone standards, which is above standard requirements for a typical suburban block.

      Once your frames are complete, you will receive another staged invoice. Usually, the frame will be inspected by a private building certifier who provides a ‘frame inspection’ certificate, which can be provided to your finance institution. Most finance institutions will also inspect the site to ensure it is complete before releasing payment.

      As with the Slab Stage claim, we recommend having the progress stage authorisation forms signed off ready for the finance institution to avoid delays.

      frame of a home

      Enclosed stage

      Our unique process and construction methods means you will get to an enclosed stage with your DC Living home faster than a traditional build. The enclosed stage requires the roof, windows and doors and external cladding of your new home to be installed by our builders, enabling the building to be ‘locked up’.

      The fascia/guttering, roofing, windows and doors and external cladding is installed together, enabling our home builders to simplify the process on-site. For a single-storey home in Brisbane, this usually takes only one week, and for a two storey home, around four weeks to allow for the additional scaffolding requirements.

      On completion of this process you will receive the enclosed stage invoice.

      We will then complete the exterior with rendering and painting as well as the downpipes and decking to the balcony of any two-storey homes.

      After only two months, your new home is already looking good from the outside.

      At this point we encourage you to inspect the site, and your dedicated site supervisor will arrange this at your convenience. Due to our home builders working on the site and Workplace, Health and Safety Regulations in Queensland, it is difficult to allow our clients onto the construction sites before this stage.

      house structure

      Fix out stage

      The interiors commence at this point with the installation of the plasterboard throughout the inside of the house. This is followed by the kitchen and bathroom cabinets, staircase (if applicable), the internal doors and mouldings, and the tiling to the wet areas.

      While the tiler is on-site they usually complete any tiling to the main areas, porch and outdoor living areas.

      The Fix out Stage is now invoiced, and as with the previous stage claims, we recommend having the progress stage authorisation forms signed off ready for the finance institution.

      DC Living kitchen


      We allow around four weeks for the ‘finishing off’ of your new home. This includes the installation of items such as taps, basins, toilets, mirrors, robe doors, shower screens and any landscaping works.

      Approximately two weeks before handover, our site supervisor will arrange for you to complete a pre-handover inspection so you have the opportunity to ensure all the items you have requested in the home have been completed and you can discuss the upcoming handover with the supervisor.

      We will ask you to nominate who will be accepting the keys to your new home and recommend you contact your finance institution to arrange the final inspection.

      The final building and plumbing inspections will take place just after your pre-handover inspection and these certificates will be made available to you and the finance institution.

      Upon receipt of the final payment, you will receive the key to your new home.

      DC Living living space

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