Our straightforward process outlined below details all aspects from the initial decision-making stages, including the demolition and removal of the existing house, right through to moving into your newly built home.
The first stage of the knock down rebuild process is an initial meeting with one of our DC Living New Home Consultants.
Prior to commencing this type of building journey, it is important to assess the feasibility of a knockdown rebuild. Your Consultant will visit your site and investigate whether your existing house is in a Demolition Control Precinct (DCP) or Character Code area, which will have an effect on the home design options available for your project.
At this stage your DC Consultant will help you understand the local government-planning scheme requirements by reviewing the following:
If a planning application is required to build your new home, DC Living can recommend a suitable planning consultant to prepare and lodge the application on your behalf.
To help you select the most suitable home design for your needs, preferences and block, your DC Living Sales Consultant will be with you every step of the way.
In addition to house designs for the most common widths, 12.5m and 14.5m, we also have a range of designs for narrow lots 10m in width. Please note that design guidelines and developer’s covenants may affect which home design plans can be built on your block.
Once the basic site plan of the new house design on your lot has been prepared, your DC Living Sales Consultant will prepare and provide you with a comprehensive written quote. This quotation includes the basic floor plans and provides full itemised details of any options or upgrades that you have selected for our home builders to carry out.
Once you have approved the quote and plans, an initial deposit is payable. The plans and specifications, contour survey, soil test and slab design can then be prepared.
At this stage in the pre-construction process, you will have the opportunity to select an internal and external colour scheme for your new home.
An impressive selection of internal and external schemes have been prepared by our Interior Design Team specifically for the DC Living range of new home designs.
You also have the option of working with our team to curate the colour schemes for your new home (by appointment only).*
The plans, specifications and contract documents for your new home are finalised once we’ve received the contour survey, soil test, and slab design.
So that you can familiarise yourself with the contract prior to the day of signing, we will provide you with all the necessary documentation in advance.
This enables you to contact your DC Living Sales Consultant about your contract documentation prior to signing and raise any concerns that you may have.
Once you have signed the contract, the remainder of the 5% deposit is payable.
Building and plumbing applications are lodged following payment of deposit. If required, you should finalise your finance approvals while these applications are under assessment.
Upon receipt of your written finance approval, the private certifier releases the building and plumbing approvals. To enable the release of the Authority to Commence Construction (ACC), a copy of these approvals and our construction insurance policy is sent to your finance institution.
In most cases, the ACC is the final approval required prior to the commencement of construction.
Once we have obtained the necessary approvals, construction will commence within four weeks.
*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.
The base stage entails all the work required to complete the slab and footings on your new home prior to construction.
If DC Living is undertaking the demolition of the existing home this will need to be carried out first. The contract period will be put on hold until a second contour survey and soil test are carried out, to confirm the site and soil conditions with the footprint of the new home, as required by the QBCC. The engineered slab design will be confirmed and any adjustments can be made under the contract. If DC Living is not undertaking the demolition, this can occur at any time, however, the second contour survey and soil test are still required.
The DC Living home building process will follow upon completion of this stage.