Save Time & Money before you build your new home.
Building A New Home
You’re building a new home. This can be one of the most exciting (or stressful) times of your life! Some of us love it and some of us don’t.
It’s probably one of the biggest investments you’ll make and there are so many things to consider.
Today’s Builders offer lots of incredible inclusions for new builds, in fact we’re spoilt for choice, so it’s important to read the fine print and know exactly what is being included and more importantly, what’s not.
In the excitement and overwhelm of planning and designing your new home, the outdoor areas can be overlooked or not even planned at all. It’s so common to see a beautifully thought out house plan that has no landscape plan at all.
How we use the outside of our property and how we want the outside to look are just as important as how we use the inside and how we want that to look. We spend plenty of time trying to work out which tiles to put in the second bathroom and which colour paint will suit the downpipes. We need to not then totally forget to plan the functionality of the driveway and parking areas for future teenagers, or where the shed should go, or how big we really need the alfresco area to be for when we have Aunty Jo and Uncle Mick over for Chrissy lunch.
Delete Your Paving at Pre-Start
Often times when you sign up to build a new home there is a certain amount of paving that is included in the build, but usually it's brick pavers and usually the bare minimum is included. Some paving bricks look quite nice when they’re freshly laid and they certainly have their place. Unfortunately though, they are a high maintenance product that are hot to walk on, can be prone to weeds and ant piles and can shift and subside over time.
Part of the building package may include a brick paved driveway and alfresco area, but that’s it. It’s a great start, but there’s so much more to consider.
Maybe you don’t want brick pavers to finish the look of your new home. Perhaps you’re after a premium product that’s stylish and low maintenance. Or it could be that you’re looking for a combination of products to use eg. decking & exposed aggregate.
Did you know that you may be able to delete the paving on your new build at pre-start? It will pay to check with your Builder before singing off on any plans.
Save time and money
By deleting the paving before you even sign off on the pre-start plans;
- you could potentially save a nominal amount on the build
- you will save time after the build by not needing to remove paving installed by the Builder or extending paved areas to be more suited to your lifestyle
- you will save money on removing pavers installed by the Builder in readiness to replace the pavers with the product you want
And by upgrading from the standard brick pavers to a decorative concrete you will:
- increase property value
- increase street appeal
- have the benefit of a low maintenance, high quality product
- love your outdoor areas
- have a personalised solution to the finish of the outdoor areas of your home that suits your lifestyle
- impress the family and your friends
- finish your greatest investment with style!
It’s Your Choice
You have the choice at pre-start to delete the paving that your Builder has included and source paving or concrete yourself.
We can help with that. Many of our client's email us their site plans prior to their pre-start meeting. We are then able discuss how they want to use the areas outside of their homes and assist with the planning.
Some of the things we help our clients consider are:
- how many people will usually use the alfresco area
- is there a requirement for paths around the home
- what product will be best suited down the sides of the house
- how wide does the driveway need to be
- how many cars will be parking on the driveway
- is a pool going to be installed
- will you need a hardstand for a future shed, caravan or boat
- which type of concrete will look the best and be the most suited to how you live
From there we can provide you with a personalised solution for the outdoor areas of your new home.