Why Price per Square Metre is NOT a Good Rule of Thumb
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by MILEHAM
1M ago
In the ever-evolving world of home renovation and new home building, price per square metre costing has long been a go-to metric for homeowners and builders alike. However, it has become increasingly evident that relying solely on this metric is an oversimplification of the complex factors that influence construction costs. Here, we delve into the history behind why price per square metre is so popular, and why it may not be the most accurate, effective or relevant guide for your home renovation or new home build. The Historical Perspective: The Rise of Price per Square Metre The quest for a s ..read more
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Building Estimate vs. Building Quote: Decoding the Difference
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by MILEHAM
3M ago
Embarking on a major home renovation or new home build project is an exciting yet complex endeavour, and navigating the cost to build pricing options is an integral part of this process. To price a build there are two terms used to define two separate pricing services: Building Estimate, and Building Quote These two terms often cause confusion amongst homeowners, and can make it difficult to compare apples with apples when choosing which builder you want to move forward with. Here, we delve into the differences between the two, what each option does and does not provide, and how to choos ..read more
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The National Construction Code: Changes you need to be aware of for your home renovation or new home build
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by MILEHAM
4M ago
If you're planning a home renovation or a knock down rebuild project, The National Construction Code (NCC) needs to be on your radar. The NCC is an important regulatory framework that governs the minimum design, construction, and performance of buildings and drainage throughout Australia. Volumes One and Two of the National Construction Code combine to create the Building Code of Australia (BCA), which contains specific provisions around home renovation or new home build design and construction. In this article, we take a look at the recent changes to the NCC that may have a major impact on yo ..read more
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Interior Architect vs. Interior Designer: The Key Differences
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by MILEHAM
5M ago
When it comes to transforming the homes we live in into beautiful, functional, and harmonious environments, two professions often come to mind: interior architects and interior designers. Although the terms for these professions are sometimes used interchangeably, they are distinct disciplines, each with their own unique focuses and skill sets. Here, we delve into the key differences between interior architecture and interior design, shedding light on the roles they play in shaping the spaces we live in, to help you choose the right path for your home renovation project. What do Interior Archi ..read more
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What can you get with a home renovation budget of $400,000, $700,000 and $1.2 million? The opportunity cost of quantity vs. quality.
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by MILEHAM
5M ago
When embarking on a home renovation, the two main factors you need to weigh up are: The scale of your project (how many rooms or areas you want to refresh or renovate) against, The quality of fixtures, materials, and finishes you’d like to use. Ultimately, if you’re on a set budget, you need to carefully consider your quantity vs quality priorities and likely be ready to make compromises along the way. A question of Quantity – how much can you do? The below renovation budget brackets outline how much your budget can generally stretch at each level. These 2023/24 budget brackets factor in ..read more
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Custom Homes: The Importance of Working with a Master Builder with a Master Builders Contract in NSW
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by MILEHAM
6M ago
To turn your dream home into a reality, you need the expertise, experience and meticulous skills of the right builder who can deliver the highest standard of work within your budget, and time frame, and with a quality of execution that will withstand the years of hard use which is typically imposed upon a busy family home. This is where a Master Builder can help to ensure that your custom home both aligns with your vision and achieves its full potential. Let’s explore the advantages of working with a Master Builder and the crucial role a Master Builder’s contract plays when it comes to your pr ..read more
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Fixed Price or Cost Plus contract - What’s the right option for your new home build or renovation?
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by MILEHAM
7M ago
There are many factors to consider when undertaking a major home renovation or rebuild – and finding a reliable and trustworthy builder should be at the top of your list. Before we delve into the different cost structures that are offered by builders – Fixed Price and Cost Plus Contracts – it’s worth giving a little background into what’s currently going on in the Australian construction industry. With several large building companies going under in recent months, it certainly pays to ask lots of questions around cost structures when you’re looking for a builder. Bigger is not necessarily bett ..read more
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Fixed price or cost-plus building quote – What’s the right cost structure for your new home build or renovation?
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by MILEHAM
9M ago
There are many factors to consider when undertaking a major home renovation or rebuild – and finding a reliable and trustworthy builder/construction company should be near the top of your list. Before we delve into the different cost structures that may be offered by builders – Fixed Price and Cost-Plus Contracts – it’s worth giving a little background into what’s currently going on in the Australian construction industry. With several large building companies going under in recent months, it certainly pays to ask lots of questions around cost structures when you’re looking for a builder. Bigg ..read more
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2023 home design trends – farewell Hamptons?
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by MILEHAM
9M ago
Fresh year, fresh start, and with the pandemic way of living well in our rear vision, what design trends are enduring in the world of home renovations? What has been left behind? And what do we see bubbling below the surface getting ready to dominate your Pinterest feed? Much like the Tuscan style in the 90s, the Hamptons trend has dominated the past decade with clean grey cladding and crisp white shutters adorning many a home across Australia. Light and airy white and grey with darkened wooden floors and shades of blue furnishings has been the palette of choice (inside and out), however, chan ..read more
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Custom home builder vs. project home builder - which option is best for you?
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by MILEHAM
9M ago
When it comes to building a new home, the sheer volume of information available and decisions to make can be overwhelming, making it difficult to see a clear path forward. First of all, do you go for a custom home builder? Or a project home builder? How do you know which option is right for you? We’ve pulled together the various options available to you, to help you decide which path is best suited for your new home goals and circumstances, to deliver a home you love. Firstly, you need to decide if you’re in the market for a brand-new home, whether that be on a vacant block of land, or underta ..read more
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