Design and Construction Process

Our Design and Construction Process helps you plan for your new home and ensures that all of your needs and requirements are taken into consideration. Each stage is obligation free and you can opt out at any stage of this process.

Step 1: Needs Analysis

Discuss your design brief

  • Your wishlist: what do you absolutely have to have, what do you absolutely not want and what are you willing to compromise on
  • Home style: open plan, how many bedrooms, living space, how many bathrooms, position of parents and children’s room, how many levels, split level
  • Lifestyle: work from home, study rooms, entertaining, media room, bar/rumpus
  • Storage: linen cupboards, shelving requirements, garage storage, roof storage, robes in bedrooms
  • Construction style: what is your theme – ensuring you consider your theme through the whole house
  • Environmental elements: solar power, air conditioning, tank water, recycled water, low allergenic materials, future proofing, smart wiring
  • Aesthetics: colours, flooring, tiles, materials (stone vs laminate, timber vs carpet, tiles vs tin, external materials)
  • The little things: power points, TV points, phone lines, fans
  • Scrap book: we encourage you to cut out pictures of houses and features that you like and don’t like so you can show us exactly what you want your new home to look like

Step 2: Site Visit

How does your brief fit on your block

  • Orientation: sun, breezes, shading
  • Slope: front to back, back to front or side to side
  • External colours: do they suit the surroundings and area
  • Drainage
  • Making the most of the best and worst features of your block
  • Does your preferred style suit your block & surrounding homes
  • Cost: on application

Step 3: Concept Design & Plans

The first time you see your new home on paper

  • Floor plan
  • Basic elevations (front and side)
  • Site positioning
  • Minor plan changes free
  • Major plan change (eg; room or roof position change) at additional charge
  • Cost: on application

Step 4: Preliminary Plans from Concept Plan

Now it’s really starting to look like a home

  • Scale drawings
  • Full floor plans; front, side & rear elevations
  • 3D elevation in colour
  • Minor plan changes free
  • Major plan change (eg; room or roof position change) at additional charge
  • Cost: on application

Step 5: Working Drawings

The final stage in the drafting process and now your design is considered complete

  • Getting your plans ready for submission to Council
  • Final drawings, site plan
  • Floor plans
  • Front, side & rear elevations
  • Bracing and sub floor plan
  • Blank electrical plan
  • Last chance for plan changes at an additional charge
  • From these drawings, Kaha Homes can now provide a fixed price to build.
  • You now own these plans. Your design will never be built again without your permission
  • Cost: on application

Other costs you may need to consider:

  • Soil test
  • Site survey
  • Engineering costs
  • Council & other fees
  • Bushfire regulations
  • Site clearing
  • Landscaping, including fencing
  • Driveway
  • Swimming pool
  • Water storage
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