Knowledge is Power

Knowledge is Power

The Build Process

Building a home can be a massive undertaking for first, second and even third home buyers. As Max Xia from Stroud Homes Casey says:

“Nowadays, younger home buyers are doing the research and comparing build times. They are looking at quality and build process over an attractive cheap starting price. They understand this is one, if not the biggest purchases in their life so far.”

Signing their building contract: Jacob & Renee with Linda

And that’s why Max and the team from Stroud Homes Casey are here to walk you through the build process so you have the most stress-free and enjoyable journey as possible – with that beautiful home in the end.

Linda, Caleb and Max from Stroud Homes Casey


Building your first home can be a bit scary, how do you support your clients through the building process?

When first starting out it can be very daunting, especially if none of your friends or family built before or they’ve had a bad experience in the past.

Nothing will give you confidence more than knowledge so I think to start off, our Stroud Homes YouTube channel has lot of videos regarding everything form site costs to construction on vacant land to designs that suit various looks.

I am also available on the mobile seven days a week if a prospective client would like an obligation free Site Evaluation or just a quick chat.


Construction Terminology

Before you begin the build process, you may want to brush up on your ‘lingo’ as you start to traverse the Construction World.

I have prepared a list below of words and phrases that you might encounter:

  • Architrave: A plain or elaborate moulding used to frame a doorway, panel, nice or window.
  • Bushfire Attack Level (BAL): Measures a building’s potential exposure to bushfire and Indicates the construction requirements for building within a bushfire-prone area.
  • Balustrade: A balustrade is a series of posts that are used to support a hand rail.
  • Bored pier: A method of reinforcement underneath a slab.
  • Bulkhead: A structure used to cover a change in ceiling heights or to conceal services. Often used in our kitchens above cabinetry to provide
  • Ceiling joist: Supportive timbers that provide a structure to which you fix the ceiling to.
  • Certificate of Occupancy: Document issued by a building surveyor, which shows that the building is suitable for living in.
  • Façade: The front of a building that faces to the street.
  • Fall: Amount of slope on a block. You might hear about this during your Site Inspection.
  • Fill: The amount of soil needed to level out a block.
  • Fixtures: Items that are attached to the property like bathroom vanities, wardrobes and ovens.
  • Floor joist: Supportive timbers which the flooring is fixed to.
  • Gabled roof: A roof consisting of two sloping surfaces, just like the ones your kids draw.
  • Hipped roof: A roof where all sides slop downwards towards the walls, similar to a pyramid.
  • Niche: A shallow recess, alcove or indent in a wall.
  • Retaining wall: Any wall subjected to lateral pressure other than wind pressure and built to retain material.
  • Roof truss: A structural, boomerang-shaped framework designed to support a roof.
  • Setback: How far from the front boundary a property can be built.
  • Soil test: These tests determine how likely it is that the soil will move, expand and contract with different levels of moisture content. These tests are vital to understanding how your new home will be built.

Keen to begin the building process or just interested in learning more about how Stroud Homes works?

The team from Stroud Homes Casey prides themselves on providing that great building journey that takes you from your initial enquiry through to handover.

With their quality focused, Black & White quotes and exceptional customer service, they are the best choice for new builds in the area.

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