Wollongong Site Costs Explained
Site Costs are all of the processes necessary to get the site of your new house ready to begin building on it.
If you’ve never built before, you may not understand their important role not only in the building process but also the significant impact they have on the price of your build.
Travis Butler from Stroud Homes Wollongong gives us the low down on Site Costs.
Site costs are directly related to the block of land you are building on. These can include:
Because the items listed above can add a great deal of money and difficulty in design to a build, particularly with the slope.
All of the site costs impact the cost of your new home so they should be investigated early. Did you know Stroud Homes offers free site evaluations?
Generally, you can gauge the slope, protruding rock, vegetation to be removed or retained, service locations, power lines, existing structures, access for deliveries, workers and heavy vehicles.
These would be considered part of the earthworks. As the amount of fall/slope increases so does the amount of earthworks. This can start with time spent with machines on-site, the potential removal (cartage and disposal) of soil that cannot be retained on site.
Then stepping of the site for the floor levels, steps in the slab face itself, drop edge beams maybe required, then retaining walls maybe required to contain soil or contribute to construction. As you can see, it can become quite a list of extra works and costs involved.
They are required for the design of your footing/slab system so extremely important. They can also discover the potential depth or location of rock that cannot be determined from a visual inspection.
Basically, because this is what holds you house up. The type, density, reactivity all play a part in the design of you footing system. If the ground moves, swells or shrinks your house will want to follow.
Proper engineering and construction will limit the amount of movement created by the soil thus limiting the potential for any footing failure or damage to your home.
We always make an allowance up front for the site costs involved and we are very clear about what and how much is included.
Once we get a site survey and soil testing completed, we can confirm that those allowances are enough or inform of the possible extra amount required.
I think some builders are not open about the site costs up front. The client may not understand what or how much is included and have not fully understood their position as far as their contractual commitments prior to this stage.
We hope this has cleared up some very important questions you might have about site costs.
If you’d like more information or would like to talk to Travis and the team from Stroud Homes Wollongong about building a new home or site costs, give them a call on 02 4296 6050 or use the form below: