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Added features that all add up

During the building process there are items you can forgo and design adjustments you can make to save money. The experts share their insights with New Homes.

Land

Working with the block of land available is the first step, according to Broadway Homes Sales Manager Sharene Leatherbarrow.

“Burying money in the ground is where a large sum is spent on earthworks instead of considering ways of working with the site, rather than against it,” she said.

“Considerate design to work with the block shape, size and layout is important.

“Considering layout and design also reduces the chance of additional costs with upgrades to structural support being required.”

Fireplaces and internal courtyards

Atrium Homes Sales and Marketing Director Daniel Marcolina said fireplaces and internal courtyards could prove to be a big expense.

“Fireplaces and internal courtyards, are incredible features to incorporate into homes, however the cost can be prohibitive depending on the type of fireplace chosen and extent of the internal courtyard,” he said.

“Fireplaces are still very common, as they’re not only useful to warm up the home, but can create a focal point and ambience.

Materials, tiling and finishes

Mrs Leatherbarrow said full-height wall tiling could introduce a large increase in cost for necessarily proportionate impact.

“Selection of oversized tiles can often come as a shock due to greatly increased laying costs,” she said, adding that finishes such as stone cladding or feature face brick are other common features homebuilders splash out on.

“Stone cladding can be a costly item and feature tiles can be used for an equally stunning finish to add a point of difference.”

Finishes, such as cabinetry, man also break the bank.

“Upgrades to cabinetry finishes can often add up quickly as well, with a range of new and innovative options available, there can be a lot to consider in this area,” Mrs Leatherbarrow said.

Mr Marcolina said one way to save money was to buy alternative brands on most fixtures and fittings.

“This can be a little tricky as warranties and quality can vary between brands,” he said.

“Thinner materials are another way of saving money, for example using a stone benchtop with a 20mm edge in place of a stone bench top with a 40mm edge.”

What is worth including?

Those in the process of building or looking to build should splash cash on things that add value to a home or are worth including.

“Invest in a thoughtful electrical plan, including things like two-way switches, sensor lights, adequate outdoor lighting and smart wiring,” Mrs Leatherbarrow said.

“High ceilings are also a value-add for careful consideration, as they are not something that can be done post-construction.”

Mr Marcolina said practical items such as air-conditioning and structured cabling, as well as features that reduced the cost of maintaining a home were worth spending on.

“Differing glazing types or materials with a higher insulation property to help reduce energy loss and solar systems or items that add improved acoustic and waterproofing values to the home,” he said.

“People tend to reconsider incorporating items that can be done later or are not necessary to include in the original build of the home – for example, pools, fire pits and, generally, anything not attached to the home or no issue with access to carry out at a later stage.”

CONTACT

Broadway Homes, 6200 2070, www.broadwayhomes.com.au

Atrium Homes, 6310 8888, www.atriumgroupwa.com.au

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