From the painting to planning ahead, there is always something that you can do that will help you save money not only on the current job, but in the future as well.

  • Some builders will allow you to complete parts of the construction yourself and will take a credit off the overall contract amount. These jobs may include the painting, tiling, flooring, cabinetry, landscaping, the fit-out, purchasing your own light fittings and cleaning the house before hand-over. While they may not save you much, a few thousand here and there can really add up over the life-span of the job and if you have family or friends who are qualified tradesman, the savings can be even more. 
  • If you don’t have enough money to build your dream home, plan ahead. By doing this you will decrease the amount you may have to spend and make it possible, should you choose to extend or renovate your house in the future. Things like using vinyl flooring until you can afford tiles is a great example.

By picking what you want before you start the construction process, you will receive a personalised list of inclusions detailing what you will be getting for your money. Changing your mind during the building process can end up being a costly exercise, resulting in wasted money, and not to mention time.

Once you have set a budget and have an idea of what you would like to build, get in contact with your certified builder and organise a meeting to discuss your options. Experienced builders have a great plethora of knowledge, and can sometimes suggest materials or finishes that save costs.

 

Once you have settled on a house to build......Don’t change it. Changing your plans once it has been drafted can end up costly. This can be because of multiple trips to the draftsman, engineer or even resubmitting variations to the council. Changing plans and ideas once the build starts can raise the cost significantly as you may end up out of pocket for the cost of materials that you no longer want. Most variations, (unless agreed upon by both the builder and customer) will also result in a processing fee.

Purchasing a block for your dream home is all about location, location, location. But finding the right location at the right cost can sometimes lead to disappointment. Thankfully there are ways to make the most of your sloping block and get your dream home planning back on track. While there are positives and negative towards a sloping block, with the right experienced builder and the right plan, we think the positives out way the negatives. 

Positives

Negatives

Working with the slope that already exists by designing your home to fit will reduce the need for excavation and retaining wall costs.

Sloping blocks may require retaining walls and/or excavation if a plan that does not suit is used.

Sloping Blocks have a better view – GENERALLY giving the block a higher value when it comes time to sell.

Generally building on a sloping block will cost more than building on a flat block.

Elevated homes with timber flooring means a cool breeze will flow through house keeping IT cool – ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY COOLING!

Excavation of a block can cause problems with the drainage, exacerbate erosion, and instability - Builder will therefore have to use sediment control measures to protect the block's integrity.

Garage can be underneath the house – saving you space.

Masonry homes are generally too heavy for sloping sites.

Better drainage than level blocks.

 

 

Think about the orientation of your house on your chosen block of land. By orientating your home on its site, you can take advantage of the sun and the cooling breeze. Good orientation will reduce the need for support heating and cooling and improves the use of panels for solar heating and hot water.

  • By applying some form of shading to your house, you can reduce summer temperatures, improve your comfort and save energy. “Direct sun can generate the same heat as a single bar radiator over each square metre of a surface”. Eaves, window awnings, shutters, pergolas, solar block windows and plants or trees are all effective ways of shading your house and can block up to 90% of the heat.
  • Insulation is a must in every house. Not only does it act as a barrier to heat flow keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer, it also helps with weather and sound proofing your home. Insulation should be installed when the house is being constructed to ensure maximum efficiency.
  • Skylights can admit more than three times as much light as a vertical window of the same size, and can improve natural ventilation. Factors which should be considered however are the size, spacing, energy efficiency and appropriateness for climate to ensure that unwanted heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter doesn’t occur. Install a skylight in an area of your house which lacks the capacity to have widows and this will ensure a source of natural light.

** Yes!!   We will be at the Spring Home Show at Toowoomba Showgrounds. Come visit us from 23rd to the 25th of October **

 

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TJS Building Group: June 2015

 

The first half of June has already been a busy one for TJS Building Group. With so many jobs on the go at the one time (across Queensland, the Northern territory and two down in New South Wales), our computers are nearly full of progress photos of jobs we are still working on, and jobs that we have just finished. After recently receiving progress photos from an excited client, we have decided that the best thing to do with all these photos is to share them.

 

 

Goombungee

Our first lot of progress photos to be shared for June are of a recently started job in Goombungee, just outside of Toowoomba.
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TJS Building Group: February 2015

 

We do a Bathroom and combined Laundry Renovation...Because the owners didn't want to extend the original dwelling, our design team had to find a creative solution when renovating the laundry and bathroom areas to create combined laundry and main bathroom plus a separate ensuite area. Using antique elements, we've helped create a sophisticated modern interpretation that would work well for similar renovation projects or new home designs. Complete with a beautiful claw foot bath and antique wash stand plus stunning Detroit Graphite tiles on both the floor and walls, this bathroom is just gorgeous.

 

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Ever wondered how we transport a fully built house on a truck to its destination? Split it right down the middle of course!

 

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Last month at TJS Building Group:

 

Two transportable homes are being constructed ready to be shipped out to Roma. Drive past the office on the corner of Alderley and Greenwattle Street in Toowoomba to see the progress. -->  The Transportable Homes are now fully constructed and are waiting to be transported to Roma in the next week... Watch this space to see photos of the move.

 

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