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The key stages of a knock down rebuild

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Building a new home is a major undertaking and knocking down your existing home to build a new one adds an additional element. Breaking the project down into the key stages ensures that it runs smoothly from beginning to end.

Why knock down rebuild

There are plenty of advantages of a knockdown rebuild project, including staying in a community you know and love, cost savings, and building a home that suits your specific needs.

If you love the area where you currently live, then the idea of selling and moving to a new address probably holds little appeal. It could mean you and other family members need to find a new job, perhaps a new school for your children, and even a new hairdresser. With a KDR project, you get a brand-new house and get to stay in familiar surroundings.

It can be cheaper, or about the same cost, to knock down and rebuild than to extensively renovate. This is because a renovation is usually a one-off custom job. In many cases, you’ll uncover problems during the renovation that can also add to the cost, such as repairing major structural damage.

One of the best parts of a knock down rebuild project rather than a renovation is that you are given a blank canvas. You and your family can decide how many rooms you need, how they should be laid out, what you’d like the exterior to look like, what fixtures and fittings you’d like, and much more.

“One of the best parts of a knock down rebuild project rather than a renovation is that you are given a blank canvas.”

Stages of a knock down rebuild project

There are several stages for a knock down rebuild project and all of them must occur for a successful build.

At ZAC Homes we’ve worked with hundreds of home owners to guide them through the knock down rebuild process. Here is an overview of what we’ve learnt:

Check with the authorities

The starting point for any suburban building project is to establish what you are permitted to build on your block of land. You need to check that your current house can be demolished and replaced. Some homes have heritage listings or overlays which prevent you from demolishing.

You also need to know the zoning of your area to ensure you can build a new home that will suit your requirements.

The first step should be to visit the websites of your local council and relevant state authorities like the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Most Councils also have Council officers who can answer your specific questions.

There will also be restrictions about how close you can build to the boundary, how much of the land can be utilised for buildings, what setback you are required to meet, and whether you can build a duplex or a single dwelling.

Understand your block of land

Once you’ve established that you can demolish your current home, you need to consult experts like ZAC Homes. We’ve assisted many homeowners through the knock down rebuild process and can offer expert advice.

One of the important first steps is to understand what you can build on your block of land. For many home designs, there are restrictions about the width of the land, but there are also considerations like the slope, the aspect, and the vegetation. Our expert consultants can help you navigate all these considerations.

New home design

Once you understand the regulations and land issues you can move on to the fun stuff and find the best home design for your needs.

Some people want to move quickly and build a home just like the display, while others want to develop their own custom design.

That’s why at ZAC Homes we divide our services into three distinct types:

  • Fast Track – off-the-plan design with minimal changes
  • My Style – modifying an existing design
  • Tailored Approach – custom design with complete flexibility

No matter which option you go with we recommend that you visit display homes because they are a great way to work out what you do and don’t like and if you can’t make it to a display village in person, take a 3D walk through the homes on our website.

You should also look at other homes in your area to see what will complement the existing housing in your neighbourhood.

When considering design you and your family need to decide on your requirements like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, what size living areas you require, and more. Think about how you use your current home – do you work from home? Do you like to entertain? You should also consider things like how long you plan to live there.

Organise the demolition

If you decide to build with ZAC Homes we will help you arrange the demolition of your old home and incorporate that into the contract.

Other builders might prefer you to organise your own demolition but can recommend demolition experts.

Either way, there are a few important things to remember including a demolition permit from your council, and notifying your service providers like electricity, gas, water and Internet to disconnect well before your demolition date.

You’ll also need temporary accommodation for you and your family to live in until your new home is complete.

“Once you understand the regulations and land issues you can move on to the fun stuff and find the best home design for your needs.”

New home rebuild

The building of your new home also has several key stages that include:

Sitework – Site will be cleared and prepared for construction to begin.

Foundation/Base – Underground power and plumbing will be laid next and if your new home has a concrete slab this will be poured and allowed to cure. Alternatively, foundations will be put in place.

Frames – Next comes the wall frames and roof trusses and it’s starting to take shape.

Lock-Up – After the frame and trusses come the guttering, roof covering and, brickwork and external cladding. This will be complemented by external doors and windows to bring it to lock-up stage. 

Then it’s time for the plumbers and electricians to add all the necessary pipes and cables. Some of this will occur alongside the other trades. Now it’s really starting to look like a home. 

Interior fixing – Next the focus will shift to the interior with the installation of ceilings and walls, then internal doors, cabinets and shelving, as well as skirting boards and architraves.

Completion – Before you move in all the painting and tiling will be completed as well as the installation of the final touches like light fittings, shower screens, benchtops, and more.

Then you can call it Home Sweet Home. 

Knock down rebuild with ZAC Homes

It is difficult to estimate how long the whole process is from the early research to the completed new home because there are so many different variables. Typically the planning from deciding you want to rebuild to the beginning of construction can take up to 12 months.

The team at ZAC Homes are knock down rebuild specialists and regardless of your block being sloped, narrow, above or below the road, our design team will work with you to create a contemporary design that fits your budget.

ZAC Homes builds with trust, respect, integrity and pride, which we work hard to deliver to every client. Call us on 1300 350 793 or send us an online enquiry and our team will work with you to design and build your dream home.

Will a duplex on my current land be a good investment?

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Building a duplex on your current land can be an excellent investment or a great multi-generation home, but there are several things to consider before deciding whether it’s a great option for you and your family.

The first consideration is whether you can build a duplex on your land. Is it the right size and dimensions? Do the council regulations in your area allow for duplexes?

You also need to examine whether building a duplex on your current property is a good investment and review your reasons for building it.

Can I build a duplex on my current land?

In simple terms, a duplex construction is two homes built on the same block of land that share a common wall. The two homes can either share one land title and owner, or can be subdivided into separate titles so they can be owned and sold separately.

The NSW Government’s Low Rise Housing Diversity Code applies to all local government areas in NSW and allows dual occupancies to be approved through the fast-tracked ‘Complying Development’ process. The code applies to properties zoned R1, R2, R3 and RU5 across NSW.

Under the code, blocks must be either 400 square metres or the minimum lot size required by your council, whichever is greater. Blocks must be a minimum of 12 metres wide and buildings must have a minimum side setback of 0.9 metres.

Additionally, the code requires each dwelling to be a minimum of five metres wide, to face a public road, and cannot be located behind another dwelling except on a corner block. Off-street parking must also be provided for at least one car per dwelling.

“Building a duplex on your current land can be an excellent investment or a great multi-generation home.”

Reasons for building a duplex

Now that you’ve established that you can legally build a duplex on your land you need to examine the reasons you want to build a duplex.

Building a duplex can be a good investment in the short and long term as you can achieve a stronger rental yield and capital growth once construction is completed. Building a duplex can also be faster than constructing two separate dwellings.

A duplex can be a great investment

If you’re building a duplex on your current land you will have several options if you’re planning to use it as an investment.

You and your family can live in one half, and either rent out or sell the other side. That way you get to stay in a neighbourhood you know and love but capitalise on the land that your old home once occupied. You’ll also have a smaller garden to maintain.

Another option is to rent out both new dwellings and relocate, or sell both and potentially make more money than if you had sold just your original home.

Duplexes are a great way to share multi-generation living

There’s currently a strong trend towards multi-generational living, particularly in Greater Western Sydney, where property prices continue to rise. And it’s happening in a couple of different ways, with young people staying at home longer, older generations sharing their homes, and several generations wanting to stay close, but not too close.

What you should decide before you invest

Are you seeking capital growth, rental returns, or cost savings by building a duplex? These are the potential outcomes that are driving increasing numbers of Australians to invest in duplex projects.

But before you leap in, you need to consider a few key financial factors:

Your investment objective

You need to establish your investment objectives or your primary goal for choosing to invest in dual-income property.

Perhaps you’re thinking of starting a property investment portfolio to fund your retirement?

Maybe you want to pay off your mortgage in a set time?

Do you want to pool your family’s money or help your children?

Working with an investment advisor can help you set these types of financial goals.

Conduct your due diligence and market research

Look at other similar duplex properties in your area. Are they selling well? How soon after building completion are they going on the market?

What sort of characteristics like size of the dwelling, parking, etc sell or rent well in your area?

Will you be over-capitalising for your area?

You can seek the expertise of local real estate agents as well as experienced duplex builders like ZAC Homes to answer some of these questions.

“Look at other similar duplex properties in your area. Are they selling well?”

Consider your finances

When you consider your finances, you need to factor in costs beyond construction expenditure and mortgage repayments.

If you are planning to rent out your duplex you will need to look at costs involved with hiring a property manager, costs associated with maintenance and repair expenses, as well as being able to handle periods when no tenants are living in one or both homes.

Building a duplex with ZAC Homes

Building a duplex home can be financially rewarding, and beneficial for your family home, as long as you choose the right builder.

Custom-built dual occupancy homes by ZAC Homes are designed to optimise your available space and make the most of your valuable land. We pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and make the journey of building your new home as fun and exciting as possible.

ZAC Homes builds with trust, respect, integrity and pride, which we work hard to deliver to every client. Call us on 1300 350 793 or send us an online enquiry and our team will work with you to design and build your dream home.

Three ways to build your dream home with ZAC Homes

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One thing we’ve learnt from building hundreds of homes throughout Sydney and beyond is that every home is slightly different. Some people want to move quickly and build a home just like the display, while others want to develop their own custom design.

That’s why at ZAC Homes we divide our services into three distinct types:

  • Fast Track – off-the-plan design
  • My Style – modify an existing design
  • Tailored Approach – custom design with complete flexibility.

There are pluses to each of these. Read on to learn more…..

“Being able to see exactly how your home will look by visiting a display home like ZAC Homes displays at Marsden Park and Box Hill is invaluable.”

Fast Track with an off-the-plan design

Fast track is the fastest path to build, with the quickest turn-around time of our three services, typically taking two weeks to complete the Contract.

Being able to see exactly how your home will look by visiting a display home like ZAC Homes displays at Marsden Park and Box Hill is invaluable. You and your family can see the dimensions and layout of a floor plan and gauge how it matches your lifestyle. You can also inspect the workmanship and quality of finishes, and touch, test and inspect all aspects of your new home.

Display homes also allow you to compare upgrades and inclusions in the fittings and finishes, and to see paint colours, tile options, kitchen surfaces and more.

ZAC’s Fast Track process uses standard designs where the changes can be kept to under 30%, which saves on customisation costs and allows us to provide a faster and more affordable service.

You can add more of your individual style to your new home with fixtures and finishes, as well as being able to choose from the many designs and facades offered.

Make your own modifications with My Style

You can choose one of the many ZAC Homes designs and modify it to suit your family’s lifestyle, block and budge, changing up to 60% of the standard ZAC plan.

There are many ways you can customise the standard plans and make them stand out from the crowd.

You can make small changes like the addition of special light fittings, an island bench in the kitchen, or a butler’s pantry.

You could also make larger changes like an altered floor plan to create extra living space. If the standard floor plan doesn’t quite fit your needs, we’re happy to work with you to alter the floor plan with minimal structural changes to the overall design.

You could consider enclosing part of an open-plan living space to create an extra room to work from home. Sliding doors can be a great option because you can leave them open to get the open-plan feel most of the time and then only close them when you need.

Perhaps add a skylight to your new home for a little bit of extra natural light, or some additional windows or different size windows depending on the aspect of your new home.

A popular way to distinguish your home from a neighbourhood of similar new homes is to change the façade. You can also experiment with different paint colours on the front door or a custom door handle.

“Craft a design that is perfect for your lifestyle and block.”

Tailored Approach for complete flexibility

If you want full flexibility with the design of your new home then you can work with our experienced in-house designers to craft a design that is perfect for your lifestyle and block.

Our designers will work with you and your family to make your vision for your new home come to life.

You will have a much greater choice of fittings and fixtures based on what suits the design.

Having complete flexibility also allows you to include sustainability as a key design element. There are many ways a home can be sustainable including the materials used, the design, the inclusions, and more.

Going with our Tailored Approach option will take longer, you’ll have more decisions to make, and it will generally be more expensive, but you’ll have a one-off home to suit your needs.

Our designers can work with almost any site, although an undulating site will require careful and considered design, suitable construction techniques and most likely increased costs.

Building with ZAC Homes

Whether you choose Fast Track, My Style or Tailored Approach, you will receive exceptional customer service, and the ZAC Homes team will make the journey of building your new home as fun and exciting as possible.

ZAC Homes builds with trust, respect, integrity and pride, which we work hard to deliver to every client. Call us on 1300 350 793 or send us an online enquiry and our team will work with you to design and build your dream home.

Renovating Vs knock down and rebuild: Which is right for you?

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With land in Greater Sydney at a premium, many homeowners are looking at what they can do with their existing home and block of land to make it better fit with their vision and desire for how they now live, or want to live.

The two options are a renovation or a knock down and rebuild (KDR), and ultimately the only people who can decide on what truly is the best option for you is, well, you and your family.

Assessing the pros and cons

Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of both options, at the end of which we hope to have helped empower you to decide on the best option for you and your family and to move forward with confidence.

Deciding whether a knock down rebuild or renovation is the best option for you will always be a weighty and emotional decision.

But before we start, it’s worth noting that a knock down rebuild isn’t always an option, so first investigate whether there are demolition restrictions on your home, or heritage listings that won’t permit you to demolish it.

The pros of renovating

Do it at your own pace

With a renovation, you have the luxury of progressing the project at your own pace. There’s no single builder pushing you to stick to a specific timeframe, which also enables a little more flexibility with payments.

Living conveniences

As you selectively renovate certain parts of your home, you will likely still be able to live in the home for periods while the work is being done.

A renovation enables you to maintain the strong structure and good bones of your existing home. Keep what you like, perhaps the well-chosen orientation, and only change what you don’t like.

The cons of renovating

Unpredictable costs

The number one con of renovations is unpredictable costs that could blow out the project, and even force you to pare back your vision for your home. Renovations by their very nature can be challenging to cost due to the unknowns of working with an existing home, and it’s hard to project what you will need to spend.

Compromising on your vision

While a renovation enables you to keep the parts of your existing that you love, it could also mean that you may need to make compromises due to the limitations of the existing structure.

The pros of a knock down rebuild

Complete design freedom

With a KDR, you are starting with a truly blank slate. Every single design decision, from the floor plan to the styling, and more, is yours to make. If you have a very specific vision of what you want from your new home, a knock down rebuild is your best option.

Achieve the best of modern living

With a KDR, it’s easier to integrate modern technology and modern living essentials into your new home. This may include things like 21st Century innovations around energy efficiency, connected home technology and features, and modern living trends, some of which may be limited when renovating.

Certainty around timing and costs

While there may be a chance that an unforeseen cost or delay will occur in a KDR, there is much more certainty, structure, and peace of mind around costs and timeframes.

The cons of a knock down rebuild

Losing the parts of your home you love

With a knock down rebuild, you get your brand new home just the way you like it. But what that also means is that you can’t retain any part of your existing home that you were fond of.

Living situation

For the 12 months that it will typically take to complete a knock down rebuild, you will need to secure alternate living arrangements, such as moving in with your in-laws or renting, and putting the majority of your possessions into storage.

A simple way to decide if a KDR or renovation is best for you

Deciding whether a knock down rebuild or renovation is the best option for realising your perfect home in the location you love will always be a weighty and emotional decision. We’ll leave you with one clear way to help you decide the best path for you:

  • If your home holds high sentimental value and you love its existing character and features, then a renovation is the right choice.
  • If your home holds low sentimental value and you’re not too fussed about its existing character and features, then a knock down rebuild is the right choice.
  • If your home has high sentimental value but you’re not too fussed about its existing character and features, or if you love the existing character and features but you’re not really sentimentally attached to your home, then you could go either way. Go on what your gut is telling you.

A knock down and rebuild specialist, ZAC Homes builds with trust, respect, integrity and pride, which we deliver to every client. Call us on 1300 350 793 or send us an online enquiry and let’s dig into the endless possibilities for your knock down rebuild.

The most common KDR challenges and how to overcome them

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There are many fantastic reasons to commit to a knock down rebuild (KDR) to realise that perfect new home you are picturing in your mind’s eye. You may love your neighbourhood but not the home you live in, or you may be eyeing off a KDR as a means of investing in your property.

Whatever your KDR motivation, if you’ve committed to the project, it’s worth noting that a knock down rebuild is not without its challenges. But forewarned is forearmed, and with a clear understanding of the process and what lies ahead, you’ll be able to navigate your knock down rebuild project comfortably and confidently.

Here are four challenges commonly associated with knock down rebuild projects and how you can overcome them.

Heritage protections

Often homeowners and homebuyers may not actually know the heritage controls that apply to the home they wish to demolish for their KDR project. This may sometimes even be the case if you already own the property.

If you want to knock down your existing house and rebuild, the essential first step is confirming that the home to be demolished is not under heritage protections. To do so in NSW you’ll need to visit the State Heritage Register, the National Heritage List, as well as your local council. In some cases, only part of your property may be heritage listed (such as a façade or front fence), meaning that only that part will need to be retained.

Adhering to the regulations of your local council

When it comes to knock down rebuilds, rules, regulations, and development controls can vary quite significantly depending on which local government area your block of land is situated in.

So before you get too far into your planning, be sure to comb through the development control plans of your state and local council. There may be controls around what can be done in your suburb, your street, or even on your specific block of land. Some key things to look out for include increased boundary setbacks and a requirement to replicate the character of the area.

Understanding how a KDR works financially

Understanding the full financial equation for your knock down rebuild requires no small amount of patience, planning, and likely the support of a finance professional. Before you even commit to your KDR, you need to be 110 per cent sure that you have the means to see the project through to completion.

Before you get too far into your planning, comb through the development control plans of your state and local council.

The key here is obtaining comprehensive and accurate information – all of it – to ensure what you’re committing to financially and avoid nasty cost surprises once your KDR is already underway. At Zac Homes, we can help here by using our extensive experience in delivering successful knock down rebuild projects for homeowners just like yourself.

We will work tirelessly to ensure that you have the complete understanding of what your knock down rebuild will cost before you commit to the project. If you don’t like the figures we give you, we can look at adjusting the scope of your KDR to bring it more in line your budget. The most important thing for us is that you are comfortable with what you’re committing too.

There’s simply no way around the fact that your knock down rebuild will, on some level, be an inconvenience for your neighbours. If left unmanaged, these inconveniences can escalate into bigger issues – and potentially even complaints to your local council.

To ensure that your KDR avoids such problems, which can lead to delays in the building process, our project managers and site supervisors can work with you to manage the relationships with your neighbours, to ensure that your KDR is completed on schedule and with minimal inconvenience to the surrounding properties.

ZAC Homes: Trust, respect, integrity, and pride

At ZAC Homes, we pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and our ability to make knock down rebuilds more pleasure than pain.

Call us on 1300 350 793 or send us an online enquiry and let’s chat about your KDR project.

What is the best multi-dwelling option for my family home?

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The increasing price and lack of available greenfield blocks is leading more families to consider building multi-dwellings on their existing property. But building a multi-dwelling home can be more complex than you think. You need to take into consideration your family’s needs, your land size, aspect and topography, and the regulations set by your local council.

Dual occupancy homes are defined by the NSW State Government as two separate dwellings on a single plot of land.

There’s currently a strong trend towards multi-generational living, particularly in Greater Western Sydney, where property prices continue to rise. And it’s happening in a couple of different ways, with young people staying at home longer, older generations sharing their homes, and others looking for affordable investment opportunities.

The four types of multi-dwelling homes

There are four popular multi-dwelling options – a multi-generational home under one roof, a house with a stand-alone granny flat, a duplex, and a dual occupancy home. So, which one is the best fit for your needs? While our expert team at ZAC Homes can help you find the best option to suit your land and your needs, here’s our guide to the differences between each of these four types to get you started.

Multi-generational home under one roof

Once the norm in Australian households, where the young help care for the older generation, the custom of multi-generational living has experienced a downturn in past decades. However, recent studies indicate that many Australians once again live in multi-generation households, and that trend is on the rise.  

There are several reasons you and your family might want a multi-dwelling home, such as extra space to accommodate elderly relatives; private space for teenage children; a separate studio/office; or a rental property with short or long-term tenants.

A multi-generational household is often just a large house where several generations share all the common areas of the home like the living room, kitchen and outdoors. But it can also mean a large home with a separate apartment attached with its own bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and compact living area.

Stand-alone granny flat

A stand-alone granny flat is a fully detached, self-contained dwelling on the same land as your main house. It usually contains a bedroom with a bathroom, as well as a small kitchen, dining and a living area. The size is dictated by local councils, but in most cases doesn’t exceed 60 square metres.

Granny flats are, as their name suggests, popular among people looking to help their ageing parents or grandparents, allowing them to continue to live independently but have their family nearby.

They are also a great option for teenage children who want some extra space but can’t afford to move into their own home, and perhaps don’t want to go too far when they make their first move. And like all multi-dwelling options, a granny flat can add to the household income as a rental property.

Duplex – two separate houses under one roof

The terms ‘duplex’ and ‘dual occupancy’ are often used interchangeably, but there is one key difference. A duplex contains two dwellings under one main roof and can be built on a single piece of land or a subdivided block.

The benefit of a duplex on a subdivided block comes in when you want to sell one or both of the dwellings. However, a duplex is also still technically a dual occupancy home because it can be two dwellings on one block. Because of this, confusion over the two terms can still creep in.

Custom-built dual occupancy homes by ZAC Homes are designed to optimise your available space and make the most of your valuable land.

In the Sydney building market, the term ‘duplex’ is generally used to describe two homes of similar size with a common wall, like ZAC Homes’ popular Daintree designs. The Daintree range of duplexes has been developed over the more than 20 years that we’ve been building duplexes.

Dual occupancy – two separate dwellings on one block of land

Dual occupancy homes are defined by the NSW State Government as two separate dwellings on a single plot of land. They exist in two versions – attached and detached.

While it can limit your buying and selling options, it often means lower building and council costs, and for rental and monitoring purposes utilities can be separated.

You and your family could consider a dual occupancy if you have an existing home with enough land to build a separate granny flat on the same block, or if you want to knock down and rebuild a brand new home that incorporates two separate dwellings that are either attached or detached.

Custom-built dual occupancy homes by ZAC Homes

Custom-built dual occupancy homes by ZAC Homes are designed to optimise your available space and make the most of your valuable land. We pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and make the journey of building your new home as fun and exciting as possible.

ZAC Homes builds with trust, respect, integrity and pride, which we work hard to deliver to every client. Call us on 1300 350 793 or send us an online enquiry and our team will work with you to design and build your dream home.

Is it time to invest in your property with a knock down rebuild?

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The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) recently released a report stating that Greater Sydney is facing a severe shortage of greenfield land for residential development that will blow out to an undersupply of more than 25,600 sites by 2030.

The shortage of land in the Sydney greater metropolitan area will only serve to make knock down rebuild (KDR) housing projects more attractive for homeowners.

There are also several other advantages of a KDR project, including staying in a community you know and love, cost savings, and building a home that suits your specific needs.

Stay in a community you know and love

You really can’t underestimate the importance of feeling like a part of a local community. You’ve made connections with key services, like the local GP, shops, restaurants, and schools, and you and your family are surrounded by a support network of neighbours and friends.

If you love the area where you currently live, then the idea of selling and moving to a new address probably holds little appeal. It could mean you and other family members need to find a new job, perhaps a new school for your children, and even a new hairdresser. With a KDR project, you get a brand-new house andget to stay in familiar surroundings.

You really can’t underestimate the importance of feeling like a part of a local community.

By knocking down your existing home that probably isn’t serving your current living needs, and building a new dream home, you get the best of both worlds.

Save money with a knock down rebuild

Did you know that it can be cheaper, or about the same cost, to knock down and rebuild than to renovate? This is because a renovation is usually a one-off custom job. In many cases, you’ll uncover problems during the renovation that can also add to the cost, such as repairing major structural damage.

It can also be challenging sourcing the right kinds of materials or modernising an old house in terms of energy efficiency. This can make the project expensive, complicated, and labour intensive – and there’s a chance it’d be a fairly long-term undertaking. On the other hand, if you choose to build a brand new home on your existing land via a knock down rebuild (KDR) with a builder like ZAC Homes you’ll avoid all of those headaches. You’ll also avoid stamp duty, which you would have to pay if you sold your house and bought a new home.

Build a home that suits your needs

One of the best parts of a knock down rebuild project rather than a renovation is that you are given a blank canvas. You and your family can decide how many rooms you need, how they should be laid out, what you’d like the exterior to look like, what fixtures and fittings you’d like, and much more.

At ZAC Homes, we make the journey of building your new home as fun and exciting as possible.

Working with an experienced builder like ZAC Homes that guides you through the process from start to finish means you don’t have to become a building expert, but you get to make choices. You will have the freedom to create your home exactly how you want it, including designing that perfect kitchen just for you.

With a renovation, you have to work around your home’s existing structure, which often involves a level of creative compromise to satisfy your budget. Starting afresh means less compromise and more options, in terms of both size and style.

ZAC Homes: Trust, respect, integrity, and pride

At ZAC Homes, we pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service and make the journey of building your new home as fun and exciting as possible. Our core values are trust, respect, integrity, and pride, all of which we aim to live up to every day for every client we partner with.

Call us on 1300 350 793 or send us an online enquiry and our team will work with you to design and build your dream home.

5 Things to do Before Visiting a Display Home

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Building a home is quite possibly the biggest investment you’ll ever make, so planning should inevitably become your best friend. Just like you would test drive a car or try on multiple outfits for a big occasion before the final purchase, visiting a display home is essential before you decide to build. We all know looking at something on paper or via a screen cannot possibly make up for the feeling you get seeing it or trying it out in-person. In the case of display homes, you can see things to size with the human eye and really get a feel of what it’d be like living in the space day-to-day. So, in the spirit of planning, planning, planning, here are 5 essential things to consider before visiting a display home:

1. Know your budget

Be sure to consistently liaise with your bank/lender throughout the buying and building process and only begin your shopping once you know what you can afford. That way, you can be a lot more specific in which display homes to visit and save a lot of time (and money!). 

2. Be clear about what you need in your new home

Make sure to have a list of must-haves with you and know the land size and time frame you’re after. You should also be clear on the style of home you desire – whether that’s a single-story with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms and a double-garage, or a multi-level home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 1 garage for example.

3. Plan a good time to visit

Most people have weekends available to knock out a whole bunch of display home visits but it may not be ideal to

a) rush through due to lack of time and

b) not get adequate time to chat to consultants with all of your questions. To avoid this, the best thing to do is book an appointment with a consultant in advance, and if possible, visit during the weekdays when they’re much quieter, giving you ample opportunity to browse the home without having to tackle a crowd.

4. Bring these with you on your visit

– Your family. It’s best for everyone who’ll be living in the home to be involved in choosing what their new home will be like.

– Floorplans. It’s helpful to have your own printout of the floorplans to put your notes in and mark ways you may even want to modify certain things.

– Your phone! Or an actual camera so you can take lots of photos and/or videos which will come in very handy post-visit.

5. Know what you’re getting

Display homes are idealised versions of home designs that tend to have additional finishes and features that may not be included in the quoted price, so make sure when you speak to the consultant, to get a clear outline of what’s included and what isn’t.

The great thing is, our consultants are a friendly bunch who are always ready to answer any of your questions, so give us a buzz on 1300 350 793 or email us at sales@zachomes.com.au and let’s plan your display home adventure today!

Why should you consider building a duplex?

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When looking for ideas on what type of house to build on your land (either a new block or a knock-down rebuild block), perhaps you should consider building a duplex.

What is a duplex?

A duplex is often considered a residential building containing two homes that are attached along a common central wall, (also known as a party wall). As such they are usually a mirror image of each other in layout, but this is not mandatory.

Why build a duplex?

After facilitating over 300 duplex builds, ZAC Homes has seen the advantages of building a duplex – especially in the Sydney market.

Duplexes

  • Take ‌advantage‌ ‌of‌ the ‌whole‌ ‌block‌ ‌
  • Reduce ‌your building‌ ‌costs‌ ‌because you are building 2 at the same time
  • Lower‌ ‌your stamp‌ ‌duty,‌ ‌holding‌ ‌fees,‌ ‌insurance‌ ‌costs ‌and‌ ‌council‌ ‌rates‌ ‌
  • Have no‌ ‌strata‌ ‌fees‌
  • ‌Offer higher‌ ‌tax‌ ‌depreciation

But the‌ ‌absolutely best‌ reason to build a duplex is‌ ‌the‌ ‌ability‌ ‌to‌ increase the money in your bank account! How? Well, when you build a duplex, you have the opportunity to:

  • Gain two rental incomes instead of one OR
  • Sell two homes instead of one OR
  • Live in one and rent/sell the other to help cover the cost of building your new home

No matter which option you choose, you’ll still gain a financial advantage.

Things to consider when building a duplex

If‌ ‌building‌ ‌a‌ ‌duplex‌ ‌appeals‌ ‌to‌ ‌you,‌ ‌ask yourself the following questions before getting‌ ‌started:‌

  • ‌Do you have a viable‌ ‌budget‌?
  • Is the size and ‌orientation‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ ‌land‌ ‌suitable for a duplex?
  • What duplex size and internal layout ‌would you like?
  • Will it include a garage or on street parking?
  • What is the possible‌ ‌impact‌ ‌on‌ ‌neighbouring‌ ‌properties‌?
  • What is the zoning of your land?

Knowing the answers to these questions will help you better plan your building project.

Setting yourself up for success

ZAC Homes is your local duplex expert. We can advise‌ ‌you on how to‌ ‌get‌ ‌the‌ ‌most‌ ‌value‌ ‌out‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ project, including choosing the best size, position and house style. At ZAC Homes, we‌ ‌take‌ ‌care‌ ‌of‌ ‌everything‌ including ‌design,‌ ‌approvals,‌ ‌demolition‌‌ (if‌ ‌required) ‌and‌ ‌construction. We’re here to guide you every step of the way.

If you would like to explore the opportunities in building a duplex, give us a call today.

Seven ways to bring autumn indoors

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Who doesn’t love the look and feel of Autumn? It’s the perfect time to take in nature’s amazing colours and be inspired! Autumn hues are also an amazing antidote to ease us into the long and sometimes gloomy winter days that lie ahead.

To bring autumn colours indoors, try these 7 great decorating tips.

  1. Enhance your new home’s neutral tones with pops of colour inspired by nature. Try hues of green and brown and bring them to life with earthy reds and rusts
  2. Make it cosy. Update your cushion covers, add fluffy or knitted throws and a floor rug – all in autumn hues – to enhance the feeling of warmth and cosiness in your home.
  3. Bring in a little nostalgia by including some ‘granny chic’ or ‘grandmillennial’ touches (where old becomes new). Choose a few vintage pieces, crocheted blankets or florals.
  4. Update your artworks. Choose pieces that create the mood you’re going for and reflect your autumn colour palette.
  5. Embrace the season of change by bringing the outdoors in. Start by adding a touch of green. If you have deciduous plants in your garden, bring the look inside by adding pieces that complement the red and golden tones of their leaves.
  6. Soften your lighting by changing cool white bulbs to warm light and adding candles. This will create a sense of comfort and security that not only matches the coming season but will leave you feeling warm, cosy and safe.
  7. To compliment your already inviting colour palette, give your home a dash of ‘wow factor’ by adding copper fittings or accessories such as light fittings, handles, taps and small appliances.

The ZAC Homes difference

With ZAC Homes, you get more than a builder. You get a partner to support you in creating a home that’s a haven with our in-house interior designer available to help you. Find out more by getting in touch or visit our display homes.