Category: Custom Homes

The 5 stages of building a new home

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Buy or Build? For some, it can be hard to decide between the two options. For others, the choice is clear … They want their home to be uniquely theirs – not a compromise that someone else has owned before them.

If you’re considering building your own home, you might be wondering what’s involved. Here’s our guide to the 5 stages of building a new home and if you’d like some help, please get in touch.

Stage 1:  Choose your design

The best place to begin is to visit display homes to see what’s available within your budget. At ZAC Homes, we offer a wide range of new home designs with sales consultants to help you find the right home for your lifestyle, we can even make modifications to suit your requirements and your block. If you haven’t yet acquired your block, we also offer House and Land packages to make the whole process even easier for you.

Once you’ve chosen your design, our sales consultant will prepare an initial quote and if you’d like to proceed, we’ll ask you to pay a deposit so your building journey can begin.

Stage 2:  Reports, surveys & other paperwork

Before your plans can be finalised, we’ll arrange a contour survey and geotechnical report. When we receive them, the skilled ZAC Drafters will begin plotting your dream home onto your block of land.

Then we’ll finalise the costs of building your new home (known as the tender stage) and if you are happy to proceed, the contract is prepared. Your ZAC Homes sales consultant will arrange a time for you to sign the contract and pay the deposit. This is usually the equivalent of 5% of your construction price.

Stage 3:  Obtaining approval to start building

Building your new home is getting closer now and along with dealing with a sales consultant, you will be given a dedicated Client Liaison Officer. Their role is to work with you to obtain all relevant statutory and building approvals – including the very important Construction Certificate. Once this is obtained, we’ll also ask you to provide your finance provider’s confirmation that your funds will be available when required.

Stage 4:  Building begins

Along with your dedicated Client Liaison Officer, you will also be given a dedicated Site Supervisor. Their role is to keep you informed with weekly updates on the progress of your new home and what’s planned for the following week. They’re also responsible for ensuring the building process is seamless.

Stage 5:  Quality control and handover

At ZAC Homes, we believe in building quality homes so between practical completion and handover, our Quality Control Manager will visit your new home to conduct a 200+ point quality check to ensure your home achieves our quality standards. On the day of handover, your Site Manager will meet you onsite to conduct a final walk through before handing you the keys to your new home.

The team at ZAC Homes are here to help you choose, build and move into your new home. Visit their website to explore your new home design options, or get in touch here.

Architect or builder – Who do you speak to first?

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Not everyone wants to build a custom designed home but if that’s what you’d like to do, who do you speak to first – the architect or the builder? The answer can be a bit tricky so let’s start by looking at the similarities and differences between architects and builders.


  1. Good builders and architects want to help you create your dream home. They each have different roles in the process but both should be focused on helping you realise your vision.
  • They are both highly qualified in their respective fields.
  • You should feel confident the architect and builder are listening to your wish list and guiding you through the decision-making process to ensure your dream home is within your budget.
  • They will both consider the aspect, geology and topography of your land and make recommendations if any of these factors will impact the design of your home.


  1. Architects design homes. Builders take those designs and often refine them to suit the practicalities of your site and your budget.
  • During construction, problems or challenges with the design may arise. It’s usually the builder who finds the solution as architects generally consider the project completed once the final plans are approved.

If you want a custom-designed home, who should you contact first?

When you engage ZAC Homes, you are dealing with both the builder and the architect. That means every phase of the design and construction of your home is seamless because the entire team is working together to create your dream.

As soon as you contact ZAC Homes, you will receive a dedicated Design Consultant who will help you through the entire process – from start to finish. If you decide you would like to build your own custom-designed home, your Design Consultant will arrange a meeting with one of our in-house architects. As part of this meeting, you will cover your ideas, style preferences, wish list and budget.

Once you decide to proceed, the ZAC Homes architects and construction teams will liaise with each other behind the scenes to ensure your custom designed plans will:

  • Work on your site
  • Fit your budget
  • Fulfil your new home dreams

With everyone working together, the entire process is streamlined, efficient, cost-effective and very easy for you – the homeowner.

If this sounds like the level of service you’d like to receive from both your builder and your architect, get in touch with ZAC Homes.

Building Custom Dream Homes

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Building your custom designed home is all about turning your dreams into reality – a skill that comes from years of experience and an understanding of what customers really want. 

ZAC Homes has built its reputation around understanding exactly what its customers want and need, and with almost 23 years of experience in building custom designed homes, the company has an impressive portfolio of successfully built homes all over Sydney on blocks of all shapes, sizes and angles.

“We are one of Sydney’s leading new home builders which means that we have the experience, skills and above all, the passion to build your new custom designed home to suit your exact individual requirements and specifications”, says Peter Zaccazan, founder, owner and director of Zac Homes.

“We understand that everyone is an individual, and so having an individually-designed home that reflects both your personal tastes and unique requirements should always be the rule, and never the exception”, says Mr. Zaccazan.

Like an artistic masterpiece, Zac Homes can design your dream home starting with your initial ideas as a blank canvas. Then, from floor to ceiling theycan create a uniquely designed home that best suits your wants and needs- both for today and for tomorrow.

“It’s not only about the cost but also about the medium-to-long term benefits and features your new home will have”, says Mr. Zaccazan.

ZAC Homes simple checklist for those looking to build a custom designed property includes:

  • What is the main feature of my new home?
  • How will this home suit my family the best?
  • How many bedrooms do I want?
  • Do I have children or am I intending to start a family?
  • Where does my family spend the most of their time?
  • How much entertaining does my family do?
  • How long will I live in this home?

“At ZAC Homes, we can build a custom designed home to suit the most discerning of clients – all you need to do is to bring us your dreams”.

“We are not just builders – we are experts in listening to our clients and turning their dreams into reality”, Mr. Zaccazan says.