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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s plan your display home adventure today!
Designing the perfect kitchen can be a seriously daunting task. We all have an image of what we want the finished product to look and feel like, but most of us are faced with financial constraints or limited space that may govern the final result. Let’s face it, we’d all love to have everything, but at the end of the day, most of us will have to compromise on a few things. That’s where asking yourself a few essential questions will come in handy and ultimately help you to make the right decisions for your perfect home.
Is cooking your thing?
If the answer is ‘yes’, then maybe it’s about organising your space to give you loads of preparation space and ensuring that your appliances are up to the task. Maybe set aside some additional funds to cover some premium appliance upgrades. Ovens especially have different functionalities to suit different cooks so it’s worth doing your homework and getting it right. Is a WOK Burner important? Do you prefer gas or electric appliances? Is there space for 900mm appliances or would you rather have smaller appliances and more bench space? Simple things like ducting your rangehood externally are also little bonuses for a kitchen that will be getting a pretty decent workout!
Have you considered your power points?
These are often the forgotten hero in most kitchens. Consider how many appliances you have and how they’ll be utilized in your kitchen. Power points can now be added to the end panels of kitchen cupboards and you could even consider having a retractable power point that sits under the bench and pops up when needed. Don’t forget USB charger ports as well – remember the kitchen bench is where most of us charge phones and laptops!
Do you want that ‘wow’ factor?
While it makes sense to think ‘function over form’, nobody can dispute the impact that a gorgeous kitchen has on a home! Never underestimate the power of the ‘wow’ factor when people see your kitchen for the first time. Colours and finishes will always be governed by the style of home you’re building, so, searching for images that appeal is a great way to start. If you’re a little budget-conscious, perhaps you’ll prioritise a premium benchtop colour and work the cupboard door colours and materials into something a little more cost-effective? In which case, what colour handles are you thinking? Or maybe you want no handles with a shadowline? Don’t forget, you also need to decide on a splashback finish. Will it be tiles, coloured glass or maybe you’ll consider continuing your benchtop colour up onto your splashback. The options are endless and ultimately will depend on you!
You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to sinks and tapware. Stainless steel is no longer the only option, so working your sink in with your kitchen colour scheme is now easier than ever. Depending on the style of your home, you could even have black, white, gold, copper and even ceramic, with tapware to suit – a beautiful tap can make all the difference!
Lights – bright, moody and/or statement?
Lastly, consider lighting as both decorative and functional. Downlights will make working in the kitchen a breeze. Just be sure to position the downlights so as not to create shadowing where you need light the most. Think also about the impact LED strip lighting may have to the underside of cupboards and even benchtops. And of course, a hot little pendant light could certainly finish off your masterpiece.
There really are hundreds of things to consider when thinking about your dream kitchen, but hopefully these questions will help narrow them down. Above all, have fun and take your time; you’ll be in this kitchen for many years to come, so it needs to be perfect! And just remember, a good designer will work to your budget and deliver solutions to help make that dream kitchen a reality. So, get creative and let us know how we can help!
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Many people dream of building their perfect home. However, before you purchase land, there are some important things to consider. Here are our top 5 tips when buying land for your new home.
Choosing a block of land requires more than just looking within your dream suburb. Remember to assess availability of basic services like water, electricity, gas, sewerage, internet and telephone. Next, look at your short and long-term needs like access to schools, childcare, shops, public transport, medical centres, parks and so on.
2. Established neighbourhood vs new development
Building in established neighbourhoods has advantages but also delivers a few unexpected considerations. For example, sites that have already been built on may be classified as infill sites. Infill sites can have debris which may increase your building costs. Your builder will also need to avoid disturbance to neighbouring properties and may have restricted access. This will make it more complicated to build on the land. In new developments, these matters are already accounted for.
3. Assessing the site
When choosing your land, there are several things you need to assess before you buy. These include:
4. Build type
What you build could also influence which block of land you choose. Your options include knockdown-rebuild, house and land package, project home or custom-built home (a one-off home designed and built just for you), a kit home or duplex.
5. Look to the future
There may be plans in place to change the look and feel of your preferred street or suburb such as road widening, government infrastructure projects and rezoning applications. These things could significantly impact the future value and enjoyment of your home. The same is true if you purchase land because of the view. You’ll need to investigate the possibility of the view being obscured in the future.
ZAC Homes offers a wide range of home building options to suit your needs, from building display homes to custom-designed homes, knockdown-rebuilds, duplexes and house and land packages. Get in touch with us if you’d like to start making your dream home a reality.
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.
You’ve finally decided on a floor plan, now the fun begins! How do you make it your own? Time to start talking Interiors!
Start by looking at different styles, finishes and colour schemes. Our Zac Display Homes are a perfect way to start. Take note of how each home makes you feel. Ask yourself, can I see myself living here, does the Colour Palette fit in with my lifestyle. Were you more at home in a Modern, Classic, Hamptons, Industrial or Urban Styled home? It may seem so overwhelming, but remember, you won’t live in a Display House, you’ll live in a home.
So, why not combine Genres and Styles? There’s no rules when it comes to creating just the right look and feel for you and your family. Our Interior Designer will work with you to help bring it all together so that everything fits in harmoniously and looks absolutely amazing! Don’t hesitate to take inspiration from Social Media images, nature and anything else that grabs your interest. The more you have for us to work with the better! Designer’s love a good challenge!
Once the Primary Colour Palette has been decided, we’ll get to work. Picking out Kitchen Colour Schemes, Internal Paint Colours and fixtures such as tapware and appliances. You’ll lose yourself in our Studio Zac Colour Selection Studio and the plethora of items and inclusions on offer. Our Designer will guide you through the process and you’ll be amazed at how much we can get through in one day.
We’ve put together a few tips to help get you thinking.
Let’s start making your dream home a reality.
If the idea of having a supporting hand with a great eye for design appeals to you, get in touch with ZAC Homes today.
What are your dreams for 2021?
If building a new home is on your wish list, you’ll want to read this … The government has extended the HomeBuilder Grant program until 31 March.
It’s great news for eligible owner-occupiers wanting to build a new home because it means you will be given a $15,000 grant to help you make your dreams come true.
To receive the grant, there are some eligibility criteria such as:
The HomeBuilder grant is NOT just for first home buyers. Anyone building a new home who meets the eligibility criteria can apply. That’s great news!
Where do you start?
Often the simplest way to build the new home of your dreams is to take advantage of a House and Land Package. ZAC Homes have a number of designs that fall below the value cap – yet everything you can imagine is included.
With over 20 years’ experience, the ZAC Homes team makes building your new home easy. You’ll have a dedicated Client Liaison Officer to help you every step of the way and answer any questions you may have. You’ll also have a site manager who ensures every aspect of building your new home is streamlined and efficient.
Depending on the option you choose, your ZAC House and Land package offers a choice of:
All kitchen appliances have a 5-year guarantee and your new home comes with a 25 year structural guarantee. You can see the ZAC House and Land Package designs at Marsden Park and Box Hill or visit their website for more information.
Tired of dreaming about a new home? See how the HomeBuilder grant can turn your dream into a reality.
Were you planning to build your first home this year … then COVID hit? You don’t need to postpone your dreams if you qualify for the Government’s $25,000 HomeBuilder grant.
Just imagine having an extra $25,000. It’s not a loan. It’s a grant which means you don’t pay it back. It’s yours if you are eligible.
About the HomeBuilder grant
The HomeBuilder grant is a government initiative to invigorate the residential building market. It can be used for new builds and substantial home renovations. To qualify, certain eligibility criteria must be met but if you do, the grant can be used to:
In addition to the HomeBuilder grant, first home buyers may also be entitled to further financial assistance from:
To be eligible for the HomeBuilder grant, your new home cannot exceed $750,000 in value and you must:
If it feels like a rush to begin construction within 3 months of signing the contract, don’t worry. It won’t be a problem if you choose the right building company. In addition, the Government will allow extensions under certain circumstances such as:
For more information on how to gain an extension on your HomeBuilder grant, click here.
Timeframes and property value
The HomeBuilder grant is only available for a limited time so don’t delay – especially if you haven’t begun planning or designing your new home. But that’s where ZAC Homes can help you. With our in-house architects, design consultants, choice of custom or display homes as well as house and land packages, building your new home could begin this year.
Don’t let 2020 be the year your dreams of a new home evaporated. Get in touch today and let’s make your new home a reality.
Bilynda & Paul Robins
…ZAC Homes kept us regularly up to date with the progress of our home and the job was finished on time, which was very important to us. We are one hundred percent happy with our home and can thoroughly recommend ZAC Homes and their crew to anyone contemplating building a home.
…Firstly I would like to thank the ZAC homes team for the experience that my wife and I have had when making the purchase of an investment property. The professionalism and dedication that was displayed, was by far the best that we have seen or experienced previously.
I can not speak more highly of this local building company. Right from the beginning they have been excellent to deal with…The finishes were very good and any work that I wanted fixed which was minor things was done
Very well managed with no hidden cost or surprises. Workmanship was excellent and very professional
Really pleased with the building process, communication and designs. Would definitely recommend.
The customer service and assistance was superb with quick turn around times and patience with our queries. Everything from initial consultation, to colour selection to hand-over was organised easily and open communication was maintained throughout the process.