Common Building Hurdles and How We Overcome Them

It’s an exciting step in any home building dream becoming a reality. You’ve got your 1000sqm block, and you’re ready to build your home. But what happens when the block you’ve purchased doesn’t equal a house of that size, and more importantly why?

 

We answer these questions with a look at how Domination Homes can help to overcome the common hurdles of building your luxury homes.

 

In any build of any style, the most common issues faced are always block size and slope. They are unavoidable factors which, if not addressed properly, can have an impact on the final outcome of your dream build.

 

At Domination Homes, one of the crucial first steps in your build is a contour survey of your block. Completed prior to any building on your site, it is run by a fully qualified surveyor and allows our team the full details of your block.

 

Levels, angles, encumbrances, easements and boundary alignments are all elements of potential design restrictions, so by acknowledging these early in the process, we can optimise all that which we have to work with.

 

Another dilemma which is highly unavoidable when building is that of neighbours and neighbouring properties. Existing fences, retaining walls, encroaching buildings or overshadowing courtyards all come into play and can affect the design process and the final size of your build.

 

Building with Domination Homes means that you’ll receive a personal block inspection by our Head Designer, Steve, with his 35 years plus of experience. His initial inspection will highlight any potential challenges and allows us to conceive simple and pleasing solutions early on, eliminating any future headaches, and allowing your home to reach the full potential of size.

 

Local authorities and land developers can also pose potential issues when it comes to your design and build. Ranging from Wanneroo to Mandurah alone, there are 30 Local Councils, each with differing policies and regulations. These can include streetscapes, building heights, boundary walls or set back distances, all of which will affect the size of your home.

 

Keeping up with these policies and changes can prove a struggle for some, but you can be assured that we have the best of the best keeping us regularly updated to ensure that nothing stands in the way of your planning approval and maximising the space your block presents.

 

As our population continues to grow, and houses continue to get built, rules and regulations will constantly be changing and updating, as will styles and trends. Building with Domination Homes allows you the best of both worlds; professionals who address potential setbacks before they exist, and creators who can build your dream home regardless of the hurdles that must be overcome.

 

Our selection of custom built homes speak for themselves in demonstrating the way, time after time, we deliver unique and incredible masterpiece builds while working around all the aforementioned obstacles.

 

Two blocks; the same size, in the same Council, in the same suburb, may not necessarily equal the same home twice. But we’re in the market to build unique masterpieces, so let us design your dream home perfectly unique to your dream block of land.

 

To have a glance at our range of custom built designs, click here, or to find out more about how we can bring your dream home to life on even the narrowest of blocks, read our blog ‘Living Large on a Narrow Lot’.

The 10 Most Important Questions to Ask Your Builder

Building your dream home is one of the greatest journeys life can bring you. However, before you undertake this adventure it is key that you ask your builder a certain set of questions prior to building. Below we have our top recommendations of what questions you should be asking and how Domination Homes address each.

1. How long have you been in the business for?

Before there was Domination Homes, there was Minniti & Son, a building company founded by our patriarch, Salvatore Minniti after his arrival from Italy in 1961. Over the years, Salvatore trained up son Domenic who later went on to create what Domination Homes is today, alongside brothers-in-law Marco and Mark. This rich family tradition means that we bring over 40 years of experience and knowledge to the table. We’ve been building luxury homes since our competitors were just getting started, making us the standout choice for your luxury build.

2. Do you sign a building contact up front or is this done after your prestart is completed?

At Domination Homes we like to think we offer a fairer approach to your building contract than our competitors. Throughout the prestart process, your design selections can vary dramatically, affecting the price of your completed home.

This is why we like to finalise all our Internal & External Designs, Cabinet Designs, Stone Top Selection, Paint Colours, Lighting, Saniware, Wall & Floor Tiles, Electrical and Timber Flooring to mention many. Simply ask yourself, why would you sign a building contract if none of the above has been completed? Domination Homes believes this is a much fairer way of allowing complete transparency between both parties, and ensuring you’re not confronted by any unexpected costs or budget overruns.

 

3. Do you have experienced supervisors with a trade background?

You can rest assured we guarantee your supervisor will be a highly experienced and trained worker, with a strong background and knowledge of construction. We carefully select each of our tradespeople for their experience, commitment and quality of work.

 

4. Can I speak directly with my supervisor and meet him on site?

Yes, you can. We understand that our clients appreciate open communication with site supervisors, as you like to be updated on how the build is progressing. After all, it’s your home we’re building, and we love allowing you the flexibility and ease of visiting your site with our supervisor and talking about the process. Plus, visiting the site during the building process is an exciting visit to make as it gives you a chance to see your dream home coming to life before your eyes.

 

5. Do you have an in-house Designer with over 30 years of experience?

Our Head Designer Steve has over 35 years of experience in the building industry. Not only is he highly skilled in bringing to life your dream home through his designs, he also personally inspects your block prior to designing to identify any potential challenges there may be to work with. His extensive experience allows him to identify challenges which other building companies may not, thus creating a seamless design and build process from the very start.

6. Can I meet my Prestart consultant outside the office to help with colour and tile selection?

Yes, you absolutely can meet your consultant outside of the office. They are an asset to your building team and are able to help with colour choices, tile selection and other design queries you may have. We want you to feel as comfortable and stress-free as possible, and we’re by your side through the whole process. At Domination Homes we are proud of the difference in service we can offer, and we know our customers appreciate it too.

 

7. Will I have one person allocated to me from start to finish that I can communicate with?

We agree that it is vitally important to have one person work with you from start to finish. They will have a complete and complex understanding of your build, your designs, and the ambitions and dreams you have for your final product. Communication throughout the building process is key, and we want you to feel as though the person looking after you, knows you and exactly what you want.

 

8. Do you have an in-house showroom to make selections easy?

Yes, we do. Our showroom features a wide range of products and styles to inspire you and bring to life the designs you may have in your head. Our in-house showroom makes the selection process very easy and efficient for all parties involved.

 

9. If I am not sure on the house design, can you supply me a 3D virtual tour of my home, and will you charge me?

Yes, we can. It is a common struggle people face when building that it becomes hard to look at a plain 2D version of a design and still remain inspired, or even be able to visualise a final outcome. We take pride in being able to offer you a 3D virtual tour of your home, so you can see your dreams literally coming to life in front of you before a brick has been laid. Once you have completed your design process with us, this technological experience is complimentary, courtesy of Domination Homes. We aim to offer all that we can to make your experience as inspiring and stress-free as possible.

10. Do you charge for a design?

Absolutely not. At Domination Homes we believe that if you are serious about building with us, then we are serious about designing a home for you. The money we earn, we earn through our hard work bringing to life your home which meets your requirements and budget, and not simply through charging a design fee.

 

For further information on the process we follow to build your dream home, click here to read more.