Owner/Builder Information

The following information is intended as a guide only and should not be relied upon without first being confirmed with the relevant authority.

Before making the decision to build your own home, it would be very prudent to investigate thoroughly all the "pro's and con's". When undertaking this type of construction the new owner builder assumes the role and responsibilities of a normal registered builder who has had formal training and years of experience in the construction industry.

This in turn, places the registered builder in a position where he can order materials, deal with sub-contractors and manage the cash flow for the project. When the attempt is made to "do it yourself", this first hand experience and knowledge in many cases is not available to draw upon.

It is not unusual for an owner/builder to engage a registered builder in a supervisory capacity to oversee all aspects of the project, thus benefiting himself of the experience of the other.

Naturally, a fee would be involved but this money spent would more than be recouped by the advice given during construction in avoiding costly mistakes and pitfalls.

Remember, the family home is usually the biggest financial investment that most people make in life, and when you build your own home, a mistake can be costly, and one you have to live with for a long time!

Still interested? Then the following notes are prepared to give you an idea of what is involved in building your own home up to the stage of obtaining a building license.

The decision to build yourself need not be made straight away, as before committing yourself, decisions will need to be made regarding the intended residence. If you have an existing block of land the orientation, number and type of rooms, features, style, etc., will have to be considered.

Unless you are competent in draughting plans you will need to engage the services of a draughtsman or architect. Before arranging this it is a good idea to make some enquiries first at the Shire Office with regard to any special conditions that may have to be adhered to. Then, sit down with a sheet of paper and draw out to scale a floor plan of the type of design you have in mind. It is also a good idea at this stage to draw a preliminary site plan showing the location of the residence on the lot.

When this is done these preliminary drawings will be valuable in saving time and providing an accurate idea of what you propose when dealing with the Shire and the draughtsman/architect that you engage.

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