If you have Questions? We've got answers

How do I find out if my builder is registered?

If you are engaging in major domestic building contract, it is mandatory that the principle contractor is a registered building practitioner with the VBA. To find out if a builder is registered, visit the Victorian Building Authority website and enter the builders name and/or registration number.

What is the difference between a Custom Builder and Volume Builder?

A Custom Builder is a builder who builds one-of-a kind homes and developments with unlimited design flexibility, fixtures and finishes selections. A Custom Builder will either prepare tailored plans for a unique project or build from plans provided by the owners. Custom Home builders generally take the appropriate time to build homes ethically correct with attention to detail and the right trades for the task.

A Volume Builder builds homes in large volumes. These homes generally don't allow for design or layout flexibility, cannot be altered or modified and offer a limited amount of fixtures and finishes. Volume home builders often build homes very quick; great for those who are in an extreme hurry but it doesn't allow for the right attention to detail, workmanship and long-term longevity of the home.

How much does it cost to build a Custom Home or Project?

The cost of building a custom home or any project will always vary from site, size of home, style of home and level of finishes. In general, a cost per square can be used to work with a given budget; however the cost of any custom project we build, is determined with a detailed costing to ensure we are providing you with our best construction price.

With Custom Design & Build projects, we often work backwards from our client's budget to determine a suitable sized home and level of finishe.

Do you have pre-designed house plans?

All our work is one-off custom homes. We work with each individual site and client to tailor a unique home for them and their lifestyle. We do have sample development plans that can be viewed by contacting us for a consultation meeting.

Do you have set inclusions and upgrade options

We do have a list of inclusions and alternative options that we use to base our preliminary proposal on, however, as a custom home builder, the choice of selections and specifications is limitless. If you have a desired style of home you are after, our talented Interior Designers will work with you to source and select fixtures and fittings to suite.

Where do you build?

We build homes throughout Melbourne's Central, North and North Western suburbs. We work with all site types from flat, sloping, narrow and irregular.

Key suburbs we work in are; Essendon, Moonee Ponds, Niddrie, Pascoe Vale, Oak Park, Glenroy, Roxburgh Park, Craigieburn, Greenvale to name a few.

Will I be kept up to date during construction?

Most certainly yes. Communication is the pinnacle to our success and we enjoy keeping our clients involved and up to date with each stage of the build process.

Do you have any hidden costs?

We are upfront and provide in clear black and white all that we have included in our Contract Price, what has not been included and what additional costs to expect. Often these additional fees are additional Council permits, service authority applications and establishment fees and upgrades to old services.

Can we make variations during construction?

As a Custom Home Builder we consider changes during construction. It is best to come forward as earlier as possible to ensure that the change can be made efficiently with as little additional cost to you as possible.

Can we use our own trades?

The construction industry is one of the most regulated, high risk and challenging industries to operate and work in. As a registered builder, we are personally exposed to an unlimited array of situations that can be detrimental to our business and brand. For this reason, we do not allow owners to supply their own trades or materials while we are in possession of the site. There are some circumstances where exceptions can be made and these are assessed on an individual basis.

Can I view my new home whilst it's being built?

Seeing your new home come together is exciting. Visiting your home during construction can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Site visits can be arranged through Melbourne Homes in a way that ensures your safety and the safety of those working on your home.