FAQ

Major construction projects, including renovations and extensions, require a building permit. Therefore, unless you are eligible to undertake the work as an owner-builder, you will need to engage with a builder. Capital Building can give you expert and specific advice for your home and project.

 

You can also visit: www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/home-renovation-essentials/permits to learn more.

No. We offer a design and build service, where we provide an initial concept, which is later professionally drawn up by draftspeople.

What areas do we service?

We generally service the below areas, but please contact us to confirm.

  • Melbourne
  • Yarra
  • Port Phillip
  • Moonee Valley
  • Moreland
  • Darebin
  • Nillumbik
  • Banyule
  • Boroondara
  • Manningham
  • Whitehorse
  • Monash
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Glen Eira
  • Bayside
  • Kingston
  • Maroondah
  • Knox

We specialise in Ground Floor and Second Storey Home Extensions and Renovations.

However, we also have experience with custom new-build constructions.

This depends on your property and your objectives.

However, we often find that extending and renovating, once you consider all the on-costs for new home construction, may be more cost efficient.

You must consider the extensive demolition, landscaping and preparation works involved in new home construction.

If you can work within the general parameters of an existing structure, it can enable you to retain your homes character, whilst achieving the same new home feel with added space.

Yes. We provide a full ‘turn-key’ service, from initial consultation including concept design and budgeting to town planning (if required), professional plans and construction.

Yes, we offer both ‘design and build’ and build only options, we are happy to work with you, from your plans if they are suitable. Send us your plans and we will provide a free consultation with expert advice and a quote for the works if suitable.
Yes. It is a normal part of the building process for variations to be made, even once contracts are signed. However, we work with you through this process to ensure you budget and programme stays in control.

Typically, the planning and design phase takes 3-4 months, excluding town planning approval if that’s required.

Depending on the scope of the project, construction might take 6 months for a smaller and simpler build and up to 9 months, or more for larger and more complex builds.

  • Domestic Building Insurance (DBI): this is the most important assurance owners should consider, it covers the owner if the builder is unable to fulfil the contract. It’s imperative that Owners don’t pay any deposits until they receive their DBI policy.
  • Public Liability & Contract Works: owner/s can request the builder’s certificate of currency for public liability and contract works. This covers the builder for damage caused by their works.
  • Statutory Warranties: there warranties apply to all building works and last for 10 years from practical completion. To learn more visit: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing/building-and-renovating/checklists/implied-warranties-and-domestic-building-insurance
  • Defects and liability: it’s not uncommon for minor defects to arise once the project reaches practical completion. This clause outlines the period (90 days) in which they must be resolved.
This depends on the project. It may be possible, if amenities are able to remain operational for the owner and the construction zone can be safely sectioned off. It may also depend at what stage the project is in. If there are heavy demolition works, shutdowns to electrical or plumbing services for a period, then living at home may not be possible.
Once the contract is signed, the builder must obtain the domestic building insurance (DBI) policy for the owner. Once the owner receives this policy, they must pay the 5% deposit and provide proof of unconditional finance to the builder, showing they can cover the total contract value. Then, the builder will apply for the building permit and mobilise their workforce to start works once the building permit is received.
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