FAQ’s Part Two

Welcome to the second blog in our Frequently Asked Questions series: a blog where we answer commonly asked questions, so you can gain a better understanding of both Wincrest and the building process.

Q: Is it best to knock down and rebuild, renovate or move?
A: There are pros and cons for building a new home, renovating and moving. However, in the longer term, we believe it is best to build. Here’s why:
– You can continue to live in the neighbourhood you know and love
– Everything is brand new, so you aren’t dealing with old electrical, roofing and plumbing issues
– The cost to build is often far cheaper than the cost of renovations (it is estimate half as much per square metre)
– Save on stamp duty, agent’s commissions and moving costs
– You can choose to go green with improved power savings, insulation and water saving measures
– Every Wincrest design is fully customisable so you’ll get the house you want, every time.
– You can personalise your interior, avoiding having to rework someone else’s tastes or mistakes

Q: Do you provide a fixed price contract?
A: At Wincrest, we believe every client deserves to know up-front what their home will cost. That’s why we always provide clients with a full and comprehensive fixed price contract. Clients can rest easy knowing the cost to build their home is true, transparent and competitive. And there won’t be any unexpected costs or budget blow-outs!

Q: Our land is in a bushfire and flood zone.  Are you able to help me?
A: Absolutely. We have helped many clients build their dream home in flood and bushfire affected areas.  With over 30 years’ experience building in bushfire and flood prone areas, we can show you ways your home can meet all of its legal and safety requirements whilst still enjoying the landscape and keeping you and your home safe.

While these are our most frequently asked questions, if you have any other questions you’d like answered, we invite you to email us directly at enquiries@wincrest.com.au. One of our experienced team members will get back to you shortly.

FAQ’s Part One

We’re always encouraging our clients to ask questions. After all, designing and building a dream home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. And the best way to ensure you make the most informed decisions is by arming yourself with knowledge of your builder, their processes and procedures.

In the first of this two-part blog, we take a look at some of our clients’ most frequently asked questions. We encourage you to have a read and learn more about building with Wincrest.

Q: Do you build in my neighbourhood?
A: Not all builders build in all council areas. At Wincrest, we build in every council area throughout Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle and the Hunter.

Q: How long do you typically take to build a house?
A: Our contract build time for a single storey home is 29 weeks and a double storey, 24. This, however, does not include approval time. When it comes to approvals, choosing a CDC – or Complying Development Certificate – over a DA can significantly decrease approval times meaning you could be in your home within 12 months. Depending on your council area and type of house you are building, this timeframe can be much longer with a DA approval.

Q: Can I change the design to better suit my family, land and lifestyle?
A: Like the bottom of one home, and the top of another? No problem. Wincrest’s famous design customisation service means you have the flexibility to make changes to any of our existing home designs. Whatever it is you dream of, our specialist team will work with you to modify the home so that it stays within your budget and becomes the perfect match for your family.

Q: Our land is sloping. Is that a problem?
A: We see sloping blocks as an opportunity to build a perfect family home, one that works with the slope, not against it.  As the original sloping block specialists, we have been building homes on sloping blocks for over 30 years and can even design homes for sloping blocks with a fall up to seven metres. Together, we will design a cost-effective home that complements the slope of your land, taking advantage of views, cross breezes and the natural light.

Q: Can you build from DA approved plans? 
A: Your home doesn’t have to be designed by us to be built by us.  This means we welcome your own designs (or architecturally drawn plans) after they have been DA approved. We accurately review the plans for buildability can build your home to match the vision, standard and budget you and your designer / architect intended.

Stay tuned for our next blog where we answer more of our most frequently asked questions. In the meantime, our door is always open should you have any further queries.

DA Approved Plans?

DA Approved Plans? We build from those too.

At Wincrest, your home doesn’t have to be designed by us, to be built by us.
This means we welcome your own designs (or architecturally drawn plans) after they have been DA approved.

As your home is one of the greatest investments you will ever make, it makes sense you may choose to exclusively design it around the needs of your family, land and budget. But once that is complete and you have received DA approval, it’s good to know there is a company who can build your home to match the vision, standard and budget you and your architect intended.

With over 30 years’ experience working in all council areas, our team will provide a fixed price contract on your DA approved plans. We accurately review the plans for buildability and provide a tender that will give you confidence and certainty that your project will be completed to an exceptional standard, on time and on budget.
You will rest easy knowing the cost to build your home is final and you won’t receive any unexpected costs or budget blow-outs – something our clients find reassuring given the ever-increasing cost of building.

Nothing gives us more pleasure than seeing the smile on our client’s face when we hand over the keys to their new home – especially one that’s been custom designed especially for them. So, if you have DA approved plans and are ready to take the next step, we’d love to hear from you.

Demolition

Choose a Wincrest Approved Demolition Company and Save Time and Money
Clients undertaking a knockdown rebuild sometimes ask if they can demolish their home, themselves.
While the short answer is yes, the long answer is not so simple.
While it is possible to demolish your home yourself, using a Wincrest approved demolition company will see you avoid unnecessary time and budget blow-outs.Here’s how:

We work closely together

By working directly with a Wincrest approved demolition company we ensure the entire process is as smooth and stress free as possible. We find being involved in the process helps us identify and manage any potential problems (such as council and utility issues) much earlier. It is also a good opportunity for us to get to know your land a little better, which helps with the planning of your new home.

Receive the full demolition service from a Wincrest approved demolition company
As a Wincrest approved demolition company, they will help with all aspects of your demolition. Just think of the time and money you will save when you don’t have to source your own quotes, council permits and service disconnections. They will take care of:
The relevant demolition permits including council applications and demolition licences
Disconnection of your services including electricity, drainage, gas and water
The safe disposal of the demolition waste
A Wincrest Approved Demolition Company is qualified and experienced in the safe removal of asbestos

Asbestos can be a real headache when it comes time to demolish a home. Many homeowners are not even aware of the existence of asbestos until it is found during the demolition. If your contractor does not have the requirements for asbestos removal, they will be forced to abandon the job, causing extensive delays and increased costs.

We ensure safety first

As part of our Safety First policy, a Wincrest approved demolition company will carry out you demolition safely, in accordance with Australian standards. Not only will they ensure the public’s safety with security fencing, their priority is also with the protection of nearby properties, structures and vegetation.

We’ll chip in $5K towards your demolition

For a short time only, Wincrest will help pay the cost of your demolition! Book your free site inspection before 4 September 2017 and we’ll give you $5,000* towards the cost of demolishing your existing home.

Simply click here to book your inspection today!

*conditions apply

Wincrest’s Site Inspections

“Builders were always telling us they could build our dream home. They’d never even ask about our land! After we’d pay for the tender they’d tell us it wasn’t possible to build the home we wanted on a block like ours…”

You would be surprised how often a client comes to us with a story like the one above. A story about a builder that promises everything just to get a customer through the door. But how can you promise to build a house design on a block of land you’ve never seen?

Put simply, you can’t.

A land’s size, shape, slope and surrounds – including drainage and location of gas and water pipes – will often determine the type of house you can build. This means there are times when a family may have to slightly change their design idea, to ensure it works with their land.

For example, a family with a block of land that slopes heavily to the back, may need to consider a split-level home if they want to maintain cost-effectiveness. And it is our job, as home builders, to ensure buildability and functionality of those designs without compromise on the family’s original ideas or budget.

To effectively achieve this, the builder must have a comprehensive understanding of the block of land – prior to developing the tender.

That’s why we offer site inspections to all qualified customers. We find it not only allows us to get to know the land better, it also provides the client with the opportunity to ask questions and make more informed decisions about their new home.

As part of the Wincrest VIP Service, we arrange for one of our local area experts to meet you on site to assess your land and talk to you about the type of house you want to build. We also commission experts to provide contour surveys and carry out the necessary assessments to ensure we have the most up-to date and accurate information for your site.

After that, we can start to talk about design specifics and pricing.

Contact your local Wincrest office today to arrange your site inspection.

Meet the Managers

Have your questions answered THIS SUNDAY 9 July!

The beginning of a new financial year is a great time to start your new home journey!

For those who dream of starting their new home journey but still have a few questions, we invite you to come along and personally meet our Construction and Estimating Manager this Sunday at Homeworld 5 Kellyville.
Speak with a decision-maker who can answer your questions directly and can help put in place a plan that can see you start building sooner than you think.
What a way to kick off the new financial year!
As part of our renowned VIP Service, our Construction and Estimating Managers make regular visits to our display centres. They find there is no better way to offer expert advice and answer any questions our clients may have. It is simply our way of ensuring your journey of building a new home is as relaxed and pleasurable as possible.
If you’re ready to make the most informed decisions about building your dream home, come along for your obligation free chat.
You can meet our Construction and Estimating Manager this Sunday 9 July between 11am and 4pm at Homeworld 5, 35-39 Hartigan Avenue Kellyville

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To book, or to find out more, call (02) 9629 5559.
Regards

Gerard Caruana

Flame Zones

Look to experience if you want to build in a Flame Zone

Australia’s love affair with the great outdoors sees many families buy land close to bushland. However, serious bushfires that have ripped through parts of Australia in the past have left many people unsure of their choices when it comes to building their dream home in fire-prone areas.
While there are extra design and construction requirements you must adhere to when building in such areas, there is no need to compromise on your dream home.
And we should know!
Wincrest has worked with many families to design and build their dream home in areas with a high Bushfire Attack Level (BAL).
What is a Bushfire Attack Level?

A Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) measures the risk to your home and land during a bushfire. It is based on factors including suburb, type and proximity of vegetation around the land and the slope of the property.
According to the NSW Rural Fire Service, there are six bushfire attack levels for NSW, ranging from Low (the lowest threat of bushfire) through to the highest risk level known as Flame Zone.

Can I build my home in a Flame Zone?

Absolutely!
It just means the requirements are more stringent, especially around building materials. For example, the requirements stipulate conditions for materials and thickness of walls plus the use of shutters, screens, window glazing and non- combustible roofing material.
If you do buy land in a Flame Zone, you’ll need to choose your builder carefully as many won’t build on land classified as Flame Zone.
However, Wincrest does! Wincrest has years of experience building in bushfire prone areas and can show you ways your home can meet its BAL requirements while still enjoying the landscape and keeping you and your home safe.
You can find out more about Flame Zones and its building requirements by reading Australian Standard: 3959 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas 2009 (AS3959). Alternatively, contact your local Wincrest office.

Asbestos

 

Asbestos – what it is and what to do if your home contains it.

We often meet people who, during a knockdown rebuild, want to save money by undertaking the knock down themselves. However, did you know many houses in Australia still contain high levels of asbestos materials? The health department has identified a third wave of people with asbestos-related health issues – those who undertake DIY renovations.

This blog includes information on how to identify asbestos, what to do if you find it in your home and how to handle knockdowns and renovations.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a material widely used in home construction from the early 1950s to the late 1980s. Exposure to loose asbestos fibres can lead to diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and even lung cancer.

How do I know if my home contains asbestos?

You cannot see or smell asbestos so it is extremely difficult to identify its presence in your home. However, as a general rule:

– If your house was built before the mid-1980s, it is highly likely to contain asbestos
– If your house was built between the mid-1980s and 1990, it is likely to contain asbestos
– If your house was built after 1990, it is unlikely to contain asbestos

If you are not sure if a part in your house contains asbestos, play it safe and assume it does. To make certain, head to the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) website. It can provide details of an accredited testing centre in your area where you can accurately identify asbestos. Alternatively, a licensed asbestos removalist can also arrange for the testing of suspect material.

Where am I most likely to find asbestos?
Typically, you are most likely to find asbestos in the following places in and around your home:
The home’s structure: Asbestos may be found in flat, patterned and corrugated wall and roof sheeting, guttering, imitation brick cladding and the lining under eaves.
Inside the home: asbestos may be located in the cement sheeting of the walls, ceilings, floors and tiles of bathrooms and laundries. It is also found in the insulation of wood heaters.
Outside the home: Outside the home, asbestos is most commonly found in fences, garden sheds, garages and carports. You may also find it buried within dumped waste materials.
What should I do if I find asbestos in my house?
If you suspect asbestos in your home, the most important thing to remember is not to panic. Asbestos only poses a risk to health when asbestos fibres are breathed in. Asbestos that is intact and undamaged does not pose a health risk as the fibres are still bound with cement.
If you do find asbestos, never try to remove it yourself. Instead, engage the services of one the many experienced asbestos removalists available.
Will my new home contain asbestos?
No. Asbestos (and all products containing asbestos) have been banned in Australia since 2003.
If you are one of the many Australians who will look to renovate or knockdown rebuild next year, I strongly advise you use a licenced professional. It is during renovations and knockdowns that asbestos building products can be disturbed and released into the air.
A licenced professional has years of experience in identifying and removing asbestos. Although the risk is small, don’t risk the health of you and your loved ones.
For more information on dealing with asbestos visit the Department of Health website and read their informative manual Asbestos – a guide for householders and the general public.

Narrow Blocks

Just because your block is narrow doesn’t mean you should compromise on your house design.

With demand for land in Sydney at an all-time high, we are witnessing a real trend towards narrow blocks.

This trend has meant home builders have been forced to come up with smart, innovative designs that not only work with the size of the land, but also cleverly maximise the use of space.

As the demand for homes designed for narrow blocks increases, so does Wincrest’s stunning range of narrow block and fully custom designed homes.

Our Range of Narrow Block Homes

Wincrest has a range of beautiful homes designed especially for narrow blocks. This includes the popular and gorgeously appointed Opal, which goes above and beyond the ordinary with its 4-bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a host of other features. With its double garage and spacious living areas, the double-storey Opal provides plenty of space for the entire family. Plus, its flexible floor plan and choice of four facades means you can tailor the Opal to be as individual as you are.

With 4 generous bedrooms, the stylish Nottinghill also includes a fully integrated family, kitchen and rumpus area as well as a large lounge and dining space. And those who are after a 5-bedroom home will be suitably impressed with the double-storey Boston.

Fully Custom Design Your Home for a Narrow Block

For those looking for something more unique, a Wincrest fully custom designed home is your guarantee of a home that is completely designed for the block. Without sacrificing quality or lifestyle, you can create your own floor plan to make the most of every square metre of your site.
Together, we can look at opportunities to make your site seem larger than it is including increased ceiling heights, skylights, floor to ceiling windows and indoor to outdoor living spaces.

Whichever way you go, when it comes to building on narrow blocks, you’ll never need to compromise when you build with Wincrest Homes.

Regards
Gerard Caruana

Meet the Managers

Have your questions answered and start 2017 with a new home

Imagine surprising your family this Christmas with plans for a brand new home!

For those who dream of starting their new home journey in 2017, we invite you to come along and personally meet our Estimating and Construction Manager this Sunday at Homeworld Kellyville.

Speak with a decision-maker who can answer your questions directly and can help put in place a plan that sees you start building in the New Year.

What a way to kick off 2017!

As part of our renowned VIP Service, our Estimating and Construction Managers make regular visits to our display centres. They find there is no better way to offer expert advice and answer any questions our clients may have. It is simply our way of ensuring your journey of building a new home is as relaxed and pleasurable as possible.

If you’re ready to make the most informed decisions about building your dream home, come along for your obligation free chat. And have yourself a Christmas you’ll never forget!

You can meet our Estimating and Construction Manager this Sunday 27 November between 11am and 4pm at Homeworld 5, 35-39 Hartigan Avenue Kellyville

To book, or to find out more, call (02) 9629 5559.

Regards
Gerard Caruana