Are you looking to undertake a property development project but lack an understanding of the process of building a house in Australia?

Well, stick around because, in this article, I will break down the exact stages of building a house in Australia when undertaking a townhouse development project.

Let’s get into it.

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The Process of Building a House

When it comes to the process of building a house, all builders will have the specific building process that they follow. For this video, we are going to share a generic house construction process from start to finish.

Before we get stuck into it, prior to the building process itself you will need to complete an extensive building tender process.

The first step in the process requires your land surveyor to go out to the site and complete the site set out.

The site set out essentially plots the new dwellings on the site for the townhouse builder, so they know where to build.

Next, the builder arranges for the plumbers to set out the drains and excavate them accordingly. Once excavated, they then run the plumbing and services that will be under or inside the slab.

Slab Time

Once the plumber is finished, and all the below-ground plumbing is in place, the concreters will excavate the footings and prepare the formwork for the slab pour.  The type of preparation will depend on the type of concrete slab.

After the slab is done, the builder will then set out the walls on the slab using a chalk line. They do this to know where everything goes and confirm that everything is correct and will fit as it should.

Next, it is time for the frames. These can be built on-site, or in most cases, they are prefabricated off-site, then delivered to the site and installed.

Next up are the steel or timber beams that need to be installed as part of that first-floor structure, which will be project-specific relative to your engineering requirements

Posi Struts

Then comes the posi struts. Which are the beams that sit on top of the walls to hold up the second floor (if there is one).

After the posi struts are in place, the second-floor frames need to be erected or put in place.

Then it is time for the sisalation. The silver and sometimes blue reflective material that is fixed to the outer side of your frame.

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This will be required as part of your project’s energy requirements.

Roof Time

Then come the roof trusses and the roof.

Before the roof goes on, you’ll need to get the scaffolding and fall protection installed, which is required for the roof plumber to install the roof itself, the facia, gutter, and connect all the downpipes safely.

Next, the windows and door frames would be delivered and installed.

The measurements for these would have been taken from the plans and ordered at the beginning of the project.

Then it is time for the cladding, firstly upstairs so that it can be completed and the scaffolding removed.

Then it’s the external cladding downstairs, including brickwork, if there is any.

The Rough-in

Next comes the internal services rough in such as the electrical, plumbing, air conditioning and any other services that have been agreed to.

It is at this point that the wall and ceiling insulation can go in.

Then comes the wallcovering, such as the plaster, tiles, and any other specified finishes.

Once the wall coverings are in place, it’s time to measure the joinery and get it sent off for manufacturing.

At this point, the painter can do the first coat so the carpenter can then get going on the fix.

The Fix

The fix is essentially when the carpenter hangs all the doors, fits all the handles, and installs the skirting and architraves etc.

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Once the carpenter has completed the fix, the painter will then follow behind and complete the painting.

Following the carpenter and the painter. It is then time for the electrician to cut out and fit off all the lights, GPOs etc.

Stone and Joinery Time

It’s then time for the joinery and the stone to get installed. Ready for the plumber to fit off all the wet areas.

At the same time, the aircon contractor can come and fit off their grills and commission the heating/cooling.

Then it’s time to install the floor coverings such as the carpet, timber floor, titling etc.

house building process

External Landscaping

All while outside, the external landscaping works can be completed in parallel. This may include the driveway, paths, turf, garden beds, plants etc., even the clotheslines and letterboxes.

certificate of occupancy

Then, after all the above has been completed, it will be up to the building surveyor to issue the certificate of occupancy.

They can only do this once they are satisfied, all the items specified on the budling permit have been completed.

The Final Stages

And the last step of the process is the final walkthrough with the builder, where a defect list is generated listing the final items the builder needs to complete before practical completion.

Whilst all of this is going on; the property developer will be working with the council to issue the statement of compliance.

The statement of compliance is required to lodge your subdivision at the titles office to register your new titles and ultimately settle your sales with your buyers if you made off the plan sales.

statement of compliance

This ensures that you get see your profit sooner. So you can roll into your next project and keep growing your capital.

Your Plan of Subdivision

It is important to note that you would need to be working on the subdivision requirements throughout this entire process.

process of building a house

The specific requirements will always be project-specific. Including but not limited to the power pits, NBN, water tap-in, landscaping, other crossovers if needed. Including replacing or fixing the footpath if required.

You will also need all the surveying documentation in order.

All of these will need to be completed timely for the council to issue your statement of compliance.

Finally, if you want to learn about local builders, check out this article on finding a builder in Bentleigh East.