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COUNCIL INSPECTIONS

Step 9. Council inspection.

After preparation you are required to confirm that your efforts so far meet council regulation prior to concreting. You will also need to check to your own satisfaction that issues such as drainage and termite protection have been given proper attention.

Council Inspection Prior to Pouring Concrete

Council Inspections

Council inspections must be called before any concrete is poured in footings, stump holes or concrete slabs. It is very important to have on site council approved plans (marked "builders copy"), specifications and the soil engineers report (if required).

NB: If these plans etc are not on site when an inspection is called, the council inspector will not pass the job - and you will have to re-book another inspection. This will only cause delays on site.

Footing Stage

Inspection of the footings and pier holes prior to having concrete poured.

Includes a site inspection by certifier and a footing / pier inspection by certifier or engineer. Site inspection and footing / pier inspection can be done at same time by the certifier.

Inspections will include checking for things such as :

  • Site conditions, footing / piers excavation size
  • Footing / pier holes are clean and dry.
  • Reinforcement

WORK CAN NOT CONTINUE TO THE NEXT STAGE UNLESS A FORM 16 STAGE CERTIFICATE HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE CERTIFIER.

Slab Stage

Inspection of slab preparation and steel work before pouring the concrete slab.

Can be done by an engineer, but notification will need to be given to the certifier.

Inspections will include checking for things such as:

  • Reinforcement - steel placement
  • Moisture barriers
  • Slab heights and thickenings
  • and approved termite system installed

WORK CAN NOT CONTINUE TO THE NEXT STAGE UNLESS A FORM 16 STAGE CERTIFICATE HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE CERTIFIER.

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FAQs

Can I modify the standard plans or provide my own design?

Yes. All standard plans can be modified to suit your needs. You can change the number of rooms, increase or decrease the size of the house or if you prefer, you can bring your own plans for costing. more »

What is included in the kit?

A full inclusions list can be found here. In general however, the kit includes all materials required for lockup but does not include on-site labour, transport and delivery charges, site survey, site clearing, PC items, concrete for footings, Electrical and plumbing etc. more »

Where do you deliver to?

Delivery areas include all Australian states and territories. Arrangements can also be made for international deliveries excluding some countries. more »

In general how much could I expect to save if I decide to build a kit home as an owner builder?

As an owner builder/manager you are effectively cutting out the builder and therefore should make a saving of 20% to 30%. If you choose to be more hands on and undertake some of the manual tasks such as erecting the walls and roof trusses, installing windows, doors and painting the internal and externals etc, your savings will be increased further. more »

Is it hard to become an owner builder?

The process to obtain an owner builders permit is usually very straight forward. There are a few requirements and depending on which state you are building in, may also require you to undergo a short course (usually a weekend course), either online or at a training school. In most states a small application fee is payable. Click here for more owner builder information. more »

Are kit homes suitable for areas prone to cyclones?

Yes. Cyclonic kits can be purchased at an additional cost. These kits are manufactured with extra reinforcements that will make then suitable for areas prone to cyclones. All standard kits can be upgraded to cyclonic kits. All standard kits can be manufactured to meet with the cyclonic rating required for your area. more »

What is the turnaround time, from ordering the kit to onsite delivery?

This is determined by the size of the home. Generally we can have the kit on site within three to five weeks from time of ordering. more »

How will my kit home be delivered?

The entire kit can be delivered to your site in a shipping container, or part container and part by truck. Delivery can also be made in stages upon request. It is up to you what is more suited to your build plan. more »

How long does it take to build a kit home?

This depends upon the amount of labour and skill level. As a guide, a non-skilled owner builder can erect frames and roof trusses for an average size home in two to three days then the remainder of the build is similar to that of normal build times. A smaller kit can be built to lock up within a month. Larger, more complex homes will take longer. You should allow ten to twelve weeks on site for an average home. more »

Does the kit home come with warranty?

The steel frame is Backed by a 50 year BlueScope Steel warranty and all other components of the build have their individual manufacturers warranties. more »