Design & delivery process
Fairweather Homes operates throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Before we get started we offer a complimentary one hour consultation either in person at our office or via the phone or skype (depending on your location). This meeting will allow you to get to know us and establish a broad design brief for your project. With this briefing information we can then provide costing, timing and design advice for your particular needs on your proposed site.
Fairweather Homes has a four step design & delivery process which will take you efficiently through to the completion of your new home. Once you are ready to proceed, our four-step process will commence.
Design, presentation & cost estimate
- Sign agreement to prepare Sketch Design & pay deposit
- Confirm the design brief and other requirements
- Discuss timing and budget
- Meet on site to discuss building siting*
- Gather all information required to proceed with concept sketch plan
- Prepare concept sketch plan based on design brief information
- Receive feedback on concept design
- Present final sketch plan, elevations and cost estimate
- Presentation of town planning permit or report and consent documents if required
- Assist with lodgement of planning permit documents if required
Documents for building permit & construction
- Sign agreement to prepare Documents & pay deposit
- Selection of finishes & equipment for inclusion in detailed building plans
- Collation of site and authorities information documents
- Geotechnical investigation, structural certification, energy report
- Preparation of documents for building permit
- Preparation of documents for construction & finalise costings
- Review and finalise construction documents
- Submit for authorities permissions
Component detailing & purchase agreement
- Sign purchase agreement & pay purchase agreement deposit
- Coordinate documentation of all components to be manufactured & complete take off of all items to be provided
Manufacture, delivery & installation
- Coordinate the manufacture and delivery to the site of all supply items
- Make final payment
- A registered builder (or approved owner builder) will need to be engaged by the owner and a building permit obtained to commence construction.
Each project is unique and will therefore be costed differently.
Completed building costs range between $2,100 to $2,400 per square metre depending on type of building, finishes, complexity, location & inclusions
The cost of what we supply ranges from around one third to one half of the build cost depending on inclusions.
We supply components, materials, services and optional extras.
- Walls: Timber structural wall frames, insulation, membrane, bracing, external wall sheet cladding, flashings, sealants & fixings
- Windows & doors: Timber framed windows & external doors, flyscreens, locks, trims, flashings, seals & fixings
- Roof: Timber roof framing, bracing, timber roof battens, exposed internal timber linings, verandah posts, verandah beams, eaves linings, membrane, ceiling insulation, metal roofing, capping & flashings, rainwater goods, brackets, sealants & fixings
- Sketch plan drawings
- Town planning drawings**
- Architectural construction drawings and specifications
- Construction manual & kit components drawings
- Documents for building permit & structural certification
- Site visit & building siting*
- Architectural sketch design
- Sustainability advisory service
- Energy & water consultancy
- Colour & materials selection
- Architectural detailing & documentation
- Technical advice during construction
- Consultant coordination
- Floor: Timber subfloor, structural floor lining, insulation, brackets & fixings
- External: Timber subfloor, decking, pergola timbers, battens, brackets & fixings
- Services: Domestic electric or gas hot water service or solar hot water service
- Electrical: Appliances & fittings
- Plumbing: Appliances & fittings
- Joinery: Kitchen, laundry, wardrobes
- Fitoff: Internal doors, trims, linings
* site visits are charged at cost for distances greater than 50km from Melbourne CBD (negotiable)
** not all projects need planning approval however for those that do we seek additional fees to manage the town planning process
^ there may be additional costs associated with this item
^^ fitout & electrical & plumbing items are not part of the standard supply however these can be supplied as optional extra packages
Standard inclusions subject to change
Range of building types
Clients are able to select from a range of design series as the starting point for their new design. The Design, Metro, Micro, Core & Export Series focus on providing different types of building solutions for a wide variety of local and international situations.
Please enquire to find out which series is most suitable for you.
The Design Series is the most popular series for customised family homes is the Design Series as it provides the most flexibility and adaptability. All of the features of the Fairweather Homes design system can be incorporated to provide housing solutions with unlimited single and multi-storey configurations.
The Metro Series provides an economical pre-fabricated solution for compact metropolitan sites with a focus on energy efficiency. Our range of designs provide an adaptable and affordable contemporary design for residential subdivisions, open plan living dining and kitchen with small home office studio or to build a compact two-storey residence.
The Micro Series is the heart of the Fairweather Homes design system. This compact and expandable self-contained unit is suitable for small and repetitive applications such as granny flats, holiday units, multiple serviced accommodation, the resources sector and resorts.
The Core Series (formerly Freedom Series) is a single-storey home with the opportunity to expand and contract the house size around a centralised core zone of kitchen and bathrooms. This series is suitable for single or multiple housing, including applications such as institutional, government and mining settlement housing.
The Export Series refers to our capacity to deliver to all areas outside Australia, particularly New Zealand, South East Asia and the Pacific regions.