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Building Process Step 1: Research

How exciting you’ve decided to embark on a building renovation or build a new home.  Great… well, where do you start? Who do you talk to?

There are many things to consider before you start your building renovation and we are often asked where do we start and what is the process?  Do your research.

Start by talking to the Council

Start by talking to the Sunshine Coast Council with your Lot and Property IDready and find out where amenities come onto your block such as sewer, water, power and phone. Ask what the setbacks (the distance between your house/carport to the boundaries) are for freestanding and permanent structures from each boundary. Also, ask what a possible relaxation may reduce this to.

Armed with this information you’ll get a sense of what you can do and helps to save time. After all, it’s terribly disheartening to fall in love with an idea – only to find out it’s not allowable. This information will also help your builder to offer advice.

There’s a great (and free) service “dial before you dig” and it’ll tell you where Unity Water has sewer, water, hydrants and man holes near or in your property, Telstra and Energex connections.

Have fun!

Keen to learn more? Read about the important steps in your building process:

STEP 1: Research   STEP 2: Budget   STEP 3: Relaxation   STEP 4: Working Plans
STEP 5: Engineering      STEP 6: Appoint Builder     STEP 7: Contract
STEP 8: Building Approval      STEP 9: Completion