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Our Process

At Hillman Homes we have put together a simple process from Concept Design right through to the end product, your beautiful new designed home.

Step 1

Visit our display home and office 

Learn first-hand about what drives and inspires the passion at Hillman Homes to design and build each of our custom homes from a blank canvas where you are the artist. It is here that you are also able to experience our signature series inclusion range and quality of design, construction, and finishes. 

STEP 2

Design Consultation

This is an opportunity to engage in an obligation free discussion with the builder and architect that will be involved in your design and transform your ideas into a unique home that enhances your lifestyle while setting you apart from “the joneses”.

We are able to detail the flexibility of our process with respect to your block of land & overall objectives while providing direction and clarity with regard to optimal design & construction approaches, energy efficiency, and inclusion considerations.

Don’t have a block yet? We are happy to provide expert advice on optimal block selection that considers site orientation, energy efficiency, construction costs, asset value, privacy elements, as well as engineering & BAL implications.

STEP 3

Concept Design

Essentially preliminary construction drawings, we develop the concept design in close collaboration with you, using our preliminary discussions and design brief as the guiding framework to ensure that we achieve your objectives within your desired investment parameters. All our drawing work is done in-house by our experienced architects and draftsmen who work closely with our dedicated estimator, site manager, and builder to ensure final concept designs are feasible, efficient and align with our high standards of design and construction.

When the concept design is complete, you are able to view your design in 3D to get a realistic feel of home your custom home will look and function when completed. It is at this stage that we provide you with a focused cost estimate which is based on recently completed home construction of a similar size and scope specification.

STEP 4

Concept Budget Estimate (CBE)

 
The concept design can be signed off when you are satisfied, enabling us to develop a concept budget estimate. This estimate is based on one of our fantastic signature or myHome inclusion ranges and previous jobs of a similar nature in terms of inclusion range, site charactersitics, materials and design complexity. 
 

STEP 5

Construction Drawings

Once the CBE is signed off, the final construction drawings can be completed. The final construction drawings are then sent to our reputable suppliers and contractors for comprehensive quoting, in addition to the attainment of; Structural Engineering, Basix, Bushfire Assessment, Statement of Environmental Effects, and any other required documentation, thus enabling us to develop a comprehensive and accurate tender for your new home.

STEP 6

Electrical Layout & Final touches

Once the construction have been signed off and are in the process of being quoted, we invite you to begin selcting your final touches in terms of specific inclusions and prime cost items, and arrange a time to work with you to complete the electrical layout and inclusions for your new home. This is one of the most exciting steps of the pre-construction journey.

STEP 7

Final Tender 

Once all selections have been made and signed off on, we can prepare the final tender for your new home. The tender document is based on the complete set of construction documents and quotes, and specifies the contract price, and comprehensively articulates what is included and excluded in your unique Hillman Home. 

STEP 8

Building Contract

Once the final tender has been signed off, we will prepare your building contract. We use the industry preferred standard HIA building contract which is an easy to understand document which we find beneficial to our clients. You will be pleased to note that we do not present the contract to you soon after you walk in the door like most other builders. We only present the contract to you once we have developed your vision into your dream home, all selections and inclusions have been finalised, and we have provided a comprehensive and accurate price for your new home.

Many builders like to have clients sign the contract almost immediately, based on "preliminary costings" with the objective of capitilising on variation fees due to changes once you are locked in. 

Being a family business with a focus on honesty, integrity, and exemplary customer service, we like to be upfront & transparent, rather than ambiguous and misleading when it comes to your family & your new home.

STEP 9

Construction period

This is the part of the journey where you really begin to see your dream come together as construction commences on your site and your new home begins to take shape. Unlike many other builders, we believe it’s the clients right to visit the site with the site manager on a number of occasions during the construction period to allow you to inspect your new home. It is your home after all!

STEP 10

Handover 

The day you have been waiting for has arrived! After a pre-handover inspection to ensure that everything is in order, we hand you the keys to your brand new home! It’s time to move in and begin the next exciting chapter with your family.

While your new home may be completed, our service does not simply stop. We want to know about anything you are not happy with during the maintenance period, as soon as you notice it.