Update from ANSA Homes regarding COVID-19

Case study: First home buyer building dream home with ANSA Homes

Rachel Auld decided she wanted to build her first home with ANSA Home even before she and her family bought their block of land in Oran Park in Sydney’s south west growth zone.

“We lived close to the display home village at Oran Park (now closed) in our current rental property and passed through on a regular walk, “explains Rachel. “The ANSA home façade caught my eye, so we decided to take a closer look.

“We knew we wanted a home with a granny flat to accommodate my dad. In 2015 we lost my Mum, and Dad has been living alone in South Australia ever since. Last year during the COVID pandemic lockdowns he was so isolated, and that’s when I thought about inviting him to move to Sydney and establish a multi-generation household.”

“Aside from seeing the ANSA display home, I did an internet search for ‘homes with granny flats’, and ANSA came up first.” The family bought their block of land in Oran Park in October 2020, after searching for an existing home to buy. They couldn’t find anything existing with a granny flat, so decided to build a new home

ANSA Homes: Engaging service from consultants who listen

The couple chose to build with ANSA Homes because of all the builders they consulted with, they felt ANSA was the one that truly listened to what they wanted from their new home.

“We looked at a few other home builders but found that they were either too aggressive, or brushed us off as if we were wasting their time,” Rachel explained. “Whenever we told them we didn’t have a piece of land yet, they ignored us. “The first time we visited the ANSA display home at Oran Park we were greeted by [ANSA team member] Maria, who was very engaging and easy to talk to. I went back several times and found Maria and the ANSA team to be very genuine and helpful.”

“You hear so many horror stories in the building industry and we didn’t want to take chances.”

“We chose a design and then tailored it to suit our needs,” Rachel explained when asked about the design flexibility and customisation she enjoyed with ANSA Homes. “The ANSA team was very accommodating with our changes.

“As a result, we’ve literally come up with my dream home. Incorporating the granny flat within the home means Dad will have privacy, but he’ll also be close by when he wants to be involved in family life.”

Experiencing the ANSA Homes Certainty Promise

Rachel noted that they were also attracted to ANSA because of their fixed price philosophy.

“You hear so many horror stories in the building industry and we didn’t want to take chances when playing with our money and my Dad’s money,” added Auld.”

The price you receive from ANSA Homes in your tender document is the final price you will pay for your new home, guaranteed. This means no additional costs are ever added once site inspections, service locations, soil tests or contour surveys have been done, except if something is added to or deleted from the design. We call this the ANSA Certainty Promise, and we don’t believe any other homebuilder in Greater Sydney offers the same transparency and certainty in their pricing as we do. In fact, the Certainty Promise has been our approach to pricing and customer service since the day we launched ANSA Homes.

A bold first home with ANSA

The Auld family chose a two-storey home with a separate granny flat incorporated, to be built on their 658m2 square block. The new home is based on ANSA Homes’ Brooklyn design, with the Origin façade.

 When completed later this year, it will have four bedrooms in the main house with an overall 330 to 340 square metres. From the exterior, it looks like one dwelling but the one-bedroom granny flat has a separate entrance offering complete privacy.

“We chose a design and then tailored it to suit our needs; the ANSA team was very accommodating with our changes.”

This is the very first home that Rachel and her husband have built a new home, but it’s a much bigger project than most people’s first home purchase. They had a larger budget than many first home buyers may have, but they also had very specific needs with their new home.

“We’ve exceeded our initial budget already, but we decided during the planning process to go with all the trimmings including a swimming pool. That’s why I call it my dream home,” said Rachel.

“So far the process of building for us has gone really well. The whole ANSA team has been supportive, including their designer, who helped choose colours, fittings and materials.

“I’ve worked in recruitment for my entire career so I’m used to the business world and its requirements. Likewise, my husband works for a telco and we’ve both been impressed by the professionalism of the ANSA team,” concluded Rachel.

Keep an eye on the ANSA website as we follow Rachel and her family on their ANSA home building journey throughout 2021. We’ll post updates as the Auld family progress towards the key ceremony for their new home with ANSA Homes.

Call us on 1300 757 810 or send us an online enquiry and our specialist team will work with you to design and bring to life your post-COVID home design ideas.

Custom home design without the custom home design price tag

Custom home building is costly. In fact, the cost per square metre for a custom home design is typically four times that of a standard home design.

But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for an off the shelf, cookie-cutter home design when what you really want is something that uniquely fits with how you want to live. It all depends on the home builder you choose and how willing they are to work with you to give you exactly what you want.

At ANSA Homes, we are a boutique home builder who truly believes that you should get the new home that is just the way you like it. Our approach enables new home buyers to access the best parts (and cost efficiencies) of the project builder methodology while also customising their new home.

Custom building is all about design flexibility and defining and delivering a precise, tailor-made living solution for each customer. And that’s what ANSA Homes provides – minus the costs typically associated with custom building.

ANSA Homes’ unique approach to custom home design

Most new home designs are similar in terms of what they include. What differentiates builders is how willing and able they are to reconfigure their standard designs to give customers exactly what they want – and how they price such design changes.

For example, a home buyer may come to ANSA Homes with a certain home design in mind, perhaps the double storey Brooklyn 32, the single storey Arlo 25, or one of our award-winning house and granny flat designs. They like the design, but want to tweak it in places. They may want to:

  • move the bedrooms around;
  • add another ensuite or two (!);
  • enlarge the living area;
  • move some walls to fit in more storage space; or
  • address something specific to their lifestyle or block of land.

To deliver what the client truly wants, our design team will take their chosen design, modify it, and provide an accurate cost estimate of the new base design. It’s worth noting that, generally speaking, moving things around on your floor plan won’t change the cost as much as you might think, provided the total footprint of the house doesn’t change or the complexity become an issue.

If you already have floor plan ideas that you want to use, our sales and design teams will listen and learn from you what you want to achieve with your new home, and determine what is our best fit from a standard design perspective and how we can then customise it to make it perfect for you and your family.

“Moving things around on your floor plan won’t change the cost as much as you may think, provided the total footprint doesn’t change.”

That may even involve taking half of one of our standard home designs, and half of another, and combining them to give you the custom home design you truly want. And the best part is you’ll enjoy economies of scale and efficiencies that you wouldn’t be able to access through a purely custom home builder.

Common custom design requests

Common custom design requests include:

  • changing the size of the bedrooms;
  • adding more storage space;
  • adding a second or third garage;
  • adapting the design for multi-generational living;
  • adding a second kitchen; and
  • increasing the size of the media room.

Flexible home designs

It’s important to note that while ANSA Homes isn’t a custom builder, we can still offer design flexibility for your new home. Our unique position as a boutique size home builder enables home buyers to get their new home just the way they like it – while avoiding the huge costs that come with custom home building.

“While ANSA Homes isn’t a custom builder, we can still offer design flexibility for your new home.”

The ANSA Homes team has extensive experience in working with home buyers to help them build their new home just the way they like it. Sometimes it’s changing the size of a bedroom or two. Sometimes it’s adapting a design to create a multi-generational living space. And other times it’s creating additional storage space, a media room, an outdoor kitchen, a prayer room, or a third garage.

Essentially, anything is possible and can be incorporated cost-effectively (compared to hiring your own architect) using one of our existing designs as the starting point.

If you’re considering a knock down rebuild, or have land and are searching for a builder who can work with you to bring to life the home you are picturing in your head, get in touch with our friendly team to discuss how we can design your home just the way you like it. Call us on 1300 757 810 and let’s get started.

2020: The year that was

It’s been a crazy year that none of us will soon forget. But as 2020 has worn on and we all settled into the new normal, we hope that everyone has found reasons to celebrate.

As we look ahead to 2021, all of us at ANSA Homes are grateful for the resounding support we have received from home buyers. And we were happy to see all the people who visited our display homes in 2021!

The COVID pandemic has had a major impact on the residential building market this year and we’ve risen to the occasion. To offset the effects of the pandemic, we offered virtual tours of our display homes and a price freeze on knock down rebuild projects.

We didn’t allow the pandemic to slow down our product development, nor stop us from acknowledging changing market needs with trends such as the changing face of Aussie suburbia and the introduction of our new green homes division.

The icing on the cake for us was being named a finalist in the Master Builders Association of NSW’s Excellence in Housing Awards 2020 for our two-storey Sierra design.

2020 ANSA Homes’ highlight reel

Here are our other highlights for the year, which we have shared through our regular news updates over the last 12 months.

The changing face of Aussie suburbia

  • The new Australian suburbia and the rise of knock down and rebuilds: The suburbs of Australian cities have been revitalised during the pandemic as people spend more time close to home. This has led to a rising interest in knock down rebuilds. Read more.

  • Welcome to the post-COVID home design era: The COVID pandemic has changed the way people live in their homes. People are working from home more, spending more leisure time at home, and also working out at home more. So home designs need to adapt accordingly. Read more.
  • Build a home for the whole family with a house with granny flat design: There is also a trend towards multi-generation families coming together to share their housing costs with new homes that are based on a unique house with a granny flat design. Read more.
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Sustainability and green home building

  • Have you considered going green for your new home?: Building a green home is much more than putting solar panels on your roof and installing a recycled water tank. Green construction is all about building homes that are healthier and more comfortable to live in while also being better for our planet. Read more.
  • Understanding BASIX regulations for your new home: The NSW BASIX system focuses on the sustainable use of energy, water and thermal comfort. At ANSA Homes we take it one step further with our Certified Future Friendly Home. Read more.
  • Build beyond BASIX with ANSA Homes: Most builders choose not to go above and beyond the BASIX mandatory minimums, but ANSA Homes does – because we are not just another home builder. Read more.

Knock down rebuild: All you need to know

  • Is a knock down rebuild the right fit for your new home?: The cost per-square-metre of a new build is generally cheaper than the cost per-square-metre of a renovation. Renovations often include unexpected costs due to unexpected problems, so a knock down rebuild is often a better option. Read more.

  • The three stages of a knock down rebuild: Knock down rebuild projects have three distinct stages: investigation and research; choosing your builder and home design; and building your new home. Read more.

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Practical tips for home buyers and home owners

  • Planning to buy your second home? Why not consider building new?: First home purchases are often about compromise, but the second time around most people have a firm idea of what they want, and building a new home can often meet those dreams. Read more.
  • Site cost questions to ask before committing to a home builder in Sydney: For some sites, site costs can be the most underestimated cost of building your new home – and often the one with the largest variability. Site costs can include soil testing, service connections, site survey, vegetation and clearing, peers and site access requirements. Read more.
  • How to sell your current home while building your new home: How can you transition from one home to the other while minimising the disruption and the cost for you and your family? This could include selling first and renting, or a bridging loan. Read more.

  • What new home buyers need to know about inclusions packages: The specifics of what’s included in a new home inclusions package will vary from home builder to home builder. Two builders might have the same item types in their inclusions packages, but it’s important to take a closer look. Read more.

What’s coming in 2021

The COVID pandemic’s effect will still be felt in 2021 with the changing needs of homeowners and more people choosing the ‘burbs over the inner city. Knock down rebuild projects will continue to grow in popularity as:

  • land is more expensive;
  • new blocks are smaller; and
  • people are more connected to their communities and less inclined to move.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours. And here’s to a fantastic 2021! We have a great year in store – and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Introducing ANSA Homes’ Pinnacle Plus Inclusions Promotion

When shopping around for a builder to build your new home, among many other things you’ll compare inclusions packages that each builder offers.

As a home buyer, you will study inclusions packages and promotions, pouring over even the smallest of details. You will compare inclusions packages to measure up which package offers the most value where you most want it.

The problem is it can be hard to directly compare inclusions packages from different builders when the products and brands included can differ so much. It’s no surprise that home buyers seek support when assessing inclusions packages.

ANSA Homes’ approach to inclusions

At ANSA Homes, we showcase the value to you of the items we include. But we’re not really talking about the monetary value here. Rather, we emphasise the intrinsic and practical value of having these specific, very carefully chosen upgraded items in your new home.

Because it’s one thing to have a great new home, but it’s a whole other thing to have a great new home filled witha suite of items that truly make your new home feel just the way you like it.

Inside the ANSA Homes Pinnacle Plus Inclusions Promotion

The ANSA Homes Pinnacle Plus inclusions Promotion is a top-tier inclusions promotion. It contains many of the well-known high-end quality brand additions that can truly make your new home come to life just the way you want it to.

Across all parts of your new home, the ANSA Homes Pinnacle Inclusions Package delivers value through quality features, quality finishes, and quality brands as standard. In addition to this, with the ANSA Homes Pinnacle Plus inclusions Promotion, we offer customers a variety of high-end brands for both appliances and room features as a little extra luxury. These brands align with our promise of certainty for your build as they all stand for quality and luxury, helping you to have your new home, just the way you like it.

Here are just some of the key features, by room, that are included in our Pinnacle Plus inclusions Promotion.

Kitchen

  • Kitchen bench: Choice of SMARTSTONE 40mm thick pencil round edge or 20mm thick with up to two waterfall edges, in standard range of colours.
  • Kitchen sink: ABEY double bowl stainless steel undermount sink with 25-year manufacturer guarantee.
  • Kitchen splashback: Window splashback to kitchen, fixed sash up to 2100mm W x 400mm H, includes tile or glass splashback reveal.
  • Kitchen cabinets: Increased overall kitchen cabinet height to 2300mm.
  • 2 USB charging points.

Appliances

  • Cooktop: SMEG 900mm gas five burner with flame failure in stainless steel finish.
  • Oven: SMEG 900mm underbench eight function electric oven in stainless steel finish.
  • Rangehood: SMEG 900mm concealed undermount stainless steel.
  • Dishwasher: SMEG 600mm in underbench in stainless steel finish.
  • Microwave with Grill: SMEG stainless steel with trim kit.

Bathrooms

  • Vanity cabinets: Wall hung custom made vanity cabinets with POLYTEC woodmatt, sheen or fine grain melamine doors & 20mm Smartstone benchtop. Soft closing doors to vanity cabinets.
  • Bath tub: Freestanding CLARK round 1600mm bath to bathroom with 10-year manufacturer warranty (available where space permits).
  • Tiles: Wall tiles up to ceiling height in ensuite, including square set cornice (excludes separate WC areas).
  • Floor wastes: Integrated square tile insert.

Laundry

  • Cabinets: 1600mm long floor cabinets and overhead wall mounted cabinets, and 400mm wide broom cupboard with POLYTEC woodmatt, sheen or fine grain melamine doors, laminated benchtop.
  • Tub: CLARK 45L single stainless steel drop in tub 8520 with concealed washing machine connections, 600mm high tiled splashback behind benchtop (25 year manufacturer guarantee).

Exterior

  • Alfresco: Floor tiling to alfresco & front patio, including riser tile to exposed edges using ANSA Homes selected tile range.
  • Roofing: Your choice of COLORBOND© roof with Anticon blanket, or BRISTLE Prestige range flat profile roof tiles with streamlined ridge capping.
  • Windows: Increased ground floor window heights to suit 2600mm H ceilings (excludes sliding/stacker doors).
  • Security: BOSCH security alarm system, including up to five detectors, one touch keypad, internal/external siren, two remotes.

These are just some of the key features included in the ANSA Homes Pinnacle Plus inclusions Promotion. Don’t just build your new home – fill it with the premium brands that you and it deserve, with the Pinnacle Inclusions package and the Pinnacle Plus Promotion by ANSA Homes.

Find out more about ANSA Homes’ Pinnacle Plus Inclusions package now or contact a team member to find out how you can start your home building journey today.

ANSA Homes named finalist in NSW Excellence in Housing Awards

ANSA Homes’ Sierra display home at Marsden Park has been named a finalist in the display home category of the Master Builders Association of NSW’s Excellence in Housing Awards 2020.

The annual awards celebrate excellence in construction, innovation and quality in the building and construction industry in NSW. The Housing Awards showcases the very best in residential construction.

The event attracts a broad cross section of the residential building sector, including project home builders, contract builders, apartment constructors and contractors specialising in additions, alterations and renovations.

The Sierra is a four bedroom, three bathroom double-storey luxury family home. It is one of three ANSA Homes display homes at Homeworld Elara Marsden Park in Sydney’s north west.

Luxurious and spacious Sierra

The spacious Sierra provides generous living areas over two floors and plenty of features, such as a grand fireplace in the main living area and a mud room opposite the internal garage door.

The large open plan living/dining/kitchen area is one of the Sierra’s most popular features. The kitchen includes a marble island bench, large butler’s pantry and servery-style windows that open-up to an alfresco area on two sides.

The Sierra is designed to allow plenty of natural light [and] is best suited to a larger block.”

Downstairs includes a study and a media room, which could also be used as two ‘working from home’ zones to fit some of the post-COVID changes many families are now experiencing.

As well as the spacious master bedroom and three bedrooms upstairs, the Sierra design also incorporates an additional TV room or living area – depending on your family’s requirements.

The Sierra is designed to allow plenty of natural light – but also to balance the need to be cool in summer and warm in winter.

Sierra’s dimensions

The Sierra’s double-storey design is best suited to a larger block. It is 11.21 metres wide and 18.86 metres long, with a total size of 309.85 metres square (33.31 squares) and a 13.36 metre frontage.

Build your home with certainty

At ANSA Homes, we are guided by our Certainty Promise. When we work with clients on designs for new homes, we always incorporate smart storage ideas. Together, let’s create your dream home design – just the way you like it.

Display home at Marsden Park

Visit us at HomeWorld Elara Marsden Park and see the Sierra in person, or view the 3D walkthrough from the comfort of your home. For more information about our acclaimed Sierra design, call us on 1300 757 810 or submit an enquiry form online.

The new Australian suburbia and the rise of knock down and rebuilds

While the supply of land for housing in Greater Sydney is decreasing and lot sizes in general have been reducing in size for more than a decade, the suburbs themselves are currently on the cusp of revitalisation. It’s one of the many unexpected consequences of the COVID pandemic. We are seeing it in 2020, and we will continue to see it in our post-COVID world.

In a recent article in The Australian, demographer Bernard Salt noted that COVID is giving home owners more time to spend in their homes and their local communities.

“The great work-from-home social experiment is jolting into life the suburbs surrounding our biggest cities,” Salt writes. “And in the process, it is snatching time back from the commuting monster, returning it to those in Australia’s suburban heartland.”

Many experts are predicting that there will be a fundamental shift in the number of people working from home in the future even as we emerge from the pandemic. As a result, home owners are rethinking what they actually need in their home, and looking at ways to reimagine their existing home so it better suits how they now want to use it.

Knock down and rebuilds on the rise

Knock down rebuild projects have become increasingly popular since the early 2000s, following rapid increases in land prices alongside decreasing lot sizes in major cities.

With home owners spending more time at home, many are now reassessing their homes and what they want from it. For example, they’re realising that their homes are not well-equipped for working from home, especially if multiple family members are working from home. They’re realising that they want a dedicated home office room in their home, as well as other special use areas, such as a permanent home gym.

At ANSA Homes, in recent months we’ve seen an increase in inquiries from home owners in established suburbs across Greater Sydney looking to knock down their existing home and start afresh with a new design. They are telling us that they know, love, and want to stay in their local community, but their existing home no longer suits how they are now living. That’s why the idea of knocking down their existing home and building a new one on the same piece of land is so appealing.

“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many home owners were seeing the idea of knocking down an existing home and rebuilding as an attractive option,” says ANSA Homes Founder and Managing Director Mark Maloney. “With the growing shortage of land in the capital cities, more people are opting to stay where they are. They are choosing to knock down and rebuild, replacing their tired old house with a great new home.

Knock down and rebuild versus renovation

Before choosing between a knock down and rebuild and a renovation, it’s important to understand the key differences between the two. The main difference comes down to predictability around total cost.

Renovation costs are difficult to predict, so builders need to build a contingency into the quote to cover unexpected expenses that may arise. This is partly because every renovation is a bespoke project that is time-consuming and labour intensive. 

In some cases, repairing major structural damage, sourcing the right kinds of materials, or modernising an old house to bring it up to date in terms of energy efficiency and overall quality has the potential to be very costly and time-consuming.

In contrast, brand new homes can be built quickly, using proven systems that maximise efficiency and save time. As a result, our customers are favouring knock down rebuilds over renovations to create the home they want to live in in 2021 and beyond.

When you build with ANSA Homes, we don’t just build your new home, we build your new home just the way you like it. To explore your knock down and rebuild options with ANSA Homes, contact our team on 1300 757 810. 

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