Update from ANSA Homes regarding COVID-19

CASE STUDY: First home buyer’s journey continues with ANSA Homes

We’ve recently been following first home buyer Rachel Auld and her family as they build their new home with ANSA Homes in Oran Park in South West Sydney throughout 2021. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can read our first instalment of this case study here.

The Auld family is building a multi-generational home with ANSA Homes, choosing the Brooklyn design, one of our pioneering ‘two homes under one room’ designs with a granny flat. They chose the Origin façade, and made some customisations to the floor plan, which ensured that with ANSA Homes they would get their new home just the way they like it.

In this Q&A interview from mid-August 2021, we catch up with Rachel to get up to speed with how her multi-generational home build is progressing and how the ANSA team is managing the process during Sydney’s Covid restrictions.

Where are you currently at with your build, as of August 2021?

We’ve had a few delays with Covid, but I just got an update from my site supervisor today letting me know that they’re putting the roof on, which is really exciting. The frame is up, the slab is done, some of the bricks are done. The roof will go on today, then they move to the externals, and then they go to lock up stage. All colour selections are already done, we’ve picked out everything, so now I’m just sitting back and watching it all go up.

How has the ANSA team managed communications with you during Covid lockdown in Sydney?

Really good. I got an email from the ANSA team to let us know what was going on. But I had actually spoken to my site supervisor a few days prior to the lockdown. So I had an inkling what was going on. Our site supervisor was pretty good at keeping in contact with me and letting me know what’s going on.

So I was aware of what would happen and what it would look like for us. And being in one of those LGAs that weren’t in full lockdown, we only had two weeks that we lost progress on.

While Covid lockdown isn’t something that a builder can change, communicating with customers around pauses to construction need to be properly managed…

Exactly, so I’m not left guessing. I’m just one of many people ANSA is working with, so I’m pretty impressed with the amount of information I did get from them. And if I have any questions, they’ve made it very clear that I’m welcome to call them whenever I need to.

These things are outside of ANSA’s or my control. There’s nothing we can do about that; it is what it is. But I feel quite supported by ANSA by the fact that despite the obstacles that we’re being thrown, the communication is still quite good.

Now that you are further into the build phase, what have you seen first-hand about how ANSA Homes as an organisation and how it operates?

I’m still really happy with them. I’m on a lot of the first homeowners and first builder groups on the socials, and some of the horror stories you see are just absolutely terrifying.

I have engaged a third-party company to do intermittent checks on the property – the slab, the frame, and any areas of concern that they think might need to be more closely looked at. And nothing of concern has come up. I feel quite confident that ANSA is mindful of my concerns and that they’re keeping me assured as well. So I’m still very happy with my choice. Very happy.

Did ANSA have any objection to this?

No, not at all. I told my site supervisor when I was introduced to him that that is something that we’d be doing and he was fine with that. And he has allowed access to the site for the inspector with no issues whatsoever, which has been the main thing. I’m very pleased with the service I’m getting.

What’s the next step for your build with ANSA Homes?

Looking at the step by step guide that was provided to me by ANSA when they first started working with me.

ANSA Homes provides you with a handy step-by-step guide of where your build is, where it goes next, and each stage of the process. We’re onto the roof now; once the roof is down they will be commencing the lining stage.

A key part of how ANSA Homes operates is its final price first tender guarantee. How is that playing out for you as you progress through your build?

Well, no one has come to me at all expecting me to pay any more. Nothing has been raised with me about paying more money. So at this stage they have followed through with their guarantee. And our certainty of price is exactly the same.

Nothing has changed price-wise whatsoever, which is awesome. I’m seeing on the socials people who are about to have their slab laid and are being told by their builder that they need to pay another $60,000 and basically being held hostage. That was a fear for us, hence the reason why we went with ANSA. And they’ve kept their promises thus far. I can’t wait to move in.

Final Price First: The ANSA tender model for pricing new homes

Not all new home build tenders are created equal. Those based on the Free Tender model and the Base Price model of costing a home – both commonly used by home builders in NSW – start low and end high. These can appeal to some new home buyers, but are typically too good to be true and only cause trouble later, often when it’s too late to turn back.

At ANSA Homes we use the Final Price First model, which gives true clarity and consistency on price from start to finish. With our Final Price First model, there are no smoke and mirrors. We don’t hide things or offer lower allowances to get you to sign with us; instead, we do all the hard work upfront, to avoid any nasty surprises and most importantly so you know exactly what you’re committing to from the very start. 

Everything is laid on the table from our first discussion, giving home buyers certainty of price from the very beginning with no hidden surprises throughout their build.

How the ANSA Final Price First model works

The process of buying and building a new home can be broken into seven steps. At each step, a significant event happens.

We discuss how other Sydney home builders use their pricing models in this related blog and how both these models; the Free Tender model and the Base Price model introduce new costs as the project moves through these steps.

However, let’s look closely at the ANSA way  and how our Final Price First model ensures that the price we give you upfront is the end price that you will pay, with no exceptions.

Step 1: Choose your new home

Choose the ANSA Homes’ design and façade that best suits your vision for your new home. We then conduct a preliminary siting of your new home on your piece of land and explain how our Final Price First model works. Importantly, we won’t give you a free quote filled with arbitrary figures and assumptions that are often proven to be wrong. We will always discuss your specific site to ensure that anything discussed is absolutely relevant.

Step 2: Request your tender

Pay your tender request fee. We charge a tender request fee because in compiling your tender we do tangible work, such as carrying out specific site inspections, ordering site surveys, soil testing for your actual piece of land, and work planning. That way your tender price isn’t built on assumptions that will invariably prove to be wrong once construction starts.

We also prepare any final design amendments discussed and inclusions you want for your new home. It is at this point that the processing of loan pre-approvals begins.

Step 3: Tender acceptance

Attend our tender presentation, where you sign off on all plans, accept your tender, and pay the tender acceptance fee. At this point you will know exactly what interior inclusions have been included in the tender for example bathroom tile heights, ceiling heights and door frame heights. Critically, what you are signing off on is a Final Price First tender, detailing exactly what you will pay for your new home. 

We can offer this because we have done the hard work upfront to determine what it will cost to build your new home on your actual land. We therefore don’t need to add allowances as we know specific costs. This means no additional costs once all site inspections, service locations, soil tests or contour surveys have been done.  

With ANSA Homes you won’t get any nasty surprises that unexpectedly push costs beyond your agreed budget.

Step 4: Exterior selections and approval preparation

Here we present our plan and timeline for building your new home and sign off permit plans for submission. We also work with you to select your exterior colours and finalise and lock in all exterior selections. Your plan approval fee is also paid here. 

Step 5: Personalise your home

Stage five is the fun stage, where you make your interior selections. At this stage, we also progress some important things behind the scenes, such as BASIX and Nathers approvals, developer approval, and complete and lodge structural engineering plans.

We are so confident in our processes that as part of our certainty promise we guarantee that the only way your tender price will go up or down is if you add or delete items during the time you personalise your house.

Want a marble bathroom? Your price may go up. Not interested in the higher level inclusions you thought you were, no problem, these can be deleted and your price will go down.

The ANSA Homes way is all about you, putting the home builder in control – to ensure you get your tender and your price, just the way you like it.

Step 6: Approvals and building agreement

It’s almost go time. With approvals received, HIA Building Contract signed, and construction plans and tender signed, your lender will issue ANSA Homes with a Letter of Authority to commence the construction of your new home.

Step 7: Your home construction begins

With everything locked in from both our end and yours, we are now ready to start building your new home. And the best part is you already know exactly what it is going to cost, thanks to our Final Price First model.

Choose ANSA Homes for no nasty surprises

With ANSA Homes you will enjoy peace of mind knowing that our Final Price First tender model covers all costs (including site costs) associated with building your new home. It’s our way of ensuring that the price we give you upfront is the end price that you will pay. 

Call ANSA Homes on 1300 757 810 or send us an online enquiry to find out more about our Final Price First Model and discuss your requirements.

Reading between the lines on how homes are priced

Whichever builder you choose to build your new home, it’s worth noting that the labour costs of building it will be very similar regardless of which homebuilder you choose.  

That may not make a lot of sense when looking at prices that builders will show you during the early research stages of your building journey. That’s because builders use different pricing models and strategies to separate themselves from their competitors. It’s also because some builders have established close working relationships with quality building supplies companies.

Nonetheless, when it comes down to brass tacks, all builders are invariably paying the same price for everything from building supplies to soil testing to site costs, construction costs, trades services, zoning, permits, and council approvals.

The biggest difference between builders when it comes to price is their pricing strategy and what is and what isn’t included in their initial tender price.

Tender pricing strategies vary enormously between builders; for home buyers, this makes it hard to compare apples with apples when assessing initial tender offers from different builders

“The biggest difference between builders when it comes to price is their pricing strategy and what is and what isn’t included in their initial tender price.”

When you get to the pointy end of the transaction, what matters the most is how much the cost of your new home has increased between the initial discussions and actual handover. That increase could be the difference between being able to afford your new home, or not being able to afford it and being left in a financial situation with your builder.

Two common pricing models that other home builders use

Two pricing models that are popular with other Sydney home builders are the Free Tender Model and the Base Price Model. While both are designed to instantly appeal to home buyers, throughout the build they both become less and less appealing and could pose problems as your build nears completion.

ANSA Homes, however, believes in true transparency of pricing. And as a part of The ANSA Certainty Promise, we provide a Final Price First guarantee.

Breaking down tender models and used by other Sydney builders

The process of buying and building a new home can be broken up into several steps. At each step, a significant event happens. And if you’ve chosen a builder that uses the Free Tender model or the Base Price model, at each step your builder will add new costs to the price of your new home.

So, by the time you reach the latter and final stages of your build, the true total price for your home may well be more than you’ve budgeted for and more than you can borrow.

“At ANSA Homes we use the Final Price First model, which gives true clarity and consistency on price from start to finish.”

Forewarned is forearmed, as the saying goes, so let’s go through the steps of home buying and home building and explain exactly how pricing under the Free Tender and Base Price models starts low and ends high, potentially causing home buyers to come unstuck.

Step 1: Free quote/Base price

Both the Free Tender model and Base Price model typically start with a free quote or a low or ‘base’ price tender. Almost an ‘off the top of my head’ style price provided. This sounds appealing, but it’s worth noting that this price typically only includes low allowances for many things, including site costs, provisions, and specifications. It has none or very little pricing that relates to your actual piece of land, and your actual build specifications providing little relevance to the real end price.

Step 2:Tender (you may have to pay up to $5,000)

The details of the free quote are compiled into an official tender contract, during which additions such as an allowance for site specifics, provisions, specifications, and BASIX are added, pushing the price up.

Beware here as many allowances will not cater for the specific needs for your specific piece of land.

Step 3: Accept tender, sign contract 

A few more “unforeseen” costs around site specifications and BASIX may be added as the homebuyer signs on the dotted line and pays the 10 per cent deposit.

Again beware of ‘allowances’ that are not site specific. Once the Tender is accepted and signed, you are under contract and have invested a significant amount of money. Be sure of what is included in the Tender price.

Step 4: Selections and upgrades 

With the homebuyer now locked in, and having invested their savings, the builder then reveals what level of inclusions they’ve committed to. Everything not already included is then charged at a premium, on top of your Tender Price, further driving up the end price of your home.

Step 5: Council approval and BASIX

Additional council fees and the true cost of BASIX requirements are added because the generalised allowances provided for are generally not sufficient. These are typically attributed to unexpected challenges with your block.

Step 6: Start onsite

As construction commences onsite, the builder adds more costs for unforeseen requirements such as extra piering. This is, again, due to the initial allowances not being site specific.

Step 7: Handover

With the new home now completed and ready for the homebuyer to take ownership, builders may add some final incidental costs. They may even refuse to hand over the keys until these final additional costs are paid. Be sure you know exactly what these are for and that they were previously discussed and accounted for.

In contrast: The ANSA way and the Final Price First model 

At ANSA Homes we use the Final Price First model, which gives true clarity and consistency on price from start to finish. With our Final Price First model, there are no smoke and mirrors. Everything is laid on the table from our first discussion, giving home buyers certainty of price from the very beginning and a pain-free build.

Find out more about our Final Price Model or call ANSA Homes on 1300 757 810 or send us an online enquiry to speak to someone about your new home building journey.

How to use design trends to build your dream home

We’re all bombarded with home designs that are ‘on trend’ through reality TV shows, social media platforms, and our own friends and family. Just because a ‘look’ is heavily featured on social media or reality, doesn’t mean it’s a good choice for everyone from an aesthetic or even a practical standpoint.

Choosing the right home design, both inside and out is not about impressing other people. Instead it’s about choosing the design, décor and furnishings that will help you enjoy your new home, and more importantly allow it to function to meet your needs.

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When you commit to a brand new home, it’s important to remember that, unlike a renovation, you are starting with a truly blank canvas. Your home is a clean slate, and with the right homebuilder you can make it everything and anything you want.

A great home is about more than just the floorplan, the size, and the number of bedrooms. It’s also about the design – both on the inside and the outside. As you contemplate your plans, let’s have a look at some timeless design trends that can be incorporated into both the exterior and interior of your new home.

Go cool and sophisticated with the Hamptons look

The Hamptons look takes its inspiration from the houses of the rich and famous built in a group of townships on Long Island, New York. It’s a stylish, coastal-themed design that continues to be popular with homeowners all around Australia.

Think cool, classic, and sophisticated designs meshed with rustic, casual beach vibes. The look is characterised by light-filled and spacious homes with a focus on natural materials and simple styling. As well as drawing on inspiration from The Hamptons, this style is also reminiscent of Australia’s iconic Queenslander homes.

For the exterior of your new Hamptons-look home think:

  • Soft, weathered tones such as white and pale grey.
  • Accents for trims, such as blue and charcoal.
  • Weatherboards.
  • Timber fretwork and trims.

If the sound of a Hamptons style home appeals to you, take a look at the popular ANSA Homes’ Astaire design, which is the perfect design for your new Hamptons-inspired home.

For the interior, choose colours drawn from natural elements such as the sea, sky, and bushland. To complete the look, use beautiful wooden furnishings, timber floors, nautical elements, feature staircases, and elegant, comfortable corners.

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Exposed raw materials characterise Industrial design

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The industrial look draws heavily on its namesake with character features such as weathered timbers contrasting with eye-catching metallics.

Industrial design exterior features often include:

  • Exposed raw materials and metallic finishes.
  • Plenty of texture.
  • Exposed concrete.
  • Weathered timbers.
  • Minimal tonal colour palette.

ANSA Homes’ Austinmeer façade draws from Industrial style influences like the Archer design. The Industrial style of interior home design proudly embraces and showcases the building materials that other styles of interior design conceal, like exposed raw materials.

It is focused on bringing rustic authenticity and an organic feel to home design. In the process, it employs neutral tones, utilitarian objects, exposed brick walls, and wood and metallic surfaces. On the inside, industrial design is enhanced by vintage furniture, steel light fixtures, and accents of metallic finishes.

Play it safe with contemporary design

If you prefer a look that is guaranteed not to date, then choose a contemporary design that celebrates clean lines and no fussy details.

You can create the contemporary design look on your home’s exterior with:

  • A simple colour palette of no more than three shades.
  • Clean, minimalist lines with no visual fuss.
  • Interesting angles, shadows, and features that catch the eye.

The Brooklyn design from ANSA Homes is an example of contemporary design. For the interior, a contemporary style of decorating is defined by simplicity, with the deliberate use of texture and clean lines, with a focus on space rather than items in the space.

The most obvious and distinctive element of a contemporary style interior design is the line. This can be through the use of straight vertical or horizontal lines or curved shapes, as long as visible lines are featured strongly. The line can be found in architectural details, the use of bold colour blocks, high ceilings, bare windows, and geometric shapes in art.

Build your new home with certainty

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 homedesign ideas.

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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