Frequently Asked Questions

Houses

Do you have pre-drawn home designs?

Yes, we currently have 9 pre-drawn home designs on our website. Click here to have a look through our current range. Keep in mind, we can make changes to these designs or even create your own design from scratch.

Do you design and build custom homes?

Yes, we certainly do. We do offer a number of pre-drawn designs on our website, but we understand that one size does not fit all. Our experienced design team can help you create the design of your dreams from scratch. We are here to listen to your ideas and design something that will suit your site, fit your budget and suit your lifestyle needs.
The BIM services we offer are especially appealing to our clients planning to design and build a custom home. You can walk-through the virtual 3D model of your new home to give you a better understanding and visualisation of every space. We can provide you with 3D renders to show what the exterior will look like with your selected materials, or even extend this to the favourite rooms inside your house.

What is development approval?

Development approval is the legal document confirming assessment of a development has been completed and approved by the relevant authorities and allows for the development to be undertaken. There are a number of steps involved in the development assessment process, as outlined below:

Planning Rules Consent
Planning assessment is the first stage of the development approval process. Planning consent is issued once an application has been submitted to the relevant council and the planner has assessed it against the Development Plan for the local area. The application will be processed in accordance with any procedural requirements set out in the Development Act and Development Regulations. Every council has their own Development Plan with their own set of rules.

Building Rules Consent
The Building Rules assessment considers whether the building satisfies technical building requirements and will be structurally sound, as assessed against the Building Code of Australia and any other applicable Australian Standards. Among many things, the Building Rules Consent covers the areas relating to structural adequacy, fire safety, health and amenity, equitable access for people with disabilities and energy efficiency.
Building Rules Consent can be undertaken by the area council where the development will be built, or by a private certifier. Blackbird Industries submit most applications to a private certifier to assist with speeding up the approval process.

What type of contract do you use?

As members of HIA (Housing Industry Association), we use their standard ‘SA Building Contract for New Homes’ template.
Our team can send you a copy of the template to have a look if you request.

How long will it take to build my home?

There are many variables when it comes to building a home so this can be a tricky question to answer.

Once all approvals are in place, commencement on site will generally take place within 1-2 weeks.

As a guideline only, clients should allow for a build time of approx. 5 months for single storey homes. This does of course depend on the complexity of the design.

We can give you a better idea on the timeline once you have made your initial consultation and settled on a plan.

Can I make changes during construction?

Any alterations during construction are discouraged as these may increase the build time, and will incur additional costs. Some minor internal and cosmetic changes may be acceptable, however please keep in mind any changes made after signing off on your final construction plans will incur an administration fee, as well as a variation for any extra materials/labour.
Note is made that some alterations may need to be referred back to council for their approval prior to proceeding.

What are PC amounts / Provision Sums?

Prime Costs / Provisional Sums are best described as estimated costs for work and items that are unknown at the time of providing an estimation. Once the actual price of the item or service is known, the estimation will be updated. If the actual price is greater than the PC / Provisional Sum allowed, the difference is added to the final price, however if the figure i.e. less than the estimated sum, the difference is subtracted. Example: A PC of $3,000 is allowed for in your estimation, but upon selections the quote has come back at $2,450.00. You will receive a credit of $550.00 off the final price.

How soon can you start building my home?

We can start building your new home as soon as the development approval and finance approval (if applicable) have been issued, and all plans and selections have been finalised. Commencement on site will normally take place within 1-2 weeks of all approvals being in place.

Can I get a key to my new house before it is finished?

Keys are only handed over to the client once practical completion has been met. If access to the home is required during construction, it is suggested you contact your project manager to arrange an on-site meeting with your site manager.

Where do you build?

We build houses throughout the Limestone Coast area of South Australia. This includes Millicent, Mount Gambier, Robe, Naracoorte, Penola, Kingston SE, Port MacDonnell, Beachport, Southend and anywhere in between.
Feel free to ask our team if you are looking to build anywhere outside of these areas.

What does the 6-star energy rating mean?

All new homes must comply with the energy efficiency requirements set out in the National Construction Code (NCC). Blackbird Industries complies with these requirements by meeting a 6 star standard using the NATHERS (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme) star rating system. Plans are sent to an accredited NATHERS assessor who will review the building and issue a certificate with a star rating. In some cases, it may be necessary to make upgrades to the building to meet 6 stars – this may include some double glazing, increasing the R value of insulation, etc. There are many factors which affect the star rating on a home – just to name a few this includes orientation of the house, roof colour, building materials, insulation properties, glazing properties, etc.

Commercial Buildings

What is development approval?

Development approval is the legal document confirming assessment of a development has been completed and approved by the relevant authorities and allows for the development to be undertaken. There are a number of steps involved in the development assessment process, as outlined below:

Planning Rules Consent
Planning assessment is the first stage of the development approval process. Planning consent is issued once an application has been submitted to the relevant council and the planner has assessed it against the Development Plan for the local area. The application will be processed in accordance with any procedural requirements set out in the Development Act and Development Regulations. Every council has their own Development Plan with their own set of rules.

Building Rules Consent
The Building Rules assessment considers whether the building satisfies technical building requirements and will be structurally sound, as assessed against the Building Code of Australia and any other applicable Australian Standards. Among many things, the Building Rules Consent covers the areas relating to structural adequacy, fire safety, health and amenity, equitable access for people with disabilities and energy efficiency.
Building Rules Consent can be undertaken by the area council where the development will be built, or by a private certifier. Blackbird Industries submit most applications to a private certifier to assist with speeding up the approval process.

What are PC amounts / Provision Sums?

Prime Costs / Provisional Sums are best described as estimated costs for work and items that are unknown at the time of providing an estimation. Once the actual price of the item or service is known, the estimation will be updated. If the actual price is greater than the PC / Provisional Sum allowed, the difference is added to the final price, however if the figure i.e. less than the estimated sum, the difference is subtracted. Example: A PC of $3,000 is allowed for in your estimation, but upon selections the quote has come back at $2,450.00. You will receive a credit of $550.00 off the final price.

Sheds

What is development approval?

Development approval is the legal document confirming assessment of a development has been completed and approved by the relevant authorities and allows for the development to be undertaken. There are a number of steps involved in the development assessment process, as outlined below:

Planning Rules Consent
Planning assessment is the first stage of the development approval process. Planning consent is issued once an application has been submitted to the relevant council and the planner has assessed it against the Development Plan for the local area. The application will be processed in accordance with any procedural requirements set out in the Development Act and Development Regulations. Every council has their own Development Plan with their own set of rules.

Building Rules Consent
The Building Rules assessment considers whether the building satisfies technical building requirements and will be structurally sound, as assessed against the Building Code of Australia and any other applicable Australian Standards. Among many things, the Building Rules Consent covers the areas relating to structural adequacy, fire safety, health and amenity, equitable access for people with disabilities and energy efficiency.
Building Rules Consent can be undertaken by the area council where the development will be built, or by a private certifier. Blackbird Industries submit most applications to a private certifier to assist with speeding up the approval process.

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