Our Build Process


Step 1 – Initial consultation

At your first meeting with the Horizon Homes team, we’ll discuss your ideas, style and budget. We explain our process and the journey to your dream home.

After this meeting, you’ll receive a design brief document which will help you to consider all aspects of your new home, including timelines and costs.  

Step 2 – Background work

The preparation work begins! We’ll organise:

  • Contour survey of your property
  • Soil test
  • 10.7 Planning Certificate from your local council
  • Drainage diagram from Sydney water
  • Certificate of Title
  • Site inspection

Together these documents define the basis of the building work proposed for your land. They’ll also confirm whether or not your build will meet complying development guidelines or a development application through your local council.

Step 3 – Concept design

The Horizon Homes team will meet with you to discuss your design brief. Our team consists of our Director, Denis Carroll, who has 30+ years of building experience, our award winning architectural designer and our sales/client representative. We will go through your design brief in detail. We’ll discuss potential construction methods and suggestions on building materials that could be used for different applications. We also make sure that important aspects like light and air flow are considered in the design. Our architectural designer will then prepare a concept design based on your specific design brief.

Step 4 – Project costing

Once the concept design has been approved by you, we’ll discuss the level of finishes you want in your home. Based on this information we’ll put together a comprehensive costing. This document details all costs and inclusions for your project.

We will then meet with you to explain the details of this document in person. At this stage you’ll have a complete understanding of the overall cost to build your dream home.

Once you have agreed on the design and the cost of your home, the next stage is the process of having your build approved.

Step 5 – Approval process

We’ll complete the architectural plans, BASIX assessment, structural and hydraulic engineering design.

Horizon Homes will also prepare the Development Application (DA) or Complying Development Certification (CDC).

Your dream home is really starting to take shape! During this process you will choosing all your exterior colours and finishes (with the help of our in-house interior designer).

Step 6 – Interior design selections

In step six, the real fun begins and you’ll start to consider interior design selections. Our interior designer will expertly guide you in picking your fixtures and finishes and will help you with all your colour selections giving you confidence that the finishes you are selecting will complement your house and its design.

Step 7 – Building contract

At this stage you are now ready to sign our fixed price building contract and once signed, building usually commences within four weeks.

Step 8 – Building the dream

Once the build has been approved and the contract signed, the building of your dream home begins. The care and attention to detail that you experienced through the design and approval process will continue throughout the build.

You’ll have a dedicated supervisor, who will be in constant contact updating you on all aspects of your build. Our goal is to ensure you realise your dream home without unnecessary complications or stress. In fact, our process is such a dream that most of our clients come from a direct recommendation from past people we have built for, which is the ultimate compliment for a builder.

What our clients say

“It’s hard to imagine your dream house. It’s better if someone just builds it for you. That’s how we felt with the house that Horizon Homes designed and built for our family. Horizon are a very professional, delivery oriented and detail focused company. Challenges with the site were dealt with effectively and on time... costs came in on budget. We would unhesitatingly recommend Horizon for your bespoke home design & build.”

“Our journey with Horizon Homes was wonderful. Our house looks amazing... we chose Horizon Homes because they said they could do any style, their display house had good quality and the team was so easy to talk to. The design process, choosing colours and finishes were so much fun... Denis and team gave us useful advice so our budget didn’t blow out. The construction process went smoothly and finished on time. We highly recommend Horizon Homes and we could not be happier. ”

“We wanted to build with a local family builder who would give us time to design our dream house. Denis had some fantastic ideas and advice and turned our dreams into reality. All building work started and finished on time and our supervisor, Danny had a level of communication that far exceeded our expectations. We were really impressed with the quality of the finishes, the attention to detail and the effort taken to handover a faultless home. Such a positive experience from an exceptional builder. ”

“Our experience with Horizon was supportive from start to end. As beginners in the knockdown and rebuild process, I felt they guided us through the journey. The quality of our finishings was excellent... I still love coming home to our house more than a couple of years later. Horizon were a delight to deal with and we got the house of our dreams out of it!!!”

“I cannot thank you guys enough for what you have done. Despite the restrictions of land size you have put up an amazing house. Your professionalism and just the way you conduct your business is by far of the highest standards.”

“We had a good idea of what we wanted in our new home and Horizon Homes made it a reality. The build time was just as they had forecast and no request big or small was too difficult. From the minute we met Denis we knew he was the builder for us. Denis was honest and up front from the beginning. We really appreciated this.”

“Horizon Homes is professional and efficient. Everything is documented and handled in a manner that is transparent, clear and concise. We have also found that their attention to detail from the signing of the contract to handover has been excellent. Our home is stunning and everything that we expected it to be. Horizon Homes comes highly recommended by us.”

“They took care of every step of the knock-down and rebuild, from the very beginning to handing over the keys… They prepared the council DA application… looked after the entire building process with exceptional quality, workmanship and keen eye for details… the entire team was honest and up front… We are so grateful that we chose Horizon Home to complete our new home project…”

“We were really happy with the service we received from Denis, Liam, Esther and the team. Communication at all stages of the project was top class. Our build process went smoothly, and importantly Liam has been really responsive to any requests we have had since moving in. I would highly recommend Horizon Homes and complement them on a job well done!”

“We built our first dream house with Horizon Homes. Denis and the team are very professional and helpful from the very beginning. Our house now is one of the signature on our street. We really enjoy the whole process with the team. And hopefully we can build again with Horizon Home in the near future!”

“Horizon worked with us to design the house we wanted. They listened to our brief and gave excellent advice and suggestions. We love the result. Our home is spacious, light-filled and maximises the potential of our downward sloping block. There were setbacks throughout the build, which meant that our house was completed behind schedule, but Horizon had good communication processes in place and we cannot fault the quality of the overall build.”

“The construction process was smooth, with regular communication keeping us abreast of what was happening... our site supervisor (Danny) was always approachable and addressed all our concerns to achieve the final product of a beautiful double story home in Concord that we are very proud of! We recommend Horizon Homes for their personal touch, ability to listen to our needs and the values they displayed during the project - Openness, Honesty and Transparency - and most of all, for keeping our confidence high during what is typically a stressful time.”

“After considering 50+ builders we eventually decided on a custom home with Horizon and are very happy with our choice. Denis and Danny were extremely helpful during the custom design phase, working within our budget to design our dream home... things ran on budget and schedule, and we were regularly updated regarding progress, so thankfully this was a stress-free period. The quality of build was excellent... we have been living in the house for over 6 months now and love it - we would definitively choose Horizon again and highly recommend them.”

“We built our first home with Horizon Homes... all the questions were answered and the whole build process ended up being very smooth. Our variation requests were happily accommodated. The whole team... were professional, friendly and easy to work with. The house turned heads and the quality of the build speaks for itself. We’ll unthinkingly hire them if we were to build again.”

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