Managing the Rising Cost of Building Materials

Pricing Transparency for your Knockdown Rebuild

How has Horizon Homes been impacted by the unprecedented price increases in building materials and labour costs? It’s a question often asked by visitors to our Five Dock Design Studio.

Well, Horizon Homes has acted swiftly to mitigate the impact of both price rises and the accompanying scarcity of building supplies. 

Being a boutique builder gives us considerable flexibility. At the same time, we’ve been able to leverage our established position in the local industry to give our clients the best outcome.

The post-COVID landscape

While state and federal governments provided subsidies to help home buyers and encourage people to build and buy during the pandemic, those supports have largely finished up. 

Now we’re seeing rising supply chain costs that are having a big effect on the residential building industry. 

A recent article on realestate.com.au indicated that in some cases, the cost of materials has risen by between 15 and 45 per cent since the global lockdowns. 

Combine this with delays in freight shipping and worker shortages pushing up labour costs, and you have the ‘perfect storm’. 

Making adjustments

Of course, Horizon Homes is not immune to these issues. But as a boutique home builder, we can be nimble, and have been able to quickly make changes in the way we do business.

We now order material well in advance to factor in the additional shipping times.

We also modify our build schedules to accommodate any delays, so other jobs on site are completed if we are waiting on material.

Leveraging relationships

Being an established builder with a long history in the custom home industry has helped as we’ve been able to leverage our long-term relationships with sub-contractors and suppliers.

We also actively pursue new relationships with suppliers. This ensures we can get the best materials at the most reasonable cost for our clients. 

It helps, too, that Horizon Homes has its own in-house construction teams, led by experienced site managers. With our construction crews on staff, we have more control in planning and meeting our building schedules. 

Communication and transparency

In times like these, clear communication is key to a happy and productive relationship between a builder and their clients.  

When you build with Horizon Homes, we commit to having an open and honest relationship with you. We’ll keep you up to date with what is happening on your site.

Horizon Homes does offer set price contracts.

Our quotes are some of the most detailed in the industry. We want to be as transparent as possible when pricing a project, so you understands every detail going into your new home build.

You can be assured that every aspect of your build has been considered and costed at the time you sign the contract.

Let’s talk

If you want to talk to Horizon Homes about your knockdown rebuild and get a better understanding of potential costs in the current market, give us a call on 02 8882 9111.

We’d be happy to discuss your project in greater detail. 

Alternatively, visit us at the Five Dock Design Studio, at 412 Lyons Road, Five Dock. We’re open 10am-4pm (Mon-Fri) and by appointment on weekends.

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.”

Contact Us

(02) 8882 9111
info@horizonhomes.com.au

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