Frequently asked questions

How much will my home cost?

Size is the biggest factor in costing out your build. The smaller the home, the less materials and labour needed. However, other factors come into the cost as well, including the type of materials and fixtures selected, the site constraints and the complexity of the design. We’ll guide you through your options based on the budget you set.

How long does it take to get home approval?

Our preferred method of approval is CDC (Complying Development Approval) which takes approximately 4-6 weeks to finalise. It can take longer for DA approval, but the time can vary quite a bit from council to council.

How long does it take to build a Home?

Our build time is around 20 weeks – but larger homes take longer. Demolition and detailed design features in the home can also add to the construction time.

What is the difference between CDC approval and DA approval?

CDC approval is approved by a private certifier – and because it’s a private service the process is much faster. DA approval is approved by your local council, and the process is much slower and more costly, as the requirements to get approval are harder to meet.

What is a private certifier?

Private certifiers are professionals who are qualified to issue construction approvals on properties that meet general requirements.

Are there any hidden costs with Dream Scope Homes?

No. We have a fixed-price guarantee, plus several other guarantees on your build. Our guarantees ensure peace of mind for you.

Do you only build houses?

No, we also build granny flats, duplexes, manors and boarding houses.

Do you have a showroom for us to choose our own colours and fixtures?

Yes! Our Selections Centre has an extensive range of materials, fixtures and colours to choose from. If you need help, our in-house colour consultants are on hand to offer advice and guide you through the selection process.

What are site costs?

When building a new dwelling, there are often costs associated with getting your land/site prepared for construction. Examples of site costs would be demolition, tree removal, retaining walls or drop-edge beams.

What are site services?

This refers to power, water, gas etc. New land releases have all services brought to the boundary of your land. If you plan to knock down and rebuild your home, additional services may be required or existing services may require upgrading.

What is meant by the fall of the land?

The fall of the land is basically the steepness of the land or site. Flat blocks tend to be cheaper to build on due to not requiring retaining walls or drop edge beams.

Got a question we haven’t answered here? Please contact us – we’re always happy to help.