Here are some answers to questions we are often asked by our customers who are looking to build steel framed custom homes. If your question is not answered here, Contact Us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you build my design/plan?
We can build a home based on a design you have drawn yourself (a custom home). Our professional experience is at hand to help you with your design if you need it.
What areas do you cover?
Freedom Homes is based in Tomago, near Newcastle. Generally the homes we build are within one (1) hours drive, but we may build outside this area depending on the circumstance.
How long does it take?
When we build a complete home for you, the time depends on a Housing Industry Association Building Agreement. The agreement defines a contract period of usually 26 working weeks.
How much do your homes cost?
Because we are customising your home, we can design a home to suit your budget. Please contact us for a cost estimate.
Can I pick the tradesperson?
When we do a custom build, we choose the tradespeople, however, if you know someone that you would like to use for a particular job, please discuss this with our Building Consultant who will advise you about this.
Do you use trade-qualified subcontractors?
Yes. All our tradespersons are fully licensed, qualified and insured.
Do I need a council application?
Yes. Freedom Homes take care of the Council approval process for you when you build with us.
What styles do you offer?
With a Custom Home, you can have any style you want. At Freedom Homes, it’s your choice!
Do you build on sloping sites?
Yes. Freedom Homes are fully experienced in designing and building homes on sloping sites.
Do you build on bearers and joists?
Yes. We build on bearers and joists on either flat or sloping blocks.
What materials do you use for your Frames and Trusses?
Freedom Homes uses high strength 1.2mm welded steel frames, trusses are light weight (welded steel).
What roofing materials do you use?
The majority of our homes are built with a Colorbond roof.
At an additional cost we use concrete or terracotta tiles if requested.
What is the largest single span you can build?
We can build spans of up to 15 metres with our lightweight trusses, however, over this span, design requirements may change.
Do you build two-storey homes?
Yes, whether the site is flat or sloping.
What is the HIA?
What is a HIA (Housing Industry Association) Building Agreement?
The Housing Industry Association Plain English Building Agreement is a contract that outlines the conditions of the construction of your home.
What is the difference between a Prime Cost (PC) amount and a Provisional amount?
A Prime Cost Item is an item (e.g. fixtures or fitting) that has not been selected, or whose price is not known at the time a domestic building contact is entered into.
A Provisional Amount is an estimate of the cost of carrying out particular work (including the cost of supplying materials for the work) for which the builder cannot give a definite amount at the time the contract is entered into.