Is it better to build a house or buy one?

Are you wondering is it better to build a house or buy one? In this post, we give you a practical overview of our answer to this question. Continue reading to learn more.

Why Choose Custom over Off the Plan

There is an unlimited number of plans in the domestic marketplace at the moment. Owners are spoilt for choice. However, that does not mean you cannot start from scratch with your own ideas and develop your very own custom design with OMNI. The OMNI ethos is to collaborate with you to develop your dream home from paper to site.

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Tweak an existing OMNI design

So you like one of our designs but would like to make some changes. No problem, OMNI is all about understanding your new home needs. We encourage your ideas and feedback and want you to feel this is just as much your project as it is ours. We want to include you in the process from start to finish so when you reach that all-important handover day, you are happy in the knowledge that you helped bring your dream home to life!

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What about Inclusions

Whilst OMNI provides for 3 levels of quality fitout inclusions (Advantage, Living and Living Plus). We are also interested in delivering the products that you want in your new home. We won’t dictate what you can and can’t have in your home. It’s your space! Your appliances and your gadgets!

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A Recently Completed Challenging Custom Project

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The Brief

OMNI recently handed over a custom design to our clients based overseas, who came to us with an interesting challenge.  A partially complete home at frame stage.   The home had been standing unfinished for a period of 18 months when we were approached to provide assistance and solutions in how to get the project back on track and completed.

Consultation (March 2018)

Our Director personally met with the owners on several occasions to take a full account of the situation and our clients’ needs. The OMNI team then got together to formulate a project plan and investigate what could be salvaged from the existing structure and what needed to be done to get new the project approved by Council and under construction. After many exhaustive discussions with Certifiers, Engineers, Draftees, Town Planners the owners and Suppliers, we prepared initial design sketches and detailed pricing.

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Contract (August 2018)

Upon presenting all the information and pricing the owners felt in a solid position to trust OMNI with resurrecting their abandoned build and gave OMNI the green light to proceed to Contract and Working Drawings for Certification and Council approval.

Approvals (December 2018)

Given the challenges a partially completed build presented, OMNI could foresee that we would be spending a significant time trying to get the project approved and certified. The team persevered and after lodging in September 2018, the approval came through just before Christmas 2018!

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Construction (January 2019)

With the approval arriving just before the industry shutdown in December 2018, our plan was to hit the ground running for 2019 and work commenced on site in January 2019. The site presented many challenges during construction, not the least of which having to remove a partially constructed frame and part of the slab. Access was difficult which meant a lot of planning and management of when trades had to be on site. Our Site Supervisor Adrian did a fantastic job managing the process and we are happy to report the project was completed in October 2019 within contracted timeframe.

Handover (October 2019)

It was a long road, but the OMNI team rose to this challenge and we handed over a resurrected and brand new home in October 2019.

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The Moral of this Story

No build is too difficult!  Every obstacle should be viewed as a potential problem solving opportunity. With the right attitude, the right trades and fantastic supplier relationships, any project goal is achievable.

OMNI are the builder for you in the Brisbane domestic construction space!

We look at things differently and value our client’s input. OMNI are committed to making your building experience a great one!

  • If you have a question we will answer without the smoke and mirrors talk!
  • If you have a problem we will listen and work with you for resolution!
  • If you want a quality built home OMNI will deliver it!
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