Smaller is More Efficient
Brisbane houses are getting smaller and designs need to be more efficient to cope with the change, says Valcon director Tim Douglas.
Mr Douglas said higher ceilings, a lot more lightweight construction and the continual move towards greener homes using water tanks and solar were becoming popular.
He and fellow Valcon director Jason Doerr have entered the competitive home builder industry to address what they see as a gap in the market for a consistent level of quality design, from entry level houses to multi-million dollar builds. The two builders with a combined 40 years’ experience, have launched Valcon Homes, with their first display home open at Thornlands’ Waterline community.
Already, Valcon has 20 single and double storey four-bedroom, two-bathroom designs available to choose from, with scope to tailor floor plans or contract a custom build.
Mr Douglas said unlike many other builders, Valcon would work to a guaranteed time frame and price. “One of the biggest barriers for buyers considering building a new home is the concern construction costs will increase before their home is complete,” he said.
“In some cases where builders do not offer a guaranteed fixed price, costs can unexpectedly increase by thousands of dollars and can wipe out the benefit of any government grants or incentives. By working to a fixed price and guaranteed time frame, purchasers can have confidence that they are in control and won’t need to dip into their savings or be inconvenienced by having to wait longer than expected to move into their new home.
“This is why we have designed our homes to stand the test of time – which means they are not only of a high quality, but in most cases offer versatile rooms and spaces which can be transformed to suit changes in lifestyle or living circumstances.”
Mr Doerr said the home builder market was also incredibly under-serviced in terms of its after-sale care.
By Reshni Ratnam
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