Frequently Asked Questions

Here, we have compiled a list of commonly asked questions. Is your question not on this list? Contact us for more information.

What type of house is the most energy efficient?

A modular home that is north facing with double glazing on the windows and solar panels on the roof would be one of the most energy efficient structures you could build. If energy efficiency is high on your wish list for your new home, The Box Factory contains some fantastic modular home inspiration.

Should I build a single storey or double storey house?

In high-density areas, multi-storey buildings provide a lot more bang for buck in regard to living space. You may also get a view from the upper storey, depending on where your house is located and what your outlook is! Single storey is marginally cheaper to build and may also be a smarter choice for elderly or infirm homeowners. Double storey adds a little bit of cost but is worth it for the extra living space if the budget allows. If in doubt, contact us to discuss the right solution for you and your family?

How much of my house should I keep during a renovation?

When looking to renovate, it makes sense to keep as much as possible of the existing house intact to save on renovation costs. However, there are plenty of scenarios in which spending a little extra on renovating additional rooms will in fact add a substantial amount to the value of your property in the longer term. Not all potential buyers are looking for the hassle of renovating. Chat with us to determine the best solution for you.

What’s better for a pergola or deck: treated pine or hardwood?

There are pros and cons for each timber type. Hardwood is more expensive, stronger and requires less maintenance. The aesthetics are subjective, but at Wilks Building Group, we prefer the look of hardwood over treated pine. If in doubt, contact us and we can talk you through the best option for your property.

Should I build a new home or renovate my existing home?

Should I stay put and renovate my existing home, or demolish and start afresh? If you are unsure what’s best for you, here are some things to weigh up:

RENOVATING: Renovating your home gives you the power to knock down or add extensions to your home in sections. You may only want to renovate certain parts of the house, and this may make it easier to organise finances. You generally don’t have to leave the house when renovating, which means you have somewhere to live during the project – and you could add to the value of your property without having to start from scratch.

BUILDING: Building gives you the freedom to design a perfect home that meets all your needs both functionally and aesthetically. A brand-new build means no maintenance or upgrades in the foreseeable future and gives your property a great resale value.

Other points to consider: Is this my forever home, or is my family still growing? Will a renovation add value to my property, or will the larger initial spend give me a better return in the long run? And ultimately, what can I afford?

It may be worth getting a quote for both a renovation and a new build – and don’t forget to check the status of – and your eligibility for – the new HomeBuilder Grant.

What is Reverse Brick Veneer?

Reverse Brick Veneer is a building method where the bricks are placed on the inside of the structural framing instead of on the outside. The outside of the home will still feature some form of cladding, and the builder will insert a layer of insulation between the bricks on the inside and the cladding on the outside. Reverse Brick Veneer can assist with making your home more energy efficient as the thermal mass (the brickwork) is on the inside of the home instead of the outside, where it would be exposed to the elements and therefore cause the internal temperatures to fluctuate. What’s more, with the range of bricks now available, there is a vast array of choices to suit different aesthetic tastes. If you don’t want an exposed brick wall on the inside of your home, you can choose to render or paint the bricks to hide them.

As the client, do I engage in other trades or does my builder organise that?

Put simply, it’s best to leave the project management to the professionals. Mistakes in project management can potentially lead to thousands of dollars in damages and headaches that will leave you wishing you hadn’t tried to tackle the build yourself. Common sense dictates that the project management of key trades should be left to the professionals who have a passion for what they do and who genuinely care about the end result.

What’s better for home building: a timber frame or a steel frame?

There is no embodied energy in timber. Timber is essentially carbon neutral. Steel usually requires pre-fabrication and then transportation to site, whereas timber can be customised on site – meaning it’s more flexible, more economical and better for the environment. Steel is harder to come by during the age of the Coronavirus as much of it comes from overseas or interstate. If in doubt, talk to us and we can point you in the right direction!

Who should I be speaking to first: a builder or an architect?

What comes first, the chicken or the egg? When making plans for your next home build, renovation or extension, would you make contact with a builder or an architect first?

The answer to this question depends on the style of project you are about to embark upon. Our advice? Do your research and make contact with both during the planning phase. The best results are achieved when all parties involved are working seamlessly together. Plus, your builder may provide some handy practical tips for you to take with you when you approach an architect to ensure you are armed with the knowledge you need about what is and isn’t achievable on your property.

If you are thinking of building or renovating but unsure where to start, contact us – we can help to guide you in the right direction.

Are you insured?

Yes, Wilks Building Group is fully licensed and insured.