Regional NSW – Why You Should Hire A Design and DA Approval Services Separate from Your Builder

September 5, 2023

In the world of construction and homebuilding, the process can be both exciting and daunting. From envisioning your dream home to the final touches that make it uniquely yours, there are numerous decisions to be made along the way. One of the most critical decisions you'll face is whether to hire architects and contractors separately from your builder or opt for an all-in-one package. We explore the benefits of moving ahead with your Design and DA Approval.


Save Time and Even Buy Time

In the world of construction, time is an invaluable currency, and in regional areas like rural New South Wales, where builders are in high demand, it's even more precious.

Builders, both near and far, have their schedules booked, but by initiating the design and development phases early, you afford yourself the luxury of time – time to meticulously select the perfect builder for your project or even time to join their queue. This proactive approach empowers you to make well-informed decisions, ensuring that when the construction phase commences, everything aligns seamlessly, and your dream home comes to life with the precision it deserves.

When you embark on the journey of design and development with Cubitt’s, you're not just gaining expert guidance; you're also securing a head start in a race against the clock.

Save Money with Local Pricing

A Cubitt’s, we understand value of having local building teams who can roll up their sleeves and show up daily to get the job done, just as we've been doing with our in house building teams in the region from Newcastle down to Canberra, its important to have builders who can show up and build until its finished. Our regional NSW customers told us loud and clear – rather than pay a regional levy to allow building teams to stay close by - they've expressed a desire for our guidance and support in the early stages of their projects – specifically in design and development approval through council channels. This approach allows them to enlist a local builder or even manage the project themselves as owner-builders.


Choice of Material

One of the primary advantages of hiring architects and contractors separately is the control it gives you over the materials used in your home. Many homeowners prefer to have direct oversight and input when it comes to selecting and sourcing materials for their construction project. When you manage your drafting and building separately, you gain the freedom to handpick the materials that align with your vision and expectations. Whether you have a particular preference for sustainable, eco-friendly materials or want to ensure that only top-notch products are used, this approach allows you to make informed choices.

Fulfil Personal and Unique Requirements

Every homeowner has a unique vision for their dream home. In some cases, your requirements may be so distinctive that a local builder may not be able to see your vision as clearly as hiring an expert designer. Imagine you're planning to construct a cutting-edge, environmentally sustainable home. Perhaps you have your heart set on a steel structure home or a zero-discharge property that minimizes its environmental footprint. These innovative and specialised projects often require a high level of expertise and customisation that may not be readily available in a one-size-fits-all builder's package.

By selecting your architect and contractor separately, you can tap into the expertise of professionals and build to your specific requirements. They can work closely with you to bring your unique vision to life, ensuring that every aspect of your home aligns with your innovative design and structural needs.

Build with a Mate

Sometimes, homeowners prefer to work with local contractors they already know and trust. This is particularly common when these professionals have a personal connection with the homeowner, such as being friends or family members. If you have a builder in your inner circle and are confident in their abilities, hiring them separately for your project can be an excellent choice. The advantage of this approach lies in the established relationship and trust you share with these individuals. You can have open and honest communication from the start, knowing that your project is in capable, local hands.

Become an Owner Builder

Extremely common with those who like complete control over a project, homeowners may choose to become owner-builders themselves. This means taking on the role of both the builder and the homeowner, overseeing every aspect of the construction process. While this approach comes with its own set of challenges, it offers several benefits, including:

  1. Control over the design: Understanding the options as you work with your designer, where you will be able swap and change materials later on according to availability
  2. Control over Costs: As an owner-builder, you have complete control over the budget and can make decisions that align with your financial goals. You can choose where to allocate funds, potentially saving money on certain aspects of the project.
  3. Hands-On Involvement: Being an owner-builder allows you to be deeply involved in the construction process, giving you firsthand experience in every stage of your home's creation.
  4. Personal Satisfaction: Successfully building your own home can be an incredibly rewarding experience, giving you a sense of accomplishment and pride.

However, it's essential to note that owner-building also requires a significant time commitment, construction knowledge, and the ability to manage various contractors and suppliers effectively.


Introducing Cubitt's Anywhere - Your Granny Flat Solution in Regional NSW

With the launch of Cubitt's Anywhere, residents of regional NSW now have access to an unparalleled Granny Flat design and council approval service. Bringing decades of experience and expertise in the construction industry, Cubitt's Anywhere aims to bring ultra convenience to getting a council approval for a Granny Flats design in regional areas.

Adding a Granny Flat to your property can be a game-changer, providing additional space for family members, a home office, or even an extra income through renting it out. Cubitt's Anywhere offers customised design options, ensuring that each Granny Flat is tailored to meet the unique needs and preferences of its clients.

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With its innovative designs and convenient council approval services, Cubitt's Anywhere is set to make a significant impact on the way Granny Flats are perceived and constructed in regional NSW. Let us do the hard work. Be inspire by our Cubitt’s Anywhere advertisement on Channel 9 The Block and get in contact to understand what’s possible on your property.

Ready to get started on Design and DA Approval?

The decision to hire architects and contractors separately from your builder offers a range of benefits that cater to your unique needs and preferences as a homeowner. Whether you want control over time, cost or materials, have unique requirements, or simply wish to work with known professionals, this approach provides you with the flexibility and customisation you desire for your dream home.

Additionally, for those adventurous souls, exploring the option of becoming an owner-builder can be a path to greater control and personal satisfaction in the home construction process. Ultimately, the choice is yours, and it should reflect your vision and priorities for creating a home that truly reflects your aspirations.

Our friendly team understand that building a home is a unique and personal experience. We’re ready to listen to your needs, and provide customised Granny Flats to suit your lifestyle requirements such as wheelchair ramps and wider doorframes.

Are your ageing parents reluctant to downsize? Get them excited to move with our  extensive range of 2 bedroom Granny Flats in NSW and ACT

Have a limited budget? View our fantastic range of 1 Bedroom Granny Flats in NSW and ACT

For more information, call our award-winning customer service team on 1300 721 150 or book a Site Assessment using the form below

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Interested in finding out how to make a positive investment from a Cubitt's Granny Flat or Home Extension? Get in touch for a no-obligation site inspection today.

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We require your name, email and phone number to get back to you - and the more you can tell us about your build project, the more effectively our local teams can help.


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