How much does it cost to build per square metre?
We do not price per square metre as each house is very different in the design and the design of the fittings chosen.
Kitchens and bathrooms are rooms that especially vary in size and cost.
Quoting on each individual job gives you a guaranteed price for our building works.
Can we contract you up to a certain stage?

Yes, we can price your building project to whatever stage you require and complete the scope of work to that point.

Has your builder gone under or is no longer able to complete your build? Contact us today to discuss as these jobs can be quite intricate. 

Does Brownhill Homes design homes?

In short no, but we have a range of readily available house plans from which you can choose.

We can work with you to help ensure that these plans meet your budget and provide constructive feedback at the crucial stages before plans are submitted to council.

Can we use our own trades?

It is possible, however not always achievable. They will need to sign a commitment form to Brownhill homes as do all the trades on site that helps us to work together and ensure a safe and streamlined building process. They would then be signed on as a subcontractor and will be treated as a trade of Brownhill Homes. 

We will also require copies of current Public Liability and work cards.

How do we get a quote from Brownhill Homes?

If you use our contact form or email us on we will send you a Client Details and Tender Form. This will have a complete list of the plans and reports we need, to provide you with the most accurate quotation.

You can read more on Builders Estimates vs Builders Quotes here: 

How long does it take to get a quote?

Depending on the amount of documentation provided we aim to have an estimate back to you within a few weeks of our meeting. If you require a full fixed price quote we will need your plans and documents for approx. 3 weeks, we do this to ensure we are giving you a fully itemised quotation.

Do you have a standard range of fittings that you supply?

Brownhill Homes has a showroom in our factory in Ringwood that has a standard range and a premium range so you can see the different colours and finishes for yourself. We have trusted suppliers that enable us to give you the best price possible on quality finishes and fittings.

Feel free to contact reception on 9879 1791 at any time to request a copy of our Builders Standard fittings and fixtures, or alternatively book a time to come into the showroom. 

Can I choose my own fittings?

Or course you can, throughout the quoting process we will often ask you of any upgrades or selections you have seen and must have. These items will be priced individually for your benefit to either accept or decline. I highly recommend looking into all items at this stage, it will then give you less need to make changes once the contract is signed. 

However we do offer another chance to select upgrades after the contract is signed. Our colour and finish selection process will allow you to choose from not only our standard range but also view and select from higher ranges.

When is a building permit required?

Building applications are required for all new building work. Once you have signed the Master Builders contract and supplied proof of finance we will then be able to apply for Building Permit. Keep in mind the permit process can take weeks. 

Will my neighbours be notified of proposed building works?

Residents will be notified of proposed building works when a planning permit is required or if there is protection needed to the property that is adjoining, usually when there will be substantial excavation or retaining walls on boundary.
Residents will also be notified if there is a variation to the siting requirements.

Even though general building works do not need you to inform your neighbours, it is advisable to talk about your neighbours about the proposed project as a common courtesy.

Can a building permit expire?

A building permit may lapse if the building works are not started within one year of the permit being issued.

An application can be submitted to your local council for an extension of time. Permits issued by a private building surveyor must be submitted to the same surveyor.

What is a Six Star Energy Rating?

All new homes, home renovations, alterations and additions need to comply with the 6 Star Standard in the National Construction Code.

The 6 Star Standard applies to the thermal performance of a home, renovation or addition and includes the installation of either a solar hot water system or a rainwater tank for toilet flushing.

A 6 Star energy efficiency rating applies to your home’s building envelope – its roof, walls, floor and windows.

6 Star requirements also include efficiency standards for lighting but not plug in appliances.

All new homes must have a thermal performance assessment (Energy Report) completed which is a comprehensive evaluation of building envelope performance which includes:

  • Construction Materials
  • Window Glazing Specification And Orientation
  • Insulation Details
  • Orientation Of The Building

In addition, thermal performance assessment also takes into consideration the services of a building (for e.g. heating and cooling loads, insulation of heating and cooling ductwork, artificial lighting, and swimming pool or spa pool heating).

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