FAQ

1. What is the difference between Domus Homes and an architect?

The difference between Domus Homes and an architect is that Domus Homes provides a full, centralised “concept to completion” management delivery service incorporating architectural design services by our leading architects as well as “full professional project management services” giving you two services for the price of one. Interior design services are also supplied on request.

2. What is meant by Domus Homes’ “full professional project management services?”

Domus Homes’ “full professional project management services” encompasses centralised, “one-stop-shop” management of the full “concept to completion” process of a new home or renovation on behalf of its clients, including comprehensive monthly reports outlining the project status. You receive after quality time and budget delivery.

3. What does the Domus Homes monthly report to its clients contain?

The Domus Homes monthly report to its clients contains an outline of the current project status, records of all costs to date, the programme and budget status and any other relevant issues pertaining to your project.

4. What is the difference between a Domus Home and a project home?

The difference between a Domus Homes home and a project home is that Domus Homes carries out high quality custom designed solutions tailored to each individual clients’ specific lifestyle requirements, advises its clients and manages the entire project process transparently on behalf of its clients. Project homes are pre-designed homes built by the project home company.

5. How does Domus Homes provide a cheaper service and construction outcome?

Domus Homes provides a cheaper service and construction outcome by:

  • providing all trade discounts to its clients through economies of scale,
  • centralising all aspects of the design and project management in an efficient “one-stop-shop” model,
  • producing the architectural brief quickly and efficiently using the Domus Homes pre-designed architectural brief matrix,
  • providing its clients with clear but distinct finishes palette choices,
  • having a clearly articulated Domus Homes project steps outline which it follows,
  • having large collective knowledge, experience and a network of the best and most economical consultants and builders with proven performance,
  • utilising simple, economical but elegant design detailing with proven efficiency,
  • incorporating strict and professional project management techniques which avoid programme, budget and quality breaches,
  • arms length competitive construction tendering.
6. How does Domus Homes provide top quality homes and finishes?

Domus Homes provides top quality homes and finishes by using the best proven consultants, builders, suppliers, materials and interior and architectural design detailing techniques combined with strict professional project management in a centralised, “one-stop-shop” model giving complete management continuity and project knowledge from the initial “concept to completion”.

7. Will Domus Homes design a home or renovation to suit my specific lifestyle and budgetary requirements?

Yes, Domus Homes will design a home or renovation to suit your specific lifestyle and budgetary requirements. Some factors to take into consideration will be the site topography, its orientation and Council regulations.

8. If I have an existing Development Approval, will Domus Homes manage the construction delivery for me?

Yes, if you have an existing Development Approval, Domus Homes will manage the construction delivery for you.

9. If I have a preferred architect I would like to work with, will Domus Homes manage the construction delivery for me?

Yes, if you have a preferred architect you would like to work with, Domus Homes will manage the construction delivery for you.

10. How does Domus Homes avoid budget and programme blowouts?

Domus Homes avoids budget and programme blowouts by;

  • carrying out a building estimate at DA stage,
  • thorough project pre-planning,
  • continuous budget and programme monitoring,
  • designing the home or renovation in a practical and easy to build format,
  • properly setting out the building specifications,
  • ensuring an appropriate building contract,
  • centralised, effective and professional project management and control in relation to the design, specifications and building contract to affect delivery on time, within budget and quality.
11. Does Domus Homes build its own homes and renovations?

Domus Homes does not build its own homes and renovations but tenders this service out on behalf of its clients to builders with proven results in this market. This ensures pricing competition and is at arms length from Domus Homes on behalf of the client. However Domus can arrange construction of your house, semi, terrace, apartment or new home.

12. What workmanship guarantees exist with a Domus Homes home or renovation?

The workmanship guarantees for Domus Homes homes or renovations lie with the builder. Builders are selected by Domus Homes to tender for the construction of your home. The successful builder is required to take out Home Owners Warranty Insurance, provide structural guarantees for seven years and waterproofing, glazing, pest control and smoke detection guarantees. Furthermore, in order to acquire an Occupation Certificate, structural certification and an identification survey is required. Thereafter, a Building Certificate can be acquired from Council.

13. Do all trade and product discounts revert back to the Domus Homes clients?

Yes, all trade and product discounts revert back to Domus Homes clients. Domus Homes is continually negotiating better deals with its suppliers through economies of scale which in turn revert back to its clients.

14. Are there any hidden extras in the Domus Homes process?

The client pays for all additional consultants required who are engaged and managed by Domus Homes on behalf of the client, as well as any statutory charges. The client is kept informed of all aspects of the process as the client will need to sign off all recommendations forwarded by Domus Homes.

No, there are no hidden extras in the Domus Homes process. The Domus Homes process is transparent and at arms length with its consultants and contractors, thus eliminating any conflicts of interest where your interests are concerned.

15. Who pays for additional consultants like civil, structural, services and geotechnical engineers, landscape architect, perspective artist, planner, private certifier and Council fees etc. required for Development Approval, Construction Certificate, construction documentation and input during construction?

The client pays for all additional consultants required who are engaged and managed by Domus Homes on behalf of the client, as well as any statutory charges. The client is kept informed of all aspects of the process as the client will need to sign off all recommendations forwarded by Domus Homes.

16. How does Domus Homes make your renovation project easy and enjoyable?

Domus Homes ensures a smooth new home or renovation project by managing the entire process in a centralised, “one-stop-shop” arrangement where we guide you to the decision alternatives quickly whilst managing all aspects of the project, acting as your representative. Let our experience, knowledge and know-how work for you!

17. When would I use Domus Homes Interior Design services?

You would use Domus Homes Interior Design services if you desire finishes outside of the Domus Homes finishes palettes, if you desire internal furnishing co-ordination or specific internal or external colour co-ordination input. An extra over charge applies for this service.

18. What is Domus Homes’ track record?

The Domus Homes team members’ collective track record comprises management and delivery of a multitude of significant residential developments in Sydney ranging in value from $12 million to $200 million (eg. Balmain Cove, Harbourview, Harvard etc.) as well as numerous fine homes and renovations with construction budgets of $250,000 to $2.5 million plus, in the Eastern, Inner West and North Shore suburbs of Sydney over the last two decades.

19. Is Domus Homes a Sydney based company?

Yes, Domus Homes is a Sydney based company. Domus Homes will undertake new home and renovation projects elsewhere so long as travelling and accommodation expenses are borne by the client.

20. Can Domus Homes look after the subdivision and design of two homes or a duplex on a large block of land, one which can be lived in by the client and the other sold on or held as an investment?

Yes, Domus Homes can look after the subdivision and design of two homes or a duplex on a large block of land. This scenario would suit empty nesters or families with large landholdings who want to downsize into a new, more suitable home, hold or sell the second home and who do not want to leave the area.

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