Site Preparation

The site preparation process is relatively easy and inexpensive, and we provide a handy guide to assist you to complete the process yourself. By following the below tips, you will ensure that your home has a solid and stable base on which to sit, preventing shifting and warping in future years.

Soil preparation

Soil that effects the footings of your new home extends well beyond the line of the building. For example, tree roots from trees located some distance away can cause movement of the site. It is therefore advised that nearby trees are removed early in the build process, to allow time for the soil to settle before home set down.

Preparing the pad

Before your home delivery date, you must prepare your site ready for your new home to be set down. The "pad" refers to the area of soil on which your new home will sit. The pad itself must consist of a minimum 100mm of road base or similar material, compressed to 100kpa. A highly compressed pad prevents any movement in your home, ensuring it is not damaged in future years. The pad must be at least 2m wider than the footprint of your home including any verandahs, to allow room for jacks in the set down process. Tie down holes must be drilled in the exact locations specified on the plans provided.

Water Drainage

Your site must be slightly elevated from the surrounding soil to prevent the pooling of water underneath. It is also your responsibility to establish a system for stormwater drainage, away from the house to avoid saturation or erosion of the site. Saturation is the number one cause of home movement and maintenance issues, and it is therefore essential that water drainage is managed correctly. For this reason it is also a recommendation that paving be installed around the home to maximise water drainage away from the site. Paving must sit below the height of the pad to prevent any water from entering the site area.

It is important to prepare your site in accordance with our guidelines to ensure your home has a solid, sturdy base on which to be set down. This will safeguard your home against unwanted movement, which can cause issues within the home. Please refer to the document provided outlining these requirements (CSIRO Foundation, Maintenance and Footing Performance: A Homeowner’s Guide).

Initial construction phase

The initial construction phase is when your home begins to take shape. The following steps are undertaken in this stage.

  1. Floor framing
    Supaloc steel floor framing is assembled.
  2. Wall & roof framing
    Supaloc steel wall and roof framing is erected.
  3. Windows installed
    The glass windows are inserted into the frames.
  4. External linings
    Roof, gutter and fascia installed and cladding is installed to the exterior of the home.
  5. Internal linings
    Gyprock is applied to the internal walls.
  6. Second fix carpentry
    Doors, skirtings and architraves are installed.

Final construction phase

The final construction phase is when the finishes and details are added to your home.

  1. Joinery and tiles
    Joinery and tiles are installed in the kitchen and wet areas.
  2. Home inspection
    At this time, it is a requirement that you come to inspect your home in our construction yard prior to delivery. This is to ensure that you are happy with the completed product before we deliver it to your site. If you are unable to attend the Allsteel yard, you may request videos of your home for your inspection. Our Construction team will go through the delivery process with you and provide you with information to coordinate your plumber and electrician to be on site upon the delivery of you home. Should you discover any issues during this home inspection, you should notify our Construction team and we will remedy them. We do this to ensure that all our customers are 100% satisfied with their new home before delivery.
  3. Second fix electrical and plumbing
    Light connections, switches, wet area taps, sanitary ware & connections are installed.
  4. Final finishing items
    Painting, tiling, bathroom accessories, appliances and flooring.