The Building Process

This guide explains the typical stages of the residential home building process. For other projects the process may vary so speak to your SJM building specialist for more information.

PRECONSTRUCTION (approximately 4-6 months)


We’ll discuss your design and budget and provide an obligation free estimate.

Deposit, Reports & Design

If you’re happy to proceed we’ll prepare a preliminary agreement which explains what we’ll be arranging for you and the deposit payable. We’ll send you a registration email for our online customer portal, order the applicable reports, and the draftsperson will start your plans. Concept plans are completed approximately 2 weeks after we receive the site survey. You’ll confirm if any changes are required and if they are approved to Development Application plans.

Development Application

The Development Application plans are submitted to council for assessment. The planning process takes up to 42 days (6 weeks) however council can request further information within 21 days of an application and the process will pause until the requested information is supplied. Once planning permission is received your project will proceed to building plans.


You’ll visit our office to make your colour selections.


The building plans, engineering and selections are priced. Once you receive the fixed price, we’ll meet to discuss any questions you may have and complete the building contract. We’ll also submit the Certificate of Likely Compliance application then lodge the Building Notification/Permit and Plumbing Permit applications with council.

Payment & Start Date

You’ll provide us a finance approval letter (if applicable), and the deposit stage percentage of the contract is payable. Permits are received and we’ll book your building start date.

CONSTRUCTION (approximately 6 months)

Base Stage

We’re preparing the land to build, working on underground services such as plumbing, electrical and storm water, and building the base of your home.

Frame Stage

We’re building the external and internal wall frames, and roof frame. Once framing is complete, your Project Manager will contact you to arrange a walk-through with the electrician.

Lock Up Stage

We’re installing the cladding and/or brickwork, roofing, gutters and fascia, and external windows and doors.

Fixing Stage

We’re working on the interior fit out such as internal cladding, internal doors, architraves, skirtings, baths, sinks, vanities, and joinery.

Practical Completion

This is the last stage of construction where we complete the specifications that apply to your project. We’ll give you written notice when the building works have reached Practical Completion and you’ll attend a final inspection within 5 working days of receiving this notice.

Certificate of Occupancy

Your new home is handed over upon receipt of a Completion Certificate, Certificate of Occupancy, and any final payments. You’ll be given the keys and any certificates and warranties for appliances and products in your new home.

The moment you’ve been waiting for – congratulations!