5 Things You Need to Know Before Building

September 8, 2020

The home building process starts well before a tradesperson sets foot on your site. There are multiple pre-construction decisions that can make a huge difference to the overall project experience, including your final spend and timeline.


The Benefits of a One-Stop Building Shop

August 4, 2020

Building your dream custom home or a home renovation is a long and often complicated process, but it doesn't have to be stressful. In fact, when you build with an expert team like Westwood Family Homes, the building process can be collaborative, interactive and enjoyable.


What to Know About Building on a Steep or Sloping Block

June 23, 2020

Building on a sloping block can result in a striking home with beautiful views that perfectly encapsulate your surrounds. However, this type of site comes with many challenges and a sloping block build is not for the faint of heart. Before committing to this type of project, it's important to know what's involved, how it's different to a level build and what this means for your lifestyle and budget.


Who’s the Best Custom Home Builder and Renovator in Hobart?

May 13, 2020

It takes a lot of hard work to become a builder. To then become a highly rated builder is even more of a challenge. At Westwood Family Homes, we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality homes with a friendly and highly collaborative service we believe is unmatched in the local area.


Beating the bottleneck: What you can be doing now to build your dream home or renovation in 2020 

April 22, 2020

During these uncertain times, we understand it might feel strange or risky to begin the process of building your new home. But if you’re in the financial position to do so, you can use this quiet time to really knuckle down and focus on the planning and design stages of building your home.


Estimate vs. Quote

April 6, 2020

Knowing the difference between an estimate and a quote can save you time and money in the long run and can help mitigate any legal risks or business pitfalls. Many people misunderstand and believe that estimates and quotes are simply two different names for the same thing. What we will uncover is that both estimates and quotes are quite different with distinct pros and cons.


Why Do I Need A Soil Test Before I Build?

February 20, 2020

We’re often questioned by clients about the amount of dollars seemingly needing to be spent before the design process even starts on your new dream home, including the expense of a site survey and soil report.


5 Tasmanian Timbers To Use In Your Home

January 10, 2020

Grown in some of the most unique forest environments in the world, Tasmanian timbers are renowned for their durability and elegance. When it comes to building a home, there are a wide variety of species to choose from - each one sought after for its own specific strengths and character.


Understanding a Builders' Margin

November 19, 2019

For any business to run successfully, they need to be generating revenue. From car dealers who buy at wholesale and then receive a commission after sale, to supermarkets that add a margin onto produce, most consumer products and services have a markup that's included in the final price.


Why a Square Metre Rate Isn't Worth the Paper It's Written On

October 21, 2019

Many years ago, the square metre rate gained popularity in the building industry as a way of giving clients a ballpark figure of what a home would cost to build. While still used by volume builders across the country today, when it comes to a custom home that’s unique to your needs, a square metre rate simply won’t cut it.


What’s the Difference Between an Architect, Building Designer and a Draftsman?

September 27, 2019

While it’s common for many house designs to be described as architectural or a building designer to be referred to as an architect, these are not the same thing.


How to Decide on a Home Style

August 26, 2019

Building your own home is a huge endeavour, with plenty of decisions to be made. One of the most important is the type of home you’re going to build. At Westwood Family Homes, we separate our designs into three main categories: practical, stylish and smaller.


Golden Rule #1 – Avoiding Budget blowouts

July 15, 2019

When it comes to transforming designs into an actual home, it can be hard to establish which builder is going to do your vision justice. From budgets to buildability, there’s plenty to look for. With over 60% of projects never getting built, here’s how we set ourselves apart from the pack & stop you being one of those statistics.