5 Things To Consider Before Building Your Own Home

Here are some tips on what to pay attention when you are building and fulfilling your own dream home:

1. Setting up a realistic budget

The first and most important thing to keep in mind when planning your new home is your monetary budget. In setting your budget for your new home, make sure to include not just the building costs but furniture costs, landscaping and other design costs as well. It is also advisable to compare different offers for all services needed to make sure you will get the best price and the best quality. Since additional costs cannot be avoided due to upcoming expenses, a buffer or a contingency fund for other costs must always be included.

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2. Specific designs or features to include and finding the right builder

If you have a specific design or feature you want to be included in your home building plan, you should make sure that your builder of choice has prior experience or is considered to have expertise in that area. Researching who is the best local builder in your area will ensure you have made the right decision in hiring them. The key is to compare offers in the market until you find what you are looking for.

When you are making plans about building, renovating, and extending your home, these plans are never set in stone. These plans are always bound to some changes and adjustments to include or exclude some details while the plans are still in progress. These changes or adjustments are usually accompanied with additional costs not previously included in the budget as well as the building time, giving rise to disputes between the builder and the owner of the house. This is where building variations come up. 

3. Considering building variations

Building variations are the changes in the previously agreed building contract. Usually these includes anything from changes in the design of the wall, windows, doors, cabinets and other object of variations regarding quality of the product and the order of the construction. Building variations are not unusual but the owner must exercise diligence and practice thoroughness while signing a contract with specific provisions reflecting their own proposition with regard to the design of their home.

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In most cases, additional costs based on building variations are shouldered by the owner. However, owners are not liable to pay additional costs if the variation work required has to do with issues that should have been taken care of prior to starting of work.

4. Manage Building Variations

The efficient management of variations will require a clear communication between both parties, the owner and the builder. These include changes in the price, date of expected completion of project prior to commencement of work. A builder, on the other hand, would provide quote for these charges or costs without depriving themselves with a reasonable profit for the builder. The costs should be agreed by both parties in writing.

5. Avoid Building Variations

To avoid building variations, is to plan your dream house to the minutest details. This includes researching the brand name or brand of the product on your preferred taps, door handles, locks, bulbs, doors, cabinets, tiles, etc. This would mean listing or charting down everything you want, including coats and shades of paints, to avoid any extra charges later. If all details have been taken care of from the start, chances are there will be minimal variations that will arise later.

If you are thinking about building your own home and you don’t know where to begin and what products or building supplies to buy, you can get a free quote from us here at Westall Timber.

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3 Tips Before You Install Timber Flooring

One of the most important essentials in building your own home or any kind of space you wish to build is to get the FLOORING of the space right. Flooring is the largest and biggest surface you get to invest on which means that is extremely important and crucial to determine and define how you do your flooring techniques not to mention that your flooring sets the tone and impact relating to your style mood and atmosphere.

Timber flooring products are the most sophisticated and durable material you could invest to when it comes to flooring. It adds warmth, sets the ambience and piques interest to any flooring space. They were initially crafted to a modern take on hardwood floors  and this trend has become an increasingly popular flooring option whether it is for commercial or resident use.

You will never run out of option since there are many types and colours available according to your taste and need making timber flooring a versatile option. The selection process of which timber colour and style you should choose can be a bit overwhelming but Westall Timber can help you choose the right style and type with your timber flooring problems!


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Laying your timber flooring in specific directions or patterns is another essential part of your decision process when it comes to flooring preferences. Some of the flooring options available at Westall Timber can be installed easily or as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) products. This gives you full discretion over flooring installation as well as saving a lot of money which you can spend on other investments in your home.

A simple technique in colour combinations is pairing a lighter shade of timber with a darker wall. This still applies if you choose a dark coloured timber flooring then the surrounding wall or fixture must be a lighter colour like white or cream hues to create the perfect look. Milky shades of grey, whites and light-washes create an aura of softness and freshness in your choice of interior. You can choose lighter colors to have a refreshing and relaxing kind of atmosphere. 

Here are some ways where you can incorporate your timber flooring options in your current project:

  1. Keeping your timber flooring from your indoor living space to your outdoor living space is one of the most popular trends and styles in “bringing the indoors out”. This concept creates unity between indoor and outdoor spaces which makes timber flooring the perfect choice to have the look of different designs of flooring combined.
  2. Timber flooring doesn’t have to be constrained in its flooring use as it can also be converted into timber tiling your walls. This is also slowly becoming a trend and it is not just aesthetically pleasing to the eyes but it also has other benefits such as more insulation for your walls, easy child-proof cleaning and durability.
  3. Spice up your place! Whether you go for the rustic, 1980’s style or a modern architecture setup, timber easily enhances your place with this kind of charm.

If you are looking for easier and faster ways to install your timber flooring, you may contact and get in touch with us to discover our full range of timber flooring products. It is also well-priced, affordable and looks really amazing with all the available colours and design. Their product carries both beauty and quality to cater your flooring products needs. 

If you need more inspiration, up-to-date trending styles and timber flooring information, you can visit us at Factory 2/30 Bando Rd,
Springvale, VIC 3171
and browse through range of timber products. Happy flooring!

How to: DIY Flooring Installation

(Missed out on how to choose timber for your house flooring? Click here to read our last article about it.)

So you’ve now chosen a type of timber for your floor. The next step is putting the planks down there. Either you can hire contractors to do the work for you, or you can do it yourself. DIY methods would not only save money, but it’s also a nifty project to do on the side, especially amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

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If you’ve decided to go the DIY route, read on for a few things you need to know.

1. Acclimate your flooring

If you have just bought the timber, it isn’t a good idea to stick them onto the floor right away. If it is solid wood, you first need to let it adapt to the environment of the room.

To acclimate the wood, here is some advice our team: Put them inside the room and leave them for several days with the boxes opened and slightly raised above the ground. This way, the moisture content of the timber would adjust to that of the room. In turn, the floor would not shift too much due to humidity changes.

Engineered wood, on the other hand, does not require any acclimation. However, it is advisable that it should still be done regardless.

2. Find out the proper way to install the flooring

Not all types of wood can be installed in the same way. For solid timber, you need to install a wooden ‘subfloor’ first, to which the planks are hammered or stapled. But for engineered wood, you can just glue it or even mount it as a ‘floating floor’ without any adhesives. 

As a general rule, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. That way, you would know the proper installation methods for your chosen flooring.

3. Prepare the room

If the room is new and has not had any flooring yet, first check the subfloor. Make sure it’s dry, clean, and flat. When installing over existing flooring, ensure that doors can still open and close freely. Also, check that appliances and worktops remain level.

The next step is measuring the room. It is recommended to add 5% to the figures as a cutting allowance. Apply chalk lines too as guides for balancing the room. If you will nail the flooring, then mark the positions of the floor joists as well.

4. Install the timber

Before installation, read the manufacturer’s instructions first. Watching a few installation tutorials also helps a lot. We advise caution when using nails or glue. These kinds of hardwood installation take time, precision, and know-how. To make the most out of your investment, be extra careful when installing the planks.

Before laying down the flooring, you may need to roll out some underlayment first. Then, position the planks parallel to the longest wall of the room. Additionally, you may use spacers to give a little allowance in case the wood expands later on.

Also, different bundles of planks may vary slightly in colour. Some may be darker, while others are lighter. Thus, mixing and matching wood from different bundles can help you achieve a consistent colour scheme. 

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5. Apply the finishing touches

The last few planks may need some modifications. For instance, you may have to trim them lengthwise so that they can fit those smaller gaps beside a wall. After every plank is secured, the final steps are to remove the spacers and add some coving.

These finishing stages are crucial, so you also have to do them carefully. If done well, your floor installation will look as if it was done by a professional.

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How to Choose Timber for Flooring Options

When you’re remodelling your home or building a new one, one of the big things to consider is flooring. Specifically, what flooring material should you use? A lot of people would choose tiles or carpet, but some would always attest to the elegance of hardwood floors. 

If you’re a hardwood kind of person, the first step is to choose the right type of timber for your flooring. These are not just planks or thinly cut pieces of wood. Instead, timber comprises an entire product line in itself: they come in different widths, thicknesses, and lengths. Also, not all planks are 100% solid wood; so-called ‘engineered timber’ exists too, which is composed of different kinds of wood layered together.

Solid Wood or Engineered Wood?

Back in the old days, solid timber was the only option. Flooring made from solid wood came in thick planks, and they are fashioned from a single piece of wood. Today, solid wood is still readily available, but you now have an alternative called engineered wood.

In engineered wood, the timber is thinner and is bonded on top of layers of pinewood, plywood or rubberwood. Because there is less timber per plank, engineered wood tends to be cheaper than solid timber. So it’s perfect for homeowners wanting to save on flooring costs.

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Additionally, engineered wood has an extra advantage. Wood has a tendency to expand when the weather is humid and contract when it’s dry. If your flooring is solid timber, expect your floor to shift ever so slightly as the seasons change. And if the floorboards have been there for long enough, you may begin to notice unsightly gaps on your floor. With engineered wood, however, the lower layers prevent shifting when the timber expands or contracts.

Plank Width

Traditional hardwood floor segments were about 51 to 76 mm (2 to 3 inches) wide, and most planks still have these measurements. Modern wood flooring does come in more extensive sections, though – as much as 178 mm (7 inches).

You may want to choose wider planks for aesthetic reasons. Although more expensive, these larger segments produce a sense of luxury, and your floor will feel more spacious. Broad planks are also better for large parts of the house like the living room. 

Prefinished or not?

Some timber floorings come prefinished, meaning that they are already stained and varnished once you buy them. This is a good idea since you know what to expect outright. It will be easier to do colour coordination and styling if you know exactly how the wood looks from the beginning.

If you would like a bit more control over the finishing, you may want to choose raw wood instead. The finishing will be done after installing the flooring, so you would have lots of room to customise the look.

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If you pick raw wood, also consider what kind of finish you’d like to use. There are two main categories of finish: oil-based and polyurethane. Oil-based would make for a natural look, but it penetrates the wood and does not form a protective topcoat, unlike polyurethane. The latter protects the wood better from stains and wear. Oil finishes take less effort to touch up, though, in case of scratches. As for polyurethane, any damage to the topcoat may require rebuffing and recoating. This sort of maintenance is harder and more expensive.

Wood Type

Different types of wood have different patterns, colours, and strengths. One thing to consider is resistance to decay and termite damage, which is as valuable in flooring as it is in other furniture. For this purpose, cypress pine works quite well. Its termite resistance made it a widely used material for flooring in Australia. Beech pine also is suitable for floorboards, although more expensive.

There is a wider selection of timber you can pick for your floor. But whatever wood you choose, make sure it can withstand heavy loads and won’t easily crack under pressure. Thus, your flooring will last much, much longer.

Do you have a construction project we can help with?


Catering to architects, interior designers, developers, builders, renovators, and DIYers with an extensive range of products and heavily discounted items. 

Let us quote you on your next project and see how competitive we are. Contact us at 9546 5622 / 9546 4334 or get a quote here