Paal's housing consultants in Sydney, Michael Christie (left) & Doug Young, will get your home building project off to the best possible start.
Paal's housing consultants based at our display centres in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne are building and design experts who can ensure your owner-building project is on the right track.
Their priceless free advice is based on many years of experience and can end up saving you a great deal of money, as well as the stress and anxiety of taking the wrong route.
"Customers are often in the dark as to what owner-building is about. We help them fill in the parts of the puzzle," said housing consultant Michael Christie, who has been with Paal in Sydney for 20 years.
"We'll make recommendations on your budget and give accurate estimates for the building work that you choose not to do yourself. Where needed, we can link you up with reputable tradespeople, including concreters, roofers, plumbers and electricians - or even introduce you to builders from our network."
"We'll also give you unbiased advice on matters such as the best cladding for your home, or whether it should sit on bearers and joists or a concrete slab.
"For example, many people think bearers and joists will save them money. But a slab will work out cheaper for a brick veneer home and will also give better thermal efficiency if you're in a cold climate.
"Knowing the answers to these questions will ensure that your home building project gets off to the best possible start and delivers the right result in terms of satisfaction and cost effectiveness," Michael said.
Housing consultant Doug Young also brings to the job a great depth of knowledge, acquired during 16 years with Paal.
Doug also has well-established contacts with tradespeople such as engineers, surveyors and bushfire consultants, making this invaluable resource available to Paal's owner-builders.
"We can come out to your building site and give personalised advice on where to place your house in order to make the most of land contours, to maximise views, accommodate the prevailing winds, provide the best drainage, minimise any fire danger, and gain the benefit of winter sun," he said.
"We'll advise on trades costs and how much you can save by contributing your own time and effort."
According to Doug, the side-by-side relationship that develops with Paal's housing consultants during the building process can often result in enduring friendships.
"The journey is rewarding for both parties. Quite frequently a customer will pop in for coffee years after they have moved into their house. We also get referrals from people who completed their homes a long time ago.
"This of course is gratifying for us - and is also a measure of the lasting fulfilment that is typically experienced by Paal's homebuilders," he said.