An article on recently read “Sydney homebuyers can save more than $100,000 by building their dream house rather than buying a ready-to-move-in property.” It further reported that the trend was similar across Australia, with “newly built houses costing an average of $361,096 and established houses $419,400.”

Indeed, if you can spare some time and effort, building your home from scratch is a rewarding experience in more ways than one – you not only get to build your home to your specification, just as you envisaged, but also save a significant amount of money, as pointed out above.

Very often, when you are looking out for your new house, you don’t find one that offers everything you need. But, if you choose to construct one, you needn’t compromise on features that are most important to you – be it the layout or the interiors – you could have the house built to your requirement by engaging a reputed builder.

Advantages of building your own home:

Building your dream house offers several benefits, including the power of choice, convenience and lesser cost. Apart from the freedom to build as per your taste, you can also take advantage of stamp duty concessions and first home owner grants in various states. (Read about the $20,000 grant in Queensland here).

Besides, top builders such as West Australia’s BGC offer environment-friendly construction using latest techniques as well as designs to suit every pocket. From resort-style retirement villages to dedicated services for first home buyers on a budget, building your home is no longer a hassle when you are dealing with the industry experts.

There are several benefits of building your home. However, many people find it to be a daunting task. On the contrary, building your dream home should be a joyful experience. You can ensure this by hiring a reputed builder who is experienced and reliable.

In this series, we will not only share information to help you choose a builder for your home but will also introduce you to some of the largest builders in Australia who have maintained their leadership position in the sector, over the years, through high-quality construction and an increasing number of happy and satisfied customers.

Know your builder – BGC

BGC is a Western Australia based group of companies with interests in residential and commercial construction, production of building materials, property ownership and management, etc. A family-owned group, BGC is among Australia’s top ten largest privately owned companies by turnover, and a number of its operations span across Australia.

Len Buckeridge, a young, brilliant architect who believed in the social and economic benefits of home ownership, laid the foundation of BGC more than five decades ago, in 1959, aiming to provide affordable, practical homes for the new generation.

Today, after years of innovation, dedication, and thousands of happy customers, BGC continues to deliver – much more than ever before.

“BGC has evolved into a diverse construction and contracting organisation, complete with the cast scale, the depth of knowledge and the robust financial backing that comes with being a company of our size. During this journey, the cornerstones put in place by Len Buckeridge – integrity, reliability, innovation and ambition – have continued to play a pivotal role in our company’s corporate values and commercial growth.”

Today, BGC is one of the top builders in Australia, having built more homes than most other builders across the country, and especially in Western Australia.

What sets apart BGC from other builders is their diverse portfolio, providing their home builders top quality products and materials to build homes. BGC has diversified across sectors such as cement making, roofing tiles and window manufacturing that ensures top quality and minimal delays during the construction process.

“Outside of the 30 BGC companies involved in building your home, we always choose local suppliers wherever possible. And because BGC is a West Australian company, we understand the importance of supporting our local economy. No wonder more West Australians choose and trust BGC to design and build their new home.”

Australia’s top home builder

HIA Colorband Steel Housing 100 Report for 2017 reveals that the building industry in Australia continues to be on a roll, with the top 100 builders in Australia increasing their starts by 8.5% as compared to the previous year. Also, the revenue earned from home construction by the Housing 100 rose by 22 percent to $22.61 billion in 2016/17. The report, this year, also brought to the fore some interesting facts – while the number of new dwellings commenced in Australia declined by 6.9 percent in the year 2016/17, the number of housing starts by the largest 100 builders in Australia increased by 8.5 percent during the period.

Metricon topped the list once again with 4,367 starts and Dyldam Developments started 3,605 dwellings in the period in Sydney to grab the second spot. ABN Group in Western Australia captured the third place with 3,343 starts. It is worth noting that 17 new builders, mainly from NSW and Queensland appeared on the list for the first time, while BGC, one of Australia’s top builders, disappeared from the list. Incidentally, Dale Alcock’s ABN group climbed to the top spot in Western Australia in the latest top 100 ranking.

For the past many years, BGC has held the coveted top spot on the list. Trusted by thousands of home builders in the past five decades, the HIE Colorbond Steel Housing 100 Report declared it as the leader in 2014-15, and the runner-up in 2015-16 with an impressive figure of 4,049 housing starts.

BGC continues to make news with its popular residential construction brands including Commodore Homes, Perceptions, Impressions, Homestarts, etc. (Read more here.)

Recent Wins

Recently, BGC won several accolades at the 2017 Master Builders Western Australia – Excellence in Construction Awards. BGC Constructions led the Best Seniors/Aged Person Multi-Unit Development, Best Multi-Unit Development Under 20 Units and the Best Industrial Building categories on the night.

The Akora lifestyle apartments located within Swancare’s Bentley Park community won Best Seniors/Aged Person Multi-Unit Development for its modern and bright aesthetics, and effective use of materials to construct functional living spaces fit for seniors. BGC has pioneered resort-style apartment living in Western Australia with the St Ives Carine Retirement Village offering retirees a premium lifestyle in their golden years. BGC Construction is also credited with the construction of the Alice Ross King Aged Care facility for RAAFA at Bullcreek.

Another of their innovative projects, 19 Douro in South Fremantle, comprising five commercial suites and 20 apartments over three floors, won the title of Best Multi-Unit Development. The project was acknowledged for its use of natural light, energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives.

“BGC Construction was recognised for its incorporation of innovative technologies and environment-friendly design across the four steel-framed buildings, which include a two-storey office and warehouse, branch and amenities buildings.”

The BGC Advantage

While BGC has evolved over the years and diversified across sectors into a leading construction and contracting organisation, the founding ethos of integrity, reliability and innovation continue to remain at its core.

Founded with an aim to bring Australians closer to quality living, the company has been driving the real estate sales in the somewhat currently sluggish market in Perth through constant innovation.

Boosting housing affordability through clever design and aesthetics, recently, the company incorporated Terrace, a leading brand under the Perceptions range offering innovative two-storey home designs on smaller lots. (Learn more)

“As builders, the onus is on us to show homebuyers that a smaller lot size doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality, space or liveability – and that by using clever design and innovation, we can deliver a smaller footprint,” says Executive General Manager Troy Gorton.

Offering a holistic package to first home buyers hopeful of gaining a foothold in the Perth real estate market is the HomeStart brand – a one-stop shop for first home buyers that deals with everything from finding vacant land for your home to finding a construction loan and building the home of your dreams.

Now Living, another housing brand, offers affordable residential housing through house and land packages – ensuring your home is built to your specification at a pre-fixed cost. No hidden surprises!

Apart from providing holistic home building services, the team at BGC takes you another step closer to your home by helping you secure the finance for your coveted purchase through The Loan Company, founded in 1999, with qualified mortgage brokers offering free guidance to help you find the best home loan deals.

Indeed, as housing finance turns more competitive, whether you are an existing home owner looking to refinance or planning to buy or construct a new home, it helps to stay abreast of the mortgage market and mortgage brokers can help you in your quest of financing your home by sharing their experience and knowledge for free.

Today, home buyers can choose from comprehensive home loan deals offering discounts as well as essential features such as additional repayments, redraws, offset account, etc. at no additional cost.

The time is ripe to build or buy your piece of heaven with current home loan rates as low as 3.59% pa (variable). Compare mortgage rates online for most competitive home loan deals and get answers to your home loan queries from expert mortgage brokers at HashChing, absolutely free.

By Vidhu Bajaj
HashChing Content Writer


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