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FAQs – National Construction Code (NCC)

May 2024 In First Home Buyers

What do the changes to the code mean? The National Construction Code (NCC) sets out the requirements for the design and construction of buildings in Australia, to ensure a required level of safety, health, amenity, accessibility and sustainability across future homes. The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has updated the NCC to strengthen minimum requirements for…

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Saving Tips and How to Get a New Home in 2024

May 2024 In First Home Buyers

Smart Saving Strategies for First Home Buyers Buying a house is a financial goal for many Australians. Homeownership is a smart choice for your family and future and acts as a fantastic investment opportunity. With careful planning and decision-making, your dream of owning a home could be a reality sooner than you expect, even during…

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FAQs – National Construction Code Changes In Victoria

April 2024 In First Home Buyers

New homes will have improved access and energy efficiency under the changes.  1. What are the main changes in this update to the Code?  As a resident, you may notice the following changes:  A minimum 7 Star energy efficiency rating will increase thermal and energy efficiency. This may be through increased insulation, more efficient hot…

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The Latest Splashback Trends For 2024

March 2024 In Entertaining

In the ever-evolving realm of interior design, the choices for kitchen splashbacks are as varied as the spaces they serve.  The trends shaping splashback design in 2024 are a harmonious blend of classic feel and contemporary flair.  You’ll find this in the colors, sought-after textures, and modern themes that can tie a whole kitchen together. …

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The National Construction Code’s 2024 Changes In Victoria

March 2024 In General News

New homes will be more accessible and more cost effective to heat and cool as the latest National Construction Code (NCC) comes into effect for Victoria on 1 May 2024.  Houses built after 1 May require a 7-Star energy rating, wider doors and halls, and a toilet and shower that is deemed accessible.  Take advantage…

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We’re For Every Family

June 2023 In First Home Buyers

When looking to purchase your first home, you may hear the same advice repeated – ‘location, location, location’. Finding the perfect suburb, street, and lot on which to raise your family is the most important element. For families and first-home buyers, estates located across Victoria are the perfect areas to achieve the great Australian dream;…

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Maximising Your Housing Budget

June 2023 In First Home Buyers

When looking to build your new home not only will you consider every element of the design and style of your home to ensure it will suit your needs for many years to come, you’ll also weigh up if the amenities and infrastructures in your preferred location work for you. This can become a daunting…

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Aspire to Double Storey Living with the Santina 332

March 2023 In First Home Buyers

The latest Dennis Family Homes display to open at Katalia Estate, Donnybrook, showcases the best of Aspirations living in a luxurious home design. As the first double storey from the Aspirations range on show, the brand new design of the Santina 332 is a pure delight and provides a desirable, affordable living option that combines…

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The Benefits of Window Treatments at Build Stage

February 2023 In Entertaining

There are so many benefits to having window coverings. Window coverings provide privacy, light control, security, create a fashion statement for your home and more. Well-designed and properly installed window coverings can reduce the amount of energy you need to consume in your home, saving you money and reducing your impact on the environment. Here…

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Why rent when you can buy? The age-old housing debate.

February 2023 In First Home Buyers

    While renting in some outlying suburbs may be more affordable than paying off a mortgage, not having the stability of knowing how long you can stay past your lease, living with a colour scheme that’s not your taste, not being allowed pets or adding hooks to hang a favourite painting without consent, along…

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Take Your Rebuild to a Whole New Realm in 2023

In General News

Rebuilding in Melbourne is made easy with Dennis Familly Homes and our Knockdown Rebuild service. Maximise your block with your dream home without having to leave the neighbourhood you adore. Why should you rebuild? If your family home is no longer meeting your needs, whether stylistically or practically, you may look to renovate or move.…

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How we help you build with confidence

July 2022 In Home Buyers Advice

One of our favourite things about helping Australian families build their dream homes is instilling a sense of confidence and enjoyment throughout the entire building process. From the moment you speak to one of our consultants, to the day we hand over the keys to your dream home, we make your building journey with us…

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How to Choose the Right Builder

May 2022 In Home Buyers Advice


When building a new home for your family, choosing the right home builder is one of the first, and most important, decisions you’ll make. Taking the time to really explore and research your options is vital when it comes to signing a contract with the right home builder, to ensure that you have a positive…

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How to get prepared and be ready to build your dream family home

October 2021 In Home Buyers Advice


If you’ve been thinking about buying your dream family home for a while, or you’ve recently purchased a block of land in Victoria or NSW, then you’ll know that there’s lots to learn about the Australian housing market. Perhaps you’re overwhelmed by the options out there, or you’re still looking for information. After all, you…

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HomeBuilder Grant Extension for Victoria

August 2020 In General News


In early June 2020, the Federal Government introduced the HomeBuilder Grant, designed to provide eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home. Following the introduction of Stage 4 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and Stage 3 restrictions in regional Victoria, the Government has provided a 3 month extension…

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Stamp Duty Paused for First Home Buyers in New South Wales.

August 2020 In Home Buyers Advice


7th August, 2020 If you are a first home buyer looking to build in New South Wales, then you are in luck! The New South Wales Government has temporarily scrapped stamp duty on new homes under $800,000, saving eligible first home buyers thousands of dollars. Under the new changes, which came into effect on the…

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Positive News for Homebuyers

July 2019 In Home Buyers Advice

Housing affordability is the best it has been in twenty years and latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show that loans for new homes increased by 2.3 per cent in May, according to the Housing Industry Association (HIA). A combination of lower home prices, wage growth and lower interest rates has contributed to the…

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6 Tips to Make Moving Day a Breeze

June 2019 In Home Buyers Advice

Moving into a new home sure can be exciting, but it can also come with its challenges. Trying to shift your entire life while also juggling the demands of work, children and pets is no easy task, so it’s well worth doing some pre-planning to ensure your life doesn’t end up in a shambles during…

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Most common questions when building a new home

February 2019 In Home Buyers Advice

If you’re considering building a new home for the first time, the whole process may seem a little daunting. Because you’re dealing with something that is still conceptual, it can seem like there are a lot more unknowns—however, that shouldn’t deter you.  To dispel some of the myths associated with building a new home, here…

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Downsizing: Why a house and land package could be a great option

January 2019 In Home Buyers Advice

The things we need from our home changes as we enter different stages in our lives. While you may have needed the spacious house with a large sprawling garden while raising your family, if all the kids have since grown up and moved out, you may no longer need all that space.  If you’re looking…

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Choosing the right location to build your new home

December 2018 In Home Buyers Advice

We’ve all heard it before—location, location, location. For many people, it’s considered to be the most important aspect of any property purchase. But how do you know what to look for when choosing the ideal location to build your new home?  Every suburb and region will offer residents a unique combination of benefits, with things…

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A home for every family

October 2018 In Home Buyers Advice

At Dennis Family Homes, we know that no two families are the same. Every family has a distinctive set of needs, wants and lifestyle requirements that place different demands on our homes, so a one-size-fits-all approach to home design simply doesn’t work.  That’s why we created an extensive catalogue of more than 80 carefully designed…

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Making home ownership simpler in 2018

January 2018 In First Home Buyers

If you’ve been following first home buyer’s news this year, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was virtually impossible to get your foot in the door of a new home. With low levels of housing supply across parts of Australia, fierce competition from investors and deposits often taking years to save up, many first home…

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The construction process explained

July 2017 In Home Buyers Advice

When there are so many financial and lifestyle benefits that come with building a new home, it’s a wonder why anyone decides to purchase an older home. While a renovated or refurbished home may appear to be in good condition on the surface, you’re always assuming a risk that you may uncover major electrical, plumbing…

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To build new or buy an established property: How to decide the best option for you?

June 2017 In Home Buyers Advice


Congratulations! You‘ve been saving hard for a while now and have finally managed to pull together a deposit to buy a home of your own! Now comes the part where you have to decide whether it’s a smarter option to build a new home or buy something that’s already established. Well we’re here to help.…

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Luxurious home designs to suit every family

June 2017 In Home Buyers Advice

‘Luxury’ and ‘Family living’ don’t usually go hand-in-hand, but they do with the Dennis Family Homes Inspirations series. An Inspirations Series home goes well beyond the basics, offering a superior level of luxury. While there’s no question an Aspiration Series home is beautiful and functional, if you’re looking for that extra level of sophistication and…

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Why make the move to Echuca?

April 2017 In Home Buyers Advice


Set on the banks on the beautiful Murray River in the heart of the famed Loddon Mallee Region in northern Victoria, Echuca offers an idyllic lifestyle in a warm and sunny climate. With a growing economy and a range of employment opportunities, it’s no wonder so many others are deciding to make the move to…

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Top 5 questions to ask your new home builder

April 2017 In Home Buyers Advice


When you decide to build a new home, you’ll be spoilt for choice on many fronts: Which is the best suburb? What size block would work best? What façade is most appealing? What would the ideal floorplan be? What interior styling options look the best? While all of these are important questions, the most important…

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How much does it cost to build a new home?

March 2017 In Home Buyers Advice

Deciding to build a home may seem like a daunting prospect, particularly when you’re trying to do it on a tight budget. Most people begin the process by gaining an idea of general costs and what to expect when the time comes. So to make life easier, here’s a breakdown of the key costs associated…

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What’s it like building in Melbourne with Dennis Family Homes?

February 2017 In Home Buyers Advice

If you’re thinking of building a new home in Melbourne, you can’t go past Dennis Family Homes as your builder of choice. Here’s what four happy home buyers had to say about their journey with us. Guidance from our passionate sales consultants When you build with Dennis Family Homes, you have your own dedicated sales…

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Family First at Strathfieldsaye: The Perfect Place for Your New Home

February 2016 In Home Buyers Advice

It’s no secret that every family wants the best of both worlds: the quiet of the country and the comfort of the city. Prestigious Strathfieldsaye village combines the nostalgic childhood playgrounds of sleepy streets and bush paddocks with public transport, quality schools, shopping, and entertainment – all at your front door. No more hours stuck…

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Identifying Asbestos In Older Homes & The Dangers When Renovating

November 2015 In Home Buyers Advice

It’s a word that strikes fear into the hearts of homeowners and home builders in Victoria and across Australia, and for good reason too. With mounting knowledge and research into the hugely dangerous and potentially deadly health effects of exposure to the substance, asbestos has emerged as one of the biggest black marks against the…

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