This is what we were put here to do, and we are here to do it well.

Our philosophy and our process have been born out of experience to deliver the smoothest outcome for everyone involved.
Adelaide is too small to have disappointed customers, so the quicker we can build trust the better the outcome will be. In the right context surprises are lovely, but our whole process is built around, and continuously improved to make sure they don’t happen here.


We get the best results when you lean-into the process. You will become an integral part of the team that delivers your new dream home.

While we pride ourselves on our intuitive design and decisions to meet our clients needs, the more information we can have from you, and the earlier we can build trust the better.

There are four main areas we seek your involvement.


Clarity of brief and budget

While having a clear budget is helpful, you don’t need to have all the other details worked out before coming to us. In fact, we often find that it’s better if you don’t. Our early conversations and tried and tested design consultation process can achieve the result. The important thing is that you embrace the process, help us understand your thinking, and ask questions.


Quality of feedback

As we proceed through the design stages and the drawings and documentation becomes more detailed, taking the time to review them thoroughly and asking questions along the way becomes important. Not great with visualising building forms, no worries, we can put together a quick 3D model. Not sure about a material, let us organise a sample. Don’t understand a construction term, let us talk you through it.



We will often suggest materials, fixtures, and fittings we feel best suit the brief and your design aesthetic. Taking the time to then work with us so these selections best represent you and your aspirations is one of the best ways to ensure your new home will be a joy to live in day-to-day.


Open communication

If you have a question or concerns please ask. It is much easier to ask a question earlier, even an uncomfortable one, than to change a building later.


Our six step process walks you through building your dream home from our first conversation to well after we hand over the keys.

The process is structured to incrementally develop the building in a way that best manages the time and fee investment. Potential opportunities or issues are flagged as early as possible so you have the information you need to better inform your decisions.



Building a home is a journey that doesn’t happen overnight. We will see a lot of each other, and it is important that we get to know each other. Designing and constructing a home can be complex, but we’re here to guide you through every step of the process. We’re here to help and we encourage open dialogue from the very beginning, and we encourage you to get as many questions out of the way as early as possible.

To get the most out of these early conversations, it helps if you have some initial thoughts about what you want in your new home. Things like the number of bedrooms, preferences for outdoor vs indoor living spaces, and any major features you’d like, such as environmentally sustainable design elements or a swimming pool are good starting points. It’s also useful to have an understanding of your budget as this will inform our discussions about the scale of the home and potential finishes.

By the end of this stage we will have:

  • An understanding of how we can help you.
  • Be able to make a decision if you want to formally engage us to design and build your new home.


Design stage

This is the first formal stage of the process. While refinements in design will happen throughout the project this stage included the main design expoloration and sets the overall early design direction.

During this stage we prepare a reverse brief that addresses your requirements and prepare preliminary sketches for the home’s floorplan and elevations. The sketches will take into account and balance the brief, the budget, and the initial requirements of the site and the local council through which development consent must be achieved.

By the end of this stage we will have:

  • An understanding of the likely oppurtunities and issues regarding the local council.
  • Clarification of likely challenges, with a choice of options moving forward.
  • Sketches of floorplans and elevations, and early 3D massing-models if required.
  • Any modifications to the scope of work and how it will inform the percentage based fee proposal moving forward.


Preliminary works

The process becomes a lot more technical in the preliminary works stage.

The overall building form is updated to incorporate construction details and preliminary engineering. Major structural elements like the foundation, and the size and type of beams to achieve design spans are incorporated. Early material selections are made or refined from the earlier design stage, and the connection between materials to achieve the desired design aesthetic is further explored.

By the end of this stage we will have:

  • Working drawings that set out the primary building scale, form, and materials, and the major structural elements to inform the comprehensive contract offer.
  • Preliminary Engineering report for soils, contours & site works drainage plan.
  • Full engineering report for the foundation.



Whereas the preliminary works stage sets the building scale and form, the costing stage begins to incorporate your final finishes and fixtures in a building specification document. Together with the working drawings this will be used to prepare the comprehensive contract offer.

If needed, we will work with you to make any adjustments to the buildings scale of form or scope of specification to achieve the home you are comfortable building.

By the end of this stage we will have:

  • A construction documentation set that includes everything needed to build your new home.
  • A comprehensive contract offer.


Project management and council approval

This stage begins planning the logistics of constructing your new home. We have internal project management meetings to set when your new home will start construction, and a preliminary schedule of works is prepared so you will know what is happening on site when.

Final development consent is sought to ensure your new home meets all the council planning requirements for planning consent and all the technical requirements of the National Construction Code for building rules consent.

Any final selections are made for your new home, we have a final sign-off meeting with you, and any finance needed is put in place.

By the end of this stage we will have:

  • All decisions made for final finishes and fixtures.
  • Private certification and development consent from council.
  • A preliminary start date and schedule of works.



The construction stage will be specific to your project and its schedule of works, and there will be a continuity of presence from our construction managers and construction teams to make sure it stays on track.

You will be invited to walk your site regularly with Site Construction Manager Hayden and Senior Site Manager Andrew, and Design Manager Alan as needed. As construction proceeds, communication channels will be wide open so you know who to contact with any questions along the way.

By the end of this stage we will have:

  • Your dream Finesse Built home ready to move into.



The maintenance stage is there to take care of any minor pieces of work that might be needed such as, touch-ups to paint after shuffling furniture, or configuration and adjustment of systems.

After 3 months we will arrange a time to meet you on site so we can make sure everything is going well as you settle into your new home. If further trade support is needed for anything, they will be booked at your convenience.

By the end of this stage we will have:

  • You settled in, and your home will be running smoothly. We will step back until you call on us again.