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First time builder

Are you a first home builder in Adelaide with some burning questions on the process? We know how exciting building a new home can be. But we also know there can be a lot of information to discover before you start on your journey. We’ve answered some common first-time builder questions below to help you get started.

First time builder

The journey to building
your new home

At Metricon, we know how exciting building a new home can be. We also know that the process can be daunting if you haven’t built before. So we’ve provided a step-by-step guide to help you embark on the journey.

Why build a new home?

  • Building a new home means you get exactly what you want and how you want it. No compromises on the layout of the home, or interior finishes and fixtures, so you get the perfect home for your family and lifestyle

  • You can choose from a wide and wonderful range of home sites in purpose-planned estates with lakes, walkways, parks, and close to schools, shops and amenities, or build on your own block of land

  • You can avoid potential problems with renovating an older home, due to hidden faults or unexpected issues

  • You could save money while your new home is being built: payments are staggered throughout the process so you don’t have to come up with all the money up front

  • If you’re a first home buyer you may be eligible for grants from federal and state governments and also additional stamp duty savings. Find out about the First Home Owner Grant (PDF, 191kb)

  • You also save money buying a new home, because you only pay stamp duty on the cost of the land, not the building (unlike an established home)

  • Plus a new Metricon home comes with a lifetime structural guarantee# to give you peace of mind.

#For more information on our Lifetime Structural Guarantee, visit

How to choose your home builder

Once you’ve made the decision to build a new home, finding the right builder for your new home is very important. Your builder needs to be reliable, trustworthy and well-established so you can rest easy knowing your new home build is in good hands.
We’ve created a comprehensive checklist of questions to ask your builder to ensure you get personalised service, with an experienced team and a superior quality new home.

Questions to ask your builder (PDF, 53kb)

Choosing a home design that fits your lifestyle

Finding the right home design is an important and exciting decision! Explore our extensive range of stunning new home designs and visit our display centres to find the right home design to suit your family’s lifestyle.
Not sure what to look for when visiting display homes? Our checklist will help guide you through the process.
Have a chat to our friendly sales consultants who’ll help you with home design and floor plan configurations, and advise on all the options available on our designs and initial pricing. 

Display home visit checklist (PDF, 125kb)

Finding land and siting your new home

Read through our Guidelines for choosing land (PDF, 54kb) to help with land selection. Once you’ve selected your land, we’ll use our GeoSite tool to show you how your new home will look on your land at different times of the day or even in different seasons. GeoSite helps you orientate your home to ensure energy efficiency and optimum natural lighting.

  • Metricon can help you find a suitable block that will suit your preferred home design and your lifestyle

  • We can also help you to understand developer requirements when you're considering building in an new estate development. Read Understanding developer requirements (PDF, 118kb)

Customise your new home to reflect your style and taste

Need ideas for interior design?

Explore our LookBook section for ideas and inspiration about how to customise your Metricon home and scrapbook your favourite interior design ideas for reference. You will have the opportunity to make your home your own with Metricon's extensive customisation options at Studio M, our cutting-edge selection centres.

Let our home decor consultants guide you

You’ll love being guided though hundreds of interior and exterior finishes; house façades; electrical, bathroom and lighting fixtures; paint colours; carpets; home appliances and more! We've gathered together a huge range of products, materials and finishes to support your decision making.

Confirming choices, contracts and approvals

Here’s where all the planning comes together! Your customer support coordinator (CSC) will guide you through every stage of this process as we prepare your final drawings and a contract featuring all your selections and requirements.
We’ll also make all necessary applications for permits and approvals, which may vary from council to council.

Your customer service coordinator is your main contact while your home is being built. They’ll schedule meetings and inspections for you of your build site and introduce you to your site manager once construction commences.

Building your new home

Watch your dream become a reality as your Metricon build team gets to work. Your construction and site manager will supervise the process and will ensure that the building of your new home adheres to our stringent quality assurance guidelines. This phase includes five building stages:

  1. Base: Pouring your slab
  2. Frame: Erecting the frame
  3. Lock-up: Getting the home to 'lock-up' (with a roof and walls)
  4. Fixing: Completing the interior and exterior details of the home
  5. Completion: Handover of your new home!


Moving in and starting your new life

Welcome to your BRAND NEW home!

Once construction is complete, we will arrange settlement and you can move into your new Metricon home.
It’s quite normal for minor items to require attention as a new home ‘settles’. This is why we return at the end of your nominated service period to conduct our New Home Service inspection.
Couple this with our lifetime structural guarantee# and you can look forward to enjoying your new home for many years to come. 

#For more information on our Lifetime Structural Guarantee, visit

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How to build a house in Adelaide?

As a first home builder in Adelaide, the first step to finding the perfect home for you and your family is to find a design you love. Metricon a range of new home designs across the city that can turn a house and land package into a dream home.

Many first home builders in South Australia who have completed their journey love where they live thanks to a Metricon home. And as a first- time builder in Adelaide we can help you love where you live too. We are Australia’s largest home builder, and we pride ourselves in assisting our customers every step of the way, to make the home ownership process smooth. Our floor plans and designs are affordable, innovative and stylish, and are built for South Australian conditions.

Where to start if you want to build a house?

At Metricon, we do more than just help find the perfect house and land package for you and your family. Our fixed prices mean first time builders can set a budget from the very start, making becoming a home buyer that little bit easier. As a irst-time builder, finding a suitable home loan can be the next step. Metricon offers a range of mortgage calculators that can help you find the information you need to start talking to banks and lenders.
Being a first home builder in Adelaide is one of the most affordable ways to buy a home, and there are also first home builder’s grants in Adelaide available to give you that little extra bit of help.

How to find a home builder in your area?

When you’re building a new home, deciding where to live is almost as important as the home design itself. At Metricon, we work with experienced developers in quality estates right across Adelaide. Our main focus at Metricon is to help you love where you live, and we make searching for your dream home location easy. Find house and land package locations on our website and see for yourself the designs on offer. If you’re a first time builder in Adelaide, you won’t have a problem finding a builder to service your area. Take a look at our display homes to see the quality they can provide.

Who to talk to about building a home in Adelaide?

As a first home builder in Adelaide, choosing Metricon means choosing a company that is proudly Australian owned. That means our homes are designed for Australian families, in all their wonderful variety. We want to sell you a home for the right reasons, a home that suits all your needs perfectly, without breaking your budget. Contact us to get started.

Do you pay stamp duty when building a house in Adelaide?

One of the main reasons a house and land package is such an affordable way to make your home ownership dream come true in Australia is because of the stamp duty laws. When you buy an existing house or property, you have to pay stamp duty. When you’re a first home builder in Adelaide, you only pay stamp duty on the land, not the house. That can save you thousands of dollars and is a great way to give you a boost on your way to home ownership. You can use our stamp duty calculator online to work out the amount you would be required to pay for your new property.

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