Custom builders' process for homes in Bendigo & surrounds


Getting to know you, your individual style, your wants and needs is a big part of the consultation process. BLJ Building’s Bendigo-based new home builders place a great deal of importance in this step in order to build you the home of your dreams.

Part of this process involves discussing budget, design plans, your intended building site and time frames. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and share your ideas.

Preliminary proposal

BLJ Building will provide you with a first draft proposal using the provided information. BLJ Building includes our standard of quality inclusions, where no specifications have been made. A meeting will then be arranged to go through the proposal, answer any questions, make alterations and discuss any further questions or queries.

Final proposal

Once any alterations or specifications are finalised and all the required documents have been received, including;

  • Final construction plans.
  • Soil report.
  • Engineering.
  • Energy rating.
  • Bushfire attack levels report.
  • Finance.
    *BLJ Building can assist with the organisation of these documents.

Finalising the contract

Once the specifics of your build have been confirmed we prepare the contracts and specification list. You will be sent a draft copy to read before finalising.

Once finalised a meeting will be arranged with Brendan to go though and sign the documents.

You will then receive your first invoice, for deposit.

Applying for permits

BLJ Building will apply for your permits and liaise with our building surveyor for any additional requirements to issue the building permit.

Colour selection

While the permits are being drawn up, decisions can start to be made about, colours, fittings and fixtures, BLJ Building can recommend a design consultant if this is something you desire.

The fittings and fixture selection schedule is as follows:

Base Stage:

  • Roof colour.
  • Fascia and gutter colour.
  • Window materials and colour.
  • Brick or cladding colour and finish.
  • Heating and cooling.

Frame Stage:

  • Cabinetry design.
  • Electrical design.
  • Door handles.
  • Arc and skirting profiles.
  • Plumbing fixtures.

Lock Up Stage:

  • Paint colours.
  • Doors, interior and exterior.
  • Flooring and tiles.

Fix Stage:

  • Garage door, profile and colour.
  • Wardrobe design.
  • Shower screens and mirrors.


Once the building permit has been issued, the construction of your new home, home extension or renovations can begin! The construction will be completed in stages; Base, Frame, Lock Up, Fixing and Completion. At the completion of each stage, a description of each stage will be detailed in the contracts and an invoice will be issued.

Clients have access to the build at all times, and site meetings with Brendan and the team can happen when desired, you will liaise directly with Brendan as he supervises and builds on all of BLJ Building’s projects. You will also be able to communicate directly with the electrician and cabinet maker, and all applicable trades to ensure your build meets all your requirements.


If there are any changes to the contract or specifications throughout the build we will discuss the variation with you, and get you to sign a variation notice, detailing any extra costs or credits. These circumstances can occur from change of mind, client selections, or an unforeseen site change.


Once all works are complete, Brendan will perform a final walk through the build with you, and then apply for your Occupancy Permit. You will receive your Completion Stage invoice, and once payment has been made, you will be able to move into your custom new home!

Three-month inspection

We can be contacted for any maintenance issues for three months, after the completion of the build, and will complete a walk though at three months, to discuss any maintenance issues and help to fix these for you. BLJ Building warranty any structural defects for seven years after the completion of the build.

Contact BLJ Building for your new home build, renovation or extension project.