Sales sketch - The initial floor plan sketch prepared by your Sales Consultant or with the Canvas tool, prior to your home being drawn by the drafting department.
Sales/Building Consultant - Assesses your needs and assists with a home design perfect for you. They work closely with you to ensure you get the best and most suitable option.
Sash - The frame in which a pane of glass is set to form a window.
Screed/screeding - A straight/level board or purpose made aluminium tool used to even off the surface of sand or freshly poured concrete. The screed is usually slid across in a back and forth motion across the sand or concrete leaving a level and smooth surface. Screeding is most commonly used for ceramic tile laying preparation.
Setbacks - Building restrictions imposed on property owners to indicate how far back a dwelling can be built on a property from the street or property line. These ‘setbacks’ are specified from the relevant R-Codes or Developers Area Plan (DAP).
Settlement - Completion of a sale, when the balance of the contract price is paid to the seller and the buyer becomes legally entitled to take possession of the property.
Sill - The horizontal section of material at the base of a window opening.
Single phase power - Single-phase electric power is the distribution of alternating current electric power using a system in which all the voltages of the supply vary in unison. Single-phase distribution is used when loads are mostly lighting and heating, with few large electric motors. Single phase power is generally the standard in new homes.
Site coverage - The maximum floor area of buildings on a Lot set by the Residential Design Codes (R-Codes). Local councils can also set Site Coverage variances. These can vary from suburb to suburb and different land Estate s and stages released by the same developer. E.g. smaller Lots can require larger site coverage than larger Lots.
Site plan - Plan completed by the Drafting department that depicts the location of your home on your Lot. Some of the key elements of a Site Plan are property boundaries, land topography, vegetation, proposed and/or existing structures, easements, wells, and roadways.
Site Supervisor - Coordinates and controls all physical aspects of the day-to-day working on construction projects to ensure safety and compliance with all regulatory requirements.
Site works - The work required on your building site to prepare it for your home to be built, as well as the ongoing management of the building site. Site works include a range of works and connections, including (if required): Earthworks, Installation and connection of soak wells, Concrete pump hire, Gas, electricity and water run ins (including charges), Sewer connection, Council planning fees, Materials handling.
Smart wiring - A system that enables the combination of many different types of wires used around the home into a single platform, which allows for the integration of many smart home systems and sensors. For example computers, smart TV’s, games consoles and other internet based devices.
Smoke alarm/detector - A compulsory, Building Code of Australia compliant device that contains both a means of detecting smoke and sounding an alarm. The number of smoke alarms required will depend on the class, size and layout of your home.
Soak wells - A below-ground well, ranging in sizes, made from either concrete or plastic used to collect and discharge stormwater from the downpipes.
Soil classification - Part of an application for a Building Permit for a new home is a soil test. This requirement is to be included to verify and ensure the correct footing and slab details are used when constructing your home.
Solar orientation - The placing of a home to assist in maximizing heating and cooling of the home. In WA standard protocol is orientating the living areas to the North to ensure adequate sun into the home in the winter and reduced sun in the summer.
Spandrel - Panel used to finish off the ends/edges where two roof lines meet due to different heights in brickwork.
Specifications - A detailed document of specified requirements for material, design, product, and or service. Our standard specifications are detailed here.
Squints - Purpose made angled bricks for bay windows and angled walls.
Stamp duty - A State Government tax imposed on numerous purchases, including real Estate , cars and assets belonging to another party. If you are a first home owner you are generally eligible for an exemption.
Standard variable rate - The rate which lenders apply to their ‘premium’ home loan product. Includes features such as a redraw facility, portability, salary account, and mortgage offset.
Structerre - Consulting Engineers that determine site classifications, energy compliance, BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) assessments and structural certifications for the homes we build.
Sub base - A layer of, generally, crushed limestone laid on the subgrade, on which the base course layer is located. It may be unnecessary when there will be only foot traffic on the pavement, but it is necessary for surfaces used by heavy vehicles.
Surveyor - An engineer who carries out surveys of property elevations and boundaries.