New Home Design and Build Course

If you are thinking of building a new home, don’t make any major decisions before you hear from our experts

The Home Base New Home Design and Build course is the only course in Perth that gives you the opportunity to get quality, independent advice on the process of building a new home – whether you are looking to build with a large volume project builder or custom home builder.

The course is designed to empower you with the knowledge of how the WA home building industry operates. It will also give you the tools to negotiate on your terms and aims to ensure you have a positive building experience – whether it’s your very first build or you are preparing for a second (or third) project.

To make sure you are prepared for your building journey the course includes an overview of the current Perth housing market, teaches you how to choose a builder and provides plenty of advice for the crucial design and material selections (pre-start) stages of your build.

Plus, learn about the home building process from start to finish – and find out where and how you can save money along the way.

The Home Base New Home Design and Build course is presented by two building industry experts – housing industry judge and advocate Tristan Kirkham and Interior Designer Kristie Hill of Colourcube Interiors.

Building a new home is exciting, but it is also one of the biggest investments you will ever make so it’s important to get it right – and there is no going back once you have the keys in your hand.

The New Home Design and Build course is held as a two week evening course presented over two consecutive Wednesday or Thursday evenings. 

January 2022 COVID-19 Update:

The health and safety of our customers and staff remains our highest priority at all times – and Home Base is continuing to follow the advice of the WA Government and Health Department regarding recommendations for minimising the spread of COVID-19.

The Home Base education program will continue to run as per normal, unless advised otherwise by the relevant authorities.

Should such advice be given that permits the continuation of the education program for any length of time, Home Base will offer all students the following options for their enrolment:

1) Completion of the course online via video link (if applicable)

2) A transfer to next available course date

3) A credit note for future use for a Home Base course

4) A full refund of course costs if above options are unsuitable

We look forward to seeing you at a Home Base course in 2022.

Course Details

Duration Two Weeks
Time 6pm to 8.30pm
Location Home Base
Cost $160 single | $200 double
Payment Options Visa | Mastercard | Afterpay
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Course Structure

  • Overview of the current Perth housing market and industry forecast
  • Selecting the right builder for your budget and project
  • Understanding your contract and know what you are signing
  • How to read and understand house plans
  • How to get more than the ‘standard’ home
  • Setting up a budget and sticking to it
  • What to expect during the design process
  • The importance of working well with your Local Government Authority
  • Preparing for your pre-start meeting
  • Interior design principles and making the right material selections
  • Expert tips for success

Course feedback

"Recommending course to anyone contemplating building - outlines a roadmap to success."

"Thank you Tristan and Kristie! Excellent presentation."

"Loved both weeks. The knowledge gained in this course is incredible. Saves so much trouble and risk down the road - and you end up with a more functional, aesthetic and efficient home!"

"Excellent presentations. Thank you so much."

"It was fantastic!! Such great advice. Neutral advice. Incredibly cost effective. I am attending the Sustainable Design and Build course and expect it will build on this course well."

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