The building process

Follow Our Zircon Living Building Process with El’ise and Matt

The building journey can be an intense, stressful period. At Zircon Living, we aim to make this process as easy as possible for you. Starting at Slab Down all the way through to moving into your dream home, Zircon Living is here to help you in every aspect.

Our brand Ambassadors El’ise and Matt will take you along the complete building journey. Watch every week as they go step-by-step through the building process of our new Bladivis display home!

Stage One

Slab Down

Slab Down is the first Major Milestone in building your home, but it’s what is under the slab that really makes a difference and provides the structural integrity of your home.

  • Site preparation is THE most important part of the build and if done correctly will minimise future maintenance of your home. To achieve this Zircon Living carries out the following steps:
    • Rake through the site and remove all rubble, debris, and underground vegetation
    • This ensures that there are no old tree stumps that will decay over time and create a week spot under your slab.
    • In older areas where a home has been demolished or subdivided we have found septic tanks, asbestos, car bodies and even a swimming pool.
  • Once the site is cleared the Pad can be prepared and compacted as per the engineers requirements. Once compaction is achieved the foundation for your home is set and we’re now ready for SLAB DOWN!
Stage Two


Brickwork, otherwise known as “Plate Height” is a big step in seeing your home take shape and come to life.

  • All bricks may appear to be the same however it is important to take note of the Cores in the brickwork. There are two types, Vertical and Horizontal.
  • The strongest bricks are Vertically cored as they provide a high compressive strength. The advantage of having the cores exposed at the top of the brick is that it allows the mortar to key into the brick above, providing a stronger bond.
  • Horizontally cored bricks are weaker, do not bond as well, typically cost less and use less mortar.
  • This is typically seen in most Project Homes but is a standard that we are not willing to change.
  • You will also see the following attention to detail taken by our qualified tradesmen:
    • Excess mortar cleaned from the inside of the cavity
    • Flashings installed
    • Additional surveyor set out points for boundary brick walls to ensure we can build as close to the boundary without encroaching
Stage Three

Roof cover

Roof Cover is a significant milestone for your home, at this stage Most of the structural works are complete and it’s important that time is taken to ensure that the roof structure is thoroughly checked.

  • Roof beams are not just placed into position but also welded or bolted together to restrict movement in the roof. At brickwork stage there are structural columns and tie down rods that are now connected to the roof beams, anchoring the roof to the footings.
  • We ensure that all bolted connections are carried out as per the engineers specifications and we document this by taking photo’s of the works once complete.
  • For this home we have used a feature splayed gutter to the front elevation to provide a striking highlight to floating porch.
  • Next stage is Plastering, Glazing and Lock up and then we can start the inside of the home.
Stage Four

Lock Up


Now all the Structural items have been completed on site it’s time for the fit out and finishing trades to make their way in. Lockup signifies the start of this process and is the beginning of adding the final touches to your home.

  • Our finishing trades are reviewed and selected by the company Director and all go through our rigorous quality qualification measures to maintain our award winning reputation and consistency on all of our homes.
  • The ceilings are now in and the feature raking ceiling with four Velux skylights is now complete. The ceiling height reaches a phenomenal 4.5m high and there is flood of natural light filling this living space.
  • This home features double stacking door to the alfresco, perfect for entertaining, 28 course high windows, an 1100mm wide entry door and a 3 metre high feature window to the master bedroom retreat.
  • Now the fun begins and you will see the selections made by our interior designer bring this home to life.
Stage Five

Internal Fit Out


The internal of this sophisticated contemporary home is nearing completion! The tiling, cabinetry, floors, and walls are all finished and are nearly ready for you to move into.

  • The Tilers have completed the tiling, with neutral tones in the Bathroom & Ensuite bringing in the external surrounds into the home and flowing through to the main living areas.
  • This home has really started to come together beautifully the cabinets are now installed and the entertaining areas are almost ready to be revealed, (stand in sports bar area) wait and see what how this space is going to be fitted out.
  • All Cabinets showcase feature island bench with waterfall ends, soft closing drawers and doors, feature laminate, stone benchtops and the finest sinks, basins and tapware.
  • Another Zircon Standard is that we Mitre every tile, meaning our Skilled Tradesmen take the time to cut each edge of the tile at a 45 degree angle to provide a seamless join on exposed corners, as opposed to an unsightly join where the unfinished edges of tile butt into each other which has unfortunately become an acceptable industry standard with other builders.
Stage Six



Creating your Landscaping Design achieves the relationship with the design of your home and your lifestyle, whether it is a high maintenance garden with lots of flowering plants and grass, to a low maintenance garden with native plants, whatever the design. Speak to your Prestart Consultant to discuss what bests suits you.

  • Potted plants also add some character to your Landscape Designs, you can be creative and let your inner flare come alive.
  • Provide a little privacy for your family as well as maintaining the desired design, we have added privacy screening to the rear fencing which allows you to enjoy your entertaining time with family and friends.
  • Now with the Garage Door fitted and your driveways and footpaths completed it really brings together the complete aesthetic of the home.
  • Finally adding a touch of lighting to your Landscaping can add in some character and create a wonderful atmosphere ready for Entertaining.
Stage Seven



We have reached the final stage of our construction – Handover!! This is one of the most exciting stages in the construction of your home. You finally get the keys to your brand-new home!
Your Client Liaison Officer has put together your final handover pack, which contains all your important information for your home.
Organising your final touches to your home before moving in day such as blinds or curtains and don’t forget the shopping list for the new furniture to complete your home.
Handover is also the time to start organising your removalist and start moving in.
Your Supervisor will meet you onsite at your new home for a final walk through of you home and provide you with your Congratulation Gift and Keys.

Stage Eight

Move in


So you’ve completed your build, the next step is to load the car with your boxes and send the truck on its way to your new home with all your furniture. So that means…. it’s moving in day !!

Here a few tips and tricks to help the day go smoothly:

  1. Gather some family and friends to help pack and unpack into your new home.
  2. Make sure you have organised your insurance for your new home.
  3. Pack a box with some essential items you will need on the day.
  4. Clearly mark each box which rooms you would like them to go in.

Now that you have all your belonging at your new house, it is time to make it your home. Compliment your internal and external colour palette by placing key items around to bring the character of your home together.
Don’t forget to complete your essential change of address forms, call your essential services, and confirm that you have now moved in.
Last but not least, plan your housewarming party. Treat your family and friends to experience your home and all the hard work that you have put in to make it yours.
From Ourselves and the Team at Zircon Living we thank you and wish you all the very best with your new home journey.