our story began at home
2003 was a great year. It’s the year I became a mum. By 2009, my husband Sam and I had brought four beautiful souls into the world. These seven years not only gave me the extraordinary gift of motherhood, but they also gave me the chance to spend quality time with amazing families from a variety of backgrounds. During this time, I realised that regardless of who we are, where we come from or how much money we earn, we all share a common bond. As parents, we all share the frustration of needing to upgrade our home during a time in our life when we can afford it the least. For the first time I could see how families were desperate for a solution that would give them more lifestyle for less. The flame that sparked my passion for creating Build In Oz was ignited the moment I realised that I knew one way that they could have that. It's in that moment that I decided to bring together my soul work as an artist, writer, teacher and mother together with my lifetime of exposure to the constuction industry to bring you a perpective unlike any other.
"You're not building a home, you're planning to build a home and they are two completely different things"
Build In Oz is not a builder and this is not DIY. This is all about 'planning' to build a home. After all, it's during the planning phase of building a home that the big decisions are made and do you know what else? It's also where the where the biggest mistakes are made. Build In Oz exists to help you avoid those.
We're tired of seeing families put their hard earned money at risk, waste their valuable time or feel unnecessary stress. We're frustrated by the lack of transparency in the home building space and feel passionate about alleviating the uncertainty that families feel when planning to build their new home.
Whilst others will tell you what they want you to know, we'll tell you what you need to know. Everything you'll find here exists to help you avoid the very mistakes we see people make again and again. Thankfully now, that won't be you.
- Nat Stevens Founder of Build In Oz
Our purpose is to help you avoid risk, fear and frustration when building. Our purpose is to ensure you have the information you need to have a safe, happy and successful home building experience. Our purpose is to help you spend your budget on the areas of your home that will bring you the most happiness. Our purpose is to help you build a home that lets you live your best lifestyle.
To inspire others by sharing ideas, knowledge and experience.
To be true to others through authenticity, transparency and integrity.
To understand others by being genuine, ethical and empathic.
To nurture others through teamwork, empowerment and respect.
To succeed by driving change, innovation and adaptation.
To pay it forward to others by being generous in spirit.
our core team
Founder / Visionary
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
"Once I completed the Build in Oz online course I knew exactly what questions I needed to ask at every step. This demystified the process and opened my eyes to stuff that I hadn’t even considered. I thoroughly recommend doing this before embarking on your new home journey."
"Home Build In a Box showed us how to avoid the ‘nightmares’ and gave us the info we needed to have a good experience and actually feel excited about building. This made us feel in control."
"Home Build In a Box clears up so many myths and misconceptions! Home Build In a Box is a great source of information for anyone who is thinking of building a home. I loved it!"
"Even just knowing what order to do everything in in itself made this well worth it for me. Understanding how to priorities the right steps in the right order was a godsend and the game-changer for how I felt about jumping in to start planning to build my new home."
"Home Build In a Box blew the fears away for me. I felt more and more in control as I worked through each step. There were lots of things I hadn’t even actually thought about before which would have left me wide open to make mistakes along the way. I’m really happy I found this."
"With a better understanding of the process, I’m now fully in control and don't feel like anyone can pull the wool over my eyes. Hearing Nat share her knowledge and expertise in an area I’m foreign in was priceless!"
"Signing up for this gave me the steps I needed to be able to build my dream home. Nat is really down to earth and relaxed with her advice which makes it so much easier to understand."
"After working through this process I feel confident that I’ll be able to build my dream home and be satisfied with every decision along the way"
"Home Build In a Box made me feel more confident about building because I was armed with all the information I needed to get it right. Each topic was really useful, and all the information was what secured our decision to build rather than buy an established home"
"Building is a very mysterious process and there’s not a lot of help available out there. Who knows where we would have ended up if we hadn’t found this!"
"Home Build In a Box just made everything clearer and I felt more positive throughout the process. There were so many things that helped me that I just wouldn’t have known otherwise. This is a very practical and user-friendly guide to building a home. I highly recommend it!"
"My two biggest fears have always been how much building my own home would cost me and also the fear that I could get ripped off. The 5 steps opened my eyes to so much and I’m feeling inspired to start this journey."
"I’ve taken the 5 Step process from start to finish. I found it easy to follow and I got some great tips that will help me with my current project. Well done for creating such a valuable resource for people wanting to build a new home"
"If you're thinking about buying or building a home, you need to sign up for Home Build In a Box first. The online guide goes through all the major considerations, step by step, that you need to think about before you spend a cent. You can't afford to build a new home without it."
"This is a great, easy to follow plan filled with helpful information. I really enjoyed going through it, and gained more confidence in knowing what to expect when we build our new home."
At the end (of the course) I felt like it's suddenly a little bit of a suit of armour that you've got on, so that when you go out to do this you're armed with the knowledge
Build in oz is proud to be a business for good.
"Peace comes from within.... We are what we give"
As Australians we are lucky in that we have the valuable gift of choice. The freedom to choose. As Australians most of us have the opportunity to live a fair lifestyle. Some of us will live a good lifestyle and some of us will live a great lifestyle. The majority of the worlds population aren't so lucky, which is why we choose to pay it forward to families born into an environment where they have little hope of ever feeling the wellness of nutrition, the quench of thirst, the warmth of a cosy blanket, the security of shelter or in some cases, the love of a family.
The methodology is simple. When something good happens in our business, something great happens somewhere in the world. This is made possible through our lifetime partnership with B1G1 - Buy 1 Give 1.
Together, we've just made an impact.
Even just by you being here visiting this website right now, something wonderful happened. You've contributed the gift of providing more than 39,214 days of access to life-saving clean water to families in Ethiopia. So thank you, not only for being here, but for also making a difference. Together, we've made an impact!
Here's some of the other projects where together, we've made an impact.
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