Custom Built Homes
A custom built home reflects personal tastes and needs. Rather than have a house that looks like others or live in a home with a standard design in a large property development, a custom build ensures your new home is unique. From the layout to finishing, every aspect of the home is determined by the property owner.
About Custom Built Homes
Custom homes are designed and built for specific clients and locations. As a result, they tend to be high-end or luxury homes. A builder uses designs from a client or architect or draftsperson to construct the property. Since they are stand-alone projects and a one-of-a-kind property, a custom home can be more expensive than buying a standard design new build or a pre-existing house. Similarly, their value may depreciate faster than other standard new builds when designs reflect very particular tastes.
Building a Custom Home
The first steps to designing and building a custom home are selecting a site and knowing what you can afford. Identifying a reasonable budget will help inform the design and size of your new home, as well as the types of materials you can afford to use. After identifying your budget and securing land, the next step is designing the home. An architect or draftsperson can be hired to help you with the design. Alternatively, builders with architectural services will use your own draft or ideas to develop a design. Once plans for the new home are finalised, your builder will typically work with relevant authorities to gain any necessary building approvals.
Building a custom home involves a lot of planning. When developing a custom built home, property owners must ensure that the design is appropriate for the land. For example, certain buildings may not be suitable for construction on flood plains or on slopped land. Your design must also be feasible and buildable. Local building approval must also be obtained before construction begins in order to ensure all building rules are followed. Building rules cover such things as structural adequacy and fire safety. Once an assessment is made, consent is granted by a local council or a private certifier in order to proceed with the project. Applications for building approval can be made directly with a council or a private certifier, which is an independent practitioner authorised by the government to grant building rules consent.
Benefits of Building a Custom Home
One of the biggest benefits of building a custom home is making the property your own. You can design a home that has character and reflects your own style preferences. With new builds with standard designs, builders will often only allow minor changes. Similarly, renovating an existing property may be limited by the structural design and location of the house. Every aspect of a custom built property can be personalised and customised to meet your needs and preferences.
From colours to specific materials, every feature of a custom home may be personalised. Homeowners determine the size and layout of each room to ensure individual or family needs are met. In addition, you can determine the design and select materials and colours for kitchens and bathrooms, floors, walls, windows and other aspects of the home. You also determine where electrical outlets, phone jacks and other utilities are placed in each room. Rather than conforming to a pre-existing design, you can select convenient layouts before installing, for example, your entertainment system or bedroom furniture.
Building a custom home is one way to ensure your property is energy efficient by using good design principles. Most homes in Australia are built to work against the climate, making them too cold or too hot and expensive to maintain. Designing and building a custom home will help ensure water and energy are used as efficiently as possible with modern electrical, heating, cooling and lighting systems. Building a sustainable house will ultimately save you money in the longer term with lower utility bills.
Selecting a Builder
Determining which architect, designer and builder your hire are often one of the most important decisions you will make when building a custom home. When looking for a qualified tradesperson or builder, ask your family and friends for recommendations. Also, look in business directories and do research to find licensed tradespeople and companies. When talking to a prospective architect, designer or builder for your project, always ensure that your views are compatible.
When selecting a tradesperson or builder, get at least three quotes to ensure you get the best value for your money. You should also check your local assurances register to see any complaints against the tradesperson or builder. Also check the public licensing register to confirm that the tradesperson or builder is legally permitted to carry out the work. Once you have narrowed down your search, ask your potential builder for references and addresses for local building work they have completed. This allows you to check the quality of the builder's work. Before signing any contract, read it carefully and ensure you understand your rights and responsibilities.