Using a custom builder for home remodelling and home additions

As a homeowner, it is only natural that you want your house to look its best and to reflect your style and personality at all times. Unfortunately, things like wear and tear, the addition of new family members, and other changes in your circumstances mean that sooner or later you will need to consider remodelling your home or making some additions to the initial layout. It might also be the case that you have just bought a property as an investment and feel the need to do some renovations before putting it back into the market. Or perhaps you have bought a pre-owned home and want to personalise it so that it feels more like your own home.

Whichever your personal circumstances might be, home remodelling and home addition projects are not to be taken lightly. These can be costly projects that might even require you to move out of your home temporarily. According to real estate agents with expertise in the Australian market, the average homeowner spends up to $20,000 in home renovation and home addition projects. Kitchens and bathrooms are among the most common remodelling projects (estimated at an average of $15,000 and $12,000 each), followed by the installation of new flooring ($13,000), the addition of a new bedroom (up to $24,000), and garden work ($6,000).

Home additions and remodelling work can yield up to 10 per cent added value to the price of your home. Even if you are not planning to sell your property, carrying out some renovation work can help you feel more comfortable in your home environment and enjoy a better quality of life. But since these are major projects, it is essential to choose the right team of architects, designers, and builders, just so that the results meet your expectations. Hiring a custom builder has become a very popular option that is no longer reserved to well-off homeowners. In this article we will look at the benefits that you can draw from choosing to work with custom builders. We also list a few pointers that can help you choose the right professional.

The benefits of hiring a custom builder to remodel your home

When it comes to home design, perfection is a very difficult term to define. However, as homeowners we all have an accurate idea as to how the ideal house should look like and how it should fit with our lifestyle. Since homes are typically designed in bulk or according to someone else's specifications, it is hard to find the house of your dreams. Unless you decide to change the specifications, that is. Hiring a custom builder to work on remodelling or home additions is the best way of getting your home to look exactly as you want without the large expenses involved in building from scratch.

In addition, by choosing a custom builder to carry out renovations or additions, you can be sure that you will be kept in the loop at all times. Working with custom builders eliminates the need for intermediaries and third parties, so you can benefit from direct communication and you can rely on builders to keep you informed on the progress of the project in question.

If you are concerned about the environment or wish to make your home more eco-friendly, going for a custom builder is the ideal option, as these are more likely to implement green practices like lean manufacturing, recycling, or waste reduction.

To sum it all up in a few words, the main advantage of working with a custom builder is that you have more choice. In turn, more choice means that you can easily make your dream home come true.

Where should you start from?

Choosing a reputable and experienced custom builder can be a daunting task, especially if this is your first time facing home remodelling work. To get all the benefits involved in remodelling or making additions to your home with a custom builder, make sure that you both agree on how closely you can work. Some custom builders allow a greater degree of input from the homeowner, which in some cases takes over the responsibility of painting, tiling, or choosing fixtures and appliances. However, this is not always the case, so check first.

It is also strongly recommended to check the builder's portfolio to see just how experienced they are carrying out projects similar to the one you may have in mind. Remember that some builders specialise in large scale remodelling work, while others can work at both large and small scale.

Last but not least, it is important to choose a builder that understands that custom built work is all about offering more choices to the client so that the end result meets (and exceeds) their expectations.

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