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A Guide To Designing The Custom Built Home Of Your Dreams

Are you dreaming of building your very own custom home? Read on to learn how you can design the ultimate custom built home you’ve been dreaming about!

5 min read | February 15, 2024 – 7.00am

Congratulations! You’ve decided to embark on a journey toward building a custom home! This one-of-a-kind undertaking gives you the thrill of developing a home that embodies not just your unique requirements, but your personality too. But, where do you start? Don’t worry, AUSMAR is here and we are ready to guide you through every step of the process with our handy 2024 Ultimate Guide for Designing Your Dream Custom Built Home – let’s get started!

Step 1: Location, location, location!

The right setting is what your dream home deserves. So look at issues such as the distance from home to places of work, schools, amenities and of course, the landscape. Also, scout out areas of prospective neighbourhoods and then check the noise level, traffic flow in the area and what kinds of future developments may take place in the area. Remember, your perfect location should meet not only your current needs but also accommodate great value and development in the future.

Step 2: Finding your design aesthetic

It goes without saying that choosing the best design for your custom built home is super important. Start by looking for custom home builders who are experienced in custom home design and whose style vibes well with yours. Make sure to look into their portfolios to get an idea of the quality of their work, also look for online reviews and make appointments with them to talk more about your ideas and your current budget. If this partnership between you and the builder is going to work effectively, they will need to establish a good rapport with you.

Step 3: Bring in the experts

The custom home builder you choose will put together a workforce of experts; this includes engineers and designers, structural engineers as well layout designers. You need to make sure that everyone involved in your custom home project is on the same page and will work toward making your dream a functional and aesthetically pleasing reality. Throughout the design process for your project, all these experts must work together and keep you in the loop about what’s going on. 

Step 4: The design phase

This is where the magic begins – planning your custom home design! Have a chat with your designer or builder to come up with the best floor plan that will promise the maximum use of space, flow and natural light. Don’t forget to talk about the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and other living spaces that you want. Also, any extras such as a media room or an office should be mentioned to your designer in advance. This stage is the one where you can let your imagination run wild, so make sure to share all your ideas with the building team.

Step 5: Choosing the right colour palette

Choosing the perfect colour for your home is the next step in your home design journey. Just like the design of your home, the colour pallet you choose should also reflect your unique personality, so try mixing and matching different colour schemes to see which ones speak to you.

Step 6: Keeping your finances on track

A custom built home isn’t going to be cheap, so you’ll want to keep your finances in check. Talk about realistic budget parameters with your builder early on in the project. Make sure to get several estimates, a cost analysis and contingencies before going ahead. Remember, high-quality materials and competent human labour are pretty costly so it’s important to keep the budget realistically low yet elastic enough for unexpected costs.

Step 7: Permits and paperwork

Building permits and approvals are essential steps in the construction process. So work closely with your builder to ensure all necessary documentation is obtained and your project adheres to local regulations. This can be a pretty complex process, so seeking professional guidance can save you time and loads of headaches.

Step 8: From Vision to reality

With careful planning and a competent team in place, the construction phase can be a rather exciting journey. During this phase, regular communication with your builder is very important to ensure the project stays on track and aligns with your vision. Also, don’t hesitate to raise concerns or ask questions throughout the process!

Step 9: Move-In Day and beyond!

Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived – your custom built home is ready! Moving in and making it your own is a truly rewarding experience – it’s your dream come true! Just keep in mind that your home is a living space that evolves with you. So embrace its imperfections, personalise it with your own decor, and create lasting memories within its walls.

Bonus tips for building your custom dream:

  • Embrace sustainability: Consider eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient appliances, and natural light optimisation to create a green haven.
  • Invest in smart technology: Integrate smart home features for added convenience and security.
  • Prioritise outdoor living: Design a beautiful and functional outdoor space that extends your living area.
  • Don’t be afraid to be unique: Personalise your home with elements that reflect your passions and individuality.

Building your dream custom home is an enriching journey that requires careful planning and collaboration. By following these steps and embracing your unique vision, you can create a space that not only reflects your style but also nurtures your soul. So, take a deep breath, let your imagination soar, and embark on the adventure of building your dream home with custom home builders!

Images by Richardson & Wrench – Coolum



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