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7 Costly Mistakes: 1

Posted on July 4th, 2019

1. Choosing a Design That Doesn’t Suit Your Section

The section you choose may have great views, it may have difficult access, it may be exposed to cold southerly winds, it may be rectangular or odd shaped. Your site may be level or it could be on quite a steep slope, it could be sunny or partly sheltered by neighbouring trees.

Every section is different, even in an urban subdivision there are subtle differences between sections.

All too often I see people buy a section, then choose a plan from a website or builder’s catalogue. This makes choosing a plan easy but there is clearly no consideration of your section with this method of designing your home.

This means your home may not capture all of that view that you expected. Instead of looking across a reserve towards distant snowy ranges you may end up with a view of the neighbour’s bathrooms. An extreme example, I know, but I would certainly prefer a view of the ranges.

Choosing a plan out of a catalogue may seem easy but it could be disappointing when you move in and discover that the dream you had of soaking up the sun in your window seat on a lazy Sunday afternoon is spoiled by the shade from the neighbour’s big Gumtree.

Remember that you are spending a lot of money on your home and you probably want to live there for a long time. You owe it to yourself to spend some time on your home design so it considers all aspects of your section and maximises all its features. The only option to get this truly right is to custom design your home. If you choose your designer and builder carefully, custom designing your home shouldn’t cost any more than a standard design yet still achieve all the aspects of your wishlist.

Ideally, you should choose a designer and builder you relate to well and know they will listen to your ideas. Savings can be made if the designer and builder regularly work together, know each other’s approach and have a natural synergy.

Some building companies will offer to customise plans from their catalogue but they often limit the type and number of changes you can make. It is also important to find out who is doing the customising: is it the builder, salesperson, or an experienced designer? If it’s a designer, is that person based locally or located in a central office somewhere? And what will your relationship be with the designer? Clearly, if your designer is not local they cannot fully consider all your section’s features.

Tips & Advice

  • Start a scrapbook and fill it with pictures from magazines.
  • Make a list of “must-haves” for your home.
  • Choose a local designer who will listen to your ideas.
  • Choose a builder who has synergy with your designer.

The Homeworx Quality Standard

At Homeworx, we specialise in custom-designed homes that are designed and built to suit your section, your lifestyle, and your budget.

Before we start designing we do a site analysis that includes taking site levels, locating boundary pegs, identifying service locations and digging holes to assess soil type and conditions. We also spend time on the site with you so we can understand both you and your site.

We take care of the entire process from design through to completion, and all the steps in between, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the excitement of designing and building your new home.