Custom Homes

We specialize in Custom Home Designs to meet your needs, not ours! We incorporate all the features you want into a design that gives you the home of your dreams! The design of your home should incorporate your lifestyle, your budget, the shape of your land, the climate and last, but not least, re-sale value.

Here are a few tips you should consider when thinking of a custom home. Please feel free to give us a call or an email if you have questions.

Resale Value

Resale value is an important consideration in planning your new home and really should be considered early in the planning process. The best way to keep up the re-sale value is to have a close look at the quality of the community in which you are building your new home and do not overcapitalize by building a home too big for your area.

Most of the homes in any area tend to sell in the same price range so you should do some research through local real estate agents to establish your ideal end value of the home and design.

Budget

Designng a home to fit your budget is probably one of the most neglected areas in home design and causes many of the problems in building. You should carefully budget for all the aspects of costs prior to designing the home itself. This will help in choosing many of the features you would like to bring to the design. Very few people have an unlimited budget, so if you do not allow for the finishing items such as landscaping, fencing, pools, etc., prior to designing the home you tend to build a home larger than it should have been and you will have sacrificed finishing off the home. A well-designed home, completely finished, has much more appeal and re-sale value than a large unfinished home!

The Land

If you intend to have a distinctive shaped home you should consider purchasing your land first. Your lot determines the area you can build on as well as impacts your budget.

Aspect

The aspect of the home is very important and easy to design into the home layout. The easiest method is to draw the land shape showing the house as a rectangle on the land. Now show the north/south direction on the drawing. You can draw small boxes in the house area where the position of each room should be in relation to the sun, heat and cold. For example - the ideal position for the kitchen is usually on the eastern side of the home so it gets the morning sun which can incorporate a breakfast or meals area. The garage is most commonly put facing the street but can be utilized to protect the home from hot western sun or simply to block the street noise from a room located behind the garage.

When designing this layout you should keep in mind the time the rooms are most used. Bedrooms, for example, are mostly used at night and therefore can be placed in the areas of the design that have the most extreme weather conditions in the daytime. Areas such as family rooms and lounge rooms are utilized at all times of the day and night and should be given the best position in the design with easy access to kitchen and bathroom areas.

Lifestyle

Your lifestyle should be incorporated into the design of the home. For example, if you like to do a lot of entertaining the design can include a large entertainment area with easy access to the kitchen area. If you like outdoor entertaining such as barbecues and outdoor parties, you can design the home more for outdoor living with larger outdoor covered areas. Some people prefer more of a private life and do little entertaining. They can require a more private home designed towards a relaxed environment with reading rooms, or a home cinema area with only a minimum of entertainment areas.