Having been involved in the residential construction industry for over 24 years I am always interested to go through display homes to see what builders are offering. What type of products they are using? What trends there are? What I also notice is many people walking out of the various displays clutching the associated literature and I wonder how they will select the house they want to build?
What I promote with my business is building your own custom designed home because no matter how many displays you walk through there won’t be one that will fit your requirements perfectly. For most people who choose to go with a display home, there will be a number of changes to be made to the original design. An example of this is the size of the rooms. The higher volume builders rely on people making changes because the mark up on variations is huge with some being in excess of 30%-40% on cost. I’ve also heard of builders who deliberately build a display home with a design not totally optimised knowing that people will make changes and therefore picking up the higher margins from variations. Often the base model price of the house displayed is quite tight to attract customers. The initial ‘sticker price’ is the first thing that people see and may possibly be one of the main factors in determining which builder they will start working with. Ultimately though the client will end up paying more for a personal design with the variation charges. This is a costly exercise so having a custom design from the start may actually be a cheaper option and we have a number of designers that we can access to help with this process.
What to consider when designing a home?
For the internal layout of your home you need to think about how you live. This is influenced by the structure of your family, your age, your children’s age (if you have any) and whether you are intending on having children in the future or maybe needing to consider provision for elderly parents. Your general day to day living will also affect the design of your home. Do you like to cook and prepare food whilst being able to watch TV? Do you want an open plan living and dining room? Do you do any work from home and need a dedicated office? Would you like your bedroom to be separated from your children – possibly not if they are young but may be preferred if they are teenagers?
Are you a movie buff? Do you want a Home Theatre? Do any of your hobbies require separate rooms eg. craft rooms, workshop, pool room, exercise “man or woman cave”? Do you do a lot of entertaining? Will you need an Alfresco with provision for an outdoor kitchen or pizza oven?
There are also stricter energy requirements on new homes that may also influence the design of your home and possibly additional costs for compliance. The orientation of your block will have an impact on achieving the necessary energy rating along with the extent of glass on east and west facing windows (if you have ocean views with your block this can be tricky as maximising your views is important but this has a detrimental affect on the energy rating)
There are many questions to answer and considerations to be made when developing a brief for your home so you can see that a display home including all of your requirements is going to be unlikely. When making such a large financial commitment you shouldn’t have to settle for a design that doesn’t tick all the boxes.
Homes by Dalessio want you to have a quality custom designed home that fits within your budget and we encourage you to contact us to help you start on the path of getting your ideas out of your head and on to paper.