The Benefits of Hiring a Custom Home Builder

November 1, 2017

If you are looking to build your new dream home and already have some ideas in mind, engaging a custom home builder is the way to go. Whether you are thinking of including a resort style in ground swimming pool, roaring high ceilings and a state-of-the-art kitchen with stone or marble bench tops a custom home builder can guide you and achieve a stunning result.

Custom Home Design

There are three options available when engaging a building company;

  • Engage a designer or architect to design your home and then hire a builder separately to build based on the design.
  • Engage a standard project builder and choose from any number of off-the-shelf display homes and the options you have available within them.
  • Partner with a custom home builder who can manage every stage of the process – from architectural design to interior design to the build.


Whilst each option has its pros and cons, there are several benefits from hiring a custom home builder or integrated design and building company.

Following are three key reasons we believe this process can provide the best end result for you and your family.


1. Cost Control

Scott Hansen, director of premium home building company Hansen Living, believes that “in order to bring a client’s dream home to life, it requires a completely streamlined process, from the initial brief right through to the completed build”.


If you have specific design requirements, you may choose to hire an architect or designer first. The architect can design a beautiful home that has everything you imagined. A custom home builder can work with your designers to ensure that the complex design elements stay within your budget and do not lead to costs becoming out of control.

Someone will have their design drawings ready and once they engage a builder, they can realise that it’s actually going to be 20-40% more than what they originally thought. By then, they have already paid a large amount in designer fees.”


Using a custom home builder means that you have someone there to manage your build every step of the way. An integrated building and design company offers clients an in-house design team with subject matter experts available as required. They can design your home with your brief in mind, knowing what is achievable and at the same time what is practical. This doesn’t mean you have to compromise on what you want, it just means it is delivered in a smarter way.


2. Superior Designs & Attention to Detail

Whether it is a large custom built wine cellar, Italian stone tiles, suspended poor or basement, if you have a specific design in mind, an off-the-shelf display home by a project builder may not be able to meet all of your requirements.


According to property writer Harvey Grennan, project builders design in bulk, which means they offer set designs that allow for minor changes. While some variations are permitted, the extent to which you can customise their home designs is limited.

“With a project home, no options or variations will meet all of your lifestyle requirements.”

When you hire a custom home builder, all your design specifications are documented as part of the initial brief. Your home builder will discuss all the details of your dream home and will be able to tell you exactly what can be done within your set budget. This design brief becomes the foundation of the build and ensures every detail is adhered to, resulting in a home that is specifically tailored to your family and your family’s lifestyle.


3. Add Value to Your Home

Building a custom home inevitably provides value to you and your family and adds substantial value to your home when it comes time to sell. Choosing to build a custom home results in a one-off design that cannot be replicated by anyone else.


Building a custom home means that when it comes time to sell, your unique home is far more likely to command a premium price compared to other homes in the area. As an example, one of the custom homes built by Hansen Living recently set a sales record – selling for the highest price per square metre in Port Melbourne’s history.

Hansen Living Port Melbourne Home

Strategically placed windows, luxurious flooring and streamlined storage space are all custom design options that can add substantial value to your home once you’re ready to sell. You can enjoy living in your dream home knowing if you ever need to move on and sell it, your home will be sold at a premium price.

Want to discover how custom builders can create your dream home? Have an obligation free chat with Scott Hansen today!


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