1. Find inspiration and your dream style!
If you have time to daydream on your Christmas holidays, dream up the home of a lifetime. Collect magazines, browse the internet, create an “inspiration binder”. Start now, collect colour swatches and house plans. Keep inspired to reach your goals. When you are ready to purchase your block of land, it will be easier because you will have a clear picture in your mind of your dream home.
2. Live your lifestyle!
3. Don’t be afraid to build a custom designed home
With a good builder, designing and constructing a custom home can be as expensive, or affordable as you choose. Often, by the time you add in alterations and additional expenses to an “off the plan” home, you could have designed and created a home that’s your perfect match.
You will also avoid additional costs during your build that may blow your budget. You can plan to splurge on your kitchen backsplash or a freestanding bathtub and make allowances in your budget during the design phase.
Be upfront with your builder about how much you have to spend and you will be able to work together to have a more realistic budget.
If you choose to build with Brooks Designer Homes, you will have peace of mind knowing that our building quotes contain no “added extras” or “hidden costs” because we create home designs just for you. When you build with us, your home is unique.
4. Set a realistic budget
It’s incredibly important to have a realistic budget. And, to understand your budget constraints when you purchase a block of land. If you buy a stunning acreage, your home should reflect the quality of its surroundings. If you purchase a small block, you need to consider the design and budget constraints you may face. A good builder will be able to customise a home to suit your needs and will do everything they can to help you achieve your goals. Take along your wish list and they should be open and honest about what you can realistically achieve within your budget.
5. Don’t be in a hurry – learn about your land!
For builders, there’s nothing worse than creating a home design for a block of land that doesn’t exist. For a potential homeowner, it can lead to costly mistakes. If you want to build a custom home, it helps to know your land before you build on it. For instance, from which direction does the weather come? What aspect will your home have? How does water flow across your block and to and from neighboring properties?
Spending time on your land to see where the sun rises and sets and the impact of rain, hail and shine on it will pay dividends when you come to building your home.
6. Know your builder – have a heart to heart!
Investing in your home is likely to be one of the biggest purchases of your lifetime. You need to make sure your builder has a valid license and is experienced and reputable. On top of this you need to be able to communicate well!
Be specific about what you want, get to know your builder before you sign your contract. Are they flexible, will they allow you to choose contractors or carry out work yourself where it’s appropriate? Make sure you are on the same page and don’t ignore any warning bells!
At Brooks Designer homes we provide excellent service and communication throughout our builds from design to completion. Our approach is personal and hands-on, so you receive uncompromised individual attention.
7. Splurge wisely!
You may want a pool and outdoor living now, but it could be more valuable for you to create an extra bedroom or living area. Spend time getting the bones of your home, the design and layout, perfect.
By designing open living spaces and creating zones for entertainment, family living, children’s play and private bedroom areas, you can create a home that will stand the test of time.
8. Future proof your dream
If your budget can’t accommodate everything on your dream wishlist, you can still make hay while the sun shines. If you know that you’d like a kitchenette, guest room with ensuite, a bar in your poolroom or an additional deck or outdoor area, tell your builder when you are talking about your budget and plans.
A good builder will work to include pre-wiring and plumbing or other requirements, so you can add value to your home at a later stage, and save a great deal of money.