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Home Building

Custom Home Build

  • Average Cost

    $400,000 - $800,000*

  • Average Sqm


  • Average Cost / Sqm

    $2,000 - $4,000*

  • Typical Contractors

    Surveyor, Architect or draftsman, Engineers: structural, acoustic, Building certifier, Licensed builder

  • Typical Trades

    Carpenter, Electrician, Plumber and drainer, Gasfitter, Concretor, Bricklayer, Waterproofer, Plasterer, Roofer, Tiler, Floor sander, Painter

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A custom home build gives way to the imagination, with a seemingly endless variety of options and a home that is tailored uniquely for your needs, wants and tastes. If done properly a custom home can often add more value due to its uniqueness and customisation.

A custom build can involve demolishing, extending or partially developing an existing house. Alternatively one may consider demolishing and doing a New Home Build with a project home builder.

Although a custom home can be more expensive than doing a new home build, it's not always the case, because you decide how your home is constructed within the limits of your budget. It allows controlling the price of construction materials and finishes.

As the price of land increases more people are maximising on their investment by doing a custom home build. Costs will depend on multiple factors, but can range from $2,000 to $4,000* per square meter. An average custom build will cost between $400,000 and $800,000*.

Reasons for a custom home build can include:

  1. Personalised floor plan
  2. Future-proofing your home
  3. Limitless customisation
  4. Increasing the resale value of your home
  5. Heritage restrictions to existing home
  6. Extending a suitable existing home
  7. Utilising latest technology & smarts
  8. Lowering maintenance
  9. Adding curbside appeal

Factors that affect costs

Costs for a custom home build will depend on factors such as:

  • Size and extent
  • Build quality
  • Complexity and detail
  • Time frame
  • Site access and conditions
  • Finishes
  • Technology
  • Energy efficiency

What to consider

When tackling a custom home build items to consider are:

  • Goals, budget and time frame
  • Council approval and regulations
  • Detailed designs, plans and drafts
  • Natural and artificial lighting
  • Existing structures
  • Construction materials, external facade and roofing
  • Kitchens and bathrooms
  • Internal finishes, materials and colours
  • Electrical
  • Technology and home smarts
  • Insultation, heating and cooling
  • Privacy and neighbours
  • Options for living on premise during the construction process

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