How to avoid the biggest mistake when designing your dream home

It may surprise you to learn that over 80% of designs never get built.


They came in way over budget.

The reason for this is simple. Architects design homes that meet a consumer’s brief rather than their budget.

While budgets are generally discussed with architects at the briefing stage, building designers and architects have little knowledge of building costs and generally underestimate the cost to build a new home by 50-300%.

When you are already making one of the biggest investments of your life, that is a huge amount of money to find, which is why these designs never see the light of day.

The solution to this problem is quite simple, involve your builder at the design stage.

By involving a builder at the design stage, you can design a custom home that is both practical and within your budget.

Only a residential home builder has the experience to foresee the potential cost implications of a difficult site or architectural features.

Whilst you may be paying $10,000-$50,000 for an architect to design the new home, most professional builders will consult on a project for as little as a few thousand dollars.

Most custom home builders provide a design and build service, which means the consultation service is generally included free of charge.

Getting your design and specifications right in the beginning will save you thousands of dollars in potential redesign fees and months of wasted time.