Date Tuesday, 4 November 2014 12:00 AM

Forget contracts and settlements – it’s the process of designing a new home that most people are drawn to. However, with a seemingly endless array of choices, it can be difficult to decide which features to include in your new home. Here are some tips to help you step through the process.

Start with the basics

How many bedrooms do you want? How much are you willing to spend? Single-level or double-storey? Before designing your new home you need to think carefully about your lifestyle and needs. Making these decisions upfront will help you provide an architect or designer with a thorough design brief, or narrow down the available choices if you opt for a house and land package.

The right site

Where you choose to build will have an impact on the final design of your home. A professional site analysis will take into account your block’s soil type, orientation, natural climate, views and drainage. A good home design will work with your site’s strengths and weaknesses, which will ensure a cost-efficient build process. 

Fixed or custom?

A great way to pick up design ideas or inspiration is to visit display homes and look at the range of floor plans on offer from local builders. One of the easiest ways to keep costs down is to choose an existing design and work with your builder to make modifications, rather than designing a customised home from scratch. Be sure to ask your builder which modifications are included in the package price. 

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