The Benefits of Designing Your Own House Plans

Date Monday, 28 May 2018 12:00 AM

 Time to Read: 2 min, 33 seconds

The chance to build a new home that’s completely suited to your taste and lifestyle is a tempting opportunity. This post explores the benefits of designing your own house plans, from cost savings, to what’s best for your block, to style that knocks your socks off. 
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First things first, a new build is normally cheaper per square metre than renovating an existing house. Plus you’re starting with a clean slate without structural or design restrictions. Working with a national builder like G.J. Gardner Homes is normally more cost-effective than working with an architect and independent builder: and you’ve got extensive choices, from customising an existing house design, or creating a completely custom creation. Either way, we’ll work in close collaboration to make sure your house design meets all your needs. 
Live the dream
Designing a custom house is all about living the dream, without the compromises of buying an existing property. It’s the freedom to fully express yourself, from layout, to fixtures and fittings, to your dream colour palette. Or bring all these choices together with a design theme, from Balinese style, to a Hamptons classic, or Scandinavian sophistication
Build to suit your block
A customised home is designed to suit the location, aspect and surrounding environment of your block, so that form meets function in complete harmony. Especially if you have a sloping or narrow block, customisation can really make a difference in squeezing more space and practicality for your new build. A custom design can achieve other goals: such as maximising views, protecting your privacy or accommodating multiple generations.
Add fab features

Here’s the really fun part: adding unique features that you’ve always dreamed of. Just a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing: 
  • An entertainer’s delight with butler’s pantry, double ovens, oversized kitchen and large living areas
  • A private parent’s retreat complete with walk-in wardrobe, luxury bathroom, freestanding bath, couch and TV
  • A covered caravan garage 
  • A sunken media room (or games room)
  • A to-die-for wine cellar 
  • A magnificent mudroom that keeps the kids’ gear at bay
  • Outdoor entertaining, from built-in outdoor kitchens to fire pits 
  • The little details, like fire places, outdoor showers, clever storage… 
  • A gym, lap pool, library, powder room… or whatever your heart desires
Go green
An energy efficient house isn’t hard to achieve, especially with a custom design. Your house can be oriented to take advantage of breezes and sunlight, use smart building materials, and employ energy-efficient appliances and devices. Read our article on building an energy-efficient home: for a small upfront cost, you can achieve significant long-term savings when it comes to running costs.
Building a new home is a major opportunity to improve your lifestyle for many years to come. For such a major investment, it pays to take the extra time upfront to customise you design so that you’re fully satisfied: especially if this is going to be your ‘forever home’.  
If you want to start your custom home journey, contact your local G.J. Gardner Homes office. They’ll help you explore ideas and inspiration to make your dream a reality. 

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