Things to expect when building a custom home

If you’ve decided to build your home and want to go with a custom home to perfectly suit your block, your functional needs and create a great lifestyle right at home there are a number of things you need to consider. Below are just a few of the things that will need to take place to get construction of your custom built vision off the ground, out of the mind and into the realm of reality.

It all starts with your vision

Dream of what you want. This is your custom design and we want you to get what you are dreaming of. Of course we will help to guide that vision but the clearer you are on what you want from the beginning, the quicker that vision will manifest. You can check out some of our homes on our website to gain inspiration if you need. And, of course, you can discuss your ideas with a Verdé specialist consultant who will listen, reflect, confer and guide you through the process.

What are some of the next steps?

Below we will take a look at some of practical steps that are involved with getting your project underway.

Land

Firstly, you will need somewhere to build your new beautiful home. Choosing the land will of course depend on your preferred location. But it will also somewhat determine what can and can’t build on it. If you have already found your ideal piece of land - great you can move to the next step! If you are still looking then you might want to consider some things about the home you want built before you do. It could be important to learn about what is able to be built on the land (for example if you want multiple stories) and the size of the land will determine how big the house you can build on it is - and how much space around the house you will have. It is also worth thinking about access to the land. If it is more difficult to access it will take some extra time and potentially extra machinery to bring in materials, which will add to costs. This may or may not be an issue depending on your budget but something to consider.

Design

The design options for your home are almost endless.

  • How many bedrooms do you want? What sizes should they be?
  • How many bathrooms? Ensuites? Walk in wardrobes?
  • What materials will you use for your kitchen floors, bench tops and splash back?
  • What will your indoor/outdoor flow look like?
  • Where will you situate children’s bedrooms and the master bedroom?
  • Internal access from the garage? Double garage? Work space? Room for a boat?
  • How will your outdoor area take shape? Swimming pool? Gardens? Covered areas? Decks?
  • What about the entrance ways, landings, hallways?
  • More than one story? Staircase design?
  • Orientation to the sun?
  • Roofing materials? Insulation? Air Conditioning?

And, of course, the list could go on. Once you get started with this stuff it has a way of taking shape before your eyes. Verdé will be in constant consultation with you throughout the project and will help you to shape your ideas and advise you of the viability of your ideas. For more information on our process check out our process page.

Your budget

We can help you to fit your design into your budget. The house style, house size, number of bathrooms and the layout can all affect cost. And so too can materials. For example, the flooring material you choose throughout the house, and the kitchen and bathroom materials you go with can have a significant impact on the overall costs. Consider what you are willing to spend to create the lifestyle at home you wish for, or find out how much you can borrow before you begin designing your home. Knowing your budget from the start is important so you have some idea of the type home you can build.

Consents

Verdé takes care of any council consents and documentation you may need in order to get construction underway. We will, of course, also make sure that your home is designed to the letter of local building codes.

The construction phase

The exciting times begin! Now your vision is really starting to take shape. Rest assured, all who work at Verdé share our passion and high expectations when it comes to build quality and craftsmanship. Many are traditional artisans such as stonemasons, cabinetmakers and metal workers with a long family history in their trade. Verdé‘s attention to detail and quality control is administered by the company’s founders ensuring consistent quality in every home built. Throughout the construction you will be kept informed on the progress, and we invite you to the building site at various stages where you’ll witness the highest standard of workmanship and see our attention to detail at work. You’ll also experience the difference that true master craftsmen can add to the creation of a beautiful home. Check out our display home and our gallery to get some idea of the quality and craftsmanship that Verdé provides.

The finished product

Once construction is complete and all the red tape is taken care of, we will meet with you to discuss handover date and the likes and you can see your brand new home, your vision in reality in a completed state ready for you to make memories in. So, if you’re dreaming of a custom build property, let Verdé’s experience and expertise guide your vision into reality. Enter your details contact us or call us on (03) 9836 2000 to arrange an obligation-free design consultation meeting with a Verdé specialist.

Other articles to come:

  • Interview with your interior designer about latest design trends for 2018
  • What to look for when buying a block of land in Melbourne’s East
  • 6 Tips before you knock-down and rebuild
  • How to make sure finance doesn’t hold up your dream home
  • Why Kitchens can make or break a house
  • Top 3 Bathroom design features

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