Take a moment

Building a house can be a pretty daunting process. We know there are a lot of decisions, reflections and apprehensions involved. Here are some things to consider before you begin.

First up - the questions you need to answer to determine your needs are:

  1. Where are
    you building?
  2. What is
    your budget?
  3. Who is living
    in the home?
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Your Lifestyle Needs

Before anything else, consider what you need and what you value in a home. Everyone has a different situation and enjoys a different aspect of home life. There are a number of ways a Classic Constructions home can accommodate your needs.

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Here are some ways a custom home caters for specific needs:

  • Do you want to alter a plan to suit your needs, or would you prefer to be heavily involved in creating a new design? We are happy to work either way with you.
  • Do you want to knock down or alter an old house, or buy an entirely new block? Consulting with a builder before you buy a block will give you more options.
  • Are you a down-sizer aiming to age gracefully? If so, will stairs, small corridors and raised baths be potentially difficult to manage later in life? This could affect the choices you make in your design.
  • Do you want to build your house in stages or all at once? Houses can be designed to expand with your family. Some people prefer to stage their build for affordability and convenience.
  • Do you want to rent part of the home out for extra income? Many people do this so they can afford their desired home. You can do it short or long term, which would require different customised elements.
  • Are you passionate about sustainability? There are a number of ways to design a home to be environmentally friendly using recycled materials and smart technology.
  • Do you often have people staying with you? Or a transient family? Do you need a home that can accommodate a diverse number of people at different times?
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Your Heart

Be prepared - building a home is an intimate experience. It is rare these days to be able to watch something come to fruition. Our cars, our phones and our watches - most of our prized possessions were created in a factory out of view. We only see the end product. So watching your home develop can be very exciting, yet it can also stir a lot of emotions. Just know that you can always ask us questions at any stage, and lean on us for support. We want the end result to be as beautiful as you imagined.

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Your Block

It is crucial to do your research and seek expert advice before purchasing your block or buying a home to knock down. Our project advisors can provide expert guidance at this stage.

The orientation, location and incline will greatly affect the design of your home. Not only will it affect the layout and size of your house, many new suburbs have precinct codes & guidelines that affect the house’s presentation & style.

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Your Budget

A custom build doesn’t have to be more expensive than a project home. In fact, engaging a company who has a ‘team approach’ can save money by streamlining the process and checking in with each other to solve problems before they arise.

We know that your budget depends a lot on your financing. Before you pick a builder, be sure to ask why they are charging a certain price for inclusions and check them carefully.

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Houses can be designed to expand with your family. Some people prefer to stage their build for affordability and convenience.

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Your Style

Many people aren’t sure what their style is when they begin and that is ok. Consider the items you already own that you cherish and want to keep. This is a great place to start. You can also collect inspiring pictures to present to our interior designer. Be sure to keep an allowance to fit out your home with the right furnishings to tie it together – that way when completed your home will feel finished.

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