Your choice of home builder can influence almost every aspect of your property investment, from design through to the finishing details. This choice becomes even more important when you’re building a custom home, as it takes an expert builder to help you navigate the unknown. Choosing carefully will ensure you have a smooth build process and an extraordinary end result that aligns with your current and future needs. If you’re wondering how to choose a custom home builder in Sydney, consider these five essential factors.
Services and specialisations
It’s wise to narrow down your initial search by assessing the services that a home builder offers and how these will relate to your project. If you’re building on a split-level site or planning a knock down rebuild, for example, you might aim to speak with home builders who specialise in these types of complex projects – as costs can skyrocket if the project is mismanaged by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
Similarly, search for a builder who aligns with your expectations. Your family is unique, and as such your home should be too. Your luxury custom home builders in Sydney should start with a blank slate when designing your home to ensure the result suits your unique land, lifestyle, expectations and budget.
Narrowing your search for a builder can feel overwhelming, but it makes sense to search based on your future home’s location. A locally-based builder can provide invaluable advantages for your custom build, from clever solar passive considerations to the incorporation of exquisite local timbers in your new home. Local experience can also be crucial on complex sites – for example, the sloping sites commonly found in Sydney’s diverse landscapes. While most custom home builders in Sydney will refuse to build on slopes greater than 1.5 metres, the Wincrest Bespoke team specialises in building on sites with falls up to 7 metres. Foundations, positioning, light, drainage and more will all be meticulously considered to make the most of your unique site.
Previous projects and designs
Building a custom home involves a high level of trust, as you won’t see the final details in person until your home is built. However, you can assess a builder’s completed projects to evaluate the standards they work to. Spend some time exploring a custom builder’s portfolio and pay particular attention to how the builder has approached more unique and complex projects. The most important qualities to look for will be quality, originality and a strong commitment to the vision of each home owner.
References and reputation
You can view thousands of beautifully completed homes without gaining a sense of what it’s truly like to work with a custom home builder. This is where reputation will be vital to your decision-making process. Does the builder freely share their client testimonials, and what are the common themes that previous clients mention? You might wish to read through review sites to gain an overall impression of the builder’s reputation, or ask if you could speak with one of the builder’s previous clients for a direct opinion. Word-of-mouth is a great way to learn about local builders, so be sure to ask friends and family who have built their home about their experience.
The working relationship
It’s crucial to find a custom home builder who appreciates the importance of your project and has a communication style that syncs with yours. From your very first interactions with a prospective builder, pay attention to the level of communication and respect you receive. A building team should be asking questions about your goals and vision early in the process so they can tailor your home’s design appropriately.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, either. Will you be getting a true ‘fixed price’ for your build? Will you have direct contact with your Site Manager throughout the build process? If you wish to work with your architect of choice, will the builder be able to review the plans for buildability, cost effectiveness and functionality? A quality builder will ensure a seamless build process with clear communication, from initial site inspection to the final touches.
If you are exploring options for custom home builders in Sydney, the team at Wincrest Bespoke would be delighted to answer any questions you might have. Simply contact us today.