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5 Reasons Clients Choose to Build a Custom Home over a Project Home

Choosing a custom home builder is an important consideration for anyone starting to venture out on their home building journey; whether it is custom homes or pre-designed project homes. Our clients have each had their own unique building journey, arriving at the choice of building custom for what can be very different and meaningful reasons. However, these are five of the most common reasons that a custom build can be so beneficial.

Reason #1: Bringing out the best in a distinctive or challenging block

Here’s something to consider – many of Sydney’s most spectacular homes weren’t built on a perfectly flat square of land! If you have a narrow block, an unusually shaped block or a steep sloping block with views, then modern custom home designs will almost certainly be the way to go. Our clients have worked with us to create bespoke designs that maximise their home interior space; capture light and warmth cleverly for comfortable year-round living; optimise site drainage and safety; and of course, make the most of stunning views from living areas. Why would you live in an awkward shoebox on your block, when you can have a spacious and stylish custom home with a beautiful flow?

Reason #2: Creating highly customised features and spaces

Dreaming of a walk-in fridge for epic dinner party preparation? Want to add a home elevator to ensure wheelchair accessibility in a beautiful double storey home? Perhaps you have a grand vision for a smart home complete with energy meters and home automation at every turn, or an extra-large home theatre. With a custom design, it’s entirely possible to develop these features so that they’re integrated aspects of your home design. Many of our clients relish the opportunity to customise their new home in incredible and sometimes quirky ways. Whatever you have in mind, we can make it happen. We can also build your own architect’s plans; we have worked with many clients and their architects to bring their unique vision to life.

Reason #3: Transforming an existing property

A knock down rebuild is a sensible choice if you have an existing property where the home is showing its age, or where the block currently isn’t being put to its best use. Our architectural designers approach the block with a completely fresh approach to suit your family’s lifestyle and preferences, and carefully consider orientation and layout to optimise the site’s use. Some clients have been delighted to gain a large backyard with space for a pool where there wasn’t room before, while others have been delighted by the extra rooms they’ve gained for their growing family. Many gain better views from their same block, too – all without having to leave their favourite neighbourhood.

Reason 4#: Building a dream lifestyle

For many of our clients, their choice to build a beautiful custom home design also coincides with a significant lifestyle change. For some that means a house that’s designed for a dream retirement, with accessibility features and entertaining zones built right in to make the most of all that newly found spare time. For others, it might mean a brand new acreage homes with a sprawling, open custom design. Whether you’re lucky enough to have a large parcel of land on the North Shore, Sutherland Shire or Central Coast, you’ll want to work with custom home builders who understand the lifestyle of a larger block and can design to suit.

Reason #5: Having a home like no other

Who wants a house like everyone else? Put simply, there is an alluring appeal in walking into a home that is entirely, completely yours. New clients often seek us out when they are seeking something that will perfectly fit their family over the long term and match their ideal lifestyle in every way. No two families are the same – so why should your home be the same as any other? If you are at the beginning of your home building journey and are looking for the right home builders in Sydney, you are very welcome to get in touch with the team at Wincrest Bespoke. We’d be happy to talk through the possibilities and arrange an on-site inspection for your block.

How Long Does it Take to Build a House?

One question that’s in the mind of anyone who’s planning to build a custom home will be, “how long will it take?”

Rest assured – the timeline for your custom home build doesn’t need to be complex or chaotic like some of the projects on Grand Designs! You might be relieved to hear that the design process with our custom design home builders in Sydney is straightforward, clear and reliable. 

A bespoke home, and a timeline to suit

Just as your custom home design is entirely unique to you, the timeframe will be tooOur team will provide a clear timeline for important milestones in the building of your custom home, so you can plan ahead and look forward to the day you move in.  

The journey from initial discussions with the team about your dream home to when you are handed the keys can depend on many factors, including: 

  • The shape, size and slope of your land, and any other unique conditions
  • The council area your property is in
  • Whether the land is registered
  • Complexity of the home design
  • Finance approval
  • Whether you use the DA or CDC approval process (more on this in a moment)
  • Approval times on the client side
  • Any unforeseen issues during the build, such as inclement weather
  • The experience and services of your luxury custom home builders in Sydney.

How long does it take to build a custom home?

While your own timeline may look different, here’s a typical example to give you an idea

  • The site inspection might take place a few days after your initial enquiry. Your site inspection is a vital part of the process of building a custom home with Wincrest Bespoke, as we consider ways to use the site’s characteristics to their ultimate potential and can give you a useful idea of the costs it will take to build your dream home. 
  • Factor in approximately 4-8 weeks from site inspection to tender presentation. This stage includes a meeting with our team of architectural designers to envision your perfect home. We’ll also help you choose either the DA approval method or the CDC option, which can provide much faster approval for your new home. You can explore the benefits of a CDC here.
  • Once you are presented with your tender and pay your commencement fee, we can prepare the construction plans to your chosen method of approval.
  • At this point you’ll have your appointment with our interior decorator/colour consultant to select your external and internal colours, finishes and products. 
  • Final plans are updated to include your selection of finishes and are submitted to the relevant authorities for approval. DA approval can typically take between 12-18 months, while CDC approval can typically take from 10-120 days. Find out how much does DA approval cost in NSW here.
  • Once the approvals have been received and your contract is signed, we are ready to begin construction of your new home.
  • Once your home has been built and the final practical completion and quality control have been finalised, it’s time to move in. We’re delighted to hand over the keys to your brand-new home
  • 13 weeks after moving into your new home, our warranty team gets in touch to follow up on any small things that may need taking care of.

It’s important to remember that this is a general guide, and that each block, local council and custom build will be different. The time taken to build your beautifully bespoke custom home will depend on various factors, including the difficulty of the build and finishes chosen.  

Rest assured that each of these steps ensures your home is entirely personalised to your lifestyle and land. As our client testimonials reflect, the building process is streamlined and enjoyable with the experienced team at Wincrest Bespoke.  

The Sydney Suburbs to Consider When Deciding Where to Build Your New Home

Many clients who choose to build their dream custom home begin with the knock down and rebuild of a property they’re already living in – but what if you haven’t settled on where you’d like to build just yet? You can choose to build anywhere with luxury custom home builders in Sydney such as Wincrest Bespoke, so we’ve compiled some of the top opportunities based on our local building experience to help show you how to choose a custom home builder.

The Northern Beaches

The Northern Beaches are home to some beautiful properties close to the water, and suburbs such as Palm Beach offer sloping sites that allow you to make the most of stunning views. Many builders won’t build on slopes of more than 1.5 metres, but specialist builders such as Wincrest Bespoke can build on slopes of up to 7 metres and more; maximising views and space while keeping earthwork costs to a minimum.  We recently completed a gorgeous tri-level custom home in Warriewood that captured the coastal vibe of this area. Brookvale is another promising suburb on the Northern Beaches right now, with council plans to create a commercial and entertainment hub in the area. The proposed Beaches Link motorway will provide even greater connection. 

Upper & Lower North Shore

Sydney’s North Shore offers a diverse range of properties to choose from, including some of the city’s most desirable suburbs such as Mosman, Milsons Point and Crows Nest. The area is popular for good reason: water, parklands and quality schools abound. Our team has designed and built stunning custom homes in Turramurra and East Lindfield on the Upper North Shore, and in Northbridge and North Willoughby on the Lower North Shore. The North Shore also offers numerous older properties that would be ideal for a custom knock down and rebuild project. 

Western Sydney

The Sydney Metro West project promises to add a high-speed connection between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD, which adds to the already-strong appeal of the western suburbs. Parramatta and Blacktown now offer their own cultural hubs and local career opportunities, allowing you to enjoy a local lifestyle. Rosehill and Parramatta both score high in McCrindle’s Urban Living Indexand Harris Park offers excellent value for money in a fast-growing area close by. 

Stay tuned for our new display home opening at HomeWorld Box Hill very soon, where you’ll be able to experience our build and design quality for yourself and find inspiration for your bespoke home.

Sutherland Shire and Southern Sydney 

It’s no secret that the Sutherland Shire has a lot to offer in terms of lifestyle, with its coastal location and proximity to the Royal National Park. In recent years, young families and couples have flocked to areas such as Cronulla, Caringbah and Miranda. The area has plenty of older properties in prime locations that are well suited for knock down and rebuilds. Hurstville is also an area to consider, with an easy express commute to the CBD and some exciting development opportunities in older homes.

Custom Wincrest Bespoke homes can be found in many Sydney locations, from the Sutherland Shire in the south right up to the Central Coast. We specialise in sloping site builds, split-level homes and knock down and rebuilds amongst our services.

You might like to explore our completed custom homes and locations, explore client feedback or get in touch to begin your own design process. 

8 Must Haves When Building a Custom Home

Building a house can be one of the most exciting and challenging adventures you will ever embark on. Between finding the perfect piece of real estate, drawing up a floor plan, hiring an architect and home builders, and actually designing and building your home – there’s a lot to consider! How long does a DA approval last in NSW? Where will you live during the building process? What features are a must-have in your home design?

One of the primary appeals of building a custom home is that it will be created specifically for you. From the position of the sun to the slopes on your property, the team at Wincrest will consider every essential element to tailor your home to you and your family. We’ll ask you about the main reasons for building your new home, what may be missing in your current home and talk about your favourite style – be it coastal Hamptons, French Provincial, traditional, contemporary or modern.

As your home is designed from the ground up, there are some essential design features that you should consider to ensure that your home design will be beautifully customised for your lifestyle. If you’re currently weighing up whether you should buy a brand new house or build, here’s what you need to know about building a bespoke home with luxury custom home builders in Sydney.

Space for your Family’s Current and Future Needs

You may well have changing needs if you’re thinking about building. Perhaps you’re upsizing, downsizing, wanting extra space for your growing family or elderly parents, or simply modernising. Whatever your needs, it’s essential to consider how your living space will be used when building a new home.

Our team will ask you questions about how you plan to live in your dream home to ensure it provides all the space and features to meet your needs both now and in the future – including the ideal number of storeys, bedrooms, bathrooms, living areas and walk-in robes. This means no more rushing around in the morning as everyone in the household struggles to share the bathroom as they get ready! Instead, you can choose to attach an ensuite to every bedroom in the house if you wish.

Your Personal Must-haves

Your new custom build is your chance to truly tailor your home to your lifestyle. So take a moment and ask yourself: are there any must-have features that will make your new home truly yours? What do you see when you envisage your dream home?

For example, social families may want extraordinary entertaining spaces or alfresco areas with cooking features for outdoor barbeques. Meanwhile, fitness enthusiasts will definitely appreciate a pool, private gym, and dedicated fitness areas. Alternatively, if you are considering multi-generational living, then personal offices and studies, secondary dwellings and oversized pantries will be high on the list.

Simply put, the possibilities are endless when it comes to a custom-built home! Furthermore, thanks to rapid developments in smart technologies, we can also incorporate new devices and smart home features, such as home automation, ‘smart’ air conditioning and home lifts. Whatever it is you have in mind, Wincrest Bespoke is here to make your dreams a reality.

Personalised Media or Living Rooms

Aside from the kitchen, your living room is one of the main places where the family gets together and relaxes. With that in mind, it must be a wonderfully comfortable and personal room that is dedicated to your family’s interests.

With technological advancements providing us with an endless array of media to consume, why not create your own home theatre? TV and movie buffs might request a media room with a huge flat screen or a projection system at its centre, complete with a professional sound system and luxury seating.

Alternatively, homeowners who want a space to escape from technology might choose a screen-free room centred around a sunken lounge, or floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, or even an acoustic space for instruments and music. Whatever your passions and however you like to relax, these rooms can be designed to suit any interest.

Plentiful and Well-Placed Electrical Outlets

With all of the technology available at our fingertips today, it’s vital to carefully consider where and how many electrical outlets should be located throughout your home at an early stage. Here at Wincrest, we always think about aspects such as office areas, charging hubs, outlets placed for vacuuming points and even the placement of night lights and lamps, as well as exterior outlets for entertaining spaces.

More than that, however, is how your wiring will appear once all your furniture and electricals are in place. In many households, hardware choices mean that your wiring soon becomes a tangled mess. However, when you work with a custom home builder, your designer can suggest outlet placements that not only look good but keep clutter to a minimum.

High Ceilings

Ceiling height can be a favourite factor in a custom build because high ceilings are so often an afterthought with a project home build alternative. The main benefit of high ceilings is their illusion of size. Tall ceilings can make rooms feel larger and give more surface area for natural light to reflect and disperse throughout your home, especially if you couple high ceilings with extra-large windows.

High ceilings also provide more space to make interior design choices that really stand out. For example, artworks and photographs to be positioned to make a statement, while a fireplace chimney could become a focal piece. Alternatively, you can also use this as an opportunity to play with light fixtures such as pendant lights or chandeliers to add a dazzling element. This one single detail can make an extraordinary difference to your home design.

Kitchen Storage that Suits You

The idea of a custom kitchen is truly exciting for many clients because this space can be completely customised to suit. For example, yours might include extra deep drawers for pots and pans, dishwasher drawers that are easy to empty, or cupboards that are situated just right for any ‘vertically challenged people in the family!

The ability to choose tailored finishes is also priceless. Choose stunning granite, marble or polished concrete benchtops and the types of tapware you will pair with it. It’s also worth considering whether you’d like your fridge and dishwasher integrated into bespoke cabinetry to create a streamlined effect.

Generous Garage Space

If there’s one common peeve of new project built homes, it’s that the garages are almost always cramped. Now that you’ve decided to build your own custom home, it’s your chance to plan a wider, double or triple garage, so it’s easy to manoeuvre in and out of the space every day! You’d be surprised by how even a few inches of extra door width can make life easier.

For those wanting their own private space, you might additionally like to set up a home workshop with built-in shelving or have space to work on motorbikes and cars if this is a personal interest.

Sustainable Design Practices

Sustainable measures can not only minimise your environmental footprint in your new home but also ensure year-round comfort and quietness – and lower your energy costs. The two main considerations when it comes to sustainable homes are high-quality insulation and passive solar design, which positions living spaces to make the most of winter sun and summer shade.

At Wincrest Bespoke, we factor in quality insulation and passive design as a matter of course. We also highly recommend incorporating heating and cooling solutions at the early planning stage, as well as any technologies like smart thermostats, battery capabilities, EV charging capabilities and solar.

If you’re ready to begin the planning process with an experienced custom design home builder in Sydney, the team at Wincrest Bespoke provides the services and experience to ensure every detail in your new home will be considered. Contact our team today to discover more about our process for creating your dream home!

Why Choose a Custom Home Builder vs a Project Home?

Knowing how to find the best custom home builders in Sydney suited to your goals can help safeguard the success of your new property. If you’ve been searching through display villages and floor plans but just haven’t found a design that speaks to you, then you might consider building with a custom home builder instead of a project home builder. So what are the main differences between the two? And is it cheaper to build or buy a project home? 

The home design

The single, most important difference between a project home builder and a custom home builder is the home design. Project home builders begin with a pre-planned home design and might make minor adjustments to that design to suit your family and lifestyle. Custom home builders such as Wincrest Bespoke will start from the ground up when it comes to your design. Each wall, window and detail of your home is designed specifically for you for a beautiful, bespoke result. It’s a little like comparing a store-bought suit that’s been adjusted to fit, versus a custom suit that’s been tailor-made to fit your style and measurements. The choice is obvious!


One of the primary reasons that clients choose Wincrest Bespoke as a custom home builder over a typical project home builder is that the client wishes to build something truly out of the ordinary, and specifically designed for their block rather than a cookie cutter type of home.

Design changes

Whether you have a complete home vision in mind or not, you’ll want your home to suit your needs.

With a project home builder, you might be able to pay more to request changes to aspects such as room size or ceiling height, but there are often some elements that are fixed – for example, you can’t simply decide to move a load-bearing wall to create an open-plan living area. With a custom home builder, the process is entirely different. You’ll sit down with your architectural designer and set out your prerequisites and preferences right at the beginning of the process. For those wondering how long does it take to build a house, this can dramatically decrease excess time and ensure that your construction schedule stays on track.

Designs for unique, narrow and sloping blocks

While a pre-designed floor plan from a project builder may suit a standard flat block of land, it may not suit a narrow, sloping or unusually shaped block. In that case, it might once again cost more to adapt a pre-designed plan to suit that block or the block to suit the plan. A sloping block build specialist such as Wincrest Bespoke can design stunning double storey or split level home designs for sloping blocks that will not only save you a significant amount of money by minimising earthworks onsite, but can actually make the most of the natural views, fresh air and sunlight. Our expertise in building and designing house plans for sloping blocks and uniquely shaped blocks is another key reason that clients choose to work with Wincrest Bespoke as their custom home builder.

Many property owners will be considering the value of an architecturally designed home versus a project home. A project home builder might allow a certain scope of variations, but any significant changes can add to the final cost of building your home. This could be an expensive way to get something close to – but not quite – what you had in mind! With the right custom home builder, you can have your dream home built to your exacting standards and within the cost parameters that you’ve set for your build. For example, the in-depth design process with Wincrest Bespoke includes a clear fixed-price contract so you can expect a completely personalised design without any surprises.

There’s another key benefit when it comes to considering value for your investment, and that’s the long-term appeal of the property. A unique custom home will typically have a higher resale value than that of a project home. This can apply to rental returns too; a home our NSW acreage home builders recently completed in Balgowlah Heights is fetching $2,200 per week, for example.

Inclusions, upgrades and exclusions

One of the most enjoyable parts of building a home is choosing the finishes and details of your new house. Project home builders will typically include a select number of options for things like window coverings, paint colours or floor options. Anything outside of this scope usually incurs an additional price. With custom home builders in Sydney, there are no bounds to what you can choose. If you’d like underfloor heating, a mix of floor surfaces or extra-high ceilings, we can incorporate this right into the initial design. It’s a clever way to build. Instead of being very limited in the inclusions in your home, a custom build allows you to hand-pick any fixtures, fittings and products to reflect the exquisite look and feel of your luxury home.

Building a custom home is entirely different to building a project home, and the final result will speak for itself. If you do decide to build a custom home, then working with an experienced custom home builder is key. They’ll be your true partner in designing and constructing a unique home that’s perfectly bespoke to you, your family, your land and lifestyle.

With Wincrest Bespoke you can work with your professional architectural designers, or we can bring your DA-approved architectural designs to reality. You can hear from delighted clients, and explore our services to find out more.

The Essential ‘Building a House’ Checklist

The process of building a custom home can be a complicated one, especially if it is your first time. Unlike regular renovations or building project builds, the custom home building process requires a much higher level of input if you want to craft your perfect dream home.

A custom home can be designed in great detail to suit the way you live – but only if the right questions are being asked by your designer and builder. As one of the best custom home builders in Sydney, the team at Wincrest Bespoke will walk you through all the steps in building a custom home – from the moment you purchase the land, through to the design process, and the final construction phase.

When you work with us, you will be partnered with an experienced home designer who will cover these considerations with you as part of the design and build process. For those of you who are eager to get started, we’ve put together this handy checklist so you can ensure your new home will be a perfect fit for your family and lifestyle.


Your Essential Custom Home Checklist

Although this may seem like a long list, each factor can play an important role in your custom built homes. Therefore, before you hire an architect, make sure you have carefully reviewed all of these questions, as they will significantly impact the design and build of your custom home.

Rest assured that we’ll help you to navigate these choices and considerations – it’s all part of
the service we provide when building your custom home.

Land & Location

  • Is your chosen block close to the essential services in your life like schools, medical facilities, shops and transport
  • Will the land require major works, for example removing trees or rocks – or can the home be designed to make the most of these features with the right builder?
  • Have you checked about the availability of electricity, gas, water and sewerage to your block?
  • Is the area prone to fires or floods? Certain building requirements might apply if so, but a good custom home builder such as Wincrest Bespoke will be able to manage these requirements.
  • If your block is narrow, sloping or uniquely shaped, have you found a custom builder expertise in these areas?


Home and Lifestyle Features

  • How many bedrooms will you need, and where should these be located? It can be a great idea to factor in a quiet parent’s retreat for a busy family!
  • What kind of storage will you need in each bedroom? This might include extra hanging space or spacious walk-in wardrobes.
  • How do you use your living spaces? For example, would you like to be able to watch the kids in the garden or living room while you’re cooking in the kitchen?
  • Who in the family will be using your office and study nooks, and how many desks will you need at any one time?
  • What will make your arrival home easier? For example, a doorway from your garage to your kitchen or pantry can make groceries far simpler to unload.
  • Where would you like your kitchen appliances situated, and will you need custom cabinetry for any specific items?
  • How much kitchen prep space and pantry space will you need to suit your family’s cooking style? When it comes to kitchen bench surfaces, there really is no such thing as too much space.
  • Could you use a family electronics charging hub in the kitchen or living area?
  • How do you plan to have your home entertainment system and AV systems set up, including any TVs, media units and speakers?
  • How does your family like to share meals, and what shape and size of the dining table do you prefer?
  • Would you like underfloor heating in your bathrooms or bedrooms?
  • Will you need taller shower heads or door frames for any particularly tall people in your family?
  • How would you like your outdoor entertaining areas set out, in terms of dining, barbecue location, lights and speakers?


Practical and General Features

  • Have you considered high ceilings, and will the planned ceiling heights feel right for each space?
  • Will there be a good amount of natural light in all living spaces?
  • Is the house plan positioned to capture light and warmth from the sun?
  • Where will you need electrical switches and outlets? Outlets can now include USB ports, which can add convenience in any office or living areas.
  • Will you need outlets in any cupboards or cabinets for your hairdryer, or your juicer in the kitchen?
  • Where will any outdoor cameras and automatic sensors be placed?
  • Is your builder considering energy-efficient and sustainable choices, such as quality insulation and window glazing?
  • What are your heating and air conditioning plans, and when will these systems be installed?
  • Do you have enough storage, including built-in storage, cleaning cupboards and storage rooms?


When building with Wincrest Bespoke home builders sydney, you can be confident we’ll work with you closely to ensure your beautiful new custom home is tailor-made for you and your family, as we have for many happy clients. You might choose to work with our experienced architectural designers, or to bring your DA-approved architectural plans to us.

Remember – our team of custom home builders is here to guide you through every step of designing your custom home and to ensure each of these important factors is considered in the home building process. Get in touch with our friendly team today to talk through our luxury custom home designs.

How Much Does It Cost to Build a Custom Home?

There are a variety of things to know when building a custom home; particularly surrounding the costs involved in this process. There are so many variables that go into the design of a new bespoke home, that the answer will depend on your custom requirements and what your dream home entails.

The good news is that we can give you a “ballpark” cost early in the process, to give you an idea of what’s possible and to determine whether it’s the right path for you. One of our consultants can meet you for a site inspection, and based on our extensive experience we can provide an estimate once we’ve had a discussion about your desired home.


The good news is that with over 30 years’ experience, we can give you a very accurate assessment of what the costs would be to build your home. We’ll also let you know if there are any special factors you might need to take into consideration when building your new home.

We believe that standing on the site is the best way to really get an idea of costs.

Whilst you can give someone a general guide, we know that you cannot give someone a true indication of how much it will cost to build their ideal home without standing on the land; after all, everyone’s’ block is unique.

What happens at a site inspection
One of our best custom home builders in Sydney meets you at your block of land and discusses your dream home in more detail with you. To ensure we design the right home for you, we want to know more about your family and your lifestyle. In your eyes, what does your dream home look like?

At a site inspection, we consider every aspect of the block including:

  • The slope of the land
  • Location of trees
  • Access
  • Storage space
  • Restrictions
  • Natural site drainage
  • Neighbouring properties


This information provides a better understanding of your site and its requirements, and can be used
to develop a more accurate costing on your new custom home. Once all these things are considered, you’ll have everything to help you make an informed decision moving forward.

At Wincrest Bespoke, each home we design and build is entirely custom made. This means our team of architectural designers will partner with you to design, from the ground up, a stunning one-of a-kind home that’s tailor made to meet the individual needs of your family and land. As such, the cost will depend on the exact design we develop with you, your land and the finishes you select.

Factors to consider when thinking about cost

The single most important factor when building in Sydney is the cost of the land. The projected cost of your build will be site-specific, and can depend on this and a number of other factors. This can include:

  • Site considerations such as land, soil type, sewers and services, and whether tree removal or earthworks may be required.
  • If your land is located in a flood or bushfire zone, or located close to the ocean.
  • The quality and type of fixtures and finishes that you’re seeking.
  • The time frame of when you require your home completed by.
  • Design complexity, for example the number of rooms, walls and layout of the home.
  • Whether you have a sloping site. A custom design can prove invaluable here, as your home can be designed to suit the block rather than the other way around.
  • Local council regulations, which can also have an effect on the final design and cost of the build.


A word on quality

Not only can you expect an entirely bespoke new home when building with us, but you can also expect a higher standard of quality than you might find in a typical new home. As just one example, we prefer to incorporate 75mm Autoclave Aerated Concrete (AAC) flooring. This provides excellent sound insulation for a better acoustic rating and quieter house; plus, its thermal conductivity qualities can improve the energy efficiency of your home.

The importance of experience

If you’re considering a custom home, it’s vital to speak with experienced custom home builders. A true custom builder is one who will design a home specifically for you starting with a blank piece of paper and incorporating all of the features that are important to you. Choose well, and you’ll have a true partner throughout the process.

Our end-to-end management provides the confidence your home will be completed with attention to detail, customer service and after-care. We’ll guide you throughout the design and build of your new home, including initial site inspection, approvals, landscaping, driveways, pool and more.

We also stay ahead of the industry norm to make sure there are many options available for our clients. Innovative building products and materials are constantly being developed, and these can be used to provide alternative options for the construction of your home. We work collaboratively with our team of suppliers to ensure our clients are looked after and have the best choices to select from.

Families come to us when they are looking for a step above the ordinary

Many clients come to us because they have a particular dream home in mind and they can’t find anything that ticks all of their boxes. Others may need help designing a home to suit their uniquely shaped block, or a site with over 1.5 metres of fall. We have extensive expertise building on sites with more than 7 metres of fall, and know how to maximise the outlook and layout on such a block of land.

Keeping discussions about costs clear and honest

No matter whether you are current property owners or first home buyers in NSW, everyone has a build price in mind. Our aim is to be dream makers – not dream breakers, and we’re dedicated to providing high quality design, construction and workmanship to suit your parameters. The build cost only for our most recent projects has started at around $500,000 and up t 1.5 million. The right builder and architectural design team will always plan from the ground up and provide you with a fixed price for a stunning new home that meets your exact requirements.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of “how much to build a custom home?”, but the advantage of a unique build is that you can perfectly tailor your floor plan to you, your family and your requirements without compromises. It’s this approach that sees happy clients and beautifully personalised homes. With over 30 years’ experience, let the team at Wincrest Bespoke help you design and build the home you’ve always imagined.

Double Storey or Single Storey – What’s Right for You?

You might already have a block of land to build on, or you might be planning a knock down and rebuild at your current address. Either way, choosing whether to build a single or double storey home is a common dilemma. Let’s consider the advantages of both single and double storey, so you know what you need to know before building a custom home.


The advantages of building a single storey home

  • Separate zonesA sinagle storey home design can include separate wings for parents, children and living areas to provide distinct zones – although this can also be achieved in a well-designed double storey home.
  • Open plan livingIf you really love open plan living then single storey home designs might be for you – although once again, the right double storey or split level home design can also include open and airy living spaces.
  • Accessibility A single storey home can be well suited for those who might struggle with stairs or are wanting to downsize, though accessibility solutions can also be incorporated in double storey and split-level homes.

The advantages of building a double storey home

  • Superior viewsOf course, additional levels provide a greater outlook on your surroundings. This can mean stunning views and more sunshine and breezes for your entertaining areas and living spaces.
  • A smaller footprintBecause double storey home designs typically have smaller footprints than single storey, you can maximise space on your block. This is perfect if you’d love a swimming pool or a large backyard for young children.
  • Unique locationsOne of the distinct advantages of a multi-story home is that you can build a spacious home on a sloping, narrow or smaller block. Many of our clients have found that these blocks can be more affordable than level sites, which can make a multi storey home a cost-effective option.
  • AccessibilityLifts have become far more affordable and popular in private homes, and are requested by many of our clients. As such, it is entirely possible to have an accessible double storey home.

Of course, there’s also the option of building a split-level home. This can capture the best aspects of single storey home and double storey homes, including accessibility, innovative use of uniquely shaped blocks, spacious interiors and improved natural light and ventilation. Our design and build team at Wincrest Bespoke excel at split-level custom home designs amongst our other specialist services.

Ultimately, the right custom home builders in Sydney will assess your site and ask questions about your lifestyle to thoughtfully envision an ideal home design to suit. To get started, why not book a free initial consultation and site inspection to explore the possibilities?

5 Factors to Consider When Building Your Custom Home on The Northern Beaches

Planning to build a bespoke home along Sydney’s Northern Beaches? There are some unique local factors worth considering so you can maximise views, lifestyle, quality and space. Here are five of the most important considerations to know when building a custom home to ensure success.

One storey or two?

If you have a large flat block or if you’re planning for retirement, you might prefer a single level home. If you’re building a house on a sloping block on the beachfront, then you might make the most of its vertical space with a split level house that includes beach access from your lower levels. Split-level and multi storey designs from experienced Northern Beaches builders can give you a surprising amount of space on a steep or narrow block.

Maximising your view


If you are lucky enough to be building along the beachfront or on an elevated block overlooking the bush, then you’ll be looking to maximise your outlook. Consider where you spend most of your time in your home, and which rooms you’d like to prioritise for the view. Your custom home designer could incorporate picture windows from living spaces like the dining area, kitchen or entertainment areas to optimise the panoramic vistas.

Keeping your new home light and open

The Northern Beaches have some of the best weather in Australia, so why wouldn’t you design your home to make the most of the sunshine and fresh breezes? Whether you love sitting in the morning sun with a coffee or entertaining a crowd over a leisurely lunch, being able to open your living spaces with stacking or pivoting doors will provide endless options for a relaxed lifestyle.

Building with the right materials

Coastal climates can include exposure to salt, wind and even sand. If you are building close to the ocean, there may well be unique requirements when it comes to building materials. Paint grade, roofing choices, framework and other aspects should be considered in terms of their exposure to the weather. Here’s where it’s particularly important to work with the right custom home builders on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, for peace of mind and a durable home finish.

Swimming pool or beach?

You might be within minutes of the beach or a little further inland. Either way, it’s worth thinking about whether you’ll want a swimming pool early on in the design process. Quality builders on the Northern Beaches will be able to plan the space on your block so you can include a pool later without any compromises for your new home design.

The Wincrest Bespoke team builds stunning custom homes on the Northern Beaches, specialising in split-level homes and house plans for sloping blocks in Australia. You might like to view feedback from our clients, or contact us to arrange an initial consultation and free site inspection.

Should You Buy a Brand New House or Build?

If you’re planning to buy or build your next home, there are a range of variables to know when building a custom home. There are builders, estates, floor plans and sales brochures aplenty, but building your home with a custom design can offer a number of advantages. When it comes to comparing the process of building rather than buying an existing home, there are several considerations to factor in.

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A matter of choice    

  • If you’re buying an existing home, you can see exactly what you’re getting. The bricks and mortar are right there in front of you – but you can’t easily change many aspects of the home’s design without renovating.
  • If you’re building with a project home builder you’ll be choosing a pre-designed plan, with some ability to customise and choose your preferred finishes. Any significant changes can cost more.
  • If you’re looking to build with a true custom home builder you get full control over the process and a fully personalised home design, planned for your lifestyle and vision. While there isn’t an absolute answer to the question of how much does it cost to rebuild a house, it is often less expensive that people assume. In June 2020, the Federal Government also announced a new stimulus package worth $25,000 which could benefit those building a new home.
  • With a knock down and rebuild, you could have a new bespoke home that suits your block without having to change your neighbourhood or address.

The many benefits of building over buying

It’s easy to see that building a bespoke, brand new home provides a number of advantages that buying simply can’t. There’s the chance to create a custom home that’s thoughtfully designed and built for your family, land and lifestyle. There’s the little-to-no-maintenance required in your brand-new home. There’s also the opportunity to use innovative new materials and energy efficient measures so you can look forward to a lower carbon footprint and lower energy bills.

Maintenance, renovations and rebuilds

It’s worth considering the potential of any land and home that you’re about to purchase, or indeed that you might already own. Many home buyers automatically look to older homes because they might have a lower asking price, but it’s also key to factor in the costs of any major maintenance, repairs and renovations that might be required in that existing home. You can save money by carrying renovations yourself, but even then the process can cost you your time.

If you’re purchasing an older home that’s seen better days and requires major work, then it can be worth considering a knock down rebuild in Australia as an option. In fact, in many cases the cost of demolishing an older home and rebuilding a custom home in its place could be comparable to major renovations – and you’ll get a brand new custom house out of the process! Other benefits can include better views than your old outlook, a better layout for your unique block that gives you more space, and a more energy efficient home. Of course, it’s important to work with the best custom home builders in Sydney to ensure your design and build process will go smoothly with a fixed price contract.

The experience and the unique result

Owning a home is still the Australian dream, and that dream home will be unique depending on your family, where you live, how you spend your days and how you relax when you’re at home. A home that’s perfect for one family won’t necessarily be perfect for another. That’s the true benefit of a custom home or custom rebuild: a design that’s designed from scratch, specifically for you and your loved ones.

There simply is no comparison when you consider the quality and stunning home design you can achieve with custom home building. Your home can stand out from the crowd as well as suiting your lifestyle perfectly. Plus, the personal experience of going through the custom design process and watching your dream home being built can be incredibly rewarding.

Wincrest Bespoke are luxury custom home builders in Sydney with a reputation for crafting beautiful bespoke homes. We welcome you to get in touch to discuss how our services and expertise might suit your first home build.