House Design 101

The big national builders have unfortunately convinced many home buyers that the only way to afford a new home is to build one of their standard designs. That makes it easier for them to make a profit for their wealthy shareholders, but it means home buyers are often left with a house that doesn’t meet their needs. You may be surprised to discover just how affordable your very own custom house design may be.

We asked Balance Design and Construction’s resident building designer, Dave Young, to answer common questions about building a custom home in Coffs Harbour.

Firstly, tell us about your experience in the building industry

DY: I’ve been a building designer for more than a decade. I’ve now designed hundreds of new homes on the Coffs Coast. I really enjoy the process of starting with nothing more than an idea or sketch, and creating a new home that a family will enjoy for many years.

The Balance DC motto is “Homes for Living” – what does that mean in practice?

DY: It means that we carefully consider every aspect of a new home design to ensure our floorplans are practical and comfortable for family living. We see too many homes with awkward kitchen layouts, tiny bathrooms, insufficient storage space, and other drawbacks that should be fixed at the design stage. Balance Design and Construction homes are built with family living as the primary consideration.

Is it more expensive to build a custom home?

DY: Not necessarily. At Balance DC, we use the same pricing model, regardless of whether you’re using one of our standard plans, a custom plan, or a plan you had drawn by an independent drafting company. Custom designing your home from scratch means we can tailor the layout to suit your budget. And because our design team works closely with our builders, estimators, and finance manager, we understand the costs of building and we can explain how changes to your plans might affect the final build cost.

What are the benefits of custom designing a home?

DY: In short, the main benefit is that you get a home that suits your family’s needs and style. We will tailor the design of your home to complement the contours and orientation of your land. We’ll get to know your family so we understand how you will use the home. We’ll get to know your style, and ensure that the floorplans reflect what is important to you. Is low maintenance a key? Will you be entertaining regularly? Are you particularly environmentally conscious? Is there a view to enjoy? We want you to feel “at home” when you walk through the front door!

Isn’t designing your own home stressful?

DY: It doesn’t have to be (for you at least!). We work very hard to address the little details so you don’t have to worry about them. We think about the things that often get overlooked (like storage and future maintenance) and consult with you throughout the design process. You can be as involved in the process as you like.

Call Balance Design and Construction today on 1300 056 298 to start planning your custom home!

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I’m thinking about building a new home – how can Balance DC help me?

The team at Balance provides expert assistance at every stage of the residential construction process, from initial feasibility analyses to final touch-ups. Our in-house design team has produced a portfolio of exceptional new home designs, and we also offer custom design services using state-of-the-art design software (including 3D renderings you can view on your smartphone or VR glasses!).

We have solutions for steep sites, beachfront lots, and unusually-shaped blocks. We take care of Council paperwork and approvals, and provide professional interior design advice to ensure your home is stylish and practical.

Boutique Developments and Multi-Builds

Seeking a construction partner for your next investment project? Balance are the Coffs Coast experts in townhouse and boutique developments, with multiple successful projects delivered over recent years, producing excellent returns for our clients.

We offer a unique service to investors, with our ability to handle every stage of your development, from early concept plans through to completion. We provide excellent value, and can even put you in touch with quality local real estate agents to help sell or rent your new development.

We also offer turnkey development solutions so investors can start earning a return sooner with less hassle.

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Can I really afford a custom home?

Unfortunately, the big builders have convinced new home buyers that the only way to afford a new home is to settle for one of their standard plans or pre-arranged house and land packages. But why settle for a home designed for someone else?

A home designed to meet your specific needs may be much more affordable than you realise! At Balance, our pricing is transparent and we’ll happily tailor our designs to meet your budget and the family’s needs.

You’ve got nothing to lose – visit our display home, or give us a call today on 1300 056 298 to arrange a free consultation.

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Contact Balance Design and Construction today on 1300 056 298 to start planning your new luxury Coffs Harbour home!

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