Custom design or off the plan—which build is best for you?

Contemplating whether a custom designed or off the plan home is the better option for you? If you’ve been going back and forth and can’t decide which option is best going to meet your design, functionality, budget and time requirements, here are a few things to consider that may make the decision a little easier.

The custom route

For most people, building the ‘dream home’ is a once in a lifetime experience where they wouldn’t be happy settling for anything less than perfect—this is where a custom design and build is going to be the best option. When you choose the custom route, the sky’s the limit.

You really do have the ability to customise every element of the home to perfectly suit your family, lifestyle and design inclinations. You have complete control to design the optimum floorplan, select the materials you use, incorporate any eco-technology or add any custom design features. If you have very specific ideas about what you want to achieve or want to create a one-of-a-kind home, a custom build is likely going to be the best option for you.

However, a luxury custom home usually won’t come cheap. If you’re going to go down the path of custom design to create your ultimate dream home, it’s unlikely that you’re going to be satisfied settling for mid-range fixtures, fittings, finishes and features. If you’ve got your heart set on a premium high-end build where there’s no room for compromise, it’s safe to say it will come with a higher price tag.

It’s also important to consider whether you’re bound by time restrictions. While your custom builder should be able to give you an estimate of the build time, it’s likely it will take longer than an off the plan home where there’s also less potential for time-blowouts.

Building off the plan

A key benefit to opting for an off the plan home is that you can ‘try before you buy’. Most project builders provide display homes where you can experience first-hand what your finished home will be like. You can get a good understanding of the scale and proportions of the home and the type of finishes you can expect, giving you a better idea of how well the home is going to suit your needs.

Because off the plan homes also use materials sourced from reputable suppliers and use a set of ‘tried and tested’ building processes, they are relatively simple and straightforward to build. This will usually mean it’s easier to estimate the total build time and there’s less potential for any cost blowouts. Because builders can also negotiate volume discounts on the materials used in project homes, they’ll typically also come with a lower price tag than a custom build.

The downside of choosing an off the plan design is that there’s less scope for customisation and you may only be offered a limited range of finishes and options to choose from. If you’ve found a home design that is almost exactly what you’re looking for, it shouldn’t be too difficult or too costly to accommodate some minor changes to the original design. However, if you have very specific requirements or find that you’re wanting to significantly change several elements of the original design, it may be easier to start from scratch by creating your own custom design.

The choice is yours with Glenvill

At Glenvill, we are the experts in building luxury homes in Melbourne.

We have the know-how to help you design your perfect custom home design that ticks every single box, or we also provide a range of beautifully designed off the plan homes which have been developed to satisfy the tastes of even the most discerning customers.

With our experienced team of designers, construction managers and builders under the one roof, we can help you create your ideal custom home or customise one of our existing home designs to suit your every requirement. Simply contact us or drop in to our Cremorne Design Centre to let us show you how.