The decision to build a new home can be both exciting and daunting. Working out who to build with and what to build is a confusing step in the process. In 2006 MyPackage.com.au was launched to provide a simple way to compare the vast array of New Home Designs and House Plans available from Home Builders around Melbourne and interstate, not to mention showcasing land estates and House & Land Packages etc.
One of the great benefits of building a new home is that you get to choose everything; the floor plan and layout, internal fixtures and fittings, colour schemes etc. So it's important you are able to find the right builder and home design to satisfy the needs of you and your family to maximise your lifestyle.
Firstly lets clarify, what is a New Home design? An effective way New Home Builders showcase what they can build is to provide a range of New Home Designs. These can be either display homes or simple floor plan options. New Home Designs are examples of what a builder can build for you. Some builders will strictly stick to those designs and not allow many changes to the design, whilst others use the design as a starting point and allow unlimited changes to craft the home to meet your needs.
When doing a New Home Design search, simply include your key requirements like number of bedrooms, home width etc and compare the options presented from a range of builders. Some of the designs presented may have display homes you can visit, whilst others may have additional information about the design which you should discuss with them.
To learn more about things to think about when comparing New Home Designs, check out the section below called "More about New Home Designs".
Life's better in a brand new home... so take the time to find the perfect New Home Design that really suits your lifestyles needs.
More about New Home Designs
When exploring new home designs, there are a number of things you will need to consider.
1. Home Design Size
What are the must haves, in terms of number of bedrooms, living zones etc. We all want the grand mansion and maybe budget isn't a concern, but keeping in mind what the mandatory elements for you new home is very important.
2. Matching Home Designs to Suitable Land
Every home needs a block of land. If you fall in love with a home design from a builder that happens to be very wide or a long design, keep that in mind when selecting your land. The reality is that some home designs are simply not suited to certain blocks of land, so if you have already purchased your land, focus on designs that complement the suns orientation, fall of land, location of driveway driveway cross over etc.
3. Suitable to location of Land
When performing a New Home Design Search, type the name of the suburb where you plan to build, this way the Home Designs in the search results will be exclude homes from Builders not building in that suburb or region. There is no point reviewing home designs from builders if they don't build in that location.
4. Floor Plan Options
There are literally thousands of Home Designs / floor plan options available. Some people will choose to buy a block of land first and then find the perfect home. It could be argued that this can limit the number of suitable home designs. On the flip side if you get your heart set on a Home Design from a specific builder, but then find a block of land you cant refuse, it might turn out that block isn't suitable for that design.
The actual layout of the home is all important and must suit your families needs. Consider the number of stories, bedroom locations, number and location of living areas, whether its open plan, and the homes width etc. If you have a very large noisy family and want to have zones in the home where you can retreat, going completely open plan may not be ideal.
5. Total Budget
It can be a good idea to discuss your finances with a lender or broker as this can help to guide your search criteria, remembering your total budget must cover both the home design build, site costs etc plus the cost of the actual land. You should also consider that whilst your home is being built, before you move in you may be covering both the build cost and the cost of where you reside at the same time.
6. Which Builder
Every builder has different standard inclusions, time frames, prices, reputations etc. When you discover a home design you like you will need to also research the home builder themselves to ensure they suit your needs and build in the location where you wish to build.
Start your search now to discover the many different and varied home design options available to suit every lifestyle need from home builders across Melbourne and Victoria.