Designing your house with a luxury custom home builder is an enjoyable and exciting process that, ultimately, means you get exactly what you want out of your custom home design. In order to make the most out of the process, there are several things you should consider beforehand.
1. Site location
Where you choose to build will have many consequences on the type of home you end up with. Your home building project could be in a zone that has more or less lenient restrictions on building height. The size of your block will also determine how close you can get to your boundaries, as per the R-Codes (Residential Design Codes). But older areas, or neighbourhoods where views are important, could have additional council restrictions.
These kinds of limitations could be to ensure new homes are in keeping with a certain style, or to ensure that the views and access of neighbouring properties are protected. Your property will be protected in the same way, so what comes around goes around. There could even be restrictions on the amount of trees you are able to remove from your site, as councils seek to maintain leafy, established suburbs while taking advantage of infill housing – the City of South Perth is one such jurisdiction.
When you have as much information on your piece of land as possible, you will be able to make more informed decisions. If there’s anything you don’t understand about the process, bring your questions with you when you talk to one of our building consultants.
2. Block orientation
The way your block of land is oriented in terms of access, views, sunlight and wind exposure will make a big difference to the way you build your home. While this is something you’ll want to discuss with your builder during the consultation process, it’s a good idea to learn as much as possible about your land beforehand, so that you can reach an informed decision more quickly when presented with the options.
The way your land is situated will determine more than where your garage is best placed, or where you should construct a balcony to capture the evening sunsets. Incorporating a good passive design to make the most of natural sun, shade and wind could greatly increase the comfort of your home, while reducing your environmental footprint, according to the Department of Industry and Science.
3. Home design priorities
This is where your personal preferences really shine. Premium builders know the best way to achieve what you want, but you have to know what that is. Fortunately Exclusive Residence’s S2F process will guide you through selections and design considerations, including consultation with award-winning interior designers.
Try and figure out what you want to communicate with your home – will it be inviting, flowing, and naturally inspired, or perhaps modern, efficient and architecturally stunning? The possibilities are endless – all you need is a place to start.