Use Your Building Budget Wisely

Use Your Building Budget Wisely

If you’ve decided to build a new home from scratch, you may be wondering whether you need an architect to bring your plans to life or whether you should go with a building designer at a home building company? The good news is that the choice is completely up to you.
In Australia, people aren’t legally required to hold any specific professional qualification in order for them to design single residential homes, which means that architects, draftspeople and building designers can all do the same job.

For someone to call themselves an ‘architect’ though, they have to have completed the requisite tertiary study and practical experience and be registered with the industry’s regulatory body in their state or territory - but for the purposes of designing a home, anyone is allowed to do it.

Deciding on whom to entrust with your new home dreams can be tricky - especially if it’s your first building project - but don’t worry. Ask friends and colleagues for their recommendations, do a lot of research, talk to industry professionals and ask lots of questions because as you know, building a home is a huge investment on many different levels and it really will pay off to consider all options carefully before making a decision.

Architects charge for their services in different ways. Some charge time-based fees, others charge fixed rates whilst the majority charge between 9 - 15% of the total cost of construction. As the architect is generally involved across the entire scope of the project from start to finish, you can imagine how important it is for you to have a clear idea of the fee structure before you sign up.

An ‘architect-designed’ home is considered by some as having a certain cachet and clients will often choose an architect because they admire his or her distinctive style. A strong relationship based on trust and communication will help ensure that your voice is heard and that your home is as much a reflection of your vision as well one which embodies the architect’s creativity and which enhances his or her reputation.

Once you’ve paid for the architect’s plans to be drawn up, the design usually goes out to building companies to tender and hopefully the estimates they come up with will be in line with your expectations. The last thing you want is to be out of pocket, out of time and back to the drawing board.

Of course, no-one goes into a building project without a desire to use their building budget wisely but with so many things to think about, decisions to make and deadlines to meet, it’s easy to lose focus on the financials.

Cost considerations have long been one of the main motivators for people to choose a home builder, but not everyone knows that going that route certainly doesn’t mean compromising on aesthetics. Architects aren’t the only professionals who can design a bespoke home. There are plenty of stunning examples of custom-built homes in Perth that are as unique and as individual as their owners, and which have been carefully and attentively designed to meet the client’s brief and their expectations.

A home designed and built by professionals within the same company can deliver some real savings - and who doesn’twant some extra cash towards their new home build? A swimming pool. A designer kitchen. An extra bathroom. A secure garage. Landscaping. The possibilities are endless.

Choosing to build with a project building company doesn’t mean settling for a run-of-the-mill design that looks exactly like every other home in the street. Quite the opposite!
At Coast Homes, we know that the more time and effort we put into asking you questions, genuinely listening to what you have to say and discovering what your personal needs, style and aspirations are, the happier you will be with the outcome. Especially when it comes in on budget.

Our skilful and understanding designers take enormous pride in translating your vision into beautiful one-of-a-kind homes and with experienced cost consultants on our team, you know upfront what to expect. We’ve been in the industry for long enough to understand everything about the cost of building and we know what impact the home design has on the budget. That’s why you won’t get any nasty surprises with us, only surprisingly affordable beautiful homes and heaps of practical, thoughtful advice and recommendations on how to make your hard-earned money go even further.

If you’d like some creative inspiration or want to chat to a friendly professional about turning your new home dreams into a beautiful reality, why not visit one of our display homes in Perth? Single or double storey, classic or contemporary, we know you’ll find lots to love at our Coast Homes display homes and we’d love to meet you.

You can find out more about our boutique homes at or by calling our friendly team on 08 6241 6766.