Custom Builder vs Project Builder Comparison

When considering whether to build a home with a project builder or custom builder, read this builder comparison article first.
Here’s a really useful builder comparison table between a custom built home with Custom Home Designs and your typical Australian project builder.

If you haven’t built before or don’t know the difference, this will quickly give you a snapshot of the pros and cons.

At the very end of this list is a summary so you can make an informed decision on which way you should proceed.

 
Description Custom
Home
Designs
Project
Builders
Provide a genuine cost indication of final house price
Building on sloping block of greater than 2 metres of cross-fall
Building on sloping block of greater than 3 metres of cross-fall
Building on sloping block of greater than 4 metres of cross-fall
Meet you on site
Have meetings at your existing home
Fanatical customer service
Provide pre-plan concept drawings
Let you retain full copyright on plans
Make minor changes to the plan
Customise the façade
Heavily customise the plan
Create a unique, one-off home
Provide slab, brick and tile home
Provide suspended floor options
Provide external wall material options
Provide materials for fire resistant homes
Personalised one-on-one service
Use HIA Builders Contract
Use MBA Builders Contract
Refuse to use customised Builders Contract
Use “fair for both parties” builders contract
Number of builder’s quotes provided to you
Option of full interior design by qualified designer
Option of full landscape design by qualified designer
Option of full pool design
Fully project manage everything from start to finish
Member of GreenSmart HIA
Single storey (lowset)
Double storey (highset)
Triple storey (highset)
Pole home design and build
Split level and sloping block design and build
Narrow lot design and build
Battleaxe lot design and build
Process and manage all council town planning issues
Process and manage demolition/knock-down
Process and manage VPOs and tree clearing
Process and manage bushfire reports
Source required documentation (survey plan, ASCONS, etc)
= yes, included as part of the service offering
= warning, most builders don’t offer this
= no, not included

Note: This comparison is general in nature but fairly represents the majority of Australian project builders. We have tried to be as accurate as possible with our information but please bear in mind that companies can change how they operate from time to time.

Summary

Although we can’t speak for all custom builders, there are major benefits that Custom Home Designs offers over other project builders.

  • You retain full copyright on all designs and plans that Custom Home Designs create for you. With a project builder, they retain full copyright so you can’t take the plan to another builder to construct, without breaking copyright law. (Note: Big name builders take copyright of their plans very seriously indeed and will pursue you to the full extent of the law.)
  • You get a minimum of three quotes for the construction of the home with Custom Home Designs. With a project builder (and almost all other custom builders), you get one costing only. We do the hard work of liaising with three carefully screened and selected builders in your region and then present these to you.
  • Create unique, one-off homes with Custom Home Designs. With a project builder, you’re getting a rubber stamped home that will be similar to tens if not hundreds of other homes. With us, you’re able to make minor, major and complete overhauls as you see fit. You can even make changes during construction.
  • Custom Home Designs offers one-on-one personalised service including helping you choose the right block of land, meeting you on site to understand your dreams, meeting you in your existing home to go through designs and plans, hand holding you during construction and fanatical customer service throughout.
  • Custom Home Designs will manage the whole project from start to finish including demolition (if needed), town planning, council issues, submission of plans for building approval, construction, interior decoration, landscaping, fencing and pools.

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