Having a custom built home is a great way to express your individuality. If you’ve been thinking about this, here’s a few things to consider.

The architect

It’s important to have a good architect that understands your vision. Finding the right person to help create your unique home is a very important first step. Your house design can have a big impact on your budget. Gathering quotes from different sources is a good way to get a general idea of cost. An experienced architect will also be able to help you with cost cutting solutions that won’t interfere with your overall vision.

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Designing your own home will involve lots of planning because you need to be detailed in your approach. Think about room designs and layout, finishings and fittings that will suit your style and budget. Make notes as you research so that you have a clear idea of what you want when you meet with your architect.


If you can figure out a cost for the basic house structure – foundation, walls, roofing, windows and doors – then you can get a good idea of the total price. Plumbing and electrics also need to be thought about, as well as lighting and heating.

A number of other expenses will come from the fittings and finishings. But there is a lot of opportunity to save money here, depending on what materials you choose. If you want more luxurious pieces in your home, make sure that you allow for some added costs over and above the rough estimate.

The planning and design of your custom built home can take some time until you are totally satisfied with it. But it’s all worth it. Designing your own home allows you the comfort of knowing exactly what went into the building of your house. If you choose good materials, good quality finishes and an excellent builder, you’re sure to end up with a home that will stand for decades.

Save your money

With careful planning and budgeting, your custom built home will not be any more expensive than building a standard home the same as everyone else on the block. With Build7 Bay of Plenty, you could even save money.

Our design and build process is tried and tested. Get in touch with us today to learn about our free design service. We can create your customised house plans at absolutely no cost. Your custom built home is closer and easier than you think.

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