Articles - New Homes

Get It Right: Top Tips For Designing Your Custom Home

13th December 2018

Building a custom home can be both an exciting and daunting experience, it gives you the opportunity to be involved every step of the way, but without the proper planning or knowledge, it may leave you with a finished product that is far from your dream house.

However, building a custom home doesn't have to be difficult, and it allows you to achieve the perfect balanced home for your lifestyle. Here are a few tips we've come up with to keep you on the right track when designing your fabulous new home.


Choosing a budget that is right for you is the most important first step, as all the subsequent steps will need to adhere to this figure.  New homes can range significantly in price, so an accurate budget with help you to stay on track throughout every stage of the process. It will help you decide where you can build, and give your custom builder an accurate understanding of how spacious your home can be and what major design features you can include.

Plan For The Future

When you're thinking about your new home, don’t forget to do some long-term planning. How long will you live in the house? Do you want kids in the future? Will extended family stay with you on occasion? Making sure your new home is right for you now might be the first thing on your mind, but don't forget it need to be suitable for years (and even generations) to come.


When beginning the process of building your new home, it's a good practice to home dream big, then scale back the non-essentials. We all want the best of everything but project costs can blow out quickly. What are your most valued qualities in a home? Perhaps it’s a large kitchen, a spare bedroom, a feature bath or jarrah floors? Rank each item by importance to help you ensure your budget is being allocated to the most important factors, before you start on the extras.

Research Your Building Materials

Despite advances in the technology, most builders are still using 20th-century technology and techniques in their builds. This means it often takes a large team of tradesmen to get the job done, and makes it an expensive and timely process. Inspired Homes has introduced a product called Inspired Lite which has a fast build time that’s cost-effective while still meeting “BUILT COMPLETE” standards. This new technology means a single story home can be completed in 16 weeks and a double storey home within 20 weeks from slab pour.

Listen To The Experts

Some features you wish to include in your house may not be practical for your house design, so it's wise to consider your builders recommendations carefully. You are hiring your builder for their experience, and some expectations are not always realistic. However, don't be afraid to trust your instincts and go back to the builder if you have concerns. It is your house and your desires are important.

Are you planning to build a custom home and looking for the perfect company to help bring your vision to life? As winners of the HIA Excellence in Service (Medium Builder), Inspired Homes expert team will provide exceptional customer service from the first meeting, right until you get the keys to your dream home.