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Top 10 Things to Consider When Building Your Dream Custom Home

Are you dreaming of a custom-built home that perfectly suits your lifestyle, tastes, and needs? Custom homes designed specifically for each homeowner or family are arguably the most rewarding style of home. Once the build process is done, you’ll find yourself living in a modern, stunning home specially customised and built just for you and your family, with unique features to suit your family’s lifestyle that no other home has.

The team at David Reid Homes, a renowned custom home builder franchise with seasoned custom home builders throughout Australia, are here to guide you through the exciting journey of bringing your dream home to life. Before you begin your journey, here are 10 things to consider when building your dream custom-built home.

1. Define your Vision

Before you start any construction, it’s crucial to have a clear vision of what your dream home looks like. Consider the architectural style, number of bedrooms, outdoor spaces, and any special features you desire. Create a vision board or a list of must-haves to communicate your ideas effectively. If you’re looking for inspiration, have a look at our house plan gallery to see if one of our carefully planned designs suits your style and needs.

2. Set a Realistic Budget

Building a custom home is a significant investment so it’s essential to have a comprehensive budget that considers all possible expenses, including taxes, interior décor, landscaping, and a contingency reserve for unforeseen costs. When outlining your budget, you can work alongside the consultants from David Reid Homes to set a realistic budget that aligns with your financial capabilities.

3. Choose the Right Location

Location is everything when it comes to your dream home. Consider factors such as proximity to work, schools, amenities, and the overall ambience of the area. The David Reid Homes team can guide you in finding the perfect location for your custom build, as our network of experienced custom home builders is nationwide. Visit our Local Custom Home Builder page to find your nearest home builder.

4. Select your Dream Design

David Reid Homes offers a range of stunning pre-designed plans or the option to create a fully custom design from scratch. Consider your family’s needs, lifestyle, and future plans when choosing the design that suits you best. Check out our house plan gallery to view our range of styles, floor plans and fully customisable designs.

5. Plan for the Future

Think about your long-term needs. A well-designed custom home should accommodate changes in your life, whether it’s a growing family, an aging parent, or additional space for a home office.

6. Quality Materials

When building your dream home, don’t compromise on the quality of materials. David Reid Homes takes pride in using materials of the highest standard, ensuring your home stands the test of time and looks stunning for years to come.

7. Energy Efficiency

In a country as vast as Australia, energy efficiency is paramount. Discuss sustainable building practices and energy-saving features with your David Reid Homes builder to consider incorporating solar panels, efficient insulation, and LED lighting. These sustainable options can help reduce your environmental footprint and save on energy bills in the long run.

8. Safety and Compliance

Ensure your custom-built home meets all local building codes and safety standards. David Reid Homes is well-versed in these regulations and manages the whole compliance process, so you can rest easy knowing your home is secure and compliant.

9. Stay Involved

Your involvement throughout the building process is essential. All our David Reid Homes build teams encourage consistent communication and site visits to ensure your vision is realised throughout the build process. Our custom home builder experts keep you updated every step of the way with regular check-ins and progress updates.

10.  Select the Right Custom Home Builder

Choosing the right builder is the key to a successful custom-built home and a smooth project. David Reid Homes has a team of seasoned custom home builders who will work closely with you to bring your dream home to life. Their experience and expertise will ensure that your dream home exceeds your expectations and that the delivery is as smooth as possible.

If you’re looking for a custom home builder you can trust to turn your dream home into a reality, choose David Reid Homes. With experience, dedication to quality, and a commitment to your vision, we are the perfect partner for your project. When it comes to selecting a custom home builder in Australia, David Reid Homes should be your top choice. We pride ourselves on offering:

  • Experience
  • Tailored Solutions
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Transparent Communication
  • Local Knowledge
  • Award-Winning Designs and
  • Peace of Mind

If you’re ready to embark on this adventure, contact David Reid Homes today. Our team of experienced builders and designers are ready to bring your dream custom-built home to life, right here in Australia. Your dream home awaits, and we’re here to build it with you every step of the way.

The Strikingly Bold Cherrybrook

The Cherrybrook


SUPERIOR QUALITY

The strikingly bold Cherrybrook incorporates slate, stone, and rendering to create a signature home and an impressive example of modern architecture. Designed for the modern family seeking functionality without compromising space, The Cherrybrook provides a luxurious living environment complete with all the smart features the discerning homeowner could wish for.

With a theatre-style media room, three study zones, there is plenty of room for all the family members and their guests. Boasting four spacious bedrooms all with walk-in robes including a master with chic ensuite, the home also features an extra bedroom that doubles as a rumpus room. Outdoor living is taken to the net echelon with a generous alfresco area overlooking the architecturally designed swimming pool. his impressively appointed home promises to be a talking point among the neighbours.



RAISING THE STANDARD

David Reid Homes is ‘Raising the Standard’. This isn’t just a motto for us – it is something we take very seriously in everything we do throughout our company. We aim to deliver a home that exceeds expectations in design, build, and aesthetics, and we also want to ensure that the process from start to finish is exceptional. To do this we set extremely high standards for our entire team at David Reid Homes and want you to know that your ‘standards’ are our priority.

Each individually designed home will be unique – as no two David Reid Homes are ever the same. Our designs reflect each individual homeowner’s flair and creativity and are tailored to complement their unique geographic setting.

We pride ourselves on the level of customer care extended to our clientele. This superior service starts with your unique design and is carried through all aspects of our management of your home build: including the products we use, suppliers and master craftsmen we work with, our attention to detail, and our engagement with you throughout the process. We treat you just as we would want to be treated when building our own luxury home.


LUXURY INCLUSIONS

The real David Reid Homes difference lies in the overall quality of our build and the range of superior luxury inclusions. Our Dozen Points of Luxury Difference are 12 key appointments to your home that will complement your modern living to give you superior comfort and eco-efficiency. To name a few, the list features ducted air conditioning, pure wool carpets, floor-to-ceiling tiles to bathroom and ensuite, and stone benchtops. It also includes a prestigious range of innovative, smart-thinking appliances. As communication is one of David Reid Homes’ core values we pride ourselves on providing weekly building updates on the progress of your new home.


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The Sepang – David Reid Homes

The Sepang


Superior Quality

Nothing has been left to chance in this elegant design with a touch of the Balinese influence. The home has been created to capture airflow and light with the clever use of timber louvers. The “Sepang” has a tranquil feel with the inclusion of special water features at the entry and a stunning swimming pool that brings the outside indoors. 

The open plan style of the home incorporates a gourmet kitchen designed for even the most discerning hef complete with a ‘hidden’ pantry. Large living areas flow to the outdoor entertaining area complete with built-in barbeque, the perfect backdrop for those warm summer days. 

There are a total of four bedrooms, three of which are ideally located together on the upper level, accessed across the impressive void of the entranceway. The master bedroom is extremely large and features a luxurious ensuite and walk-in robe. An impressive home specifically designed to compliment the Queensland climate. 


elegant Balinese

Raising the Standard

David Reid Homes is ‘Raising the Standard’. This isn’t just a motto for us – it is something we take very seriously in everything we do throughout our company. We aim to deliver a home that exceeds expectations in design, build, and aesthetics, and we also want to ensure that the process from start to finish is exceptional. To do this we set extremely high standards for our entire team at David Reid Homes and want you to know that your ‘standard’ are our priority. 

Each individually designed home will be unique – as no two David Reid Homes are never the smae. Our designs reflect each individual homeowner’s flair and creativity, and are tailored to complement ter unique geographic setting. 

We pride oursleves on the level of customer care extended to our clientele. This superior service starts with your unique design and is carried through all aspects of our management of your home build: including the products we use, suppliers and master craftsmen wwe wrk with, our attention to etail and our engagement with you throughout te process. We treat you just as we would want to be treated when  building our own luxury home. 


Luxury Inclusions

The real David Reid Homes difference lies in the overall quality of our build and the range of superior luxury inclusions. Our Dozen Points of Luxury Difference are 12 Key appointments to your home that will complement your modern living to give you superior comfort and eco-efficiency. To name a few, the list features ducted air conditioning, pure wool carpets, floor to ceiling tiles to bathroom and ensuite and stone benchtops. It also includes a prestige range of innovation, smart thinking appliances. As communication is one of David Reid Homes’ corer values we pride ourselves on providing weekly building updates on the progress of you new home. 

For more David Reid Homes plans and design CLICK HERE!


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The Brookland – A simplistic, modern, and stylish home

The Brookland

SUPERIOR QUALITY

The simplistic, modern and stylish nature of this cutting edge home brings together futuristic elements of design with the home of tomorrow. Designed to pamper, this luxury sized home is an inspired example of true architectural style and elegance. An impressive front entrance leads the way to a series of stunning water features providing a tranquil feel to the home.

The lower level features a large dinning and living room, gourmet kitchen, media room and formal study which can be utilised for those who wish to work from home. There are also two bedrooms on this level, perfect for the family or for special guests.

The upper level of the home is a private sanctuary for the parents to complete with a luxurious ensuite and massive walk-in robes. Double doors lead from the master bedroom out onto a large balcony perfect for enjoying a quiet drink at the of the day!


RAISING THE STANDARD

David Reid Homes is ‘Raising the Standard’. This isn’t just a motto for us – it is something we take very seriously in everything that we do throughout our company. We aim to deliver a home the exceeds expectational in design, build and aesthetics, and we also want to ensure that that the process from start to finish is exceptional.
To do this we set extremely high standards for our entire team at David Reid Homes and want you to know that your ‘standards’ are our priority.  

Each individually designed home will be unique – as no two David Reid Homes are ever the same. Our designs reflect each individual homeowner’s flair and creativity and are tailored to complement their unique geographic setting.

We pride ourselves on the level of customer care extended to our clientele. This superior service of customer service starts with your unique design and is carried through all aspects of our management of your home build: including the products we use, suppliers and master craftsmen we work with, our attention to detail and our engagement with you throughout the process. We treat you just as we would want to be treated when building our own home.


LUXURY INCLUSIONS

The real David Reid Homes difference lies in the overall quality of our build and the range of superior luxury inclusions. Our Dozen Points of Luxury Difference are 12 key appointments to your home that will complement your modern living to give you superior comfort and eco-efficiency. To name a few, the list features ducted air conditioning, pure wool carpets, floor-to-ceiling tiles to bathroom and ensuite, and stone benchtops. It also includes a prestigious range of innovative, smart-thinking appliances. As communication is one of Dave Reid Homes’ core values, we pride ourselves on providing weekly building updates on the progress of your new home.


House Plans

Although each David Reid Home is unique, some of our clients choose to draw their inspiration for their dream home from our existing concept designs. Our suite of concept designs has been exclusively created and selected so you can see how design, aesthetics, materials, and technology can make a difference in your new home. David Reid Homes is able to adapt our concepts to meet your vision and create a personalized luxury home especially for you. Just contact your nearest office.

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David Reid Homes Tamworth

Interview With David Reid Homes Tamworth

Kieron Rohrlach and Phillip Poulsen, owners and directors of David Reid Homes Tamworth have been with us since 2014. They have been Franchisee of the year for the past 2 years now and set an incredible standard for other builders to meet. For our David Reid Homes Design Magazine 2020, we interviewed Kieron and

Phillip about building and David Reid Homes. Please keep reading to see what they said!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, what inspired you to become a builder? Have you always had a passion for building homes?

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tamworth builders
I have wanted to be a builder since I was 10 years old, I think spending time on building sites with my father inspired me to be a builder. I developed an interest in making things, very early as a child and my passion has only increased since then. Later in life as a young man, I started my career alongside Phillip as a custom home builder, and seeing our clients’ dreams and ideas come to reality through us is extremely satisfying.

2. The building industry in the Tamworth region is highly competitive, yet your company stands out as one of the leading residential builders in the area! Do you think David Reid Homes has made the difference for you?

Phil and I believe that the David Reid Homes systems and of course name helped us a lot starting out in Tamworth. giving people confidence in choosing us to build their home, as we know building a new home is one of the biggest financial and emotional undertakings most people will achieve in their lives.

3. What is it about David Reid Home’s systems and resources that give you an edge?

The systems i.e BuildXact and HazardCo give us a clear advantage over conventional scheduling and managing processes. Allowing us to manage quality and timelines of more jobs overall increasing our productivity as a company. The pre-done client letters, specifications, plans, etc, also create a great starting point for us to alter to fit our local area, market, and personal preferences when it comes to the exact construction process.

4. Is there a particular type of customer that you find your business suits more than any other? first home buyers, retirees, young families?

Our market in Tamworth is smaller than some of our city franchises. So, I’ve found that we cater to everyone, from helping a first home buyer get their foot in the door, all the way up to people building their final home possibly their 3rd or 4th build, and everyone in between. Ideally, we would like to get more of the bigger custom designed homes in the future.

5. As a specialist luxury home builder, experience counts. What is the most important thing that you have learned about satisfying and exceeding your customer’s expectations?

Communication is key when it comes to a satisfied client. Be honest about inclusions, allowances, and timelines and if something delays the progress of their home build. Be upfront and tell them straight away. One thing I’ve learned is that clients that are in the dark about what’s happening are a lot more likely to be unsatisfied at the end. Educate and inform them at every opportunity. As I said before you must remember it’s not just a job to your client it’s their home maybe even their dream home. So, take care of them and they will sing your praises to everyone they know.

6. With so many uniquely designed homes tailored to people’s dreams, how do you guide your customers through the experience to make it all fit together in a successful project?

That’s the big question. A lot goes into custom design and construction. Again, we are honest and constantly educating our clients right from the first time we meet them, right up until we’ve handed them the keys and provided information on how we support them after they’ve moved in. I have letters and pamphlets telling our clients step by step what will be happening next all the way through the build. This combined with our draftspeople, quality trades, and suppliers all play their part in a successful build. Another thing we do in Tamworth is every one of our clients gets an interior design consultant during the approval stage before we start on-site and all the selections from the ground up and inside are signed off and presented as part of the documentation. This speeds up ordering and alleviates confusion about what allowances or products were included.

7. What is the most important advice that you would give to someone considering building their luxury dream home?

I always tell people the first time we meet, and before even talking about ‘how much’. Make sure your builder is upfront and clear about inclusions, costs, and timelines from the start. Make sure you are indeed comparing apples to apples. Also, pick a builder you can trust and ‘get along’ with because building a new home, especially a custom luxury home is a journey and you will want someone that you are compatible with to take that journey with you.

If you would like to build a home with David Reid Homes Tamworth or anywhere else in Australia, please contact us at admin@davidreidhomes.com.au or give us a call on 1800 095 949!

Meet Your Builders | Wagga Wagga & Gold Coast/ Northern Rivers

Meet Our Builders!

Introducing our builders from Wagga Wagga and Gold Coast/Northern Rivers. Matt Gow is our franchise builder for Wagga Wagga and Tom Ewing is the local builder for Gold Coast and Northern Rivers.

Matt Gow, David Reid Homes Wagga Wagga
Tom and Jackie Ewing, David Reid Homes Gold Coast & Northern Rivers

David Reid Homes Wagga Wagga

Matt Gow was born and raised in Wagga and is now proudly introducing David Reid Homes to the Wagga Wagga area. He completed his apprenticeship with a well-known local builder and is now following his passion for the industry doing various styles of work such as:
  • Heritage work
  • Renovations
  • New homes
  • Extensions
  • Architectural designs
Matt believes that joining forces with David Reid Homes enables him to be able to offer the quality and commitment people have come to know while having the buying power of a major national builder. He specialises in quality custom-built homes to suit all styles and budgets, from design to construction. This makes him a perfect fit for David Reid Homes! David Reid Homes Wagga Wagga service the following towns and everywhere in between. Junee, Temora, Young, Harden Gundagai, Tumut, Tumbarumba, and Urana. If you would like to see more about Matt Gow, you can visit his page, or follow David Reid Homes Wagga Wagga on Facebook. If you are looking to build in the Wagga Wagga areas, please contact Matt today on 0404265641 or send him an email at mattgow@davidreidhomes.com.au
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Bathroom

David Reid Homes Gold Coast/ Northern Rivers

Tom first started his building career 14 years ago, as he had always had a keen interest in carpentry from an early age and throughout his schooling life. Fast forward to 2019 with experience in both home renovations and new home builds, Tom decided to expand his business but was not sure what was the best way to go about it. Then “The David Reid Homes” opportunity arose, it was exactly what Tom was looking for. Specialising in custom-built luxury homes, if you are looking to build your dream home in Northern Rivers or the Gold Coast, contact Tom on 0431 396 815 or follow David Reid Homes Gold Coast Northern Rivers on Facebook or Instagram.

The Coogee | Contemporary Living

SUPERIOR QUALITY

Designed for contemporary resort living with expanses of water surrounding the living areas, this home makes an immediate impact with its skillion sail-like main rood and travertine clad feature entrance. The entrance, complete with a feature chandelier overlooks a glinting ornamental pond welcoming visitors into the home. With 3 bedrooms, a study, a media room, a relaxation room, and open living spaces the Coogee is impressive and modern. A feature polished plaster wall connects the well-appointed kitchen with a dining room that overlooks the alfresco, pool, and pond; and a feature fireplace links the light and airy family room with the entertaining areas. Upstairs, the master bedroom not only opens into the private retreat overlooking the entrance and its own balcony but also an expansive walk-in robe. The meditation retreat with stunning views through the entrance over the ponds completes this enviable home.

RAISING THE STANDARD

David Reid Homes is ‘Raising the Standard’. This isn’t just a motto for us – it is something we take very seriously in everything we do throughout our company. We aim to deliver a home that exceeds expectations in design, build, and aesthetics, and we also want to ensure that the process from start to finish is exceptional. To do this we set extremely high standards for our entire team at David Reid Homes and want you to know that your ‘standards’ are our priority. Each individually designed home will be unique – as no two David Reid Homes are ever the same. Our designs reflect each individual homeowner’s flair and creativity and are tailored to complement their unique geographic setting. We pride ourselves on the level of customer care extended to our clientele. This superior service starts with your unique design and is carried through all aspects of our management of your home build: including the products we use, suppliers, and master craftsman we work with, our attention to detail, and our engagement with you throughout the process. We treat you just as we would want to be treated when building our own luxury home.

LUXURY INCLUSIONS

The real David Reid homes difference lies in the overall quality of our build and the range of superior luxury inclusions. Our Dozen Points of Luxury Difference are 12 key appointments to your home that will complement your modern living to give you superior comfort and eco-efficiency. To name a few, the list features ducted air conditioning, pure wool carpets, floor to ceiling tiles to bathroom and ensuites, and stone benchtops. It also includes a prestige range of innovative, smart thinking appliances. As communication is one of David Reid Homes’ core values, we pride ourselves on providing weekly building updates on the progress of your new home.

James Hardie EasyTex Panel | David Reid Homes

EasyTex Panel

James Hardie has recently introduced a new product, the EasyTex Panel!
EasyTex™ is a pre-primed fibre cement panel embedded with a fine texture to deliver a modern render design aesthetic. Each panel features a v-groove, shiplap joint along the two vertical edges. EasyTex panel is easy to install, resistant to cracking and lime staining, and comes ready to paint. EasyTex panel is suitable for use as an external wall cladding in residential single and medium-density buildings, including alterations and additions, where a uniform broad wall cladding is required. It is ideal for full wrap or composite construction designs on either timber or light gauge steel framed buildings.

Durable

Engineered to endure. Hardie’s fibre cement is resistant to fire, termites, rot, and damage from moisture.

Speed of Installation

Fix to timber or light gauge steel frames. Pre-primed and ready for paint.

Fire Resistant

Adheres to bushfire attack level requirements to BAL40. Fire rating up to 60 minutes when used with HardieSmart™ wall systems.

Render Look

A fibre cement broad wall solution with an embedded texture finish giving the look of a rendered wall without the weight or hassle of brickwork.

Visit their website to find out more! 

EasyTex Panels

Custom Home: The Kingsgate Is Fit For Royalty

SUPERIOR QUALITY

A property fit for royalty, The Kingsgate has been designed to impress even the most discerning homeowner. The first floor of this palatial home features a theatre-style media room, office, a guest room with walk-in robe and ensuite, and an uber-chic kitchen designed for modern living. Upstairs you will find three spacious bedrooms complete with walk-in robes and stylish appointed ensuites. The landscaped outdoor living area flows from the downstairs living room, creating another picturesque element of this already feature-packed property. The polished decking runs flush to the in-ground plunge pool. From the unique elevated balcony, enjoy the scenery as the sun sets over the horizon. The Kingsgate promises to be an enviable home and the hallmark of any estate.


RAISING THE STANDARD

David Reid Homes is “Raising the Standard”. This isn’t just a motto for us – it is something we take very seriously in everything we do throughout our company. We aim to deliver a home that exceeds expectations in design, build and aesthetics, and we also want to ensure that the process from start to finish is exceptional. To do this we set extremely high standards for our entire team at David Reid Homes and want you to know that your ‘standards’ are our priority.

Each individually designed home will be unique – as no two David Reid Homes are ever the same. Our designs reflect each individual homeowner’s flair and creativity and are tailored to complement their unique geographic setting.

We pride ourselves on the level of customer care extended to our clientele. This superior service starts with your unique design and is carried through all aspects of our management of your home build: including the products we use, suppliers and master craftsman we work with, our attention to detail and our engagement with you throughout the process. we treat you just as you would want to be treated when building our own luxury home.


LUXURY INCLUSIONS

The real David Reid Homes difference lies in the overall quality of our build and the range of superior luxury inclusions. Our ‘Dozen Points of Luxury Difference’ are 12 key appointments to your home that will complement your modern living to give you superior comfort and eco-efficiency. To name a few, the list features ducted air conditioning, pure wool carpets, floor to ceiling tiles to bathroom and ensuite and stone benchtops. It also includes a prestige range of innovative, smart thinking appliances. As communication is one of David Reid Homes’ core values we pride ourselves on providing weekly building updates on the progress of your new home.

   

Caesarstone Australia | David Reid Homes

Caesarstone Australia

Caesarstone was founded in 1987 near the Roman city of Caesarea. the company manufactures premium quartz surfaces for residential and commercial uses including but not limited to; kitchen benchtops, splashbacks, bathroom vanities, wall paneling, and various furniture pieces. Caesarstone is a Global Leader in the field, priding themselves on their commitment to research and development, innovation, and providing the highest quality product. They do all of this and more! The company has a commitment to creating a Cleaner, Safer and Better Quality Environment through its comprehensive environmental agenda. This includes:
  • Commitment to ecologically responsible production processes.
  • The development of environmentally friendly products made with high levels of recycled materials.
  • The implementation of internationally recognized sustainable industrial standards and practices.
Caesarstone Australia has been operating since 2001, with branches in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, and South Australia. They recently opened a new showroom in Yatala, Brisbane. For all of you SEQ folk, be sure to check it out! They have recently launched two new colours to their range! Empira White (5151), which is a classic marble design, and Primordia (4043), which is a sleek industrial look.  
Some of our favourite colours at the moment include: Georgian Bluffs, Jet Black, Organic White, Rugged Concrete, Turbine Grey and Vanilla Noir.
The Caesarstone website has some incredible features that help you decide what you want for your home or office. Tehir ‘Visualiser’ Tab lets you test their range of colours on real pictures to see what you like best. They will also send you free samples to further assist you in this process!

Check out their website!

 https://www.caesarstone.com.au/