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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 Bridlewood – Luxury Living

THE BRIDLEWOOD

LUXURY LIVING AT ITS FINEST


SUPERIOR QUALITY

The classically designed Bridlewood combines luxury living and functionality to create a unique home that promises to ‘Raise the Standard’ in design and construction. With its sophisticated design incorporating hardwood timbers, stone, contemporary brick and render, the Bridlewood features clever structural elements including a clerestory with bays of louvre windows for ample natural light and ventilation.

Boasting four bedrooms and spacious living areas, the Bridlewood is practically two homes in one – with a parent’s retreat, including walk-in dressing room, separated from the other three bedrooms by a resort inspired pool and accessible by sweeping hallway.

The impressive open plan kitchen will make cooking a delight and the screened indoor/outdoor room provides an additional sanctuary in this already generous home. Featuring three well appointed bathrooms, this house is modern family living at its best. With three separate landscaped outdoor living areas. The Bridlewood continues to please even the most discerning homeowner.

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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 you ‘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 homeowners flair and creativity, and are tailored to complement their unique geographic setting.

We pride ourselves on the level of customer 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 ti;les to bathroom and ensuite and stone benchtops. It also includes a prestige range of innovative, mart 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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Be Inspired And Create The Home You Want | David Reid Homes

The beauty of building is that you can create the home you want. It is a great idea to start out by scrapbooking ideas from books and magazines. You can start with one of our standard plans, and modify the plan to suit your family and lifestyle. Not all builders will be flexible in allowing changes to their standard plans; check that yours does. If you’re building a custom new home and you want to make it special, this is where it starts. You can use an architect, a building designer or take your sketches to a draftsman; however talking to your builder first can save you thousands of dollars.Fire Place Ask their opinion on where to go for design help for the type of house you want to build. We can suggest an architect, draftsman or building designer outside our company, but it is still a great idea to run the initial plan or sketch plan past us before you fully commit to a working plan. Small changes may need to be made that affect the appearance on the house, and there may be changes that can save tens of thousand of dollars on building costs. We can offer you an obligation free site assessment to discuss with you the difficulty of the site, best orientation, etc. It is heartbreaking for people to spend thousands of dollars on a plan that is basically useless to them. By working closely with the builder form the start, you can minimise this problem. Your new home can be whatever you want it to be, a proven plan that is tried and true, or a completely unique design created to complement your personality and lifestyle. Often, it will be something between the two, that’s when a little inspiration can help. We’ve carefully selected a range of home designs to provide inspiration for your new home. You can use one of these as a starting point, do your own creation or combine elements from several to from the home that is perfect for you and your family. DRH Kitchen design

Some things to consider include:

  • Single, double or split level?
  • What do you want the outside to look like?
  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms?
  • How much outdoor space do you want?
  • What do/don’t you like about your current home?
  • How important is living space to you?

This is where your dream home begins. Turn the pages and start making a list of what you need and all the things that you want.

Contact David Reid Homes to bring your dreams to life!

* This article was taken from the 2020 David Reid Homes Design Magazine. Click Here To Read!

Lifetime Warranty Against Termites

Did You Know David Reid Homes Can Build You A House With A Lifetime Warranty Against Termites?!

Get Valuable Lifetime Termite Protection Included With Your New Home*

Termites cause $100 million worth of damage in Australia annually. All our homes come with a lifetime warranty from Flick, Australia’s leading pest control company.

About Flick Anticimex

Flick is a strong established brand within the pest control industry in the Australian marketplace. Commencing operations in 1918 and now servicing over 450,000+ B2B sites on behalf of 195,000 customers and over 1,000,000 residential customers, Flick Anticimex is regarded as Australia’s leading pest control and hygiene service provider. At Flick, they take pride in their service quality, through using local technicians trained to Australian and international standards. As well as their residential pest control services, they operate within all major commercial market sectors including; food manufacturing, retail industry, commercial property management, warehouse / industrial, logistics, hospitals, aged care, education, government, defence establishments, the mining industry, telecommunications, financial institutions and the aviation and maritime sectors. Flick Anticimex employs around 1,150 of Australia and New Zealand’s greatest people and they service over 1.2 million customers. To visit the Flick website click here!

About David Reid Homes

David Reid Homes is a national building company specialising in unique designs and quality craftsmanship for luxury homes. With offices throughout Australia, you can be assured of receiving a consistent level of superior service no matter where you choose to build your luxury home. At David Reid Homes we do things differently, and it is our people that make the difference. To find your local David Reid Homes office click here!

Termites can cause serious structural damage to your home, contact your local David Reid Homes office today for a lifetime warranty!

*Disclaimer: Subject to the Termite Management System Manufacturer’s and Flick Anticimex Warranty Terms and Conditions.

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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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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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.

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/

   

Budget, Time Frame & Quality


You can rest assured we all know all the horror stories out there and we have both the experience and the systems to ensure your build is one of the successes rather than the vast majority that result in nightmares for the client! There are three components to any build – Budget, Time Frame and Quality. Naturally, you would like all three and that can be achieved in balance, but it is important to note they are all linked. So, we need to get clear at the beginning what your priority is.

Budget

Just because you choose budget doesn’t mean you will end up with an inferior build. Just like paying over the top will not guarantee quality! But, budget will always be top priority for both of us and all subsequent decisions will be made with that in mind.

Time Frame

If you are on a tight time frame, then be honest with your deadline. If we cannot meet this, we will be honest and not waste your time. Equally, you should insist on a timeline plan from your potential builder. This will ensure the handover date has been planned. If your builder cannot (or will not) provide this information, then they are incapable of achieving a successful outcome.

Quality

Quality is often talked about and rarely delivered in residential construction. It is linked to time frames because it takes longer to deliver a higher standard of work.
  Building your dream home will be one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, and choosing the right builder that will accommodate your Budget, Time Frame and Quality requirements can be difficult. On the surface it may be hard to differentiate one builder from the next; Using our ‘Home Builder’s Checklist’, will make it easier to gather information and compare offerings from builders in your area, and help you make the right choice the first time. Consider the difference these points make. Check out this testimonial from Sam & Carla Brewer:
We chose to build with David Reid Homes because of their competitive price and quality fixtures that were included.outdoors custom home builders Brisbane S.E. - David Reid Homes Australasia We were able to build a home to suit our young family and our love for entertaining. We were given more than enough choices so that our home could reflect our personality and differ from others. We found Ben to be very professional, approachable and knowledgeable when it came to our house plan and what inclusions would work for our home. We are definitely pleased with the finished product and would have no hesitation in recommending Ben or any other or in the future building another home with David Reid Homes. Thank you.
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