Custom Home Builders Melbourne

Building Or Buying A House: What’s better?

If you want to become a homeowner, but you’re tossing up between buying an existing property and building your own, let the team at Lumous help you decide. We’re highly experienced custom home builders in Melbourne and while there’s nothing wrong with purchasing a pre-built home to live in, customising your build means you’ll be able to design a home exactly as you like it. More than that, though, a recent report suggests it is actually cheaper to build your own home than it is to buy one – roughly $160,000 cheaper, that is. Find out more about customising your next home in the article below.

The Benefits Of Customising Your Build

As we mentioned earlier, there are heaps of benefits to customising your home. We’ve collected a bunch and listed them below for you:

  • Your home, your way. Alright, we know we’ve already mentioned this one, but it’s a biggie. Purchasing a pre-built home means you'll live in a space designed for someone else. While you may fall in love with a property, there’s always something you’ll wish you could change (don’t worry, we can help with that, too). This means you’ll likely have added costs on top of what you’ll already be paying for the property.

  • No nasty surprises. Imagine purchasing your dream home only to discover it has thousands of dollars worth of repairs you didn’t know about. Sure, there are processes put in place before the sale, such as pest control reports, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be buying a property that has nothing wrong with it. When you design and build your own home, what you see is what you get meaning you can live comfortably knowing there won’t be any nasty surprises. 

  • Cost control. With a boutique house build, you control how much money goes into it, meaning you can make a profit in the long run.

  • Functional floor plans. When designing your own home, you can create practical floor plans that perfectly adhere to your needs. This means you control things like how much light enters the house or how noise might travel through the premises.  

  • Future-proofing. You can design and build a home that will stand the test of time. This means you can have a say in everything from what materials are used right down to the flow of rainwater after heavy storms. 

  • Location. Choose your own lot! When you buy a pre-existing home, you won’t have a say in its specific area. Sure, you might have a few suburbs that you’d like to live in, but ultimately, when you buy a house, you compromise on location. Choosing your plot of land means you and your family get to live exactly where you want. 


Things To Consider When Customising Your Home

Have we convinced you to build your own home yet? Awesome. Here are all the things you should take into consideration when opting to customise your build:

  • Budget. How much do you have to spend? This will help you and your builders design a home that remains within your budget. 

  • Land space. Whether you’re demolishing an existing property or building somewhere new, you don’t want to build too big if the land doesn’t accommodate it. In addition, you’ll want to think about your yard and how important having one on both the front and back of the house is to you and your family. Will you be building a pool? Need room for a swing set? Have pets? These are all things you will need to consider during the design process. 

  • How can you best utilise the space? First, of course, you want to design a functional home, so it’s only natural to create one that makes the most use of the space. This could look like built-in robes or a simple cupboard under the stairs.  

  • Noise. You’ll have to think about how much noise you’ll hear from the community around your house. This could look like potential traffic build-up or noise from a nearby school. You should also think about how noise you expect to travel through your home. Maybe you play an instrument or have noisy children. 

  • Future family needs. Speaking of noisy children, a custom build can ensure it ticks all the boxes for any of your family’s current and future needs.

  • Climate. Victoria often falls victim to extreme weather conditions. Whether heavy rainfall or major heatwaves, you should ensure you equip your house to handle it. This could look like ducted air conditioning and heating or window shades to counter harsh winds. Preparing for these things will allow you and your family to live more comfortably.

  • Maximise natural light. Save on electricity by maximising natural light. For example, you might choose to incorporate skylights into your build or install clerestory windows around the home’s main living spaces. 

  • Security. What safety measures will you put in place around the home. This is everything from lock and fence design to flyscreens and security doors. You should also ensure your home is built with durable materials that will help to maximise your family’s safety.  

  • Storage. Will you need storage space, and if so, how much? Taking this into consideration will help you design a more functional home. 


Why You Should Trust Lumous For Your Building Needs

Not only are we extremely experienced in customising boutique homes, but we’re highly qualified. We’re also flexible, offering to work with any and all of your existing drawings or start it all from scratch to suit your needs. Unlike other builders, we work to make sure your dreams are realised, designing and building homes that reflect your vision because we understand how important it is to have a home you love. Additionally, we only work with leading design partners, so you know you’ll be getting the best possible home for your family. When it comes to boutique homes in Melbourne, there are no better teams of builders to trust than the dedicated professionals at Lumous. 


If You’re Looking For Experts In Custom Homes In Melbourne, Lumous Are The Ones For The Job

With more than 15 years of industry experience, the qualified experts at Lumous provide premium custom homes to clients across Melbourne. We are renowned around the Inner South East for our passion and dedication to delivering bespoke living spaces designed to elevate your lifestyle. In addition, we’re proud to offer trusted, unmatched workmanship, and refuse to compromise on quality. So, if you’re on the lookout for specialist boutique homes in Melbourne custom built by professionals dedicated to delivering impeccable designs and solutions, you can rest the experts at Lumous have got you covered. Get in touch to learn more about how we can help you with your next boutique home build.