Project Homes v Custom Build

Which is Best for You? A Project Home or a Custom Build?

Choosing the right builder for your project is one of the most critical decisions of the home building process – and it’s vital to know the difference between a project home and a custom build. 

So what is the difference? 

Project Homes: Large Volume, Limited Design

Project home builders are usually large, volume based companies that construct a high number of homes each year. They have a catalogue of pre-designed home plans to fit standard blocks. 

If you want to customise those designs, the changes you can make to those plans may be quite limited. 

Opting for a project home means you’ll only ever be able to choose from a set range of fixtures and finishes. 

Because project home builders replicate the same designs and limit the number of fixtures and finishes they offer, their prices tend to be more economical due to the streamlining of materials they use.

But what if my block isn’t standard?

But we all know housing blocks aren’t always standard, particularly if you are planning a knock down rebuild. Your existing block may be narrow, or sloping, or just be an irregular shape. 

If you have an unusual or complicated block , it may be harder to find a project home builder for your project – so many times it is the block that determines whether or not you use a custom builder. 

Custom home builders, like Horizon Homes, create specific designs for each client. As a custom home builder, we build homes that meet each client’s individual needs. That means no two homes are ever alike. 

Generally, custom builders do a small number of builds a year. For example, Horizon Homes only builds around 10 homes a year. We’re very intentionally a boutique home builder. 

Custom build: What’s the advantage?

When you choose a custom builder, you’re not limited in your design choices. The range of fixtures and fittings you can choose from is endless. 

With a custom design, you can also maximise what you can build on your block. So irregular blocks, narrow blocks, sloping blocks; they’re all incorporated into the actual design of the house.

A custom built home is usually more expensive than a project built home. But, you’d be surprised. Once you price a project home, add some upgrades to the standard finishes, and make a few allowed changes to the design, you might find the cost difference is much less than you’d expect.

If you’re interested in finding out whether or not a custom built home is right for you, it’s a great time to have a conversation with one of our design experts. In this COVID environment, you can book a private appointment at our display home in the Homequest Luxury Display Home Village or at our Five Dock Design Studio. Social distancing responsibilities will apply. Alternatively, to set up an online meeting, get in touch.

What our clients say

“It’s hard to imagine your dream house. It’s better if someone just builds it for you. That’s how we felt with the house that Horizon Homes designed and built for our family. Horizon are a very professional, delivery oriented and detail focused company. Challenges with the site were dealt with effectively and on time... costs came in on budget. We would unhesitatingly recommend Horizon for your bespoke home design & build.”

“Our journey with Horizon Homes was wonderful. Our house looks amazing... we chose Horizon Homes because they said they could do any style, their display house had good quality and the team was so easy to talk to. The design process, choosing colours and finishes were so much fun... Denis and team gave us useful advice so our budget didn’t blow out. The construction process went smoothly and finished on time. We highly recommend Horizon Homes and we could not be happier. ”

“We wanted to build with a local family builder who would give us time to design our dream house. Denis had some fantastic ideas and advice and turned our dreams into reality. All building work started and finished on time and our supervisor, Danny had a level of communication that far exceeded our expectations. We were really impressed with the quality of the finishes, the attention to detail and the effort taken to handover a faultless home. Such a positive experience from an exceptional builder. ”

“Our experience with Horizon was supportive from start to end. As beginners in the knockdown and rebuild process, I felt they guided us through the journey. The quality of our finishings was excellent... I still love coming home to our house more than a couple of years later. Horizon were a delight to deal with and we got the house of our dreams out of it!!!”

“I cannot thank you guys enough for what you have done. Despite the restrictions of land size you have put up an amazing house. Your professionalism and just the way you conduct your business is by far of the highest standards.”

“We had a good idea of what we wanted in our new home and Horizon Homes made it a reality. The build time was just as they had forecast and no request big or small was too difficult. From the minute we met Denis we knew he was the builder for us. Denis was honest and up front from the beginning. We really appreciated this.”

“Horizon Homes is professional and efficient. Everything is documented and handled in a manner that is transparent, clear and concise. We have also found that their attention to detail from the signing of the contract to handover has been excellent. Our home is stunning and everything that we expected it to be. Horizon Homes comes highly recommended by us.”

“They took care of every step of the knock-down and rebuild, from the very beginning to handing over the keys… They prepared the council DA application… looked after the entire building process with exceptional quality, workmanship and keen eye for details… the entire team was honest and up front… We are so grateful that we chose Horizon Home to complete our new home project…”

“We were really happy with the service we received from Denis, Liam, Esther and the team. Communication at all stages of the project was top class. Our build process went smoothly, and importantly Liam has been really responsive to any requests we have had since moving in. I would highly recommend Horizon Homes and complement them on a job well done!”

“We built our first dream house with Horizon Homes. Denis and the team are very professional and helpful from the very beginning. Our house now is one of the signature on our street. We really enjoy the whole process with the team. And hopefully we can build again with Horizon Home in the near future!”

“Horizon worked with us to design the house we wanted. They listened to our brief and gave excellent advice and suggestions. We love the result. Our home is spacious, light-filled and maximises the potential of our downward sloping block. There were setbacks throughout the build, which meant that our house was completed behind schedule, but Horizon had good communication processes in place and we cannot fault the quality of the overall build.”

“The construction process was smooth, with regular communication keeping us abreast of what was happening... our site supervisor (Danny) was always approachable and addressed all our concerns to achieve the final product of a beautiful double story home in Concord that we are very proud of! We recommend Horizon Homes for their personal touch, ability to listen to our needs and the values they displayed during the project - Openness, Honesty and Transparency - and most of all, for keeping our confidence high during what is typically a stressful time.”

“After considering 50+ builders we eventually decided on a custom home with Horizon and are very happy with our choice. Denis and Danny were extremely helpful during the custom design phase, working within our budget to design our dream home... things ran on budget and schedule, and we were regularly updated regarding progress, so thankfully this was a stress-free period. The quality of build was excellent... we have been living in the house for over 6 months now and love it - we would definitively choose Horizon again and highly recommend them.”

“We built our first home with Horizon Homes... all the questions were answered and the whole build process ended up being very smooth. Our variation requests were happily accommodated. The whole team... were professional, friendly and easy to work with. The house turned heads and the quality of the build speaks for itself. We’ll unthinkingly hire them if we were to build again.”

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