What does ‘custom home design’ really mean?
Whether it’s a custom, semi custom or fully custom design you and your builder or new home consultant will have significant input in the design. You will therefore spend more on consultation fees from draftspeople, building designers and potentially architects.
It’s important to note that the phrase ‘custom home design’ is complex, and means different things to different people. This is because these days no one ever really starts from scratch, and for good reason. Reinventing the wheel is likely to lead to a home design that just doesn’t work, has wasted space and poor solar gain. Most architects/designers and custom home builders have a series of frameworks and patterns that they work from, based on the brief and input you provide.
There are of course boutique architects/designers that will design you a truly unique, full custom home design. But for the everyday American family, this isn’t the reality.
A better way – the G.J. Plan
At G.J. Gardner Homes, our new home consultants will introduce you to the concept of a G.J. Plan. This option gives you the proven functionality and practicality of an off the shelf plan, while allowing you some of the flexibility that comes with a custom home design.
Starting with a G.J. Plan means choosing a home design and working with a new home consultant to tailor it to your needs (think lot size, position and shape) and tastes.
Experience and expertise
We believe a G.J. Plan is the best option for the majority of buyers, because you’re starting with a solid foundation. This is due to the amount of expertise that is required to deliver our home designs:
- Our building designers work in a team with 3D designers, collaborating in fully interactive 3D. This means that the home designs are created in extreme detail with great care given to all aspects, from your open plan entertaining area right down to the ensuite toilet roll holder!
- The designs have had hundreds of hours of professional input to maximize space, light, usability and importantly buildability.
- Many of our home designs are updated yearly based on both local and global building design trends.
Make your money work harder
With a G.J. Plan, all of the hard work is done, and you can spend your hard earned dollars on choosing the ‘fun’ stuff features, fittings and finishes. You will also have a variety of facade options to choose from, such as Traditional, Urban and Hamptons.
This selection process is also likely to be easier and faster than starting a fully custom home design from scratch. That means it’s likely to be more affordable. This is because your new home consultant will help you narrow down your choices more quickly.
Browsing home designs is also an opportunity for you to be inspired. Sometimes it’s difficult to put your finger on what exactly you want in a home until you see it. Our home designs have been carefully crafted to offer a range of options that appeal to a variety of household sizes, locations and tastes.