Will a Custom Home Build Be More Expensive?

Not all custom homes are expensive. With the right builder and a bit of flexibility, you’ll be able to build a home that matches your vision and your budget. Knowing that you’re getting the most value you possibly can is everything. You also want to ensure that you’re not spending on anything unnecessarily. Luckily, building has progressed significantly, meaning that builders can offer their clients more affordable options and variations on almost everything. In this article, we’ll cover all the most significant factors that affect custom home build costs, with tips and tricks on how you can make your budget work harder to bring your dream home to life. 


Before any building can begin, it’s important to consider the site first. The topography of a site is going to affect your initial costs considerably. Sites that are steeper are going to cost you more because they’ll need to be filled and excavated so that they’re suitable for building onto. Sites with rock will also end up costing slightly more because the rock will need to be removed to ensure a consistent ground level. Many sites need to be cleared or leveled before building can commence. This means that the size of your site is also going to directly affect the cost, because larger or strangely shaped sites require more attention to ensure that they’re clear and building-ready. 

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A large consideration when it comes to custom home build costs is the style of home you’re looking for. Some home styles are more decorative and ornate than others. These homes will, of course, require more hours to execute, which will mean they cost slightly more to build. Unless you’re looking for something specific, most modern homes have the tendency to be slightly more minimalistic and simple. These homes will be easier to build and will end up costing you slightly less. The trick is to find your perfect blend of style and finishings to match your vision and your budget. Your builder should be able to work with you here to help you find that perfect balance. 


The intricacy of your drawings will be the first major factor in your custom home build costs. If your home design includes complicated architecture, intricate spaces or unusual shapes it’s going to cost slightly more. Consider using finishes and furnishings that might achieve the same, or similar result, they’ll end up costing you a lot less, and you’ll still get the look you want. Your builder should also be able to work with you to ensure you get a custom home perfectly suited to your family and your budget. 

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The style you choose for the finishes in your home should be as much about aesthetic as they are about cost. Here, you want to be looking for the best quality at the best price. As with the style of your home, the style of the finishes you choose can vary from ornate and costly to minimal and affordable. Again, it’s about finding the perfect balance for your budget. What many people don’t consider is that simpler, and more affordable home styles can be brought to life with more ornate finishes. Meaning you’ll spend less in total, but still get the quality and style you envisioned. 


The materials you end up using are a large contributor to the cost of a custom home. The good news is that there are many options and alternative materials you can use, that will end up more affordable and still give your home a unique look. It’s usually the more readily-available materials that are budget friendly, while those that are more difficult to create or source are more expensive. Work with your builder to create the same feel for your home, while using variations or alternative materials in certain places to bring down the cost of your custom home. 

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There are many factors that affect your custom home build costs. At the end of the day, it’s about finding a balance between what you envisioned and your budget. Luckily, there are always options available to you to help you bring costs down at every phase of your custom home build journey.  

As you work with your builder to match your desired aesthetics with your budget, remember that quality is something you should never compromise on. When you partner with Enso Homes that goes without saying. As Geelong’s leading custom home builder, Enso Homes have been building custom homes for 8 years. Embark on your custom build journey with us today and experience our unique design and construct process, that brings your vision and your budget together to create the home you’ve always dreamed of.

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