Here’s Your Simple Custom House Design Checklist

A custom house design checklist can make the whole project faster and less overwhelming. You’ll also be able to make sure that everything progresses according to plan. It’s also a great way to ensure you’re not forgetting anything important.

That’s why here’s a short checklist you can use as reference. This will help you gain focus and peace of mind before and during the construction of your dream home.

1. Create a rough plan and set a budget

It starts with you the new Sydney homeowner. What’s your current and future lifestyle? What’s your plan about your family? Do you want a single-storey or a two-storey home? Do you want it to be traditional or minimalist? Do you plan on getting old in your dream house?

What about the budget, do you aim for a luxury home? Do you have a huge lot to spare? These are important considerations before calling a contractor. You should have the idea first and then let the builders turn your dreams into reality.

2. Contact a custom home builder

The choice of contractor can make or break your dream. This isn’t an exaggeration. Many families and homeowners have regrets about this decision alone. After all, it’s their dream home which required huge investments in time and money.

To avoid that mistake, you should choose a reputable custom home builder in the first place. You should take the time in this step because this will largely dictate the success of your project.

You should also view their portfolio. If they’ve already done something similar to your idea, this will give you added assurance that they can successfully execute the project. The planning also gets easier because you’ll already have a starting point. What you then need is just modifications when the plan is ready.

3. Check the preliminary plan

This is where you start paying attention to details. After all, it’s a huge long-term investment. In addition, once the foundations and floors are set, it will be very expensive to make any changes to the plan.

Is the kitchen large enough? Did you provide an allowance for future expansion or renovation of your house? Do you have future plans about your home?

Check the details and if possible, request an accurate 3D model of the house plan. This way, it will be easier to visualise every area of your future home. You can then request for modifications according to your preference or initial plan.

4. Consider the contract, finance, requirements, paperwork and regulations

Permits, council approvals and inspections, maintenance and construction insurance are also important. Yes, those things make home construction a lot more complicated. However, these are necessary in complying with requirements (and also ensuring your safety and everyone’s).

If you also do these things, it will take a lot of your time (instead of you focusing on the details of your dream home). Good news is, the contractor might also be providing that service. They might also be able to take care of all the paperwork needed.

For instance, here at Hume Building, we also take care of:

  • All council approvals and inspections
  • Construction insurance
  • Low maintenance termite protection system


This way, you will have fewer things to worry about. You can just focus on the completion of your dream home and watching the budget.

5. Communicate

Constant communication can help you prepare for delays and extra expenses. Home construction can slow down (or might even delay) the progress of the whole project due to:

  • Unpredictable weather
  • Receiving of supplies get delayed
  • Changes you suddenly requested


Experienced builders and contractors always anticipate those possible issues. They might have already prepared contingencies. Early on, they can tell you of any possible delays. They can also tell you early if some further adjustments are needed.

Custom house design checklist Sydney

If you already have a rough plan about your dream home, congratulations. You’ve taken the first (and scary) step towards realising your vision.

The next step is contacting a builder who can help you accomplish that. Many Sydney families and new homeowners have already contacted us here at Hume Building. That’s because our team of reputable architects, engineers and contractors are committed to the homeowner’s dream.

Contact us today and our friendly staff will be glad to listen to your ideas, vision and requirements.