6 factors to consider when designing your custom home

Are you thinking of designing your custom home? Here are the things that you should consider to ensure your project’s success.
6 Factors to Consider When Designing Your Custom Home

When done right, designing your custom home is an exciting and rewarding process. You end up with a home you love to live in… One with an aesthetically pleasing design, functional features, and comfortable interiors. It’s one of your life’s biggest wins. The success of a custom home design project lies in the working relationship of the architect and the client. The two parties must communicate with each other. Clients provide quality information so their architects offer the right design recommendations. 

With that, we want you to know the six factors that your designer needs to know so your designer can give you the home design that’s perfect for you.

The ideas you have

Preparation is the key to a successful home design project. One thing you must prepare for is meeting your designer for the first time.

On-site design consultations are more productive when you show collated images of home designs that inspire you. It helps you communicate your wants and needs in your home. It helps your designer understand your style. Conversing about the project is better with it too. The stronger the communication, the better the outcome of the design. When our clients show us photos of home designs they like, we get a great base to work from. We highly recommend checking Pinterest and Google and downloading images of designs that you like. Cutting images from home improvement magazines work too. During the meeting, show all the photos to your designer.

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Your lifestyle

To plan a successful home design, your designer must look into your lifestyle. Your day-to-day activities influence your home design. Your home must address your everyday needs. When it doesn’t, you won’t feel at home. 

A great designer looks into your lifestyle and comes up with a holistic design of a space that naturally and effortlessly meets your needs.

Where you’re planning to build

A great architect designs to suit the location. Homes that respond to their surroundings and the natural conditions are beneficial to the occupants and the environment. 

READ: How to Build a Home That Suits its Location

Every site is unique, hence, every project has different design opportunities and constraints. 

For one, the place you want to build may be subject to multiple planning controls and overlays. There might be additional requirements and design constraints to consider. A great designer helps you decipher these codes and produces a creative design that adheres to them.

In addition, a great designer factors the path of the breezes, the sun’s angle 365 days in a year, and the surrounding areas of your future home. They also face your home to the ideal orientation and plan the interiors accordingly. READ: 10 Ways to Fix Your Home’s Orientation

Your designer must consider existing vegetation too. There are laws protecting some trees. Check the trees growing on your site; some may not be allowed to be removed. In some cases, homeowners need to build without damaging the root systems of trees. 

Your budget

Your budget is an important factor in your project. Your designer needs to understand your budget to be able to produce the appropriate design. It is imperative that the owners discuss the budget before you meet your designer. When you have decided on the minimum and maximum figures before the design stage, discussing the budget with your designer won’t be an awkward situation. 

With your budget in mind, you and your designer can make more informed decisions like room sizes, floor plan designs, finishes, fittings, and other construction details.


Sustainability is the design of the future. A sustainable home has a minimal environmental impact and has a design that meets the homeowner’s needs. It is enjoyable to live in because the interiors are comfortable all year round. It is also cheaper to run because it requires less artificial heating and cooling. 

Environmental design

Add water-saving and energy-efficient features in your home. Select eco-friendly building materials and minimise construction waste. Make use of the right kind and amount of insulation. Install double-glazed and Low-E windows. Put the right window treatments in place. And, use a lighter coloured roof on your home.

These things make your home more environmentally-friendly. Extra tip: Today’s homes must meet a six-star energy rating (minimum). To achieve this, we highly recommend giving your home a solar-powered water heater and connecting your toilets to a rainwater collector tank as well.

Social design

Your home should offer a healthy, safe, comfortable, and secure place for you, your family, and your guests. Make sure every room in your house has the right amount of space, is private, and is well-lit and well-ventilated. 

Consider making your home more accessible to the elderly, to toddlers, or to people with disabilities.

READ: How to Future-Proof Your Home Now and Age Gracefully

Economic design

Building a sustainable home is an economic decision because it offers long-term financial savings. The use of energy-efficient, water-saving, eco-friendly building materials, and energy-saving appliances keep the ongoing running and maintenance costs low. With the costs of electricity and water bills increase annually, think of the amount of money you can save.

Your style and design preferences

Finally, it is essential for your designer to work out your style before he/she designs your home.

During an on-site consultation, inform your designer about the style you love. Tell him/her if you want something simple vs dramatic; something traditional vs trendy. Speaking of trendy, the Hamptons and French Provincial style are popular nowadays. Homeowners love the laid-back, luxurious, and beach vibe of the Hamptons style. They also fancy the rustic, industrial, yet homely ambience of a French Provincial home.

Not sure about your style? No worries! Show your Pinterest or mood board to your designer.

Start your journey right

We have listed the six things that your designer needs to know so he/she can give you the home design that’s perfect for you. There are a lot of things to think of and discuss — that’s why we’re here. With our skilled and experienced team of design experts, we can produce a home design that you find delightful to live in. Liked this article? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Or, ask help from our Sydney-based building designers.



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