Luxury home builder, Brisbane Unique Homes, who for over 20 years has specialised in building new homes on waterfront and acreage sites, says an increasing number of potential home owners are approaching them with projects that have blown out in cost well before building has commenced.
Managing Director, Jim Taylor claims that in the current building climate, people are being lured into what appear to be very keenly priced building quotes, only to experience a plethora of add-on costs that can collectively increase the price of their home by many thousands of dollars.
“Our company has always offered clients fixed price building contracts,” he said. “This way, our clients know exactly what the completed project will cost and exactly what that price includes.
“More importantly, clients will not be placed in the embarrassing position of having to overextend themselves financially while lending bodies know they will not be approached with requests for additional finance to complete unfinished building projects.”
To ensure that budget projections are met, Unique Homes’ in-house design team works very closely with clients, suppliers and the construction teams. As every one of the company’s homes is individually designed to suit the building site and the clients’ lifestyle needs, the designer develops a very close working relationship with clients, from overall concept stage right through to specifying the most minute detail in finishing touches.
This attention to detail can be further enhanced by the free interior design service the company offers to its clients. This way, the exact location of power points, switches, soft furnishings, wall and ceiling lighting can be predetermined, eliminating the possibility of costly changes being required during late stages of construction, or worse still, after construction has been completed.
The design team is also regularly involved in meetings with the company’s suppliers. Bathroom and kitchen fittings are one example of how some builders will quote on the basis of installing low cost fittings rather than the top quality items used in a display home. With many of today’s luxury homes having 4 or 5 bathrooms, the difference in price can run to thousands of dollars when owners are informed that they have to upgrade these inclusions.
Even the quality of basic building materials can substantially affect the overall price. Unfortunately, specifying cheaper building materials often leads to problems with the building long after hand over has been completed. Unique Homes is renowned for its award winning custom home designs that utilise the finest quality building materials, and provide an unconditional 10 year structural guarantee with every home the company builds.
Mr Taylor concluded by advising potential home builders to carefully examine any offers from builders that appear too good to be true. “They probably are; and if the builders are going to remain in business they will almost certainly be cutting corners in some other area of construction,” he said.
In testament to Unique Homes’ build quality and innovative designs, the company received two Master Builders Association awards in 2010: Best Display Home in the $550,001-$750,000 Category and Best Kitchen category. Just recently, Unique Homes scooped the 2016 Queensland Master Builders Award for ‘Best Display Home Over $500,001’ in the open category.
Brisbane Unique Homes offers a free design and interior decorating assistance with every home it builds. For more information, call our head office today.