Design Process

"Working through the seven step process reduces costs and ensures the project is managed within the agreed building budget."

Custom Building Guide

Through years of experience, Leneeva Homes has developed a seven step custom building guide which each customer can follow from project brief to building permit. Working through the seven step process reduces costs and ensures the project is managed within the agreed building budget.


The structured pathway is customised for three distinct design paths.
1. Standard Custom for clients who want the flexibility to modify a standard Leneeva design.
2. Full Custom for clients wanting a unique home that truly reflects their personality and works with their site and neighbourhood.
3. Pre-Designed Custom for clients who have already engaged a draftsperson and have either planning approval, a concept plan or working drawings.

Leneeva Homes offers a free project brief meeting to better help you understand the pathways and processes.

Owner Portal

To enhance the building experience at Leneeva Homes, we have introduced our very own customer online portal. The new program powered by Buildertrend, the world leader in construction software, will deliver customers a unique opportunity to follow their projects from the custom design concept to completion.

Buildertrend will provide our customers with a similar tool that is used by our team to track progress and schedule suppliers and trades. Buildertrend is available via the website or mobile app and will allow you to access documents, view financial information, daily logs from your Leneeva supervisor including photos as well as a real time schedule of works on your project!

Custom Design Inspiration

Join Joe Dimech as he takes us through a tour of this custom designed home which takes into consideration the sloping site, a protected tree and the customers wishes for a truly unique home.

The stepping stones to success for a custom home design in Melbourne

Over the years of delivering successful, high-standard projects for all of our clients in Melbourne, Leneeva Homes has refined the process down to seven simple steps to success.

This allows us to deliver full transparency from start to finish and ensures we deliver on your exact requirements and budget.

Our seven steps to a custom designed home

  1. Project brief: This is where we get to know you, your vision and your requirements for your construction. This is where we ensure everything you envisage for your property becomes is possible against your budget and finishes expectations.
  2. Pre-Contract Drafting: This where your ideas begin to materialise, with your site investigated and surveyed along with a concept plan drafted taking into account your ideas from the project brief.
  3. Concept review: This is a step in the process where we review the concept design against your ideas and compare different options for determining which is right for you, whilst reviewing the estimated cost is within your budget.
  4. Estimate review: This is where we ensure that your requirements and your budgets align, ensuring there is no cost blowout down the track and setting formal targets to ensure you get your dream home for the right price. It is also at this stage that you will visit our interior designer to begin working on the finishes of your home in more detail.
  5. Quotation and plan review: Following the estimate review we can put together a formal quote for you (with no surprises later on) and we can go over the plan one last time to double-check that no stone has been left unturned, before finalising drawings and engineering.
  6. Pre-contract: This is the first step of the contract process where you review all of the documentation associated with the contract signing before contracts are prepared.
  7. Contract signing: Formal signing of contracts and documentation which then enables for a building permit to be applied for and upon issue construction to begin,


Leneeva Homes can also assist with specialised elements of your home construction, depending on your circumstances and requirements, including:

  • Drafting appointments: Not applicable to pre-designed custom home design projects
  • Interior Design vision session: A session with our interior design partners that can help you design the perfect interior for your tastes, personality and requirements.
  • Interior Design selection: The final choices with our interior designer so that it will all be ready when you move into your new home.
  • Electrical selection: Do you have specialised electrical requirements? We can arrange a sit down with our partner to ensure this is all factored into the construction process.


Three design pathways for different customers and clients

Leneeva Homes also has three different design paths using a combination of the above that have been structured for standard custom home design projects or pre-designed constructions.

We also offer a free project brief meeting to better help you understand these pathways and processes. Contact Leneeva Homes today to arrange a no-obligation sit-down and get to understand our approach and differences that position us as the best team for custom designed homes in Melbourne.

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