Navigating the Melbourne Custom Home Building Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

12 Jun
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When you decide to build a custom house, you embark on an exciting and rewarding journey. If it’s your first time, however, it can also be quite overwhelming without a clear understanding of the process.


In this step-by-step guide, our experts at Leneeva Homes will help you navigate the stages of custom home designs and the subsequent building phases in Melbourne, ensuring you’re well-prepared and confident every step of the way.


Step 1: Developing Custom Home Designs


1. Project Brief

The first step in building your dream home is creating a project brief. This is where your custom builder gets to know you, your vision, and your requirements. Ensuring everything you envision is possible within your budget and meeting expectations is essential.


2. Pre-Contract House Drafting Services

Once your project brief is established, the next step is to start materialising your ideas. The drafting services involve investigating and surveying your site, followed by drafting a concept plan based on your initial ideas.


3. Concept Review

In this stage, the concept design is reviewed against your ideas. Different options are compared to determine which design suits you best while ensuring the estimated cost remains within your budget.


4. Estimate Review

To avoid any cost blowouts during construction, we will align your requirements and budget at this stage. You will also work with an interior designer to begin detailing the finishes of your home.


5. Quotation and Plan Review

After the estimate review, a formal quote is prepared for building your home. The quotation and plan review stage also includes a thorough review of the plan to ensure all details are covered, and no stone is left unturned.


6. Pre-Contract

Before contracts are prepared, you’ll review all documentation associated with the contract signing. This ensures transparency and understanding of all terms.


7. Contract Signing

The final step before construction begins is the formal signing of contracts and documentation, allowing for a building permit to be applied for and issued.


Step 2: Begin the Build of the Custom House with a Frame Walk-Through


The frame walk-through is a significant milestone in the custom home-building process. It is the first time you will physically walk through the skeleton of your new home, allowing you to see your plans come to life in three dimensions.


What to Expect During the Walk-Through

During this walk-through, your supervisor will guide you through the framed structure of your home. You’ll get a firsthand look at the layout of rooms, hallways, and the overall flow of the house. It is the perfect opportunity to visualise the space and make necessary adjustments before the walls are closed.


Key Points to Discuss

  • Room Layouts: Ensure that the dimensions and placement of rooms meet your expectations.
  • Windows and Doors: Confirm the positioning and sizes of windows and doors.
  • Electrical and Plumbing: Discuss the placement of electrical outlets, light fixtures, and plumbing lines.
  • Structural Elements: Review any structural beams or posts to ensure they do not interfere with your design preferences.


Adjustments and Finalisations

The walk-through is also a time for adjustments without significant additional costs. If you identify any changes you’d like to make, such as slightly moving a wall, changing the size of a window, or altering the layout of a particular room, now is the time to discuss them with your builder.


Step 3: Beyond Lock-Up & Building Phases


After the frame is up, the next major phase is the lock-up stage, where your home is secured with external doors and windows, making it weather-tight. Beyond lock-up, the focus shifts to internal work, turning the house into a liveable space.


Internal Construction Updates

At this stage, significant progress is made inside your home. The walls are lined with plaster, and internal structures such as stairs and built-in furniture start to take shape. Many find that this is when your house begins to feel more like a home, as rooms become defined spaces.


Key Features and Customizations

  • Plastering and Lining: Walls and ceilings are plastered, providing a smooth surface for painting and finishing.
  • Internal Doors and Trim: Installation of doors, skirting boards, and other trim work begins.
  • Cabinetry and Built-Ins: Install custom cabinetry for kitchens, bathrooms, and other built-in furniture.


Quality Checks

Regular quality checks are essential during this phase to ensure that all work meets the highest standards. Your builder will inspect the work regularly and address any issues promptly to maintain the quality and integrity of the build.


Step 4: Fixing Stage

The fixing stage is where your home really begins to come together. It involves installing fixtures and fittings that transform the house into a functional living space.


Painting and Finishes

  • Interior Painting: Painters begin their work by applying the first coats of paint to walls and ceilings. This step adds colour and personality to your home.
  • Flooring Installation: Depending on your choices, this stage includes laying down hardwood floors, tiles, or carpeting.


Fixtures and Fittings

  • Lighting and Electrical: Installation of light fixtures, switches, and power outlets.
  • Plumbing Fixtures: Fitting sinks, toilets, showers, and bathtubs.
  • Kitchen and Bathroom Installations: Finalising the installation of kitchen appliances, countertops, and bathroom vanities.


Attention to Detail

This stage concerns the details that make a house feel like a home. Ensuring that all fixtures and fittings are installed correctly and to your satisfaction is crucial. Your builder will work closely with you to finalise these elements, ensuring everything aligns with your vision.


Step 5: Completion of the Step-By-Step Process to Build the Custom House


As the construction of your home nears its end, the final touches are applied to ensure everything is perfect, including thorough inspections and preparations for the handover.


Final Inspections

  • Builder’s Inspection: Your builder will conduct a detailed inspection to ensure all work meets the agreed specifications and quality standards.
  • Client Inspection: You will also have the opportunity to inspect your new home and note any final adjustments or touch-ups that may be needed.


Touch-Ups and Clean-Up

  • Final Touch-Ups: Any minor adjustments, paint touch-ups, or corrections are made to ensure everything is perfect.
  • Cleaning: The home is thoroughly cleaned, making it ready for you to move in.


Preparation for Handover

  • Documentation: All relevant documentation, including warranties and manuals, is prepared for you.
  • Orientation: Your builder will provide an orientation, showing you how to operate key features and systems in your new home.


Step 6: Handover

The handover is the final and most exciting step of the custom home-building process. It marks the moment when you take ownership of your new home and begin the next chapter of your life.


Learn More on the Step-by-Step Process to Build a Custom House Design in Melbourne

Building a custom home in Melbourne is a detailed process that requires careful planning and execution.


By following this step-by-step guide, our specialists at Leneeva Homes can help you navigate the custom home-building process with confidence. From the initial design to the final handover, each stage works to create a home that is uniquely yours.


For more information, please contact us today.




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