Knock Down & Rebuild Instead of Compromising

The knockdown rebuild approach is a strategy for homeowners who want to increase the size, layout, and features of their home without having to move.

This option is perfect for those who want to stay in the same neighbourhood but want something bigger or with more features. The process starts by knocking down your current home and then rebuilding a new one in its place.

With this option, you get the best of both worlds: a custom-built home in an established neighbourhood that meets your needs perfectly.

Factors to Consider in Brisbane

When looking for a new house, there are many factors to consider. Especially when you take into account the location, the house design and the room configuration and aesthetic. It might be difficult to know what you need and what you can live without when there are so many different house designs to choose from. Every family has its own set of unique needs, and for many, their ideal home may be a custom-built home to their specific requirements.

This was certainly the experience for one of our clients in South East Brisbane.  They spent a long time looking for a home to buy in their ideal suburb. There were plenty of older style homes on the market at the time, but they couldn’t seem to find a modern home that suited their requirements and taste. Sustainable design and an abundance of natural light – both inside the home and in the outdoor entertaining areas – were key features of their ideal design.

Custom Built to Achieve the Perfect Home

They realised that to achieve the perfect home, they needed to select a block of land they loved and demolish an old house in order to build their own custom designed home.

Generally, a knockdown rebuild is more affordable than renovating an old house, as structural changes cannot usually be made and old utilities such as sewer, water and electricity are not necessarily replaced in a renovation.

Making the decision to undertake a knockdown rebuild with Leafe Designer Homes gave our clients a fresh perspective when looking at homes. The family found the right sized block of land in a location that suited them. They teamed up with Leafe Designer Homes to design and build a custom home that included space for everyone, as well as unique features that made the house perfect for their lifestyle.

To learn more about building a custom designed home in Brisbane’s South East Suburbs, visit our Knock Down Rebuild page.


Want to work with the Leafe Designer Homes to design and plan your custom designer home? We build throughout Brisbane, Brisbane South Eastern Suburbs, Brisbane Southern Suburbs, the Redlands and Cleveland.

Discover more about Leafe Designer Homes and our experience in custom home builds here.  If you’d like to discuss some of your ideas with us, please get in touch with Ryan Leafe today!

5 Reasons To Build A Custom Home Over A Project Home

Anyone starting out on their home building journey will eventually have to decide whether to build a custom home or a pre-designed project home. Our clients have all had their own unique building experiences, leading them to the decision of building a custom designed home for a variety of reasons. These are five of the most frequently mentioned reasons why building a bespoke home with a custom home builder Brisbane is the preferred approach.

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How to Design a Custom Hamptons Style Home in Brisbane

The Hamptons style design trend is extremely popular for new custom built homes in Queensland. Thanks to its timeless blend of coastal luxury, beachy tones and sophisticated use of timber, it looks like the trend is here to stay!

Inspired by the exclusive American beachside suburbs of the same name, the look is bright and breezy, with plenty of natural light creating an effortless coastal vibe. Cool, classic, and refined designs blend rustic, informal beach style to define Hamptons style. Chic blues, off-whites, wooden floors and panelled walls are just a few of the ways to design your new home as a resort-style retreat.

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How Much Does it Cost to Knock Down and Rebuild in Brisbane?

When looking for a custom home builder in Brisbane, you don’t have to say goodbye to the block of land in your neighbourhood that you love! This block might be where you’ve lived for the past 10 years, or perhaps you’re looking to build your custom designed home on a block that already has a dwelling. You can say goodbye to the outdated finishes and floor plan by knocking down the existing house and building your new custom home to suit your lifestyle and preferences in a knockdown rebuild Brisbane!

Knockdown rebuilds are becoming increasingly popular for old houses which would require more renovation work than they’re worth. Knockdown rebuilds in Brisbane are the more cost-effective choice.

While building a home from scratch may seem a little daunting and renovations could appear less intimidating, they can carry an increased risk for unforeseen costs and construction problems. Buildxact’s Residential Construction Activity Report confirms that new builds are more popular than renovations.

When considering a knockdown rebuild, you may have put it off due to worrying about the cost and hidden fees – but you can rest assured that Leafe Designer Homes has got you covered! We provide fixed price construction costs with no hidden fees and no surprise extras.

So what kind of cost considerations are involved in a knockdown rebuild Brisbane?

The costs involved in a knockdown rebuild are dependent on the size of your current house and the size of your new home. There are three potential types of costs to consider when making your decision.

1. Demolition Costs:

Obviously, your first step will be knocking down your old house and clearing the land for your rebuild. As a general guide, the cost of demolition can start from around $19,000 but can vary according to the size and style of the property, the foundation, accessibility and the presence of potentially hazardous materials. With so many factors it’s easy to see how the price can vary.

2. Rebuilding Costs:

Once the land is clear and prepared for the build, it’s time to begin the rebuilding process. The price for a rebuild is impacted by a range of factors including the size of the home, the materials used in the process, the overall design and the fittings. All of these costs will be worked out at during the preliminary design of your home with your custom home builder Brisbane, Leafe Designer Homes. We only use the highest quality materials, which are locally sourced where possible and have a hand-picked team of highly experienced draftsmen, builders, tradesmen, and interior designers who are all dedicated to excellence in their field.

3. Hidden Costs:

The third and final consideration is the potentially hidden costs that you should keep in mind when working out your budget. Some of the more common costs that may come up include the charges from the power company to disconnect and reconnect the electricity and gas, additional costs to make the soil stable for building and also the cost of re-installing any pre-existing solar panels you may have had. At Leafe Designer Homes we have extensive knowledge of all these factors and can detail a specific list for your knockdown rebuild Brisbane.

While there are many cost considerations for a knockdown rebuild Brisbane, there are also many costs you will be saving on! When comparing the costs of purchasing an existing home, there are savings to building yourself. Without the real estate agent fees and stamp duty, you’re looking at saving yourself tens of thousands of dollars. You’re also saving on maintenance as you will have a low-maintenance build for years moving forward. Not to mention there are clear benefits to rebuilding your home when it comes to the added value you’ve invested into your property.

If you’re thinking about building a custom home and would like some inspiration, check out our portfolio to see our latest projects. Leafe Designer Homes completes custom home builds across Brisbane, Brisbane Eastern Suburbs, Brisbane Southern Suburbs, the RedlandsThornlandsVictoria PointWellington PointBirkdaleLogan City area and Cleveland.

Wanting to know more about Leafe Designer Homes? Discover more about our experience in custom home builds here.  If you’d like to discuss some of your ideas with us, please get in touch with Ryan Leafe today!

Demand for Custom Designed Homes Explodes in 2022

Everyone has felt the impacts of Covid-19, including the residential building sector. With people spending less time exploring the world and more time within their homes, the common demands from clients have shifted to accommodate a more live-in focus. Buildxact’s Residential Construction Activity Report recently identified a strong demand for custom-built home projects and renovations. But this really comes as no surprise.

The cookie cutter homes no longer cut it! People are more conscious of the space and style they want to live in, and are after custom designs that suit their specific needs and wants. The home is no longer a place to just sleep and eat, but a place to work, exercise and socialise. So ensuring that the spaces we dwell in are capable of accommodating to all these needs is crucial. As everyone is becoming more conscious of how they utilise their current spaces, they are also becoming more aware of how they would like to use their homes. This could mean bigger bedroom sizes, more space in the kitchen or even the addition of a multi-purpose home office space to suit an individuals lifestyle.

This ‘awakening’ of individuals desires when it comes to their homes, couldn’t have come at a better time. With many people unable to spend money on overseas trips, they can invest in building their dream homes in Queensland. And it’s not just Queenslanders that are looking to build custom homes in Queensland, but also an influx of people re-locating to the sunshine state from surrounding areas and states. Areas throughout Brisbane, Brisbane Eastern Suburbs, Brisbane Southern Suburbs, the Redlands and Cleveland are seeing an increase in custom home builds with all the features a home-owner would require in the ever-changing landscape COVID has created.

With COVID not only opening more opportunities for individuals to work and attend school from home, but also occasionally requiring this; the need for home offices and flexible work environments has increased. This has seen a rise in the purchase of acreage and waterfront properties as the ability to work from home has allowed people to live further from the city and build custom designs on their desired blocks.

Custom home designs post-covid have a strong focus on unique designs, natural light, open living and great outdoor spaces. Custom homes allow home-owners the ability to utilise their space how they see fit, for any purpose they require. For those with children returning home to reside with family or with children who are doing online studies, homes are hives of constant activity which can result in a lot of noise and the need for peace and quiet. A new custom home can make use of a high quality build with the opportunity to design spaces that suit every household member. Having a home that can accommodate everyone’s needs and provide a space for all to enjoy is essential, and it what makes a custom home such a great choice.

If you are looking at a custom homes and would like some inspiration, check out our portfolio of Leafe Designer Homes built throughout Brisbane, Brisbane Eastern Suburbs, Brisbane Southern Suburbs, the Redlands and Cleveland.

Wanting to know more about Leafe Designer Homes? Discover more about our experience in custom home builds here.  If you would like to discuss some of your ideas with us, get in contact!



How to design & build an eco-friendly acreage home

So you’ve bought an acreage block to live closer to nature, but how do you build a home that’s sustainable and at one with nature? Eco-friendly homes are growing in demand as people are becoming more conscious of impacts to the environment.

The benefit of building a custom home is that it can be as eco-friendly as you desire. Your builder can work with you to create an eco-friendly acreage build without compromising on design. Acreage blocks are the best for eco-friendly builds as they can utilise everything nature has to offer and incorporate it into the design.

Acreage homes are not constrained by narrow blocks, so your build can be completely open to the landscape. There are a few design elements to a custom home that can enhance it’s eco-friendly and sustainable impact.

Include Efficient Elements in your Acreage Build

There are some great inclusions you can incorporate into your build to enhance your home’s energy efficiency. These include double glazed windows, low VOC paints, high-grade insulation, ceiling fans and efficient water fixtures. Ceiling fans are great in summer to keep the home cool and what many people may not know is that they are also great in winter. In the colder months, ceiling fans push down hot air gathering near the ceilings to keep you warm.

Acreage Design for ‘Slow Living’

The Slow Design Movement considers custom home builds that suit the lives of multi-generational families. Designing a home that can work and last over many generations is a big focus for slow design.

Sustainable features that can help with this begins with the home’s position. On an acreage block, building high on the land can utilise the wind that brings a welcoming cool breeze in summer. Reduce electricity consumption with the design of the roof. The roof angle design can optimise solar panel effectiveness.

A great way to naturally limit heat and protection from rain is through wide eaves.  The eaves are great at keeping the home shaded in the hot summer sun and allow windows to be left open when it rains.

Recycled Materials in your Custom Build

Recycled materials are a great way to build sustainably,  whether it’s sourcing bricks from a skip, or timber from a salvage yard.

If you already have a home on your acreage block and are looking to renovate, it’s a great opportunity to reuse material. While the material will need reworking, it is a wonderful way to build an eco-friendly home. Using recycled material also brings with it wonderful character and charm to your home.

If you are after an eco-friendly, sustainable home, then a custom designed home is perfect for you.

At Leafe Designer Homes, we take into account the land size, the slope, views, solar orientation and the prevailing breezes when building your custom home. We have already seen a rise in popularity for acreage blocks and custom homes in the following areas:

  • Bayridge, Redland Bay
  • Greenway, Hemmant
  • Summit, Hemmant
  • Meridian, Wakerly
  • Parc, Carindale
  • Parc, Thornlands
  • Venn Park, Thornlands
  • Shoreline, Redland Bay

If you want to build your dream eco-friendly acreage home in Brisbane, Brisbane South Eastern Suburbs, Brisbane Southern Suburbs, the Redlands or Cleveland, get in contact with us here.

Top Tips for Building Custom Acreage Homes

Building and living on acreage brings the benefits of peace and quiet, fresh air as well as proximity to nature.  At Leafe Designer Homes, we are experienced in building custom acreage homes, and have put together some helpful tips anyone looking to build their dream acreage home. To make the acreage custom home experience enjoyable, it’s useful to consider service access, bushfire zones, wind ratings and building orientation.

Access to Services from Acreage Blocks:

One helpful thing to consider with acreage building is access to services. It’s good to find out whether your land has access to power, water and sewerage. Depending on your location, your options might include water tanks, septic system and home LPG gas bottles. It’s also a good idea to check for phone and NBN service connections to your acreage build. It’s always great to investigate these things early on to avoid surprises.

Bushfire Zones & Wind Ratings:

Building a custom home close to nature brings so many great benefits to rural dwellers. One thing to consider is the exposure to natural elements. This includes Bushfires and Wind. It’s good to identify early if your acreage block is located in a Bushfire Prone Area (BPA). If you are building a custom home in these areas, your build may need special management and specifications. This includes fireproofing materials like fire-rated glass, metal and timbers.

Another element to look out for is wind. If your plan is to build a custom acreage home that’s located in higher altitude, on a ridge or in an exposed area, this is something to consider. These areas may be subject to a higher wind rating, meaning additional measures to strengthen your custom build.

Build Orientation:

One of the great things about building a custom home is the ability to create a home that takes advantage of the block it’s build on.

When building a home from scratch, you can carefully select your floorplan to optimize on your views.  Being able to spend time on the block to note where the sun falls throughout the day can help design a home that takes advantage of this. Everything from window placement to entertainment areas can be custom built to showcase the best an acreage block can offer.

Importance of Selecting a Good Acreage Builder:

It’s important to select a company that has experience with building acreage homes, who can help guide you in designing a home that works harmoniously with your spacious block. Having a builder that has experience in the special conditions acreage blocks require is equally important and can give you piece of mind.

At Leafe Designer Homes, we take into account the land size, the slope, views, solar orientation and the prevailing breezes when building your custom home. We have already seen a rise in popularity for acreage blocks and custom homes in the following areas:

  • Bayridge, Redland Bay
  • Greenway, Hemmant
  • Summit, Hemmant
  • Meridian, Wakerly
  • Parc, Carindale
  • Parc, Thornlands
  • Venn Park, Thornlands
  • Shoreline, Redland Bay

If you want to build your dream custom acreage home in Brisbane, Brisbane South Eastern Suburbs, Brisbane Southern Suburbs, the Redlands or Cleveland, get in contact with us here.

How to choose a custom home builder?

So you’re looking at building a custom home? The next step is to choose the builder who will take your great ideas and turn them into a reality. There are 6 key factors you can think about when finding a builder who can turn your dream custom home into reality.

Price, budget and builder transparency

There are many design and construction considerations that affect custom home project costs, and it’s good to know about them early to avoid problems later.  Choosing a builder that has fixed pricing, and provides full transparency is key. 

At Leafe Designer Homes, we give our clients piece of mind by having fixed pricing construction costs. We provide you with a copy of all receipts and price supporting documents for the selections you have made. This allows you to see how your money has been spent. We also provide you with our pricing so you know there is no double dipping on the gap between trade and retail price.

2. Quality of custom home

One of the key factors when choosing a custom home builder is the quality of workmanship. The quality of the build and skill of the builder can be seen through building material choice and the interior products e.g. outfitted with brands that you know and trust? 

Great custom built homes will have quality craftsmanship, attention for detail and immaculate finishes.  It’s always beneficial to see portfolios or examples of the builder’s prior work. This will help ascertain whether they are capable of building you a well-designed home. 

At Leafe, we have an eye for detail and a perfectionist nature. We use high-quality materials, ensure high-quality finishes and are diligent in our workmanship. We also have a portfolio of our prior work to showcase the quality of our custom homes.  

3. Home styles, preferences and flexibility

The flexibility of a custom home is hard to beat and working with a builder that suits your style and preferences is key.  At Leafe we believe it’s important to give you the freedom to live your way.  We believe you and your family deserves the best, and there is no better way to get the home of your dreams than to design it yourself.  The design, colours, appliances, and extras are all up to you; it’s your home after all!

4. Builder location

Most builders have areas where their pricing is most competitive, so it’s helpful to choose a builder that has experience building in your proposed area.  At Leafe, we are experts in building custom homes throughout Brisbane, Brisbane Eastern Suburbs, Brisbane Southern Suburbs, the Redlands and Cleveland.  If you are looking to build a custom home in these areas, contact us to find out how we can help.

5. Know the block your building on

While jumping straight into designing and building your home is exciting, don’t forget the land you are building on. A good builder will be able to help you select a design that will work with your specific land shape or size. 

At Leafe, our custom homes are designed to sit perfectly on their block; we have never come across a site too challenging or one where we haven’t been able to achieve an exceptional outcome.

6. Client support

Building your dream home is one of the biggest and exciting investments of your life. In this process it’s helpful to find a builder who can provide support throughout the build,  giving you reassurance and ease of mind. 

Finding a builder that delivers quality service through onsite meetings, consultations and progress reports will help build trust during your home build experience.  The key to your custom home journey boils down to having a dedicated team committed to a collaborative process, supporting homeowners every step of the way.

At Leafe Designer Homes, we are happy to do regular onsite meet ups during business hours.  Call us at any point through the construction, and we’ll organise to meet you onsite for a walk around and Q&A session.  With regular building reports and updates you’ll never have to wonder about what is happening with your build.  You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with Ryan Leafe, our company director who personally consults on all new builds.

If you want to build your dream custom home in Brisbane, Brisbane South Eastern Suburbs, Brisbane Southern Suburbs, the Redlands or Cleveland call Ryan Leafe on 07 3488 0055 get in contact with us here.

Custom Homes vs Project Homes: What should you choose?

Not sure where to start when thinking of building your next home? It can be overwhelming when researching your options. Choosing between a custom design or a project home off a plan can be one of the first and most important choices you make!

Custom & Project: What’s the difference?

Custom Home Builders are typically smaller businesses with dedicated builders and designers assigned to each project. This means you receive one-on-one attention from the very beginning and attentive support throughout the process. A custom home builder will take the time to listen to your needs and wants for your new home and work alongside an architect to design a unique floorplan just for you. This can then be modified and tweaked until it is exactly right. As they normally take on fewer clients per year, you will work closely with the same builder throughout the entire process keeping communication easy and open. Although this may seem like a hard task – you can click here to look at some of our previous projects for inspiration!

When working with a project home provider, you will normally be guided to a library of existing floorplans and asked to choose. These are normally priced upfront with a standard range of inclusions so you may be able to get a price estimate earlier in the process. However, any changes to the floorplan, fixtures and fittings will incur additional fees which may cause the project to cost more than originally planned.

What would we choose?

Here at Leafe – we would always recommend a custom home! We believe you and your family deserves the best, and there is no better way to get the home of your dreams than to design it yourself. The flexibility that custom allows is hard to beat, and we work with you throughout the whole process so you don’t need to be an expert to build your house in this way. Choose premium fittings for the places that are important to you, and shop in whatever stores you like!

If you have any other questions about building custom, just let us know! Get in touch for a no obligation conversation about our process and how it could work for you.


If you want to build your dream custom home in Brisbane, Brisbane South Eastern Suburbs, Brisbane Southern Suburbs, the Redlands or Cleveland call Ryan Leafe on 07 3488 0055 get in contact with us here.

Price Building: Base Price vs Display Home Price

Have you ever heard of the term “PRICE BUILDING”?

Probably not, because as a client of some building companies you have possibly been a victim of it. When you walk into a display house and ask the sales representative how much it costs, you will be given a base price for that house. Now’s the good bit. The house you are shown may not be exactly what is included in the base price. In fact it is probably several hundred thousand dollars dearer.  

I spoke to a potential client recently who’s original quote actually doubled when the required changes were made. The builder “price built’ the quote when the changes were made. One of the changes that caught the client’s attention was an eighteen thousand dollar increase in price when they changed the style of stairs. What some builders do is get you to pay a deposit on a house design that is deliberately under specified knowing that they will make a lot of money on the changes you will have to make the house what you actually want.  

What should you look out for?

Well the list is long but here are some of the obvious ones: 

  1. The slab. Many builders quote on an M class slab which is very often not adequate for the soil and site type, so will have to be upgraded to a higher strength. 
  2. Electrical. Providing one light fitting and power point to each room.  
  3. Any build over sewer or stormwater changes can add up to $20,000 to a job. 
  4. Cabinetry. A large expense in any house build. This is often given as an allowance rather that quoted amount knowing that there will be substantial changes driving the price up and up. 

All of the above items are considered variations from the original quote. How are variations dealt with? Variations are usually charged as a cost plus. Where some builders will catch you is the definition of a variation. If you change four cupboard sizes in your kitchen is this one item or four items? Is there a minimum variation charge e.g. $1000 per variation regardless of the size or cost of the variation. In this scenario it is possible that you could pay over $1000 to change the size of a cupboard door.  

To conclude, know what you’re looking at when you walk into a display home. Know that with some builders the person that signs you up will not be the person who deals with the building process so there can be some disconnect between the contract and the build process and the loose could be you.


6 Considerations for Building an Energy Efficient Home

Working with your custom home builder Redlands is a great way to build an energy efficient home that reduces overall energy consumption and helps you save money on utility bills when you live in the home.

There are many ways to reduce your energy consumption at home, but a big part of doing this comes down to the design of the home and how you implement certain features to reduce energy usage overall. 

1. Place External Openings in the Right Areas

When the weather is nice, one of the best ways to reduce your reliance on running your AC system is to open up your windows, doors, and other external openings. Your custom home builder Redlands can help you place these external openings in the right locations to maximise exposure for cross breezes, which can be a big help when it comes to reducing your cooling expenses in the summer.

2. Orient Living Spaces to Face North

You should try and orient your living spaces north to reduce sun exposure during peak times of the day. This also lets the winter sun provide as much sunlight in your main living spaces during day, so you can use your heater less. On top of this, you may want to consider adding shading devices, like eaves, to cover the windows that receive direct sun exposure during the summer season.

3. Avoid Openings in High-Use Areas

Any custom home builder Redlands will tell you that you should avoid large openings, like windows and sliding glass doors, in spaces on the western side of your home. If you have large windows on the western side of your home, for example, the afternoon summer sun will quickly heat up these rooms, putting more pressure on your AC system to keep things cool.

4. Implement Ceiling Fans

Turning on a ceiling fan in the summer can make a huge difference when it comes to staying cool and reducing your reliance on your AC system. Ceiling fans can also help you circulate warm air in your living spaces when you set them on reverse during the wintertime. Ask your custom home builder Redlands to include wiring for ceiling fans and depending on your home design plan, to add ceiling fans in main living areas as well as all the bedrooms. 

5. Add Enough Insulation

Insulation essentially holds the heated and cooled air in your home and minimises how quickly it is released to the outdoors. As you review your home design and building plans, find out how much insulation will be added to your new home. You should also look into the R-value and make sure your home will have adequate insulation not only between your walls, but in your attic and garage. 

There are also many different kinds of insulation that can benefit your home. Ask your builder about whether they prefer cellulose insulation, blow-in insulation, or another type and why they use that type when it comes to making homes more energy efficient. 

6. Consider All Utilities

Your custom home builder Redlands may focus on reducing your home’s reliance on electricity in all seasons. However, you should also consider implementing features that reduce consumption of other utilities, like water and gas. For example, you may ask your builder about installing low-flow toilets that use less water or a tankless water heater, so your family always has hot water on demand without wasting energy. 

Consulting with your custom home builder Redlands early on can help you boost your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your reliance on different resources. The best part is that taking measures to reduce energy consumption can help you save money while also preserving your comfort. 

4 Tips for Choosing a Builder for Your Shoreline Redland Bay Home

Building home by the bay can be a dream come true for many people. Perhaps you are building your retirement home, or maybe you are moving closer to the water for a new job. Or, you may be building a family home. Whatever your situation, finding the right Shoreline Redlands home builder is essential in making your dream a reality. You want to find a builder who you can trust to do a good job and who encourages open communication with the client.

It can be overwhelming to try to choose a builder to take on a project this important, but it does not have to be.

When you consider these tips for choosing the right building team, you can sit back and watch your dream come to life. 

1. Look at Past Projects

It can be beneficial to search for a builder who has done other projects in your area. That way, he or she likely knows about building codes and regulations in Shoreline Redlands. You can ask to see pictures of completed projects, and if you are lucky, you might be able to go visit some of the sites in-person. This can give you valuable insight into the craftsmanship that the builders put into a project, and it may even give you ideas for your own home. 

2. Choose Someone Who Is Accessible

When building a home, it can be very frustrating to not be able to contact your builder. You may have simple questions that you need answers to, and you should be able to depend on a good relationship with the builder. Before signing onto any contracts, ask how you can reach the builders. Ask if you are able to communicate with them throughout the project, and find out if they will give you updates often. You can ask other people in the area who have had homes built by that company if communication was easy. It can be very rewarding to be able to bounce ideas off of your builder throughout the project. 

3. Read Client Reviews

Before discussing your project with a builder, consider reading client reviews about them. The Internet is an invaluable source for this type of research. You can also ask others in the community what their experience with a certain builder was like. This can help you get a feel of how the experience will go before you sign on to a project. Keep an open mind, though, and do not be afraid to meet with the contractor yourself to form your own opinions.

4. Ask for a Projected Completion Date

You may need your home completed by a certain date if you have to move out of your current in a specific timeframe. Therefore, it is essential that you ask any potential builders for a projected completion date. This gives you an idea of if the project can reasonably be done in the timeframe you desire. On the other hand, do not always assume that the faster builder is the best builder. Sometimes quality over quantity is more important, and this is one of those times.

Finding the right home builder is important in any situation, but it is especially important when you are looking for a Shoreline Redlands home builder. When you keep these tips in mind, you can more effectively choose the right builder for your project. Enjoy the process of building and keep imagining the feeling you will have when you walk into your completed for the first time. The road may be long and full of surprises, but that feeling alone will make it worthwhile. Start researching today to find the best builder for you.

10 Tips To Make Your New House Feel More Like a Home

Having a new house constructed is very exciting and can allow you to add personal touches during the design process. Choosing flooring, cabinets and countertops will help you be more involved in a custom build. However, even with these choices you still may not feel totally attached to the house as soon as you move in.

Transitioning to something new is always an evolutionary process and it may take some time to get completely comfortable.

Here are some ideas to quickly make custom homes in Brisbane feel more welcoming. 

Window Coverings 

Bare windows can make a house feel cold and open. Add blinds or shades to add some privacy when it is needed. If possible, have windows measured before closing so installation can happen as soon as you move in. Hang curtains for immediate warmth and splash of colour. 


Nothing can make you feel more unfamiliar than not knowing where things are that you need. Unpacking may not happen in a day, but start with putting commonly used items in their place. Being organised will also make you feel better about relaxing and truly enjoying your new space. 


Sparsely furnished rooms can feel uninviting and cold. Furniture will give a home that more lived-in look. Even if you brought items from your old home, consider picking up a few new pieces as well. This can be as simple as a cozy chair, some new scatter cushions or an accent table. 


Solid white walls make for a clean look but the sterile feel may not appeal to everyone. Painting is a relatively quick and inexpensive way to add color and personalise your home. Wall coverings and wood accents are another alternative to paint. 


Thinking about paint colors makes a good time to consider accent pieces and overall decor themes. This may be bedding sets for the bedroom, pillows and rugs in the living room, or artwork throughout the house. 

Personal Items 

There is no better way to make you attached to your home than by literally seeing yourself in it. Add photos of your family and loved ones. Hang mementos or other personal items from your old house. Soon you will feel more at ease with your new environment. 


Use lighting to add warmth in areas that may feel too harsh. Rugs and throw pillows will absorb sound and soften the feel of a room. Candles or other fragrances will appeal to your senses and provide calm and comfort. 

Outdoor Spaces 

Don’t forget about giving some attention to the outside of your home. Add some chairs to the front porch where you can kick back with a cool drink. Make a sitting area on the patio to provide yet another place to unwind. Add plants and landscaping for a personalised element of nature. 


Bring your family together by involving them in the process. Whether it’s shopping for decorations or painting a room, having everyone part of it ensures that each person starts getting attached to the new surroundings. Also invite extended family over to visit or test out the new kitchen. Telling stories around the dining room table will make it feel like your home in no time at all. 


Finally, invite friends over to see your new place. Being social is a great way to fill your home with laughter and a sense of belonging. Not to mention it will give you a great excuse to stop unpacking and slow down to absorb your hard work. 

It may not be possible – or necessary – to tackle all of these items the first week you move in. Don’t overwhelm yourself with doing everything at once. Enjoy the process of gradually turning your dream house into a beautiful home. 

Your Custom Designer Home Journey

Have you been thinking about working with Leafe Designer Homes for a new custom home?

Designer homes in Brisbane allow you freedom, flexibility, and control over what features you can have, how your house can fit your lifestyle, and even what can be accomplished while staying within your budget range.

The key to your journey boils down to having a dedicated team committed to a collaborative process, supporting homeowners every step of the way.

Let’s consider how that process works.

The First Meeting

A custom build must start somewhere, and for Leafe Designer Homes, that meeting takes place on site whether the land is cleared or you are doing a knock down and rebuild. Without an initial meeting at the property, you may run into complications down the road. It’s best to look over the land to see if any issues may impact construction. This meeting is also when homeowners can discuss their wish list and preliminary budget.

Begin With Your Furnishings

The easiest place to start when creating a modern industrial look is to add furnishings with the qualities you find appealing. For instance, if you are drawn to the cool, gray metallic features, swap out a current bookshelf for one that is constructed of metal and wood, replace your table with a metal one or change out your lights and floor lamps. You might consider starting with one room in the house. Experiment with that room. You can begin with the area you like the least now or the smallest room in the house, such as a bathroom, or the place that gets the most traffic. Regardless of your approach, starting with one space gives you the freedom to explore until you discover the vibe you want to create. Once you are satisfied with the look and feel you have created, move on to the next space.

Enter the Draftsman

After the homeowners sign the initial agreement, a draftsman who is part of the company’s team meets with you to go over details and make suggestions. This is an information gathering session to give homeowners a chance to consider the design elements they want or have not yet thought about with the person who can tailor plans to fit those elements. After this discussion, the homeowners can meet with the draftsman as often as they like throughout the building process to finalize plans, get updates, or review any changes.

A Plan of Action

From the draftsman meeting with homeowners comes the preliminary plan. At this stage, you should receive a thorough explanation of building costs from materials to labor as well as flexible construction time frames. This step involves back and forth communication for amendments and reviews. The preliminary plans can go back and forth among the draftsman, the homeowner, and the rest of the team that builds designer homes in Brisbane so that everyone can share input.

The Seal of Approval

After all the details have been hammered out, the draftsman should have produced a finished set of working drawings that the builders can work from. This final plan goes to the homeowner for approval. The builder may also conduct a soil test and work on foundation and structural engineering factors to ensure the site is ready to go once paperwork is complete.

The Bottom Line

Once you have received and approved the set of drawings, you can expect your final price quote. This step may take up to three weeks to work with vendors and suppliers of materials and determine any extra costs. This quote is a good-faith practice that is an essential part of how Leafe Designer Homes maintains transparency and communication. Homeowners should expect a fixed price to detail each expense and not get hit later with hidden fees.

The Go-Ahead

Once you approve the final price quote, it’s time to sign the master contract. This stage includes an initial deposit invoice as well as lodging the necessary building permits with council. With all the ducks in a row, construction on your new custom home can begin. Your journey isn’t over, though. You can schedule site visits to check on progress, talk with your draftsman to understand more about your home design, and meet with interior designers to customize interior fixtures from flooring to hardware, color palettes, and other finishing touches.

Leafe Designer Homes is not just dedicated to expert designer homes in Brisbane, but we are also committed to homeowner satisfaction. We want each stage of your custom home journey to exceed your expectations and reduce your stress until the day you move in and begin life in your dream home.

Which Is the Better Option, To Rebuild or To Renovate?

When you find that your current home no longer suits your needs or is too small for your growing family, you face a tough decision. Do you renovate the space you have, or do you start fresh and rebuild from the ground up? The answer to this dilemma depends on individual circumstances and considerations. There are advantages to both, but, ultimately, the best choice for you is the one that falls within your cost, time and personal needs and preferences constraints. Should you decide to knock down and rebuild, a custom home builder in Redlands will ensure that your new home meets with the requirements you’ve set.

Before you make the decision to start from the ground up, a comparison of the advantages of rebuilding versus renovating can help you determine if this is the right choice for you.

Cost Comparisons

Cost is a factor in most decisions to rebuild or renovate. If you are on a budget, your first inclination might be to renovate because it seems likely the less expensive of the two options. This, however, is not necessarily the case. An extensive remodel requiring structural changes can be as expensive as knocking down your current home and starting from the beginning. There are also a number of uncertainties that come with remodeling. Unseen issues that are discovered only once the work begins can add a significant financial burden to the original cost estimates for renovations. When you build a home from the ground up, you have the advantage of a fixed price contract, allowing you to budget accordingly. If you require only nominal changes to your current home, or a single room addition with no other structural changes, a renovation could be more budget friendly than a rebuild.

Time Estimates

Your time is valuable, and you want to ensure that you have your home within a reasonable timeframe. The advantage to a rebuild is that the time elements are often known factors in new construction. Weather is always a potential issue in meeting new construction deadlines during the initial stages, but, generally, a custom home builder in Redlands will be able to give you a solid idea of when you will be able to move into your new home. Rebuilding on the location of your current home does require you to relocate for the duration of the rebuild. A remodel can be a quicker project, but this depends on the extent of the project and how much of the home is being worked on at one time. If you are still living in your home while it is being renovated, then it is likely the project will be drawn out over a longer period as work is completed on an area or two at a time, so that the rest of the house remains functional for you and your family.

Needs and Preferences Fulfillment

One final consideration in the decision to rebuild or remodel is to determine which better fulfills your needs and preferences for your living space. A big advantage to a rebuild is in working with a custom home builder in Redlands to design a home that tics off all of your needs and preferences. You determine the number of bedrooms you need, whether you want your master upstairs or down, how many. Bathrooms to include, where to put your office and how large a garage you need. If your current home already meets the majority of your list of must-haves, then a remodel might prove more advantageous.

There are important considerations in determining whether to rebuild with a custom home builder in Redlands or to remodel your current home. Knowing what your budget is, how much time you are willing to give over to the project and what must-haves are currently unmet will give you a foundation for making the most appropriate decision for you.

Tips for Adding a Modern Industrial Look to Your Home

Have you found yourself longing for a new look for your home’s interior, dreaming of creating the industrial feel you see perusing your favorite interior design magazine, but you are not sure where or how to start? When you are ready for a complete makeover, a custom builder in Brisbane can help you make that leap. Until then, it is possible to make small, incremental changes that will freshen up your home’s style with elements of the look you desire.

Creating a modern industrial feel calls upon the raw materials of warehouse features and the nostalgia of vintage colors and furnishings.

Below are a few tips to get you started.

Look for Your Inspiration

A quick search on the Internet for modern industrial interior design will yield numerous results. You might be surprised at the wide range of possibilities you find. Explore a few of these to get an idea of which aspects of the industrial style draw you in the most. Is it the stark, minimalist décor? Perhaps it is the cool metallic elements or the warmth of rich, red exposed bricks. Once you begin to identify what it is you like most about this style, you can start incorporating similar pieces into your home through art, furniture, shelving units and other smaller details. Do not worry about trying to make your space look just like the images you see on the Web; make it your own. If you have plans for a more complete interior renovation, seek the advice of a custom builder in Brisbane. Drawing up plans for a complete remodel, even if it comes at a later stage, can help you to determine what elements you would like to include now.

Begin With Your Furnishings

The easiest place to start when creating a modern industrial look is to add furnishings with the qualities you find appealing. For instance, if you are drawn to the cool, gray metallic features, swap out a current bookshelf for one that is constructed of metal and wood, replace your table with a metal one or change out your lights and floor lamps. You might consider starting with one room in the house. Experiment with that room. You can begin with the area you like the least now or the smallest room in the house, such as a bathroom, or the place that gets the most traffic. Regardless of your approach, starting with one space gives you the freedom to explore until you discover the vibe you want to create. Once you are satisfied with the look and feel you have created, move on to the next space.

Tackle Larger Design Elements

Once you are certain the modern industrial style is right for you, you can begin to tackle those larger design elements, such as exposed brick walls and piping, concrete flooring, or new windows. At this point, it might be incredibly useful to hire a custom builder in Brisbane. With an expert’s guidance, you can be confident that you will end up with a space that meets with your expectations. Without such assistance and expertise in design and construction, you might find that taking on the larger scale remodeling projects that industrial design can entail to be overwhelming, especially if you have not had prior experience in home renovations.

The modern industrial style can give your home a new and edgy look. Its appeal is in the raw materials and minimalist features that can make a home appear more open and airier, yet it also is versatile enough to bring a sense of warmth and coziness to a space as well. If you are uncertain where to start, there are ample websites out there to give you ideas. Armed with inspiration, you can then begin to experiment until you discover your own unique spin before undertaking a larger renovation to create the home of your dreams.

Things To Consider When Building Your First Home

Building your first home is an exciting personal adventure. Custom designed homes in Brisbane offer a great way to plan your first home and have a positive experience. However, there are some significant considerations before you begin. Buyers need to secure financing, explore ideas and options, identify the types of professional services needed for the project and choose the right design for their future home. Identifying a professional to assist with all of these important tasks can be a real time and money saver.

Experts can walk you through the process from start to finish and help you work out any problems that arise along the way. Getting off to a well-planned start makes a big difference in your first home building endeavor.

Where To Begin

The first item to tackle is meeting with a lender. A loan manager or financier can review your budget and find the types of loans that work for you. Pre-approval often requires meeting a number of lending requirements. You need to ready the appropriate paperwork. It is imperative to think about the length of time you require to repay a mortgage and interest terms on the life of the loan.

The manager can also review the affordability of the home you plan to build, given personal expenditures and obligations. Exploring your financial responsibilities ahead of time gives you peace of mind and helps establish a good line of communication with the lender. This also provides greater flexibility in working with your home builder to coordinate the design and functions of your new home before breaking ground.

Financial Advantages

Home ownership offers great financial benefits. First off, you reap the benefits of making an investment toward the future. Home values are a great way to build equity. Buyers have ample tax breaks that bring yearly dividends and build personal wealth. Custom designed homes in Brisbane can help you navigate first home buyer financial advantages.

Talk to your builder at length about your design ideas through regular consultations, and be sure to ask about any additional savings offers on materials and finishings. There are a number of community and online resources to help determine all of the possible cost returns. Doing research is an effective way to get more out of your build budget.

Choices When Building Your Own Home

Flexibility is a key advantage of building your own home. Think big picture. You are designing a new house but also a future. How will your life look in the next 10 to 20 years? This is a great time to discover not just the home you need but the home you’ve always imagined.

Space is good place to start. What appears to be a lot of room now will likely change over the years. The same holds true for interior materials. While products and paint can be readily changed, altering the structure of a home can be a costly renovation project. Some materials stand the test of time in look and durability. With custom designed homes in Brisbane, you make lasting design decisions that will endure through the many changes in life.

Getting the Design Quality You Deserve

You want a custom home builder who understands you are the most important part of the process. The hallmarks of experienced professionals are responsive communication, upfront planning, honest business practices, and proven excellence backed by customer testimonials. You need to feel confident the project will be finished on time and to the standards promised. Be proactive in choosing your expert builder.

The home you deserve can happen starting now, by finding the builder you can trust. Building custom designed homes in Brisbane that people love is about quality and confidence. The effort of finding an expert builder will pay off in years of investment and enjoyment. A home is your present and your future. Get started on living your dream today.

Choosing the Perfect Fittings and Fixtures for Your Home

A lot of thought goes in to designing your perfect home. You want to create a space that meets your needs while also speaking to your creative style and personality, right down to the finer details.

The fixtures and fittings are the icing on the cake. They can add polish or flair to your space. They can make, or break, your aesthetic. You want your fixtures, such as your stove and oven, to be functional for the type of cooking you do, and you want them to last. Likewise, floor coverings should be chosen for visual appeal as well as durability.

For designer homes in Redlands, there are some guidelines you can follow for finding the perfect fixtures and fittings for your new home.

Narrow Down Your Options

The number of options available for all of the fixtures and fittings you have to consider can be mind boggling. Do not wander blindly into your search for those perfect pieces. To avoid sensory overload and decision paralysis, do a little bit of work ahead of time. With each of the choices you have to make, narrow down the possible selections you might find. Determine your likely use patterns and frequencies. For instance, if you do a lot of entertaining or really like to bake, then you might want to only search for double ovens. If you have kids or pets, your floor covering choices can be narrowed down to materials that resist staining. Having an idea of what you are looking for before you begin your search can significantly reduce your options, making it easier for you to make thoughtful choices that you will be happy with for years to come.

Find a Complementary Style

You want your fixtures and fittings to reflect your own personal style and tastes, but you do not want them to shout out above all of the other design elements in a room you’ve worked hard to turn into a space you love. Consistency in design is important through all aspects of designer homes in Redlands. The decisions you make for these final touches on your new home should complement the larger features in the house. Visitors should be able to walk into a room and absorb the overall ambiance, rather than get distracted by a single object. Any piece can make a statement, but to do so without the observer’s awareness is an artform.

Invest in Quality Products

Plan for your new home’s fittings and fixtures along with the rest of your design and construction project, rather than waiting until the end, when you will have likely already exhausted your budget. The tendency is to skimp on the final details, but it is in your best interest to purchase quality products, especially when they will see a lot of use or traffic. Otherwise, it is entirely possible that you will end up spending more money on replacements sooner than later. When you include fittings and fixtures in your budget from the beginning, you can be sure that you have allotted sufficient funds to purchase goods that will last. Giving yourself ample time to make decisions on what you want has the added benefit of providing opportunities to hunt for those good deals.

Your home is your castle. Designer homes in Redlands can turn a dream into a reality, with design elements that make a house a home. The fittings and fixtures you choose will add those final touches to each room’s décor, so take the time to choose the perfect, high-quality pieces that will complement the style of the rest of your home, knowing you will be able to enjoy them for many years down the road.