Custom Homes vs Project Homes: What should you choose?

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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.