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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Custom Building

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Custom Building

Building your first home is an exciting journey, yet it can also be overwhelming and daunting for some. We often hear stories of home builds gone wrong, or blowing out of budget as construction progresses and turns into a nightmare. However, with the right mindset and knowledge, it can be an enjoyable, stress-free and rewarding experience, giving you a custom home that is uniquely yours!

Here are 3 common mistakes to avoid when custom building:

Layout and Room Placement

With custom home building, you’re in control of the design of the entire home, creating it just the way you want. However, you need to be sure of the layout and room placements in the early stages, as fixing mistakes or making alterations during the construction phase can be challenging and costly.

This also ties in with your lifestyle and needs. Do you plan to live in the house long-term? Will you be needing rooms for children or the elderly for multi-generational living? Consider which room you’ll likely be spending most of your time and place it in a suitable location of your floorplan. Bedrooms are best placed opposite to street view and away from noises coming from the garage or outside traffic. Don’t forget a laundry room and extra storage space that can be cleverly built-in the walls within each area including bedrooms, bathrooms, and even the garage to maximise your living space.

Lighting Considerations

Many new home owners don’t realise certain areas of their home are not well lit until after they’ve moved in, which can be a source of frustration especially when rewiring and adding extra lighting can become a real hassle after your family has settled in. When custom building, it makes sense to include detailed lighting options as part of the overall design. Consider your window placements and make use of natural light for your home to open up space and provide a healthy dose of sunlight. Roof lights also brings in natural lighting, are energy efficient and can take advantage of the orientation of your home and block.

Choosing the Right Builder

Last but not least, the key to a successful and stress-free custom home build comes down to choosing the right builder for the project. Often, first home builders who don’t do sufficient research are the ones who encounter the most problems, delays and budget issues. Since the entire home is custom designed and built, be aware of builders who do not understand the fundamentals of sound design and construction, or offer an unrealistically low quote. A reputable and reliable builder will not only have many years of experience, but should also offer design and engineering options should any adjustments are necessary before construction begins.

For a high quality custom designed and built home in Brisbane, the team at SmartReno can help. We are committed to delivering premium quality workmanship & above all customer service. As specialists in custom design and construction with over 25 years of experience, we ensure your dream home project is our top priority and will be delivered to you on time and within budget.

Why not give us a call on: 0406 616 690 to start your Stress-Free custom home build today!

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The Benefits of Custom Design & Build

The Benefits of Custom Design & Build

When it comes to buying your own home, the first choice you’ll have make is often whether to buy an existing home, or build one.

Many factors come into the decision, as it can depend on the location and your lifestyle needs. While it may seem like an easy option to find an existing home that you can move into straight away, a custom design home has many benefits.

Most of us might have heard a horror story of two with regards to a building project gone wrong, with the unfortunate homeowners left to deal with unending nightmares in resolving critical issues of the build. However, the key to a smooth and successful build is choosing the right builder. This will allow you to fully take advantage of the benefits of custom designing your own home, such as:

1. Quality and warranty

An existing property, while initially convenient and may save you time, can cost you more down the track. Hidden issues may not surface until you’ve settled in, and often in older homes, the kitchen and bathrooms will sooner or later require a full renovation or remodelling due to aging pipes and inefficient layouts. In contrast, a newly built home is defect free, and usually comes with a warranty. Even if you find issues after moving in, they will be remedied at no cost to you, saving you time, stress and money.

2. Customised floorplan

Of course, a major benefit of building your own home, is being able to fully customise the floorplan to suit your every need. You dream it, we build it. You can design the floorplan to suit a growing family, decide where rooms are located, the size of each room, how many bathrooms, how large your pantry will be, right down to the fine details of doorknobs, lighting, and tapware. Everything in the home can truly be uniquely yours. What more can you want than having a personalised dream space that you can look forward to coming home to every day?

3. Energy efficiency and new technology

Another often overlooked benefit of a custom built home, is the savings element in terms of environmental and energy efficiency. Nowadays, modern appliances are not only ‘smart’ but are also designed to save electricity when maintaining performance. You can incorporate smart wiring within your home, and your floorplan can take into account the orientation of your block to maximise warmth in winter months, while keeping cool in summer with window placements. Technological advancements also allow you to customise home automation devices while strengthening the overall security of your home.

However, if you’re already in your own home, in some cases an extension and renovation can still be a viable option and comparable to new build. The main factors to consider are the age of the property, current value and future value after renovation. For more information on whether to renovate or rebuild, visit our website to download our FREE eBook outlining whether you should renovate or rebuild.

It is essential to revisit the importance of choosing the right builder when it comes to your dream home project. Here at SmartReno, our team ensures that your build is progressed with complete transparency and communication throughout, from start to finish – a key to a successful experience. We also offer a full design and construct service, meaning that we can see you through from the very beginning at the concept stage, to customising your design, right through to completion and delivery – so you don’t need to maintain multiple contacts during your build. Most of all, we ensure no detail is left out and no compromise is made on quality, materials, or workmanship while adhering to timeline and your budget.

Why not get in touch to take advantage of the benefits of custom designing your own home. Visit: or call us at:  0406 616 690 today.

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The 4 Benefits Of Opting For House Extensions Rather Than Moving

The 4 Benefits Of Opting For House Extensions Rather Than Moving

There are times when the existing house doesn’t suffice your needs anymore especially when there are multiple belongings or probably a family that is growing. Children growing up and needing a space of their own or probably making the house more accessible due to the presence of the elderly at home are a few reasons who people consider moving to a larger house. Well, what they often do not consider is extending the existing house either with added floors on top or probably towards the sides especially when there is space.

House extensions are something that is termed beneficiary when looking at it from numerous aspects. Here are a few put down for you especially when you are considering moving to a new house rather than taking advantage of what you already own.

House extensionsThere is minimal effort involved

When considering relocation or probably building a new house somewhere else, there is a lot of effort that goes into all of it. It is not just the mental pressure but also the expenditure that takes away a lot from you. When you consider receiving assistance from Smart Reno for your much planned project in Brisbane for house extensions, you don’t need to put much effort in it. Firstly, the experienced professionals are there to help and secondly, the structure already exists. So, all you need to do is add to it with a bit of masonry and other labour work. There is no requirement for digging up soil or excavating land for that matter.

It saves you a lot of money

Consider buying a new house or building one somewhere close by and you would see that you are spending a considerable amount of money. There is lesser raw material purchased, less fees are paid to the workers, the work is completed at a faster pace, and there is no need for complicated permits to be obtained. The plumbing and electrical connections already exist, and there is only the need for minimal extensions.

You do not have to face the inconvenience of any sort

When it comes to moving to a new house or probably waiting until a new house is built, there is a lot of inconvenience caused where you have to pack belongings, look out for removalists, make arrangements to let everyone know about your address change and several other issues that wouldn’t surface when you consider renovating the house. All of these come across as an inconvenience which hinders your normal activities. If you are looking for the help of a professional extension builder for renovating your property in Coorparoo, Smart Reno will be your ideal choice to get the job done with minimal efforts. You do not have to worry about moving base or take any other drastic steps that you were previously planning to take.

You receive a better value

When you extend your house, you are in a way renovating your asset. When you have an extended house, there is a better market value that you receive. If you have been living in a dull-looking and old-school house, you will receive a new look to the house after renovation, and that is where it gets better value. Selling it in the days to come would make you receive better benefits.

Brisbane Montessori School

This is a commercial project and the groundwork was started in June.The final approval to start the job was given in late August and unexpectedly, there were several design changes. Now it was to be steel posts, bearers and joists where timber was in the original thinking. It was now early September and the project had to be completed before Christmas.

Unfortunately, it took some time to arrange the steel for the project and time pressures around the approaching Christmas break meant that a faster solution had to be found and so treated pine, painted joists were used instead. Eventually, work commenced in November and the 150m2 deck aspect of the project was handed back to the client after 6 weeks. The deck was oiled to finish soon after and the next step was to complete the overhead flyover insulated panel roof, the stairs leading onto the deck and the hot dipped galvanised handrails were fitted to complete the project. Along the way, the teachers and children were delightful and gave paintings and gingerbread houses in appreciation. A wonderful time for all involved.

The deck was oiled to finish soon after and the next step was to complete the overhead flyover insulated panel roof, the stairs leading onto the deck and the hot dipped galvanised handrails were fitted to complete the project. Along the way, the teachers and children were delightful and gave paintings and gingerbread houses in appreciation. A wonderful time for all involved.