House & Land Package v Custom Design

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Building a new home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. Much like selecting your career path, or picking the person you’ll grow old with, it’s the type of life changing decision that you’d probably like to get right the first time.

There’s a lot to consider throughout the building process, but before you dive in, there’s one major decision you’ll need to make, and that’s whether you should go for a house and land package, or a custom design.
 
Naturally, the major difference here is the amount of time and energy you’re prepared to put in, as well as the amount of money you’d like to spend. The first option can make your life easy peasy lemon squeezy as a lot of the legwork has already been done for you.
 
On the flip side, option two can be more like difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. When going custom, you’re in charge of everything from finding a block of land, to getting a builder to put together a design, and then you get to answer a whole lot of baffling questions such as…
 
“What colour would you like to use on your fascia?”

My what, now?
 
Contrary to how it may sound, this isn’t an inappropriate or offensive question, but just one of MANY selections you will need to make if you go down the road of custom design. Every teeny tiny detail of your new home is now up to you.
 
Sure, your living space is highly personal, and it should be styled to express your individual taste, but there’s a difference between having choices and being overwhelmed with choice. Plus, at the end of the day, what do you think is going to make more of a statement? The tiles in your kitchen? Or your DIY IKEA furniture and knick knacks?
 
House and land packages have literally packaged up all the microscopic components for you, so now all you need to decide is whether you prefer colour scheme A, B, C, or D? Do you want design 1, 2, 3 or 4? Would you like fries with that? A few quick yes’s and no’s and poof – you’re done and dusted!
 
It’s all about following a formula with house and land packages, so it makes sense that there’s less room for error. It also allows for a more efficient build to a specific timeframe. Think about it like ordering your next sandwich. When you go to Subway, there’s a bread, meat, cheese, salad etc. system in place. If suddenly you start importing cheese from a tiny village in the south of France and requesting freshly baked bread from a ninth-generation Sicilian nonna, then that sandwich is not only going to cost a lot more, it’s also going to take a longer to make.
 
But I suppose you’re wondering whether the second sandwich would be worth the wait in the end? Well, not necessarily. If you know where to go, you can get a high quality, architecturally designed house and land package in a suburb that doesn’t make you feel like you’re living in the north or south pole.
 
Convenience. Affordability. Quality. They all sound like pretty good things to me. I think I know which one I’d pick! 

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