Unlike existing stock plans, building a custom home means you have a lot more influence over your home design, architectural style and floor plan.


If you’re in the process of building a new home, you might be faced with the dilemma of deciding between an existing stock plan or a custom one. While each option has its benefits, creating a house from scratch gives you more control over the features, design and layout of your new home. After all, you want your home to be a reflection of your personality, unique needs, and lifestyle. 

If you’re like most people, it can be hard to envision a home you’ve never seen, let alone the details of what you want and need. In fact, you might not necessarily know a lot about what makes a home a good fit for you – the best neighbourhoods to look in, the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms, or whether or not it comes with a home office. An existing floor plan may seem like the most convenient option, involving the least amount of work, but it has its disadvantages. Ultimately, choosing between the two depends on a variety of factors and how they line up with your priorities. 

When it comes to deciding whether to mimic an existing house plan or design your own, there are several reasons why a custom floor plan will provide you with greater satisfaction down the line, without compromise. 


The Benefits of Customised Floor Plans 

When purchasing a home, sometimes you can sift through plan after plan that comes close to, but isn’t quite what you’re searching for. The result? You end up settling for an existing plan that doesn’t quite feel like you.

Building a custom-designed house gives you the freedom to design a home that’s uniquely yours and fits your specific requirements. At the end of the day, no one lives exactly as you do. So a cookie-cutter floor plan will almost definitely not fit you or your family’s exact preferences. And the more unique those requirements are, the greater the importance of customising the layout of your home to meet them.

Many homeowners end up choosing custom floor plans because it allows them to get exactly what they want in their new home. 


  1. Offers a Unique Living Space

When you first meet with your builder, bring up the features that are important to you, such as a specific style of house, the number of bedrooms or bathrooms you want, or any additional special requests that you might have. Oftentimes, builders that offer custom floor plans are passionate about their work and will be up for any challenge, including turning your vision of a unique living space into a reality. Alternatively, they will be able to give you advice on whether something isn’t feasible or doesn’t really work, in a practical sense. The freedom to choose what features, fittings and materials you want is one of the many benefits of choosing a custom-designed floor plan. Whether you’re designing a new home or renovating your current one, the sky’s the limit, so go ahead and dream big (we’ll reign it in if you’re going overboard).


  1. Improves Home Functionality 

The right builder will even consider how you like to use your home on a day-to-day basis and will ensure your space’s flow works accordingly. Once you’ve determined what best suits your lifestyle and needs, your builder can proceed with the plan and adjust any small details (as needed) should new revelations or issues arise. 

You’ll be able to focus on the features that matter most to you and your family and create a home that’s both luxurious and functional. It’s important to make sure that every element of your custom floor plan reflects your personal style and character. After all, it’s your home – why not make it customised to your liking?


  1. Full Control Over the Build

When building a custom home, you shouldn’t have to compromise. You want to be in control of the design so that you know what you’re getting. Custom house plans allow you to make every decision yourself so that you’re not limited by old designs or existing plans – which saves you time, money and trouble. There are other benefits to this approach as well: construction will go faster and likely be more cost-effective because you won’t need to keep revising from another plan for your needs. You also have full say over any changes or extra features that may come up during your build.


  1. The Perfect Lot and Fit

Struggling with fitting your dream home onto a tricky-shaped lot you’ve purchased? A custom design builder can adjust your home’s layout to ensure the space fits your block perfectly. Alternatively, purchasing a custom house plan usually means you can determine the location of your lot. This is unlike other home-building options, where the developer decides on the lot location as part of a package deal. 

When you choose a builder that offers custom floor plans, you’re able to get the most out of each square foot of space. 


  1. Save Money on the Build 

While stock plans may seem like the least expensive option, they can actually cost you more in the long run. Of course, your builder can modify a generic stock plan slightly to fit your needs – but any large changes, like moving walls or enlarging rooms, come at a premium cost. 

Having the freedom to choose what you want can help you work within your budget while customising a home that will best suit your lifestyle. Cut costs on the areas of the home you aren’t too fussed about and invest in those upgrades that will make the biggest difference for you. Whether you’re looking to upgrade from standard fixtures to luxury features, add in additional bedrooms or change the dimensions of a space, customising your home with a custom floor plan is the way to go.


  1. Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

Not only will your new home be designed and built to meet your needs, but it will also maximise the potential resale value of your property when you are ready to sell. Having a unique design and layout for your home that isn’t another carbon copy of every other house in the neighbourhood, will add curb appeal to your house and encourage potential buyers. They will feel like they are getting something special and respect your individuality – especially if they share a similar style. You’ve already done the hard work for them (designing a beautiful home), so they’re likely to make you an offer that’s well worth it.


How to Get Started Designing Your Dream Home

The first step to designing your dream home is starting a conversation. Schedule an appointment with your designer to discuss your thoughts and needs in detail. Have as many meetings, phone calls and discussions with your team as you need to ensure you’re getting exactly what you want and everyone is on the same page.

Of course, it’s important that you go into each conversation with a clear image in your mind of what you want, and can communicate this to your builders, before starting on construction. We know that there are many things to consider when creating your custom home – from the size to the layout. It may take some time to finalise the details, but don’t rush before you’ve finished your research. The longer you take to reflect, the happier you’ll be with the finished product.


The Right Builder

Choosing the right builder to build your custom home is an important decision. They’ll work with you to turn your dream into a reality, creating the perfect design that suits your needs and fits your budget.


Chross Homes & Developments

It’s difficult to find the perfect house plan that meets all the requirements of your dream home. If you’re looking for a builder that offers custom home floor plans and designs, we are here to help. 

At Chross Homes & Developments, we have years of experience in helping individuals make their homes truly their own. We strive to accommodate all requests, no matter how outrageous you may think they are. We offer bespoke designs and custom build floor plans, which means you can collaborate with our designers to create a home that suits your needs and finances. Once we’ve finished, the design can’t be replicated or reproduced because it is unique to your property. Each design is measured and crafted according to your home’s dimensions, as well as your personal tastes and requirements. Whether it’s more bedrooms you need, a larger living area to entertain guests, or floor-to-ceiling windows that offer plenty of natural light – no idea is too outlandish or ambitious. Because we pride ourselves on unparalleled flexibility.

Creating the perfect home can be a daunting task, but it helps to have an experienced design team on your side. Our experts guide you every step of the way, from initial conception to completion of construction. Wanna chat? You can get in touch with us at (08) 6460 5245 to start your custom build journey.