Mistakes to Avoid When Building Your New Luxury Home

Lee Makin
Published May 20, 2023

Building a luxury home can be an exciting and daunting task. 

Anyone who’s built one will agree that despite months of research, phone calls, emails, and intense negotiations, mistakes are bound to happen along the way. While there’s no such thing as a perfect build, there are ways to avoid these pitfalls along the way.

Avoiding key mistakes will not only make your building process smoother but can also save you a lot of money. In the building industry, experience is everything. At Makin Homes, our experience shows that avoiding simple errors, in the beginning, can save you big time down the track. 

This blog walks you through five costly mistakes to avoid when building a new house. 

Mistake #1: Choosing the wrong builder

Choosing your builder can mean the difference between a successful build and a painstakingly long and costly process with unpleasant surprises along the way. When you’re investing big in a luxury property, relying on a volume builder with limited experience in designing and delivering luxury homes in your area can be a big mistake. Remember that luxury homes require undivided attention and a specific set of expertise. 

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Here are a few tips on how to choose the right builder in Mandurah:

  • Choose between reputable custom home builders with specific experience in luxury home construction 
  • Favour home builders who have a reputation for quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, and using high-quality materials
  • Let reviews and testimonials help you differentiate between the top-quality builders and the ones that are simply good.
  • Deep-dive into portfolios to see if a builder’s past work is up to your standards and expectations 

Mistake #2: Failing to plan properly

Not planning is one of the common mistakes we see the most.

Planning is everything when it comes to the smooth design and building of any new home. And planning can mean different things to different people. 

For us, planning involves all aspects from design, floor plan, and team formation, to the last screw in the wall.

It’s easy to forget that planning also includes analysing and managing risks along the way. Proper planning means keeping track of where you are in your timeline and making adjustments accordingly. 

We recommend sitting down with your builder to agree on the timeline and keep the communication going throughout the process so that both parties mutually reinforce each other’s goals. If you want to learn more about how to plan for a luxury home build, contact our team who will be more than happy to walk you through our process. 

Mistake #3: Overestimating the budget

Financial management is key to any project but can be even more relevant when it comes to building custom luxury homes. There are many misconceptions about how much luxury homes cost and overestimating your budget can be a problem and a barrier for many looking to build their new home. 

Avoid uncharted territory by speaking directly and openly with your builder about your ideas and concerns, the more information you both have the smoother the process will go. We recommend gaining all the information you need before setting your budget in stone as premature estimates on luxury inclusions can also unnecessarily inflate your costs. 

Mistake #4: Ignoring the details

All too often, we see luxury homes poorly executed for one simple reason: lack of attention to detail. High-quality custom homes are built on attention to detail. 

Whether it’s ensuring quality materials are used, or the right techniques are employed, the approach you set from the start will ultimately inform your outcome. Your attention to detail should be reflected in your choice of builder, contractors, and anyone who has a role to play. Set expectations that everyone should be at the top of their game to ensure that your dream home is a dream come true.

Mistake #5: Making major changes mid-build

Deciding to make major structural changes mid-build can be a costly mistake that can set you back not only financially, but also timewise. 

This is because major structural elements are often unable to be changed easily, require scaling back of already used materials, and can sometimes take longer than expected. If you realise that something needs to be changed, there may also be other innovative ways to overcome the issue without making major structural adjustments – and the discretion of your builder will be key in deciding under what circumstances this can happen. 

Proper planning and design are key to ensuring that these issues don’t arise in the first place. Often the experience level of your builder will be valuable in pre-identifying and eliminating any potential concerns before you settle on the final design. 

The team at Makin Homes is flexible when accommodating your requests if you want to change details and inclusions during the build process and can work with you (where possible) to ensure your custom home meets and exceeds your expectations. 

Expertise counts. You can rely on ours. 

Avoiding these 5 common home building mistakes can often be a challenge if you’re a first home builder, or are unfamiliar with the building process. 


Avoid These Costly Mistakes When Building Your New Luxury Home in Perth

At Makin Homes, we bring a wealth of experience to the table and are ready to guide you through the steps needed to make your dream home a reality. We’ve been in the business of building new homes for a while now and can help you navigate these pitfalls from the get-go.

And when it comes to house design in Mandurah and surrounding suburbs, residents can trust that our unrivalled attention to detail and bespoke high-quality service will match the final outcome.

Contact Makin Homes for a consultation and get your perfect home off the ground today.


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