Top Building Tips From An Architectural Builder

When you’re designing and building a new home, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done. It’s a massive emotional and financial investment and trying to be across the ins and outs may result in the exact opposite.

We know how exciting and nerve-wracking this process can be. But with over 40 years of building experience, and an in-house architect to offer the full design and build service under one roof, Nicon Built will steer you along the right path to arrive at your dream doorstep.

So, if you’re thinking about building a new home, what better place to begin than with our top building tips?

Keep your ideas organised from the very start

Your building journey begins with a project vision. Pull together a design brief with as much information as you can so your architect and builder know exactly what you want. Scour the internet for inspiration or check out our portfolio for features that you like. Think about the style you desire, the materials you want to use, and what mood you want your home to project.

Don’t be shy – it’s your home, after all! Your taste in film, art, music and favourite travel destinations will give your architect insight into what sort of home you want to live in. This is the time to overshare. If you like to binge TV shows in a pitch-dark cosy space then you don’t want every room to be open, airy and full of natural light.

The clearer a vision you give, the easier your architect and builder can interpret it.

Consider your current and future needs

As exciting as it is to dream up a luxury home with gorgeous finishes and fixtures, your lifestyle should ultimately influence the design of your home. From how many bathrooms you need to the size of your kitchen –  are you the next MasterChef champion? – what you need in a home should influence the design of your space.

Don’t forget about storage, either. Make room for all your things – and more. How do you want to use each room and what do you need in that space to support your use of it?

And, how will you use your home in the years to come? Do you envision children in your future, or caring for your elderly parents? How will these factors affect your home? It’s always worth thinking about these questions, so you can design a functional home that suits your current and future needs. 

Visit the site and design for the land

It’s always wise to check out the land you’re going to build on with your architect and builder so they can analyse the space. This is a great opportunity to see if your vision and that of your builder align. They might recommend site-specific styles and features to make the most of your land – and you’ll get a rough idea of how things will work functionally.

What you can and can’t build will depend on your block of land. A sloping block, for example, may present design challenges but also unique opportunities to stand out. Ask your architect and builder how they will optimise the space and quality of the land.

When you choose Nicon Built, you’ll not only engage our builders but our in-house architect too. So you’ll know we’ll always be on the same page.

Natural light and warmth

Natural lighting will never go out of style! Floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights not only offer tonnes of natural lighting, but views of the sky that make your home feel more spacious and open.

If you don’t want natural lighting and warmth in every room, however, think about which rooms to prioritise before you get started. Where will the hottest spaces in your house be and what should they be used for?

Engage a design and build team who has years’ worth of experience 

If you have a unique vision for your home, it’s best to find a builder who has completed something similar. Builders of bespoke homes specialise in working with different materials and finishes, skilled in translating their client’s dreams into something real – something they can live in. 

At Nicon Built, we have over 40 years of experience designing and building luxury architectural homes across Melbourne.

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