Outside of the figures above, here are the average cost per square metres for different types of homes:
|Soil and Contour Tests
||$1,400 to $2,000
||$10,000 to $40,000
||$65 to $85/metre
|OH&S and Council Requirements
What factors affect the price of a new-home build?
Building a home can be an extremely complex process. Between the size and style of your home, not to mention the materials and the block you’re working with, landing on a ballpark figure is difficult.
Even a standard brick home without custom finishes can result in a range of quotes. With so many variables at play, it helps to know what factors affect the price of your new home build.
Cost of site preparation
Before you start adding up the cost of construction, you’ll need to factor in expenses related to preparing your land for construction.
Keep in mind, these site prep costs will typically be absorbed into your build price, rather than be added as additional expenses. Some of the most common site costs to watch out for include:
- Site surveys
- Soil tests
- Site clearance
- Retaining walls
- Service connections
Site cost pricing: Site costs for an average sized block of land can be between $15,000 to $25,000, though the size and topography of your block can impact this figure.
Cost of site topography
What type of land are you building on?
Sloping blocks can add to your cost, and it’s not uncommon to see a construction project on a sloping block deliver a 30% increase in overall costs. This is because steeper sites typically need extensive excavation and filling to level the soil safely.
Outside of topography, the quality and type of soil will impact the price of your new home. This could be hitting rock during excavation, or running into clay or silt soil that isn’t known for providing a sturdy foundation. In both cases, you’ll need an experienced builder with more advanced skills to safely get your house standing.
Cost of materials
Naturally, different building materials used in your new home build will come with their own price points. For example, you could opt for full brick, brick veneer, or a timber frame – and each choice will affect your quote.
Or, why not consider lightweight cladding as an equally beautiful option, but one that will help bring your costs down?
We’re not suggesting one material is better than another (as the right choice for you will come down to taste, budget and environmental factors), but these myriad choices do show how each choice of construction material will raise or lower your costs.
Outside of big ticket resources, you’ll also have control over seemingly endless choices inside your home, from fixtures to doorknobs and cabinets, that can impact your price. You’ll be able to go through the budget, line-by-line, with your contractor to make sure you’re on the same page. This is crucial because your building company will have relationships to source materials, or you can request that you be in charge of sourcing certain materials.
Cost of specs
Finally, you’ll need to account for the cost of your home’s specifications, or specs. These are broken into three categories, including:
- Structural (the size and quality of materials needed to build your home)
- Systems (e.g. heating, cooling, ventilation, security, home technology, etc.)
- Finishes (e.g. cabinetry, appliances, plumbing, lighting fixtures, etc.)
As these three categories show, it’s next to impossible to find an “average” price for a new home in Western Australia, New South Wales, or anywhere in between.
Even if you find your estimated cost per metre squared, your number of finishes, or the complexity of your systems can significantly impact your overall costs.
Feeling overwhelmed? We get it. Building a home is exciting, but that doesn’t mean it’s not without obstacles. Thankfully, we’ve rounded up some simple cost-cutting tips to help you keep more money in your pocket.
Tips to save money on a new home construction project
No one considers building a new home to be cheap, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to reduce your cost without cutting corners on quality.
Here are a few of our recommendations to help you slash unnecessary costs along your home building journey.
Compare multiple home builders
You can help skip high construction costs by comparing home builders and finding a company with a clear plan, timeline, budget breakdown and history of building stunning homes on budget.
Aim to source between 3 and 5 quotes from local construction companies to ensure you get a range of insights and opinions. At Portrait Custom Homes we understand the choice of home builder is one you can never rush, which is why we offer FREE site visits to learn more about your land, your goals, and your vision.
Click here to schedule your FREE site visit and get a competitive quote on your next single, double, multi, or custom build.
Build to the block
Every block of land in Australia will come with its own challenges and obstacles. You can help lower your cost of a new home build by working with those features, not against them. For example, incorporating a large wrap-around deck to accomodate for sloping land, or keeping mature trees instead of starting your landscaping from scratch.
Be smart with design
The size and style of your home will have a major impact on your build cost, so help reduce your overall expenditure by keeping the perimeter of the home as rectangular as you can. This allows you to be flexible with the rooms inside, but limits the costs associated with numerous angle changes and indentations.
PORTRAIT CUSTOM HOMES TIP: You can also save by choosing a simpler roof shape. As an example, complicated hip-and-valley roofs will cost more than a standard roof pitch between 15 to 22.5 degrees.
Looking to build a Perth home that’s the envy of your street?
At Custom Homes Perth we’ve got over 20 years of experience creating unique, stunning homes that stand out and turn heads.
We understand the hard work that’s required to build a bespoke home, and offer a customer-first service that’s tailored to your needs, lifestyle and budget.
We’re committed to a service that’s honest and transparent, with no hidden costs or surprise charges along the way. And with a hands-on process from project design through completion, you’ll always be heard and understood until it’s time to hand over the keys.
Although putting a dollar figure on a custom new home is challenging, we’re excited to learn about your goals and offer a competitive quote to help you continue your research and find the Perth custom home builder who’s right for you.
Contact us today to discuss your building plans and budget or to organise your FREE site visit