>
>
>
>
Customising an Existing House Plan

Find a builder the easy way

  • 1 Tell us what you need
  • 2 Builders contact you
  • 3 You choose the best builder
  •  
  • Get Quotes Now

Customising an Existing House Plan

Mar 9, 2012 by

Topic: Building

If you’re looking through house plans, chances are that you’re not going to find the perfect one but rather one that is close to perfect but it would be better if you could make a few changes.  If you’re in the situation of having one that’s almost but not quite right, don’t think that you have to keep searching!  You can customise the plan that you have to get something that you find absolutely amazing.  Here’s what you need to know.  For more information talk to your local builder.

What Can You Customise on an Existing House Plan?


You might be wondering exactly what you can change on an existing house plan.  After all, it’s already designed so the builders prefer to just go ahead with what’s on the plan, right?  Not necessarily!  Most builders will actually let you change quite a lot on an existing plan. Just some things that you can do include:
  • Adding or removing bedrooms
  • Increasing the size of the pantry
  • Upgrading materials and finishes (e.g. to a better floor covering)
  • Adding skylights
  • Adding extra bathrooms or toilets
  • Adding outdoor entertaining areas
  • “Flipping” the plan to better suit the block of land
  • Adding walk in robes to bedrooms
  • Changing or upgrading external finishes

Who Can Customise an Existing House Plan?


If you’re choosing an existing plan from a builder, the builder will usually have in house designers or architects and a sales team that will work with you to customise the plan.  The architect/designer and sales team will adjust the plan according to you and your family’s needs and advise you of the associated costs during the process.  They will also be able to help you to choose different finishes, fittings or materials where necessary.  For example you might upgrade to hardwood floors from tile floors, or downgrade the benches from Caesar stone to laminate.  The architect or designer will work with you every step of the way and create a customised plan that you find perfect.

What to Check When Customising an Existing House Plan


If you’ve got your heart set on customising an existing house plan, then there are some things that you’ll need to check, particularly in regard to your budget.  You should be clear on exactly how much the proposed changes will cost you both in building and material.  The revised plan and contract should show the additional changes that you’ve made very clearly.  Also ask the designer or builder if the changes will affect the standard building schedule that they quote.  That is, will your building time become longer or shorter?

Find Landscapers the Easy Way

  • Help 1. Tell us what you need
  • I can help! 2. Landscapers contact you
  • I choose you 3. You choose the best landscaper
By pressing 'Get Quotes Now', you agree to the terms and conditions of hipages.com.au.
I can help!

Get Quotes From Builders

  1. Tell us what you need from the builders
  2. Builders contact you
  3. Compare multiple quotes fast to save time and money

Get Quotes Now »

Featured Builders

Vaughan Building Projects Pty Ltd

Vaughan Building Projects Pty Ltd

HIA green living accredited builder.

 
0413 602 696

By Vaughan Building Projects Pty Ltd

WR Building & Maintenance Pty Ltd

WR Building & Maintenance Pty Ltd

W. R. Building & Maintenance Pty Ltd is a trusted, 100% Australian owned company that has been in op...

 
0411 286 023

By WR Building & Maintenance

Climbmax Construction - Architecture and Building Services

Climbmax Construction - Architecture and Building Services

We pride ourselves on our dedication to excellence, flexibility to meet our client’s needs and our w...

 
0414 265 246

By Climbmax Construction

Songlen Pty Ltd

Songlen Pty Ltd

I do one job at a time so I give 110%!!!

 
0418 111 605

By Songlen Pty Ltd

Cutting Edge Building

Cutting Edge Building

Cutting Edge Building has been providing excellence in construction for over 15 years on Sydney's No...

 
0405 330 745

By Cutting Edge Building

Thousands of Jobs!

1 job posted every 64 seconds

40,000+

Tradies

1,100+

Categories

Who is hipages.com.au?

As Australia's most visited building and renovation website, hipages.com.au is your platform for taking your building or renovation project from concept to completion.

We've been connecting Australians with local trade professionals and home services for over 10 years.

Post a job! it's free!

Get Quotes

The easiest way to find trade professionals - Tell us what you need and we'll get you three quotes.

Freecall 1300 217 968

MON - FRI: 7AM - 11PM (AEST)

SAT - SUN: 8AM - 10PM (AEST)

Advertise with us!

List your Business

Our highly engaged audience is actively sending enquiries to local trades & professionals just like you!

Call (02) 8396 1300

MON - FRI: 9AM - 5:30PM (AEST)

SAT - SUN: Leave a message and we'll call back on Monday