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Carmel Homes is a family owned luxury custom home builder based in Melbourne. With over 30 years of experience, we are proud of the reputation gained for the quality of our carefully constructed homes, and the high level of after care service we provide.
Carmel Homes was designed to be unique with a specific focus on the high-end custom home market. Our staff, organization, procedures and philosophies have been crafted around catering exclusively to the most discerning customers and building only the highest quality and most impressive homes.
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When it comes to building a luxury custom home, the terms ‘luxurious’ and ‘expensive’ are often used interchangeably. However, these are two distinctly different concepts – expense is all about cost, whereas luxury is about the feeling something creates.
Being expensive does not necessarily make something luxurious. Conversely, luxury does not have to be expensive. In fact, there are many ways to achieve a luxurious finish without breaking the bank.
These days, our home is increasingly being seen as a reflection of our lifestyle and per-sonality. As most of us are spending more time at home at the moment, we want to have a space that feels unique and special. We also want to have easy access to all the luxuries that we enjoy the most.
This has led to many people seeking out a custom home builder to help them bring their dream home to life. But, while there is no shortage of custom builders in Melbourne, choosing the right one can be hard.
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When it comes to planning your dream home, you have two main options – creating a custom home design or choosing an existing floor plan. While having a home that is tailored to your unique requirements may sound ideal, is a bespoke build worth it? Custom home designs are usually marketed as a premium option, but are they really that different from a project home?
There is a lot to think about when you are designing and building a custom home. From the number of bedrooms and bathrooms to the overall layout and flow, there are plenty of big decisions to make. While these might be the most fun (and easiest!) elements to focus on, the smaller details matter just as much.
In fact, it is these little touches that will ultimately determine the liveability of your new luxury custom home. They are the things that you will notice and use every day. They are also things most new homeowners complain about and wish they had given more thought.
Working with an experienced designer or architect should help with planning these details. However, you should not solely rely on this, as different features matter more to different people. As such, it is worth spending some time thinking about the finer elements of your design that will make the place feel more like home.
Here is a selection of the little things we recommend you think about when planning your new luxury custom built home.
Choosing to build is a big deal. Whether it’s your dream home, a bespoke development, or a major renovation or extension, there will be plenty of decisions to be made and more than a little time and energy (not to mention money!) to be spent.
In many ways, your builder will guide you through the construction process. They will be your eyes and ears on-site and help you identify and overcome any issues. They will also need to act on your behalf at certain times, liaising with your suppliers and managing all of your trades.
With all this in mind, being able to trust your builder is critical. You need to know that not only can they do the job, but that they understand your vision and have your best interests at heart. You need to feel confident that they respect you, and even when you are not around, they will look out for you and act as if you were.
But with so many builders out there, and most of them seemingly providing the same services, how do you find a good one?
Create A Great Working Relationship with Your Melbourne Luxury Custom Home Builder
When you are building a custom home, your relationship with your builder will have a major impact on your experience.
Working well together will save you a lot of stress and make the whole process much easier. You will feel informed and engaged, and as though you can ask questions and challenge decisions. You may even be able to take a step back from build activities, knowing they are in good hands.
However, if you do not get along, it will be much more of a struggle. You may feel out of the loop and overlooked, and as though you cannot get information or updates. You may feel resentment, and this could cause you to have major issues with their decisions and the quality of their work.
As with any relationship, having a great connection with your custom home builder takes work. You need to invest the time to get to know them, how they work, and what they expect from you. You will also need to be open with them about who you are and how you want to engage with them.
Here are our top tips for establishing – and maintaining – a great working relationship with your custom home builder.
When it comes to the design of our luxury custom homes, our tastes are constantly evolving. Every year, we see trends come and go as certain features and styles come in and out of fashion.
Often these changes are driven by broader social issues or trends. We can definitely see that this year, with several issues in 2020 directly impacting what we expect from our homes. This is particularly true here in Melbourne, where 2020 looked decidedly different for the vast majority of people.
With all of this in mind, here are the custom home building trends we expect to see much more of over this year.
There is no denying the impact the coronavirus crisis has had on the world. In addition to the tragic loss of life, the restrictions put in place to slow infection rates have affected almost every facet of our lives.
One of the most obvious changes brought about by the pandemic is the extra time many of us are spending at home. For a lot of people, this has had a big impact on how they feel about where they live. It has also caused many to reconsider their living arrangements and what they want in a luxury custom home.
These evolving priorities are reflected in the latest home design trends, many of which are a direct response to COVID.
Budget blowouts have become so common that they are almost an expected part of the building process. However, this really should not be the case. While there will always be unexpected issues, and some changes are unavoidable, good budgeting should account for any potential problems.
Thankfully, there are a few simple things that anyone can do to plan and track costs successfully. Here we provide our top 10 tips for getting your build budget right.
Unless you are planning to hold onto your new home for less than five years, you probably will not design it with resale in mind. This is particularly true if you are building your dream home, as the plan is likely to stay there for the foreseeable future. However, you never know what the future holds, and it pays to be prepared for all possible outcomes.