Trying to find the best builders in the Pimpama for your own dream home? In today’s article, we’re talking about builders in Pimpama, looking at some house and land package options and discussing the pros and cons of using a bespoke builder. We’ve included a mix of local builders and bigger firms and have provided links to our in-depth builder reviews.
Is Pimpama the right place for me?
Pimpama is worth considering for anyone looking to be in the Gold Coast region who is after something more affordable than they would find closer into the city. The area has a more regional feel than the coastal vibe often associated with the area. A property here could have some investment qualities, attracting families and professionals. With a little luck, you could get excellent value for a decent block of land.
There are a lot of attractions in Pimpama including a famous strawberry farm, Golf courses and is home to a variety of wildlife including grey kangaroos. It’s also closely located to the Gold Coast’s biggest theme parks (Dreamworld, Movie World and Wet’n’Wild).
Need help finding the right design and builder for you?
How We Can Help You
Building a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. At Buildi, we’ll be there throughout the entire building process, guiding you step by step so you can avoid any pitfalls. We will help you by following these steps.
- Free Consultation – We will sit with you to understand what you are looking to accomplish.
- Due Diligence – We work with you to ensure you’re buying the right block of land at the right price without hidden problems.
- Builders tender – We will take your requirements out to the market of builders and they will bid to win your business.
- Present solutions – We will compile the top 3 options and present you with a comprehensive proposal on builders’ strengths & weaknesses along with prices and specifications.
- Contract Signing – We will work with you and your selected builder to ensure there is full transparency in what you are entering into.
- Building your home – We work closely with the builder to ensure all service levels are met and your project is on schedule.
Home Building Services
House and Land Packages
Anyone who’s looking into building a home is going to come across house and land packages sooner or later. Basically, a house and land package combines the purchase of land and the home built into one process. The deal usually involves two separate companies (the builder and the land developer) and therefore house and land packages will have two contracts.
Can be a more streamlined process
We’ve all heard of those nightmare builds that end up being a long or difficult process, so it is understandable that when an option comes along that says it is more convenient, home buyers are going to be interested.
No home build is going to be completely stress-free. It’s a big project, no matter how you approach it, and even people who’ve done it before will find the process overwhelming. What we recommend considering is what streamlining the process ends up costing you. Less choice and say in the matter means the builder will get to call all the shots which could have all sorts of consequences for you.
Tempting option for First Home Buyers
Buying your first home is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. Even seasoned property buyers can find the process stressful so it’s nothing to feel bad about. A house and land package therefore can be enticing for new home buyers trying to get their foot in the door.
More Affordable than a Pre-Existing house
This obviously depends on what you’re comparing, but the house and land packages can often be much cheaper than buying a pre-existing home. This is partially due to house and land packages being associated with new estates, whereas an existing home may be in a popular, well-regarded suburb, thereby sending its asking price through the roof.
On the surface, a house and land package might seem like the best option, but does it make the most financial sense? The big question is if it removes options from you, are you actually paying more for less? In general, there tends to be little flexibility from builders with a house and land package, but even when they do offer options, they tend to charge a lot. This can be bad news for you, as even a few changes could potentially lead to a cost blowout. If you’re likely to make changes to a layout, we would strongly recommend going with a different option than a house and land package.
Lack of Choice
The biggest setback with house and land packages is the very thing that’s promoted as their biggest strength. We understand how stressful and overwhelming the building process can be, with it sometimes feeling like you have a million choices to make. What concerns us, and what you should consider before choosing a house and land package, is whether it is actually a good deal to pay more for less options. Choice isn’t something you necessarily something you need to take advantage of on every detail of the build, but it’s great to have it there when you need it.
Split Level Homes
For anyone building on a sloping block or uneven land, it does pose an obvious question of how you’re going to build a liveable, stable structure on an unflat surface. You’re three main options are excavating the land to make it more even, build a flat single surface house using supports and retaining walls or use a split-level design.
Some of the benefits of a split-level home include:
- The design works with the land meaning you could save a lot of money on excavation costs.
- Due to the structural layout, you can achieve more house area on a smaller block of land.
- When done well can have great curb appeal.
There are a few potential downsides to a Split Level Home, or at least, things you should consider.
- Due to their unique designs, they tend to cost more.
- They usually take longer to build. Whenever a builder has a guaranteed build time, Split Level Homes are always excluded from this guarantee.
- Stairs will be a fact of life in a split-level house design so
- When it comes to resell, they may have a smaller potential audience than other, more traditional designs. This is a common issue with custom homes because not everyone’s taste will be as sophisticated as yours.
Bespoke New Homes
A bespoke home is another term for a custom home. A bespoke builder offers personalised service and allows you the option to go off menu, so to speak, meaning instead of trying to make a pre-existing design work for you, you can create your floorplan from scratch. While most builders offer some level of choice, bespoke builders specialise in custom home designs and expect you to make changes.
Whether this is the way to go will depend on your plans for a home, so let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of working with a custom home builder.
The obvious benefit of a custom home is you get to choose everything, from design, materials, special features and layout. Most custom builders are flexible with their customers’ involvement and will are more than willing to offer their advice. Ideally, you’ll develop a healthy relationship with your builder, where you can share ideas and they’ll be open and honest in their communication.
A choice in materials
When using a bulk builder, you’ll often find yourself limited to whatever materials the builder is offering. With a custom build, you can choose all the right materials that suit your vision.
Design the perfect home
Whether its designing a floorplan or choosing the perfect material for your home, a bespoke home let’s you determine how big a role you’ll play. With a custom builder, you can pick all the tiles, play the role of interior decorator and generally have more say in how everything plays out.
Improving Energy efficiency
One of the way a custom home can actually end up making more financial sense in the long run is if your choice to incorporate energy efficent design choices in your new home.
Takes longer to build
In most cases, a custom home will take longer to build than a pre-designed home, due to the uniqueness of its design and some of the construction challenges of building a custom home. The very nature of bespoke home design is every build is different, so it’s difficult to give an exact estimate on how long your design will take without the specifics.
It will likely cost more initially
Building a new bespoke home will cost more initially for the same reasons it’ll take longer to build: the uniqueness of it means the builder may have to order materials, especially for you and depending on your design, they may need more time to figure out how to accomplish your design.
There is a perception that custom homes are incredibly expensive, however, this really depends on the home you’re building. For example, you can use a bespoke builder to build a simple, functional, family home that won’t cost a fortune. In fact, if you do your research, your influence could end up saving you money.
Not Builders are Equal
For any home to be a success, you’ll need a professional builder you can trust. Choosing the wrong builder can make you constructing your house a very stressful process, where the cost exceeds agreed budget, and your house isn’t built in a timely manner. Choosing a builder isn’t a choice to make lightly, as they’ll obviously influenece the finished project. Always look into impartial information about the builder (reviews from previous clients), examine their past projects to see what you think of their work. When working with Buildi we’ve done the extensive research on builders and will help you find at least three builders to compete for your business thereby placing the cards in your hands.
Can be a stressful process.
Whenever you build a home, there will be times where it feels like a million decisions need to be made, too many details, and just generally overwhelming. With a custom home, this feeling can be increased as you are more in the driver’s seat than you otherwise would be. Stress is a perfectly normal response to a build. Having the right team, from a site supervisor with a professional manner and good communication to reliable skilled workers onsite will help projects run smoother.
This is where having someone like Buildi on your side can really come in handy
Founded in 1998, Ambassador Homes specialise in affordable house and land packages.
Chris King Constructions Builders
A Byron Bay based carpentry builders who, nonetheless, builds as far north as Brisbane. They pride themselves on being ethical builders, who take environmental impact and sustainability into consideration. They also endeavour to use a local service whenever possible during their builds.
One of the biggest names in the Australian building industry, G.J Gardner Homes is a franchise business with branches pretty much everywhere. They offer a wide range of pre-existing designs and have a lot of experience. One thing to keep in mind is because they’re a franchise, different branches are run by completely different people and will have their own way of doing things. This in turn means reputation varies from branch to branch, so when looking at reviews, be sure to makesure you’re looking at your local G.J. Gardner Homes.
Stylemaster Homes is a South east Queensland based builder who specialise in building in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. They have an offshoot branch that specialises in pools anf landscaping and are fairly flexible with their designs.
A local builder who specialises in sloping blocks, waterfront and acreage homes. Also have a range of single and doubles storey homes.
An experienced home builder who has been working out of Brisbane for over thirty years. Have a wide range of display homes across Queensland to the point that it is harder to find a display village without a Plantation Homes design in it.
A Gold Coast builder who specialise in luxury homes and, as the name suggest, they’re a custom home builder. Founded in 1997, Unique homes are a local and family owned business who also build split level homes and offer knock down rebuild designs. They offer fixed price contracts and are very flexible with designs and allowing you to choose what you want.
Building Your dream home in Pimpama
We’ll help you find the perfect builder for your home, and advise you on local professionals for tasks such power disconnection, demolitions, sorting out local council regulations and soil tests. We know the building industry and have an intimate knowledge of builders’ previous projects. The builders we work with have to meet our rigorous standards, so we can be sure that we’re connecting you with the best people for your job. Get in touch today to find out more about how Buildi can help you.