House and land packages Ipswich

by | Aug 24, 2022 | Building new, expanded list, House and land packages

For anyone considering house and land packages in the Ipswich region, this is the article for you! We’ll have a look at what’s available, the pros and cons of these deals and whether Ipswich is the right place for you. While what’s available for sale will change in the coming months, we hope this page will give you an idea of the price and types of home design available, as well as whether a house and land package is the best option for you.

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Home builders that are currently offering house and land packages in Ipswich

Bold Living

BOLD Living is a boutique builder, that has been building homes in Brisbane since 2010. They’re a newer builder and this inexperience could affect your build.

Brighton Homes

Brighton Homes was established in 2018 as the Southeast Queensland focused builder of the MJH Group.

  • Fairly new builder.
  • Offer designs that are up to date with modern trends and are known to be upfront about their costs.

Coral Homes

Coral Homes is a true volume builder. They were founded in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast in 1990 and have been building homes in Brisbane since then.

  • It’s easy to get an idea of their craftmanship at one of their many display homes around QLD.
  • None of their designs are customisable, but luckily there’s a lot of them.
  • Coral will show you design plans relative to your block in the early stages and their initial quotes provide a surprising amount of detail.
  • Their build process is very segmented leaving you to feel a bit left in the dark when the build begins.

GJ Gardner

G.J. Gardner Homes is one of the biggest builders in the country and have operated in Brisbane for over 37 years.

  • One of the biggest builders in the country, with over 36,000 builds to their name.
  • Lots of variety in home designs.
  • They’re a franchised business, meaning different locations will offer completely different experiences
  • Upgraded display homes can be misleading
  • Prices can vary depending on where you’re building

Domaine Homes

Domaine Homes is a new branch of Clarendon Homes, the aim of which is to bring budget house designs to consumers.

  • More affordable for those on a budget
  • Great sales team
  • However, this great sales pitch doesn’t always lead to a good experience, as some customers have been disappointed by their experience.

Hudson Homes

Hudson Homes was founded in NSW, but now builds in both their home state and in QLD. They offer the following home designs:

  • Double Storey
  • Single Storey
  • Dual Living
  • Split Level

Metricon Homes

Metricon is a Victorian-based builder that builds around 5000 homes a year nationally. They build a large volume of homes in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & South East Queensland.

  • Metricon is a big builder in Brisbane and build some of the most on-trend in the state.
  • They offer is steel frames as standard. (steel vs timber frames article)
  • Their biggest downfall, however, is that often there are too many cooks in the kitchen, making a good site supervisor an absolute must.

Plantation Homes

Plantation Homes is an award-winning builder that benefits from the financial backing of a major Victoria-based construction company.

  • They’re an Award-winning builder, winning the Queensland Professional Major Builder Award every year since 2012.
  • Strong financial backing, so very unlikely to go bust during your build.
  • Like a lot of builders, their display homes feature the best inclusions and features which can be misleading to the consumer.

Stroud Homes

Stroud Homes was founded by James Stroud in 2005, and they build Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria

  • Promise a reasonable build time
  • Wide range of different house designs.
  • Good rating on Productreview.com.au
  • Post-build communication can be poor
  • Some customers have complained of issues with finished home

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.

  1. Free Consultation – We will sit with you to understand what you are looking to accomplish.
  2. Due Diligence – We work with you to ensure you’re buying the right block of land at the right price without hidden problems.
  3. Builders tender – We will take your requirements out to the market of builders and they will bid to win your business.
  4. 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.
  5. Contract Signing – We will work with you and your selected builder to ensure there is full transparency in what you are entering into.
  6. Building your home – We work closely with the builder to ensure all service levels are met and your project is on schedule.

What is a house and land package?

Anyone who’s been researching builders or options for a new home design will come across the term house and land package before long, but what does it mean exactly?

Usually, you need to purchase land and then find a builder to build your home for you. A house and land package combines these two steps into one transaction. How this occurs is that a land developer and the builder have an agreement between them to create the house and land package.

House and land packages are particularly prevalent in development estates.

Advantages of a house and land package

Land and house design is taken care of in one step

The main advantage of a house and land package is the way the entire building process becomes simplified. The key way this is done is by having the decision of choosing a design to match your block being done for you already.

Easier Process

There are a lot of decisions to make during a building project and it’s easy to feel like you’ve been thrown into the deep end. A house and land package streamlines a lot of these decisions for you. There are pros and cons to this, however, as streamlining does come at the cost of choice (see below).

Be one of the first in a new area.

A lot of house and land packages are available in a development community, so it provides you with the opportunity of being one of the first members of a new suburb. The houses will all be new, along with the facilities, though it may be a few years before all the promised features have been built.


Hidden Costs

When visiting display homes, you need to remember that certain things, like furniture, landscaping, and decor aren’t going to be included with your design. Be aware that a lot of fixtures and features may not be standard and will cost you extra to include.

No matter what method you choose to build your home, it’s vital to understand what your contract and quoted price cover. If you have any questions, ask. Your builder should be happy to explain things to you. Buildi can have a look at your contract and provide some impartial advice on how you can improve the terms in your favour.

Drawbacks of a house and land package

Smaller Land Size

While a house and land package may be generous with the inclusions, many new estates tend to offer small lots. On top of this, the houses will be close together, so if this sounds claustrophobic, an estate might not be for you.

Remote Location

New development estates tend to be built away from other areas, due to the need for land. There are benefits to this, however, it does mean you may not have the same facilities as a more established neighbourhood. Often estates are in the process of adding features like schools, shopping centres and medical facilities, however, this could be a few years in the making.

Potentially a Lower Yield

If you’re planning to make a profit from a house and land package, you’ll need to play the long game. In the short term, especially while new land realises are still in the pipeline, you’ll struggle to make a profit if you try to sell your home. The developer will likely offer competitive prices that will make homebuyers more likely to build their own new home rather than buy yours.

Lack of Choice

The biggest potential drawback of a house and land package is the lack of choice you’ll have during the process. Once you agree to the deal, a builder will want the layout to be left unchanged.

Is a house and land package a good choice for first home buyers?

Without knowing your specific situation, it’s difficult to say whether a house and land package is the best choice for you. It really depends on the buyer and what they’re after more than whether or not this is their first home build. A house and land package will be frustrating for anyone who likes to be involved.

For those who are worried about making the wrong decisions, a house and land package isn’t a failsafe solution. The best way to avoid mistakes is to work with someone with experience in the building industry. Buildi offers a variety of services from helping you find the right builder, to looking over your contract to make sure everything is as it should be. With Buildi on your side, you can have convenience on your side without negating any flexibility or choice.

Why build in Ipswich?

There are a few appealing features for those considering Ipswich for their new home. The area has a rural feel mixed with a lot of suburban options. It’s located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, though it’ll still be a lot of travel for anyone working in these areas.

Land in the area is cheaper than in other areas, especially Brisbane suburbs close to or in the inner city. Ipswich has a livability rating of 56.7 out of 100. This is below both the state average (66.3) and the national average (66.1). Reviews of the area we’ve found online are a mixture of positive and negative. Here are some key points:


  • Great place for a family
  • Ipswich has experienced a boom lately with a lot of renovations.
  • Good public transport. Regular trains leaving and arriving in Ipswich.


  • Ipswich does have a reputation for high crime rates, however, this has been less of an issue in the last decade or so.
  • The job market isn’t spectacular. A lot of residents travel for employment.
  • While there are entertainment options, for bigger sporting or music events, you’ll need to travel to Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

Remember, to take reviews online with a grain of salt, as not only do they tend to be anonymous, they often lack key details such as when the reviewer lived in Ipswich, for how long and whether their experience is

Popular home design options in Ipswich

Single Storey

Single Storey home designs are the most common you’ll find on the market. This is due to both the wide range of options that fall under this category and because the most affordable home designs are single-storey.

Double Storey

For a family looking for a larger home, a double-storey home can achieve this on a limited block of land.

Split Level Home

A sloping block of land doesn’t have to stand between you and building your new house. A split-level home design can be a way to achieve a unique house design with much less excavation.

Acreage Homes

For a rural area, like Ipswich, an acreage home could be just the ticket. If you’ve ever wanted to leave the city life behind and embrace the country lifestyle, have a look at our guide to Acreage Home designs to find out more!

Display Homes in Ipswich

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