Home designs Brisbane

by | Mar 16, 2022 | expanded list

Brisbane Home Designs by Style

There are so many home designs out there, but what’s the right one for your dream home? This article provides a rundown of a variety of home designs available in Brisbane, which builders offer what, and all the links to our comprehensive guides to various home designs.

When it comes to choosing the right home design, there are a few factors to consider. First, your lifestyle and needs. For example, a large family will have different requirements than a young couple who travel a lot, who in turn will have different needs than a retired couple. Second, the block of land you’re working with. The size of your land will obviously limit the footprint of your new home. However, the good news is that with a little creative thinking, you might just be able to get a bigger house on your land than you’d expect. The third is budget. While finances can feel like a buzzkill, it is important to be honest and realistic about what you can afford. Exceeding your budget is a recipe for turning your dream home into a nightmare!

Luxury Home Designs

These are very individual properties, with unique features, and they have a higher price tag. Features that make a luxury home: greater square footage, luxe amenities and features, premium materials, sculpted lots, prime locations, and beautiful surroundings and views.

Hampton Home Designs

The Hamptons look comes from the luxury, holiday homes from upper New York. This was easily adopted for Australian conditions and can be found everywhere from near the beach to rural areas. Some of the trademarks of a Hamptons home includes pointed roofs, verandahs, open plan living and light colours.

Due to the popularity of the design, most builders in Australia offer a Hamptons design/facade option. Some builders even boast it as one of their specialties so you won’t be short on choices.

Narrow block home designs

With blocks getting smaller, it’s definitely worth looking into narrow lot blocks. Typically, any design under 12m in house width. If you’re looking to live in the city, odds are you’ll only have smaller blocks of land available.

Pros ✅

  • It could save you money. A small block of land with the right home design could end up cheaper than buying a larger lot
  • If you decide on a smaller house, there will be less upkeep

Cons ⛔️:

  • Smaller blocks are often in very expensive suburbs
  • If you want a single storey house, it will have a small house area

Split Level Home Designs

Working with a sloping block of land? A split-level design might be the solution you’re looking for. Split level houses are designed to take full advantage of sloping blocks and accommodate uneven land. Split level homes have at least three separate levels, usually with a staircase connecting each area.

Pros ✅

  • Great way to make the most of difficult blocks
  • Your house will be unique
  • Flexible floor designs

Cons ⛔️:

  • A lot of guaranteed build time won’t apply to split home designs
  • The unique look can be an acquired taste.
  • Resale can be difficult
  • A lot of stairs.

Single storey house designs

Easily the most common design you’ll find, the single-storey design is simple. Unlike multi-storey designs, a single storey home can be more flexible with its floor plan.

Pros ✅

  • Usually more affordable, making it a great option for first home buyers.
  • No stairs, making life easier for anyone with mobility issues.
  • Wider range than any other design out there.

Cons ⛔️:

  • The footprint of your home is the house area.
  • Often takes up more land space than multi-storey homes.
  • Lacks the buffer zones/privacy options of a double-storey home.

Double-storey house designs

Double-storey homes are a popular option for larger families. Most (though not all) builders offer double-storey designs.

Pros ✅

  • It can be a great way to fit a large home size onto a smaller block of land.
  • More room for larger families
  • Offers more options for privacy

Cons ⛔️:

  • More home means more area to clean.
  • Could be more space than you need.

Home builders in Brisbane


Ausbuild has a long-standing reputation and offers a lot of home designs, especially single and double-storey. They’re founded in Brisbane, so know the area well.

Bold Living

Bold Living promotes that their floorplans are flexible which is a big plus. They offer single and double-storey designs.

  • Single Storey
  • Double Storey

Brighton Homes

Brighton Homes is part of the MJH Group. Their designs follow a lot of the current trends. They offer the following floorplans:

  • Acreage Homes
  • Single Storey Homes
  • Double Storey Homes

Clarendon Home designs

Clarendon Homes offer over 100 different designs on their website and have 10 different display homes across South East Queensland.

Coral Homes

Coral Homes offers the following options:

  • Single Storey
  • Double Storey
  • Acreage Homes

Dixon Homes

Dixon Homes offers affordable homes. They offer a wide range of different house plans to choose from and would be an option looking to build an affordable home.

G.J. Gardner

G.J. Gardner is one of the biggest names in Australian home building and has a wide range of floorplans to prove this. Would be better suited for someone looking to choose a pre-existing design. Anyone looking to customise a lot might want to consider another builder.

Hallmark Homes

The thing to remember with Hallmark Homes is they don’t build double-storey floor plans. That having been said, they do offer the following:

  • Acreage Homes
  • Narrow Lot
  • Single Storey Homes

Homes by CMA

Homes by CMA are not flexible with changes to floorplans. On the plus side, their standard inclusions are generous compared to other builders.

McCarthy Homes

McCarthy Homes has a reputation for tackling difficult blocks, so if you’re working with an uneven lot, they’re definitely worth checking out.

Metricon Homes

Metricon is one of the largest builders in Australia. Their homes are well designed up to date with the current trends. Most display villages have a Metricon home, so it’s easy to check out their work. When it comes to variations to house plans, it is possible, but it will be expensive.

  • Single Storey Homes
  • Double-storey homes
  • Luxury Homes

Ownit Homes

Established nearly fifty years ago, Ownit homes have a range of home designs. Their homes are customisable and they specialise in roofs and terraces.

Plantation Homes

Plantation Homes specialise in Acreage Homes. They have display homes everywhere including Brisbane Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. Their complete range can be found on their website.

Porter Davis Homes

Originally founded in Melbourne, Porter Davis Homes opened its first display homes.

  • Single storey homes
  • Double-storey homes
  • Acreage Home

Simonds Homes

Simonds Homes is one of the oldest names in the Australian building industry. They have a wide range of homes to choose from. Unfortunately, they don’t have a dedicated post-build team, so if you have any issues with your home after it’s complete, it can be difficult to get it resolved.

Stroud Homes

Stroud Homes offers a wide range of house plans including:

  • Attached granny flats
  • Double storey homes
  • Dual occupancy homes
  • Duplex home designs
  • Luxury home designs
  • Narrow lot designs
  • Single storey home designs

How much does it cost to build a home in Brisbane?

The good news for those looking to build in Brisbane is that it is significantly cheaper than building in Melbourne and Sydney.

The biggest variant to your price will be where in Brisbane you’re building. As a rule of thumb, inner-city suburbs are more expensive than outer suburban areas. With Brisbane’s population growing, there are suburbs 40 minutes away from the CBD that is skyrocketing in prices.

Click here to read our guide to Living in Brisbane, with lots of tips concerning the price of building in Queensland’s capital.

Need help finding a Builder?

At Buildi, we help you find the right builder, save time, reduce stress and stay on budget.

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.

Book a Free Consultation Today! Contact us by clicking here! Looking for options in South East Queensland?


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