How to build your dream home

Converting a dream into a reality can be daunting, especially when it comes to bringing the vision of your dream home to life. There are many stressors that come with managing the design and construct process of a house, especially one that you have a personal connection with. At Rycon we pride ourselves on being a Luxury Home Builder Melbourne that ensures we provide each client with an incomparable service that will take away the concerns, doubts, and fears of building your dream home.

We guide you through the whole process, step-by-step to ensure your experience is as stress free and as enjoyable as possible.

You may just be in the early discussions stages about building your dream home and not quite ready to start engaging professionals, so we have put together some helpful tips that will assist in preparing you for the exciting journey ahead:

Research, Research, Research!

The more information you have the better equipped you will be choosing the path that is the most suitable for you, ensuring you achieve substantial value in the services you engage.

There are essentially three popular paths that clients will choose to take, that being engaging a licenced Architect/Building Designer to begin bringing their project to life or selecting a Volume or Custom Home Builder Melbourne. There are many pros and cons of all three of these avenues however the most common reasons someone will choose to opt for a Custom Home Builder over a Volume Builder or a Licenced Architect/ Building Designer is that they are a one-stop-shop, that doesn’t compromise on quality.

They are able to provide many services including, concept designs, working drawings, planning and building permit approvals, council requirements and interior design solutions. They will take care of the entire build process, ordering material, engaging trades, and overseeing the construction of your home to ensure a hassle-free venture that meets all requirements and regulations to guarantee the longevity of the build.

It is important to research your Custom Home Builders Melbourne thoroughly to find the right company to work with your land and the type of construction you are looking for. Look into their reputation to determine if they are well respected for the quality of their work, ask for testimonials from previous clients and review any reviews that can be found online. Make sure that the builder of your choosing has all the necessary licences, insurances and work health and safety systems in place before locking anything in.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Before you commit to your project, it is imperative to ensure you have a transparent relationship with your builder, establishing trust and making sure that they understand and share your vision. This will in turn help you to understand exactly what will be involved in your building process.

At Rycon, no question is a silly question! We are here to guide you through the process and will clarify any uncertainties you may have.

Open and frequent communication is the key to success in building your dream home. The more open and honest we are with one another, the better the result will be.

Quality or Price?

Building your dream family home is one of the most important, emotional, and financial investments you will make in your lifetime, so you need to guarantee you are getting good bang for your buck.

Establishing a realistic budget or price range for the project in advance is as essential as finding a custom home builder that considers this through design for you also.

As a Luxury Home Builder Melbourne Rycon takes a lot of pride when it comes to quality and workmanship of our client’s home. If you are wanting to determine a clear budget, please feel free to contact us and we will be able to give you a good indication on estimated pricing.

When a builder provides you with a quote, make sure that it is detailed, listing all inclusions and exclusions, listing all fixtures, fittings, and selections. This will make comparing pricing a lot more streamlined.

Most homeowners chasing the lowest price find they end up spending more than they would have spent elsewhere because due diligence has not been followed by the builder at tender stage.

Planning & Design

This is where the dream is brought to life, spending time, and putting in the effort at the planning and design stage will guarantee that you achieve the ‘look’ and ‘feel’ you are after, it will also ensure that the design is practical and functional for you and your family’s needs.

It can be quite difficult to articulate your vision, and in most circumstances, the key elements that you want to include are quite personal, so it is best to have a visual representation for these. Our recommendation is to collate as many inspiration images as possible that highlight the style and key features you are looking for, this will allow your designer or builder to interpret those personal attributes that you really want to incorporate into the design of your dream home.

This will also enable your designer or builder to advise you on the feasibility of your ideas and make better suggestions as they will have a good understanding of your aspirations. During this stage, you will work together to identify any unique challenges a site may present, such as difficult access, a requirement for retaining walls or underlying services such as stormwater or sewer easements etc.

Engineering & Soil Testing

The architect or designer that you engage provides you with plans that illustrate the ‘look and feel’ of the home design, however, they need to engage a professional Structural Engineer to nominate the elements that need to be used for structural performance and adhere to regulations.

Here at Rycon, we work alongside reputable Structural Engineers to guarantee the long-term performance and quality of your dream home. We also engage Geotechnical Engineers on your behalf to complete soil testing to determine the most appropriate structural design for your block of land.


Once your plans and specifications have been finalised and you are happy with your budget and builder, you will need to sign a residential building contract. The most common contract types are a Fixed Price Contract and a Cost-Plus Contract. A Fixed Price Contract means that your builder agrees on upfront to a fixed price for the whole job. A Cost-Plus Contract means that there is no guaranteed final cost for the job, this is generally used when there are too many ‘unknowns’ to calculate the final cost.

At Rycon, we prefer to work with a Fixed Price contract. Our experience has been that if both parties fully understand the details of a contract, the tender price and the specifications throughout the entire process, there is much less stress on the working relationship. This can only be achieved by spending adequate time with you explaining every part of the contract and the building process we follow for each project we undertake. The Fixed Price model sets expectations and leaves little room for disagreement.

Allow for future connections

Sometimes your budget does not allow you the luxury of including all your requirements, however, the builder you have engaged should encourage you to think of everything you may want to add in the future. It is a lot more cost-effective to run the services and allowances for your future additions, during the build and will allow for seamless integration when completed later down the track. Make sure you allow for flexibility within your design to be able to adapt to our everchanging lifestyles.

A few things to plan for that you may not have considered:
Home Automation – TV points, data points, speaker wires, power supply, renewable energy, such as solar panels or Geothermal Heating
Swimming Pools – sewer, stormwater, water, electricity, gas
Sheds – sewer, stormwater, water, electricity
Landscaping requirements– irrigation systems, electricity, water


The design and building process for a custom home build should never be rushed, there are many things that need to be considered to allow you to enjoy your dream home with little to no stress or regret.

To explore how Rycon Building Group can help you create your dream home, contact us today.

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