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How Long Will it Take to Design Your Home?

How Long Will it Take to Design Your Home?

One of the most common questions that custom home builders are asked is how long will it take to design your home?

Every custom home design process is unique and at Mazzei Homes we have put together our guide to the design process we highly recommend you follow when you design your home. The number of steps or the complexity of steps will vary depending on the size of the project and whether you are building a new home, renovating, making a few small home improvements or considering a knockdown rebuild. The decision making process of the customer also plays a crucial role and can slow down or speed up the process.

Throughout the building process the balance must be maintained. Both quality and time must go together, one should not compromise the other.


  • Examine your current home and lifestyle.
  • Developing your design brief.
  • Deciding your baseline budget.
  • Exploring various sources of professional advice for each stage of your decision.
  • Familiarising yourself with the advice in this guide to inform your brief.

Choose Your Custom Home Builder

Choosing a custom home builder to design your home is arguably your most important step on the path to your new home. Engage a custom home builder based on their experience, qualifications and who demonstrates the capacity to be able to deliver the type and style of home outlined in your brief. Ensure you sight their professional indemnity insurance and seek references from previous customers and where possible, visit the homes that your custom home builder has previously completed.


Initial Meeting

In the initial meeting, we aim to try to understand more about the scope of the project and understand the requirements of the prospective client before we design your home.

Lifestyle Analysis

The lifestyle analysis is an important part of the work process. It comprises of an in-depth consultation with the customers where we will ask a number of questions. The consultation studies various aspects of the design; how the customer plans on living in their home and to decide a budget. Ideas and details collected during this phase will determine a lot of the design and style of the house and keep the home design within budget.

Design Development

During this phase, a preliminary design is produced based upon your custom home design requirements. This can take between one week and one month from initial consultation, depending on the scope of the custom home design. Revisions are made to the initial plan, provide preliminary plans to the homeowners association and start to process the site plan. This time can differ depending on the permitting entity and can involve meetings with designers, consultants and the customer. Site testing should also be carried out at this stage and will include soil testing, site levelling and clearing ready for construction.

Check Your Budget

Once a customer is happy with the general layout of their new custom home, it is important for your building to provide some initial ball park costings to ensure the design is on brief. This is an invaluable step in the design process if you are trying to keep to a budget- and who isn’t!- so be sure to allow for and an extra two weeks to allow for a construction estimate to be produced.


Developing Your Vision

The final step in designing your custom home is seeing viewing your design in 3D, to give you a realistic representation of the spaces within your home. It can take two or more weeks to take your two dimensional line drawings and create a photo-like but it can be a vital step should a client want to see their vision come to life before construction commences.


Custom home design should never be rushed, but if you plan it right from the start and partner with the right teams, it should not take more than a few months to develop and refine. When looking for luxury homes or a custom home builder Melbourne wide, contact Mazzei Homes who has extensive experience in delivering quality custom and new home designs.

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