Handy tips on choosing your new build’s fixtures and fittings
Building a home starts with researching what design you want.
After you’ve visited some displays, carefully considered the floorplans and made your decision, it’s time for the real fun to begin — choosing your fittings and finishes.
This is where you’ll piece together various design elements — inside and out — to create a look and feel that matches your lifestyle and shapes your home’s personality.
Selections are made before the building contract is signed so your choices can be accurately costed into the final price. Blue Roof Sheet
Remember, though, any changes you make after this may have extra costs attached. Take your time with decision-making to avoid unnecessary changes and expense down the track.
Stephanie Atanasovski, senior interior designer at Porter Davis’s World of Style ID Studio, said it was important to note some external design choices might also require council approval before the drafting and planning stages.
Be prepared to spend quite a bit of time with your builder’s colour consultant when you eventually do sit down to make your final selections.
G.J. Gardner Homes Victoria/Tasmania display home co-ordinator Rhiannon Tsakmakis said an appointment could take up to three hours.
“Some clients come with a clear picture of what they want; others need more guidance,” she said.
“These days, we find people are starting to look at colours and fixtures even before selecting a home design.”
Most builders have a set of standard inclusions that come with the design of the home, including fixtures such as taps, baths, benchtops, cabinetry, tiling and floor coverings. You can stick with the standard options or opt to upgrade some of them.