What to do before the build process gets underway

The thought of building a new home can be overwhelming. You have a vision in your mind of how it will look and how you’ll feel in your new home, but will it all come together exactly as you envision?

Beachside Construction have been building custom homes on the Sunshine Coast for over 15 years. We understand what it takes to enjoy the build process – both in terms of the build quality and in understanding what you’re truly after. A few weeks ago, we discussed our Build Process, but today we decided to look at what to do before the process gets under way.

Here are our top tips to prepare for a successful build:

  1. Take time to think about what you want, and involve your family

It all starts with a vision, and equipping yourself with a clear vision on what you want is essential to the success of the build. It’s hard to create something you want when you’re not sure what you want, and no one knows your family, your lifestyle, your needs better than you. So take the time to think about how you live, where you love to spend your time, what’s missing in your current home improvement, where you’ll be in 5 years’ time, and so on. All of these questions will help you ascertain the various elements that need to combine to create your perfect “forever” home.

Don’t worry if you don’t have architectural or interior design skills – we’ve got that covered. We’ll also connect you with our wonderful suppliers on the Sunshine Coast who’ll help bring your vision to life. That’s what a custom home builder is all about: designing and constructing a home that suits you and your family in every possible way.

If you’re unsure about something, ask us! Not everything can be done, but we will absolutely help you find a solution that is achievable moving forward.

  1. Give yourself time to make the right decisions

Did you know that the best time to make the right choices about your new home is before building starts? Yep, so this means allocating time to make considered decisions about all the different features that you want your new home to include – there’s a lot that goes into a new home and sometimes pulling all the different pieces together can be overwhelming.

For example, there are thousands of choices for bathroom tiles, and getting it wrong can affect the entire ambiance of the room. Don’t be afraid to take a step back and contemplate on design choices before you make them. Again, make sure you let our suppliers know about your vision, they can steer you in the right direction or give you a few other choices you may have never considered.

Of course, you can change your mind down the track, but it’s often a lot more expensive and time-consuming than getting it right the first time.

  1. Bounce ideas off a third party

With so many choices, it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture or make quick decisions that you regret later.

Find a friend, or family member, who you can bounce ideas off regularly. This might be someone who has built recently, someone who works in the building or design industries, or someone who knows you well enough to make thoughtful observations.

Building a new home is a life-changing event for some, and one that’s worth sharing with people in your life who can offer their unique insight.

  1. Anticipate how you’ll deal with issues that may arise

Issues may be relatively minor, but if you’ve had your heart set on something, it can feel very disheartening to find out it can’t be done.

Before your build starts, give yourself a few “if not then what?” scenarios. This could include changes to the design due to DA approval, availability of certain materials, time extensions due to bad weather, and so on.

Having honest conversations with yourself ahead of time will allow you to handle changes with confidence and positivity.

  1. Prepare a detailed brief and budget

Your brief is a tangible plan on where you want to be and sets out a clear roadmap for your builder. You should include everything you want out of your build, including your budget and allowances for extras that aren’t included in your contract (such as landscaping, fencing window furnishings).

Keep your brief on the fridge, so that you can refer to it throughout the build. It will give you peace of mind that you’re on the right track.


To learn more about our custom building process, you can click here to read more. If you’re considering building a custom home on the Sunshine Coast, contact Tonya at Beachside Construction today – we’ll be more than happy to chat and help build your new home on the Sunshine Coast.