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    Boutique Homes are the Future – Here’s Why

    July 26, 2022  

    There are many things to consider and quick decisions to make when it comes to building a home. One of the most important and expeditious will be around whether you will choose a volume builder or a boutique builder to create your home. Of course, there are pros and cons to everything. However, boutique builders have been steadily becoming the premium choice over decades of kept promises and the reliable creation of high-quality custom homes. Recently due to the state of the world, namely, the global pandemic-small boutique builders have been really showing volume builders how it is done.

    Some of the reasons why boutique builders are becoming the Aussie homeowner’s choice

    1. Better overheads

    While there is no getting around the cost of materials and labour, especially in a world impacted by border restrictions and low timber stock, a boutique company will have different overheads than a volume builder. This can leave more room for spending on higher-quality finishes, with less of your budget going towards high admin costs. In addition, your boutique builder will have a personal focus on your build, ensuring you don’t get lost in the system of hundreds of other builds in both financials and communication.

    1. Attention to detail

    Volume builders are exceptional businesspeople who can manage hundreds of clients simultaneously, building thousands of homes a year. However, it often comes at a cost to the individual client, especially when building a home is made more complex with global challenges. Your boutique builder will be able to focus on your job entirely, overseeing every step of the process from quote to completion. This can simplify what feels complicated and offer priceless peace of mind.

    1. Your best interests at heart

    If you’ve got a steeped or sloped block or have unique ideas about how your home should look, you will be hard-pressed to find a volume builder to create your vision. Their focus is, obviously, volume. This can result in stock standard designs on flat, even blocks, with more square metres meaning more money for them and less backyard space for you. However, boutique builders are generally in their industry because they love creating dream homes for their customers. As a result, your complicated block will be no worries, your vision will be flawlessly executed, and your budget will be respected.

    1. Individualised focus

    Clear communication is a cornerstone of the boutique building industry. If your materials are being held up or the site is delayed, your boutique builder will understand that this will be disappointing and difficult for you. Particularly in a world as unpredictable as it is for the building industry right now, where price increases are often unavoidable, and delays are a part of daily life.

    Unfortunately, your volume builder may not be able to meet you or even have a phone conversation for every hold-up or concern you may have. With hundreds of clients going through the same thing, they simply don’t have the time. Boutique builders treat your build as their own and do everything they can to keep you in the loop and maintain their promises. Site meetings to explain your build, phone calls to soothe your worries, and regular updates are just part of the promise when working with boutique builders.

    How the pandemic has put boutique ahead of the rest

    It comes as no surprise that the Australian building industry is not immune to the impacts of a global pandemic. The country’s firm stance in managing the spread of Covid, such as sudden lockdowns, border restrictions and mandatory work from home orders, has had a considerable impact on many industries, and construction is no exception. Alongside these challenges, the country has experienced flooding and bushfires, adding pressure to timber stocks and importing materials.

    While many smaller businesses and those unestablished have suffered in other industries, the big names are struggling the most when it comes to construction. Many large companies committed to projects before the pandemic that is simply no longer viable. Rising material costs continue to disrupt supply chains, and consistent, unpredictable lockdowns have resulted in a profitless boom. Commercial companies are accustomed to purchasing in bulk and signing multi-year contracts. Due to the pandemic, the materials are simply not there, forcing them to buy smaller, work harder, and often walk away before the job is done. Manyprominentconstruction company names have been in the media for all the wrong reasons. However, boutique building companies have been working hard, maintaining their schedules, and creating quality homes even while faced with the genuine challenges the pandemic presents.

    This is primarily due to the personalised approach they take for every client. Social media and online newspapers have been flooded with reports from heartbroken customers of larger building companies, claiming they have been left in the dark regarding the progress of their forever homes. Unfortunately, these companies aren’t used to requiring a hands-on, personal focus, and poor communication has left many customers feeling disenchanted. As a result, some report cancelled contracts or unexpected price hikes, leaving them out of pocket and without a home.

    It is often inevitable that delays and cost increases will occur, particularly with flooding and extreme weather events. However, much of the disappointment from those who have spoken out against volume builders could have been avoided with more transparent communication. We understand that while material delays and price increases may be inevitable, poor communication and a negative customer experience are not. A smaller volume builder will be able to spend the time and energy required on your build that is needed during a period where significant challenges are popping up all the time.

    Experience the Boutique Difference

    Despite the difficulties of the pandemic and the pressure, this has placed on the industry, many boutique builders, including New South Homes, have not faltered in creating beautiful, high quality, custom homes on time and within budget.

    We understand how much time, money, and emotion you have invested into your build before the ground is even broken, and we offer the personalised approach that your build deserves. A custom build can provide the perfect fit for your block and create a home that brings your vision board to life. The market responds to a nurturing, well supported, and communicated approach. As boutique builders, we have provided these benefits to our clients from our first build.

    There has never been a better or more immediate time to engage with a boutique builder. With a team who has your build at the forefront of their mind, you can rest assured that your materials will get to your site as quickly as they can, your builders will work as hard as they can, and you will be communicated with along every step of the journey.

    With decades of experience building high-quality custom homes, New South Homes have remained steadfast and confident as the industry experiences more significant pressures in response to the state of the world. With support from our sister company, Granny Flat Solutions, your build is safe and secure with a team who follows through on what they promise.

    To discuss your custom build with a crew who cares, get in touch with New South Homes today. With your entire custom home creation team under one roof, you can bank on us to get the job done.

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