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Off the plan or volume builders are not only cheaper but can also save headaches when it comes to managing a new build, including securing land and building permits and overseeing construction.

Here are 5 ways to customize your own standard off the plan homes. If there are cosmetic or structural changes – they must be made before the plans are drawn up and sent to council for approval.

  1. Light fixtures

Most standard floor plans by volume builders will provide downlights throughout, but adding your own light fixtures is one of the simplest ways to personalise the home. This can include pendant lights over the kitchen bench, ball lights in the bathroom or even chandeliers in the dining room.

  1. Kitchen

Home owners prefer to add a stone-top island kitchen bench to maximize the space available.

Walk-in-pantries are extremely popular and you can have a clean and minimalist kitchen by storing your things in the pantry. Including a walk-in-pantry could cost around $2000 depending on the builder you use.

Glass splashbacks (the wall behind the gas) are popular right now and can add an element of luxury into an otherwise basic kitchen. You can also opt for a colourful tile mosaic.

  1. Altered floor plan & extra living space by enclosing open areas

Extra space in a living room or bedroom can make a world of difference. Look through the plans and make sure it fits your lifestyle. Having master bedrooms at different ends of your home is great for your privacy but not practical if you have young kids.

Sliding doors can be a great option because you can leave them open to get the open-plan feel most of the time and then only close them when you really need.

  1. Higher ceilings

The standard ceilings in most fixed price new homes will be around 2.44 metres but you can opt to have those extended to give the illusion of more space.

  1. Custom facade

To distinguish your home from a neighbourhood of similar buildings, you need an expressive entryway. The entry to your home should reflect your personality. Many volume builders will do a front render, bagging, stained timber or painted timber on the facade.

These are just a few of the multitutde of options available. You can make the best of both worlds by customising a standard plan to fit your need!! Read more such tips at our website.