Architectural Homes vs Project Homes

Looking for the difference between an architecturally designed home verses a project or "turn-key" home? Buildrite Sydney explain the pros and cons of both.

When you’re looking at building a new home, there are many factors to take into consideration.

The number of rooms, landscaping, building materials, and so much more!

One of the biggest factors you’re going to have to decide on is whether to get your home architecturally designed or go with a project home.

Don’t know where to start? Let us help by describing each type and weighing up the pros and cons.

Project Home

Example Project Home

What Is A Project Home?

A project home is one created by volume builders. They have set house plans that they build again and again with slight alterations chosen by the owner. These come in a catalogue with pre-set designs that you can choose between and typically, a list of possible changes.

Project homes are referred to as a "turn-key home" giving you minimal options to choose between. You’ll have the choice of designs but not a lot of alterations, things like benchtops, doors and handles are optional but structural changes are not available.

Advantages of Project Homes

Project homes are cheaper than architectural homes. That’s what makes them such a popular option, especially amongst first home buyers who are not looking to spend too much. However, of course, the price of building a house is highly variable depending on the design you choose and the materials.

Another big advantage of project homes over architectural homes is that you can often walk through a model of your house before choosing.

Most of these companies project builders have showhomes showcasing their most popular home design plans.

You’ll be able to literally see what your house will look like before choosing one. This will help you envisage where your furniture will go, what your room will look like, and ultimately, whether this is the right home for you.

Disadvantages of Project Homes

Project homes are cookie-cutter copies of each other. There is not a lot of flexibility in the design, the materials used are typically less in quality, and you’ll need to be happy having a home that’s the same as the home of many other people.

Whether you want a bigger master bedroom, smaller kitchen, or other changes, there’s not a lot of ability to change aspects of the design.

The perception of a project home is that it's inferior quality compared to architecturally designed homes.

That’s because they are not designed specifically for you or your block of land, don't take your personality, character or family needs into account. They are a house that’s already designed and built on your land.

The home may not suit the setup of your land or the way the light hits the property, or how the natural breeze flows through the house. However, that depends entirely on the project home you choose.

Architectural Home

Example Architecturally Designed Home

What Is An Architectural Home?

An architectural home is one that has been architecturally designed by an architect based on your specific need. Often, it’s a situation where you work with the architect to design the home of your dreams.

You can describe exactly what you want to them and they will create it for you. There is no set floorplan or design before going into it, just your ideas and their designs.

Advantages of Architectural Homes

When you hire an architect to design your home, they can take into account many additional factors into the design.

For example, where the sunlight best hits your land you could choose to place a kitchen, bedroom, or lounge, depending on what’s important to you. Or if your property is an odd shape or on a hilly block of land, they can create a home that best uses the available space.

Architect are highly knowledgeable and can suggest features based on current council guidelines, and make the best use of the available property.

Often, an architect will refer you to an interior designer to help choose the right colour palette, an exterior designer or landscaper to help determine the best landscaping and depending on your plans, lighting designers and so on.

The other main benefit is that it gives you a lot more choices and flexibility in the design. Whether your priority is a large kitchen, multiple bathrooms, or a hidden room behind a tall mahogany bookshelf like those in a James Bond movie, an architect can make it happen. They can create the perfect home that will ideally suit your family’s needs, no matter what they may be.

Disadvantages of Architectural Homes

Architectural homes are often more expensive to build than project homes due to the cost of an architect and high-end finishes often found in custom build homes.

That’s because you not only have the building costs but also the costs of the architect added to that. Paying for an architect’s time can be costly as you are paying for their experience and expert knowledge. However, many people consider that this pays off in the long run and in the value of their home.

The other biggest disadvantage is the build time because everything isn't from a textbook, council approvals take longer, cabinetry could be longer and the overall build time is typically longer than a project home. Everything is done to absolute perfection to ensure the quality of your custom home is to your expectation.

Conclusion

It may seem like there is no perfect solution to the dilemma of architectural homes vs project homes, but luckily for you, there is! Here at Buildrite, we create homes that can offer you the best of both worlds.

We offer fantastic custom-built homes that are designed uniquely for your requirements. Our focus is on providing premium-quality homes and understanding your needs. We have a team of professionals who are ready to provide you with reliable service and unmatched quality.

With more than 40 years of experience in creating exceptional homes and quality assured suppliers, we are a completely reliable company that you can trust.

You don’t need to compromise on anything in your new build. Focus on creating your dream home with one of our friendly team and you’ll find that your new home is exactly what you wanted and nothing less.

We provide everything from turnkey residential solutions to fully customised homes. This way you don’t need to choose between a project home and an architecturally designed one when choosing your supplier. Select Buildrite because when you choose quality, you can’t go wrong. Contact us today to discuss your dream home and how we can make it happen.

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