Custom Builders vs Project Home Builders

Comparing apples with apples.

When choosing to build a new home or duplex, how do you decide between a project home builder or a custom building company? There are a number of factors to consider;


With most project home builders, customers must select their home design from a limited number of facades and layouts. This option can be suitable if you like the designs on offer and your block of land is flat with enough width and depth to fit the home. However, it can be problematic if the design does not fit on the block of land or requires any modification. Modifications made to these set designs can be costly.

When building with a custom home builder, an architect designs the home to suit the individual needs of the client, the block in which it is to be built on, and to comply with local council laws. We quote according to the architect’s design and the specific scope-of-works for each individual project.


When deciding on a home builder, it’s important to compare apples with apples. What are you actually receiving for the price?

Many project home builders provide customers with a base home price. This price usually includes lower-end products that you pay to “upgrade” down the track at later appointments. The original price often doesn’t include, “getting out of the ground”, landscaping, driveways, air-conditioning, pools, a sufficient number of power points or light fittings (usually bayonet), budget flooring, basic laminate kitchens with low-range stone and minimal cabinetry throughout. Often the display homes are fitted out with high-end extras that do not come with the base price package. Further along in the process, customers may attend selection meetings where they choose from the items included in the base package or pay to upgrade the items. Customers may be required to sign contracts with the project home builders and pay a deposit prior to attending the selection sessions.

When Twofold Building Projects quote a new home or duplex build, the price is all-inclusive. When we are asked how much a project will cost to build, we are talking about the cost to build a complete home with products that are already of a high standard eg;

  • Dwelling construction using reputable building products and installers
  • Commercial quality windows
  • Timber flooring
  • Quality appliances
  • An appropriate amount of LED downlight lighting and  powerpoints
  • Wardrobes with cabinetry
  • A complete kitchen with appliances, polyurethane painted cabinets, and mid-range category of engineered stone benchtops
  • Landscaped gardens (in-ground concrete pools, if specified) and driveways
  • Ducted Air-conditioning

Some of our clients request to include even more expensive selections into their homes eg, superntural range stone, designer cabintery profiles and interiors, luxury appliances, etc, whereas others may in fact request to downgrade some items eg, from commercial to residential grade windows. The beauty of custom building is that bespoke packages can be tailored to meet the individual needs of the client.


Whilst a project home may appear to be cheaper at first, once the upgrades are selected, the additional charges are included and the other items required to complete the build are paid for (such as landscaping and driveways), the gap becomes much smaller.

Some clients build to sell. In this situation, we suggest you discuss your options with an experienced, local real estate agent or property valuer. For example, parts of the Sutherland Shire have a competitive property market. Many developers in the Sutherland Shire choose to build architecturally designed and custom built homes, duplexes, townhouses and villas and put them up for sale. How you choose to build could have an impact on your sale price at the end of the construction.


For some project builders, they operate all over the Sydney metropolitan area, or even the country. It’s not uncommon for site supervisors to be simultaneously managing multiple projects across a wide region. Twofold Building Projects pride themselves on their quality building and attention to detail. We are a boutique local building company. We only have a small number of projects on the go at any given time for quality assurance and for maximum productivity.


Generally speaking, project home builders tend to take around twice the time to complete a project. For example, at Twofold Building Projects, we can usually complete a new home or duplex construction within 6 months. Whereas, it’s possible for some project home builders to take up to a year or more to complete a home. This can impact the amount of time customers are out of home, paying rent, paying interest on loans, etc.

If you are considering building, Twofold Building Projects would love to discuss your individual situation with you and provide you with a more detailed breakdown of costs involved in building a new home or duplex.

Learn more about the Twofold Building Projects building process.


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