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Find out how - 6 MYTHS about custom home design & build debunked.

New Incredible Offer Custom Home Design & Build Start-up Kit $200!

Quality Customised Solutions for your Building Project

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Custom design to budget and have your home handcrafted by a skilled trade-based builder

Whether you’re looking to Build a project style house plan or custom home design … you need the right one before you can fine-tune the selection of your builder. Somewhere in the mix, you need to price check the proposed home design solution.  

The traditional approach on offer would have you sift through house plan galleries, find a plan that looked suitable, see if it was on show house, and get a price to build on your land. No need to find a suitable builder, that comes with the package. The owner of the design would be the builder. 

We think this system has it backwards. The stars would have to be aligned for you to find the right home design, for the right price, with the right builder. It is likely that you would make significant compromises to have anything resembling your perfect home design and build solution.

Why would you not design your home to budget, then select the builder on the basis of skill, reputation and experience?

Is it because you believe this would be too expensive and time-consuming?

We may not have had the tools readily available in the past, to service such an approach.

It is not the case any more. Phenomenal technological advances of recent times has dramatically changed the home  design and build landscape. It has disrupted the way things are done. It is easier, quicker and more cost effective; to design, price and deliver an individually designed home than it is a standard project home.

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New Incredible Offer. Home Design & Build Starter Pack

You know how people have their plans done before having any idea what the home would cost to build?

Well, what we do is provide this incredibly low-cost Home Design & Build Starter Pack before you commit to spending thousand’s on plans and engineering that may not even work.

In fact, our service does the heavy lifting, providing you with preliminary plans and build price to ensure the viability of your project and set it up for success.

Incredible Offer!Prelim Home Design & Build Price Estimate $200-

Quality Customised Solutions for your Building Project

What you get:

  1. Customised Site plan
  2. Individually designed floorplan
  3. Elevations
  4. Build Price Estimate
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Now Easier Than Ever

  • Home Design & Price Estimates

    • We will work with your plan
    • Our in-house designers can provide a home design to your taste
    • Sketch Plans allow us to cost-plan the project from the start
    • No wasted time, effort & money on plans that break the bank
    • No frustrating back and forth for the builder
  • Construction Plans, Engineering, Selections and Trade Prices

    • You and the builder keep control of costs
    • Eliminate last minute hiccups that blow the budget
    • Trade coverage helps the builders relax and avoid bloating the price with “scare quoting”
    • Pricing uncertainty is the biggest single cause of over, and under quoting
  • Contracts, Documents and Contract Management

    • Detailing the specification eliminates misunderstanding
    • You set the agenda. Both you and the builder are working from clear documents outlining the scope of works
    • The plans, & engineering are synced with the specification,colour selections and any variations. This protects the builder and you
  • Construction, Progress and Completion

    • Project documentation is aligned with your expectations
    • Specifications, Orders, quotes, selections and scheduling are all from the same page.
    • There is less likelihood of disruption to building progress, that ruins the building experience for everyone concerned.

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What Our Clients Have to Say

  • We were very fortunate to have met Building Buddy who …went away and within a few days presented us with the most sensational design, even better than we envisaged at a price well within our budget.
    Steve & Bylinda Trivett
      Steve & Bylinda Trivett
  • We began, by spending week-ends touring around display homes. It was obvious that these sales people had little training or qualification…. Building Buddy quickly provided us with conceptional drawings, … and came up with what we wanted exactly.
    Clive Hind
      Clive Hind
  • We wanted to undertake a Dual Occupancy DA on a difficult site. Six builders turned us down. … until Building Buddy … and we eventually had our DA … we are extremely pleased with the outcome and have no hesitation in recommending Building Buddy.
    Mark Reardon
      Mark Reardon
  • It was the personal attention we got from Building Buddy that made us choose to go with them … We always found the service very professional, informative, attentive and friendly. We have no hesitation in recommending Building Buddy to anyone.
    Adrian Webber
      Adrian Webber
  • I would not hesitate to recommend Building Buddy for any building project, whether you really need all their skill or not. You can never know when specialist knowledge of an issue at hand will come in handy, as it did on ours.
    Carmel Davy
      Carmel Davy
  • Many company’s that we had researched wanted some sort of deposit up front, but with Building Buddy, I think we had mutual trust in each other that we were serious about our concepts, and with them behind the sketches and countless drawings, they made our dreams come true.
    Mohammed & Salmeen Haq
      Mohammed & Salmeen Haq
  • Having a look on the internet for plans ...but we didn’t have much luck, we then came across building buddy ...I don’t know how but they just managed to nail everything we wanted in a design... It seemed like a very quick process, one minute we had a design, next minute we had the quote and the next minute we had builders.
    Jim & Donna Smith
      Jim & Donna Smith
  • We had some Plans Drawn by another group, had difficulty getting anyone to quote on it and when we did the price seemed unrealistic to us... It really was that Building Buddy wanted to know how much to spend and design to that, rather than get plans drawn up and take it to the market and find out that is not near what you wanted it to cost.
    Bernie and Marylin Smith
      Bernie and Marylin Smith
  • Going to a project home they only offer a certain amount of styles, I did like some of them but then I did have to change a number of things I didn’t like about them.After we got a price from building buddy I also then got a price from the project home builders of a house which was closest to our design. but with the changes we want it would cost at least 60k more… so we thought it would be better to go with Building Buddy.
    Chris & Peter Bell
      Chris & Peter Bell
Donna Smith-Hill
Donna Smith-Hill
02:02 03 Nov 19
It has been 3 years since Canetoad Constructions started building our dream home from Building Buddy's design/plans. I would definitely recommend Building Buddy to bring you ideas to reality. Building Buddy was then able to provide prices from as many builders as he could. It was up to you who you chose as a builder. Going forward though you can't go past Mic and his team from Canetoad Constructions. I really liked that Building Buddy was a one stop shop. The ease of the process on selection was easy and straight forward even when it came to major appliance selection through their factory outlets. Would like to thank Joh from Building Buddy and his team in bringing our dreams to reality.read more
patrick fogarty
patrick fogarty
01:30 03 Nov 19
We were having trouble with plans for our house that we wanted to build on an unusually shaped block. This was our 4th build so.we had experience but we were stuck for ideas. We found building buddy and consulted with joh who came up with great ideas and a great builder. We had no problems at all and would recommend joh and building buddy to anyone.read more
Deb turvey
Deb turvey
03:39 31 Oct 19
Joh & the team have been fantastic throughout the last few years with my projects. They are a professional well organised company that get the job done. I highly recommend them and will definitely keep using their services in the future. Thank you Joh & the team.read more
Donna Henderson
Donna Henderson
05:59 14 Oct 19
Joh and his team at Building Buddy are really great. Very helpful and down to earth and I feel like my renovation/extension is in really good hands. Joh has been very patient as we've worked through the various stages of design and redesign, question after question after question... and we are almost there! Looking forward to kicking off the construction in the not too distant future! I highly recommend Joh and his team! Donna Hread more
Dominic Bonasia
Dominic Bonasia
01:08 26 Sep 19
We have almost completed our build of a complex 3 story home in Morningside on which Joh from Building Buddy did the design. Over the build quite a lot of variations happened and the team at Building Buddy were fantastic in sorting these. I have not been the easiest client and very demanding but all times if was shown total respect and all changes done without fuss. With the network of builders they have at hand we were linked up with Mick from Canetoad Constructions who is doing a professional and quality build. Been in the building game for many years and their process is straight forward and simple and very cost effective. I think when building a new home you firstly need to have an idea of what you want . Then get someone to put in a plan .Check what specs have been included . Then get someone to actually build it within your budget. Again Building Buddy a very professional and one stop shop to building your new home or any renovation on your existing home.read more
Adrian Stagg
Adrian Stagg
02:38 30 Aug 19
Here at SCM Projects we like to keep our clients happy so it's imperative that we deal with reliable honest contractors and, having worked in with Joh & the team at Building Buddy for some 7 years or more on several occasions we have found them to be very competent and professional. A very useful aspect of dealing with Building Buddy is that they have a very flexible design system that integrates well with up to date costings, enabling reasonably accurate costings to changes that inevitably occur during the design process.read more
David Winter
David Winter
10:40 04 Aug 19
Good drafting service. From start to finish changed our plans 22 times to meet our needs and just kept going. We didn't end up using his recommended builder but that builder seemed to be excellent also. If we needed a design again we would use building buddy.read more
Robyn Moller
Robyn Moller
06:43 01 Aug 19
We built 2 houses with them. Right from the start Joh worked with us to maximize the site so we got two fantastic designs on the 2 lots. All the little changes we made were no hassle to them and it was for a fixed reasonable price. Joh then went on and did a 20 or 30 page document specifying everything down to the last meter for no charge which meant we and the builder knew precisely what to expect. The houses were then very well built by a great friendly builder and his team.read more
00:11 25 Jul 19
Fantastic Experience! We just got our new home built with Joh, and I must say it was a very smooth process. We got exactly what we were promised, within our budget and time. Highly recommend. Whole team is very creative and experienced . Keep up the good work guys.read more
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  • Cost Plan the Home Design - Don't Waste Time, Money & Effort on plans and Prices that don't work
  • No 'Scare Quoting' - Design Detail gives builder the confidence to eliminate contingencies that just add to the price
  • Price your plan if you have them
  • Clarifying the scope of works.
  • A single hub connects everything- All documents, details and decisions are all synced to a single source allowing perfect communication and records.

Completed Projects

Our collection of completed projects is our pride and proof that our service delivers. Each project started off with a free Preliminary Design and Build costs estimates that gave our clients the confidence and space to go ahead with their home build.

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House Plans

Our House Plans are based off real designs created for real clients, these collections will help give ideas about what you want for a home design. Remember these designs can be modified to suits your needs.

Small Lot House Plan

Two Storey House Plans

Acreage Lot House Plans

Lowset House Plans

Sloping Lot House Plans

Highset House Plans

Duplex House Plans

Recent Designs

Some of our Latest Designs created by Building Buddy.

Firetail, Duplex House Plan


Ringneck, Lowset House Plan


Heron, Two Storey House Plan


Wellington, Lowset House Plan


Sherwood, Lowset House Plan


Silvereye, Sloping Lot House Plan


Finch, Two Storey House Plan


Enoggera, Two Storey House Plan


Affiliated Builders

Building Buddy only works with the most competent builders to make sure we achieve the best outcome. By work closely with builders we can costplan the project in a way that makes it esay for you and the builder to do a deal. Problems and difficulties are overcome early; helping to deliver the best outcome possible.


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