A Basic outline of the Building Buddy process.


Get in touch for your Concept Plan & Price Estimate

Your phone number will be used only to contact you and will be kept completely private.

Work Within Your Budget

As you go about creating your dream home, your selection choices, building options, and design styles need to be blended to get the perfect new home design.

  • Constant pricing updates and information is vital, as you work through the new home design process.
  • Design and inclusion options should be easy to read and understand as you fine tune your design.
  • You must be given the maximum amount of flexibility in every respect, during your new home design process, so you can manage your budget effectively.

Use of Your Available Space Efficiently

Space is the single biggest cost centre in your home. Managing the size of your home during the design process is important if you want the maximum bang for your buck.

  • We always design for minimum cost, maximum impact.
  • Get the space & things you want in your home without breaking the bank.
  • Don't let size substitute for good design. Create spaces so they fit the intended use.
  • Prioritize space for the rooms that are more frequently used.
  • Design the floor layout, so that the spaces flow effortlessly.
  • Make sure your furniture fits, and sits naturally in place.

Get the Best From Your Land

  • Use passive solar energy efficiently and how to make sure your rooms face the right direction.
  • Design for the natural qualities of your land.
  • Maximise the comfort and amenity provided by your block's location.
  • Design the floor layouts, and shape the land contours, in harmony with each other.

Choose the Right Builder for the Job

  • Price is Important, but only one of the important factors you need to take into account.
  • It is preferable to work with people who take their business seriously. Building Homes is not a hobby. Use Builders who adopt a professional approach.

Builders use different approaches to finding work.

  • Some are only contractors. They provide no additional services apart from building your plan to specification. Responsibility for any errors and unforeseen circumstances rests with you.
  • Some will assist and help you find planning professionals to design your home.
  • Design-Build Contractors help you design your home and build it.

Our Focus is on making sure Builders are able to provide a cost-free home design service to you.

  • Our Builders are dedicated to giving you a high quality building experience
  • They have managerial ability and business infrastructure to give you the best service and quality.

Frequently Asked Questions


How does this all work?

We provide an initial custom home design sketch solution that is a low-cost alternative to an architecturally designed home. We are then able to properly and accurately estimate building costs. This is a professional service using the platform developed by us over the past decade. It produces better home design build outcomes than any similar service offered in the market today. Give it a test drive today, you have nothing to lose.

What if I don't go ahead?

If you don;t go ahead, then it is probable you won't be using our design and there will be no additional charges.

What about your 'standard plans'

You can select one of our existing designs found on this site. It is always better to draw a home specifically for a site. Using design ideas from an existing plan, in whole or part, can often be an easy way to find what you like.

We will gladly modify one of our standard plans if you like.

Please read our terms & conditions, for further guidance.

Yes, we will happily give form to your plan ideas provide working drawings.

Will you provide costs for the homes you design for us?

Our service is integrated with build-cost estimates. It is important to know, what your home will cost to build. It is design process we call cost-planning. It is the easiest way we can eliminate wasting money and effort of expensive custom home design.

How much will this cost?

There is a small charge for our preliminary concept design work which is conservatively valued at $2,000, depending on the style of design. Along with build-cost estimates, these concept plans allow you the flexibility to better plan for a favorable home design and build outcome. You are then able to make an informed decision to move forward or not. From time-to-time we provide an incentive special in specific geographic areas.

Can I pay you for your design?

Yes you can pay for the design and own the right to build it.

We also get paid by our affiliated builders to provide these designs as a promotional service to their prospective customers. We also get paid by our builders to provide plan, estimation, marketing and other admin work on our platform.

If you would like more control, and to be free to shop the design around, we provide a cut-price drafting service. You still benefit from our design expertise. The fee for construction plans are

  • Single Storey- $1,750 GST Inclusive
  • Two Storey- $2,200 GST Inclusive
  • Split Level or more complicated plans- POA

A 20% deposit is required prior to any drafting work starting

* All drafting prices are subject to review prior to work commencing

Can I use these plans as part of the DA process?

A small additional charge will apply if you want want to lodge prelim concept plans as part of a Development Approval (DA Plans).