Home Designers & Individual House Plans • Boyd Design Perth 2017-05-16T12:28:19+00:00
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We individually design custom homes Australia wide.

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Why an Individual Home Design?

As Perth home designers, we speak with many people who are planning on building a new home. These people generally contact us once they’ve looked through a number of display homes, only to discover the home they want and need doesn’t actually exist. Sound familiar? We’re not surprised and you’re certainly not alone.

Project builders design their display homes to appeal to the general market. Therefore, these homes are not designed to respond to your specific needs or those of your family. In addition, display homes are not designed to suit your particular block of land. This often results in poor solar design, reducing comfort levels while increasing energy costs.

While these builders will often amend their standard floor plans, to better suit your needs, this can prove expensive and often results in home plans which don’t flow well.  As a result, many people build the home their builder wants them to build, not the home they actually want or need and certainly not the one which best suits their site.

There’s nothing better than living with a home that has been designed with you in mind. As a result, the home will respond well to your needs, those of your family and your building site. Therefore, your home will be more comfortable, more energy efficient and provide outdoor living spaces which are more spacious, practical and useful.

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We Genuinely do Care about You.

Many people tell us they love our house designs as they are creative and unique. There’s one main reason for this, genuine passion. We’re truly passionate home designers and we care about about your home design responding perfectly to the needs of you, your family and the solar aspect of your site. We love what we do and we operate very different to most.

Unlike many home designers, we’re certainly not “yes men”. In view of this, we’ll challenge your ideas to ensure we deliver a stunning home that you’ll love in every respect. In addition, we’ll speak up if we believe any of your ideas will have a negative impact on your enjoyment of, or living with, your new  home. We’ll do this because we genuinely care about you doing the right thing by yourself. Therefore, you can rest assured that your new home will be ideal in every way.

We also want to help you achieve the maximum sale price, should you sell your home. Therefore, we’ll probably advise against you having the washing machine & dryer on the upper floor of a two storey home. We also know that up-side-down houses don’t sell very well.

In addition, if you’re approaching your senior years, we’ll usually advise against you building a two storey home. If you have young kids and a long term plan for the home, we’ll design bedrooms suitable for young adults, not kids. If dad hasn’t had his mid-life crisis yet, we’ll ensure there’s enough garage space for his red convertible or Harley. Yes, I’m kidding – unless you actually want space for these.

Many businesses use words such as “passion”, “care” & “dedication” within their marketing hype. However, very few actually deliver on this. In fact, the word “passion” is so over-used it’s almost become meaningless. Not so with Boyd Design. We back this up in genuine, meaningful ways.

Our design contract contains a number of written guarantees to protect your investment. In addition, we firmly believe the landscape must form an integral part of the home. Therefore, we also include a free landscape design. While primarily home designers, our pool & landscape designs have won many industry awards. This is testimony to the fact that we will design a stunning home for you.

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Your Peace of Mind Included.

When we purchase an item, it comes with a warranty. That is, most things except home designer services. This is sad for our industry, but great for our clients. We believe we’re the only home designers including written guarantees. These are written in our design contract.

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More than House Designers, we’re Home Designers

As home designers, we do far more than just design houses, we complete the picture by designing the swimming pool & landscape concurrently.

As Australians, we do a good deal of living outdoors. In view of this, we believe our outdoor living spaces must form an integral part of our house designs. This is why we pay particular attention to the swimming pool & landscape while designing your home. In doing this, we ensure your home will flow effortlessly in to your landscape as the two spaces become one.

As you browse through our house plans, you’ll soon appreciate the quality of our landscape designs and how well integrated they actually are.

This service is included complimentary for all our clients, which quite a big deal. It’s not usual for home designers to include this service.

This service not only ensures your have a whole home, it saves you having to engage the services of a landscape designer. Valued from around $6,000.00, there is no doubt that our services represent great value for money. We’ve all heard the saying “nothing is for nothing”. Well, this is one of those very rare exceptions.

More than just house designers, we offer you a complete lifestyle design service. From the kerb to the rear fence, your whole property will benefit from the comprehensive design services we offer.

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Common Questions Answered

When shopping around for house designers, it’s only natural that you’ll have a ton of questions. You may be asking yourself “Who can I trust to design my home?”, “What if I don’t like the home they design?”, “How much does it cost?”, “Who builds the design?”

As experienced house designers, we’ve successfully designed all types of homes for all types of people and all types of sites. As such, there probably isn’t a scenario we haven’t dealt with. In addition, our clients range from those who have never built before through to the directors of established building companies. So, no matter where you are at, we can definitely help you.

Additionally, you may have questions about the ideal building site, the best orientation or what it costs to build a new home. Or perhaps you need assistance with block selection, advice on swimming pools or are not sure how to choose a builder best suited to your particular build. We can assist you with all your questions and help you make an more informed decision.

While it’s impossible to answer all your questions here, we’ve prepared some answers to some common questions. If your questions aren’t in the list below, then please feel free contact us to discuss your particular situation. We’re here to help you and there’s no such thing as a stupid question, so fire away.

Based on our website and the home designs featured, many people think we are expensive home designers or only design million dollar homes. Neither are actually true. We design homes with budgets from $250k through to millions in value. No matter what your budget, you’ll experience the same passion & dedication because every home designed is done so by Boyd himself.
Similar services can cost 10%, or more, of the total project value. This fee is often applied to everything. The house, earthworks, the landscape & finishing items. We believe this, being paid a percentage for items not even designed, is ridiculous. We charge only 4.5% of the budget for the house itself. This means our fee isn’t applied to earthworks, finishing items, the landscape or anything else.

For example, let’s say you have a total budget of $500k (excluding land) to build your home. We’ll deduct the estimated costs of earthworks, floor coverings, air-con, the landscape and so on. If the total cost of these items is estimated at $120, this leaves a budget balance of $380k for the house itself. Our fee is only applied to the $380k. 4.5% of $380k is $17,100.00 plus GST.

Considering our written guarantees & complimentary landscape design, we truly believe we are the best value home designers around.

With some architects & home designers, yes. Not so with Boyd Design.

Boyd has designed homes for people who have known what they don’t like, not what they actually do like. He has also designed homes for people who’ve had no idea what they like. One which stands out is a client who handed Boyd plans of a home based totally on hexagonal shapes. From the entry foyer to the rooms, everything was a hexagon. The resulting home design was so far removed from these plans, not one thing remained the same. In fact, the home is featured on this website. Take a look here.

Boyd is certainly no “yes man”. He’ll listen to your ideas and develop these into a home plan which is perfect for you in every respect. He achieves this through his unique interview process. By the time he’s done, he’ll know exactly who you are, how you function as a family and anticipates your needs in ten years’ time. This is why we can guarantee the results in writing.

As you can see on this website, there is only one home design style Boyd know’s how to design, yours.

No matter what style of home you seek, Boyd will create it for you. In fact, he has created home styles which are so unique they can’t actually be categorised.

As a genuinely passionate home designer, Boyd works tirelessly to ensure you’ll absolutely love every aspect of your new home design. He is also the only home designer, within Australia, who guarantees this is writing.

No, we are home designers – not builders.

We are able to assist you in obtaining cost estimates from builders and can suggest a few builders to you. You are also free to choose any builder you like because, unlike many home designers & architects, we don’t take referral fees from builders. This means we’ll suggest builders we trust to deliver quality & value, not just those lining our pockets.

With more than 30 years experience with the building industry, Boyd will know the estimated cost of building your home before you engage our design services.

Before we take you on as a client, you’ll meet with Boyd to discuss your new home in detail. Taking around three hours, this meeting is much more than a “get to know you” type of meeting, Boyd will ask you many questions to gain a sound understanding of the home you want and compare this with the allocated budget.

In some cases, Boyd may say “Sorry, your expectations are unrealistic”. In others he’ll say “Your budget is realistic but may be a little short”. In some very rare cases, the expectations of the client are actually aligned to their budget. The fact is, we all want more than we can comfortably afford. No matter if the budget is $250k or $2.5m, it’s a rare event that a client can achieve all their heart desires.

So, even before you have committed to Boyd Design, we establish the estimated cost to build your home. Doing this in advance is important to us and to you. As responsible home designers, we don’t want to take your money if your expectations are unrealistic, there’s no point in doing so.

There is no standard answer to this as every home is different and presents a unique set of design challenges. The duration of the process is also largely dictated by the client. Some respond quickly with feedback on their design, while others may take weeks.

Subject to a number of things, the process usually looks like this once the documents are signed and the deposit paid.

Initial Design Plans: Up to six weeks (usually delivered within this time).

Desired Design Changes: One week (there can be several rounds of desired changes).

Working or Detailed Drawings: Four weeks (usually delivered within this time).

For more information on the design & build process, click here.

The thing about home design awards is that you must actually enter them to win.

Boyd is a firm believer that, while design awards could be a great marketing tool, they don’t actually mean very much. Boyd truly believes that the only people qualified to judge his home designs are the people who actually live with the homes he designs. After all, it’s not about how trendy or clever the home design is, it’s about how it responds to the needs of the family living with it.

You can read some testimonials on Houzz here, or you can request the contact details of past & present clients. And we promise you, none of these clients are Boyd’s family or friends.

The payment of our design fee is spread out over a period. There is an initial deposit which is then followed by four progress payments as follows.

Initial Deposit: 30%

Upon Completion of the Initial Floor Plans & Elevations: 20%

Upon Completion of any Desired Design Changes: 25%

Upon Completion of the Working Drawings & Final Landscape Design: 25%

There are additional costs associated in order for your home plans to progress to a stage where you can actually build your home. These include, but are not limited to, the following.

Energy Efficiency Report, Engineering Details, Land Surveyor, Building Assessor, BAL Assessor & Council Application Fees. The cost of these items are not included in the fee charged by Boyd Design. However, based on your proposed home and your site, Boyd can estimate these costs for you in advance.

Yes we do!

No matter where you are building, we can design your home. Within Australia or overseas, there is nothing stopping you from engaging the services of Boyd Design.

We have designed homes in NSW & Queensland and worked with clients based in China, location makes no difference.

Indeed we can!

We have developed a building system which can save you around 20% while your home is built in around half the time of regular brick homes. In addition, these homes include double-glazing, lacquered cabinets, stone tops and have far superior thermal & acoustic values.

Designed to look no different to rendered, double-brick homes, these homes are built using a combination of steel & concrete.

In our opinion, these homes are of far superior quality and offer so many more genuine benefits over traditional brick homes.

Call Boyd to discuss these homes in greater detail.

The very first thing to do is call or email Boyd to describe your home in general. During this conversation, he will ask you some questions about your proposed home, your site and your budget.

If all looks achievable and you wish to take the next step, you’ll then book a free design consultation with Boyd. Held at our office and taking around three hours, you’ll chat about your home, your family, your ten year plan and your lifestyle in greater detail.

Within the next few days, you’ll receive our quotation via email. This email will include a letter of engagement (describing your home in words), a schedule of works (details describing what is and what isn’t included in our design fee) and a home design contract.

Should you wish to proceed, you’ll return the completed documents via email and we’ll then invoice you for your deposit.

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Comments from Clients

From the people who really matter.

Boyd Design provided a professional service developing a bespoke house design for our steep block of  land. We had a challenging set of constraints and he worked with us to develop a design that would encompass our requirements and maximise the views.

Working with Boyd while we were living & working in China, our home was designed via email. As such, we really didn’t know what to expect. We were blown away by Boyd’s design.

Adrian, Bunbury.

All our friends with canal homes have really low ceilings in their undercroft areas. Right from the outset, Boyd said he’d never design a home with such low ceilings. He said he wouldn’t have a low ceiling, so why should we. He’s a man of his word!

Now everyone keeps asking how we achieved such a high ceiling level in the undercroft, combined with high ceilings to the other floor levels and such a high pitched roof at the same time!

Ashley, Halls Head.

We first me Boyd five years before we engaged his services. This was for a home addition design. Boyd was so honest, he advised against us undertaking the renovation because it wouldn’t add value to our home, he talked himself out of a job!

Now in our new home, we sat down and asked each other what we’d change about our house. Neither of us could come up with one single thing. Even the trades people were impressed!

Carolyn, Bedfordale.

When collecting their plans from the Council, the Council fellow said “We can’t fault these plans at all, everything is spot on. This has never happened before, you should hold on to this guy”.

This is testimony to the genuine passion we talk about. These are not just mere words, these are our DNA. No matter what Council and no matter how challenging the design, you can rest assured we will get it spot on.

City of Armadale

Boyd has exceptional interpersonal skills and constantly demonstrates that he understands our needs and wishes. He has proven to be patient and flexible beyond a fault.

Even when we changed our plans by purchasing the block next door Boyd was not fazed and started anew with a completely different plan, scope and outcome of the design. Exceptional client focus rarely seen in today’s world.

Kirsten, Exmouth.

When you said you’d get it right the first time, we just thought that was just part of your sales pitch. But you did just that and we’re absolutely blown away.

Sadly, things happen and not all our home designs get built. The reasons for this are numerous and life happens to us all. With an impressive undercroft area, the plans for this Coogee home attract attention from all over Australia.

Michael, Coogee.

 

When asked if they’d sell their home for a handsome profit, Tiffany replied… Sell it? No way, we love it. Everything about it just works so well for us.

This is another case where I originally met these lovely people to the renovation of their existing home. What they had in mind was not going to add value and I advised them against it. Kicking off with the renovation design, the seed grew and they eventually saw the light

Tiffany, Hillarys.

Boyd designed our new house from scratch, it is in the council approval stage now. I am very pleased I chose Boyd, he’s much more than an designer. He has an artistic mind and a great eye for detail which creates a wow factor for his designs.

The existing home, which was to be demolished, was the remains of a home which had been cut in two. Engineering was a nightmare, but nothing Boyd Design couldn’t overcome.

Ron, Bicton.

As a visual person, I have the ability to see my designs in my head before they are built. When look at my plans, some people often wonder why I design certain elements the way I do.

Early on, the bricklayer for a three storey home in Halls Head was asking himself why I had design certain elements the way I had, making his job more complex. Once the home was finished, he said “Now I can see why, it looks amazing”.

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