Successful Changes to Stroud Designs

Successful Changes to Stroud Designs

Making changes to our designs

Building a new home can come with many big decisions and if you’ve never built before, you may have lots of questions for your builder.

Nathan Dunn from Stroud Homes Gold Coast North and South has been delivering homes in the residential building industry for more than 20 years and he is the perfect person to answer those questions. We asked Nathan to answer some common questions about making changes to a Stroud Homes design.


Am I allowed to make changes to a Stroud Homes home design?

Yes of course. You can make your personal touches to our standard designs. We work with you closely to add your desired changes and empower you to choose what you need at the right time and to your budget.


If I want to make changes, who do I talk to?

Our sales consultant Martin is our local expert and will help you make those key decisions with your home. He works closely with our design team to implement the changes you wish to make the home your own.

We have completed many successful custom design homes and variations of our standard plans which people have been amazed with at the end of the day.


If I decide on a change that will negatively impact the overall design, will you let me know?

Most of the time no. But if it does become clunky or unworkable in aesthetic appeal or structural integrity then we let you know of this issue immediately and recommend solutions that are advisable and hopefully satisfactory.

Our aim is to design a home that fits the land, fits the budget and fits the family. That’s the Stroud Way.


Will I get to see new house plans with the changes I’ve requested?

During our design process with Martin and our designer, we include you at every step. We work within the preliminary drawings to your brief and design choices to a point where you are happy and signoff on the final design so, we can create the working drawings ready to build and get approved.

Our designs are well thought out and suit the Queensland lifestyle and climate. As we take into account the orientation with the sun, your views if you have any, flow of rooms, furniture placement and cross flow breezes which are important in summer.


If I make changes to the design, will it affect the cost?

Yes, it can in most cases. There will be minor or sometimes major costs depending on structural changes or adding to the building’s footprint size for instance.

Minor cosmetic or internal wall movements do not incur much of a cost impact and we advise you along the way of these costs and highlight them to you so you can have the power to choose well and with autonomy.


How much should I take re-sale into consideration when I make changes?

Resale is an important factor to consider when building a home. You may not believe you will be moving in the near future but circumstances change and you may be put in a situation earlier of selling your home. I think you should always build to sell. Keep in front of mind when designing and budgeting.

You don’t want to under or over spend obviously. It’s important to meet the market in your estate and suburb. And, think about what the target buyer maybe looking for in the future.


What is one common change people like to make?

Common changes we find are things like making bedrooms bigger, alfresco larger and more kitchen storage. We’re finding adding an attached granny flat is enjoying a resurgence as many people wish to have the extended family living under the one roof. But, mostly it’s about customising a house to suit the way people live and function in it.


Can you give me an example of a successful change a client has made to a design?

A classic example would be the changes we made to our client’s modified Kirra 303 Skillion in Hope Island. We modified to suit their block and added a rear upstairs master bedroom balcony to overlook the water.

We also added a large window where the freestanding bath is in the ensuite to capture the views of the water when in the bath. Really nice personal touches that add the champagne….


If you’d like to add the ‘champagne’ to your Stroud Home design or would like to talk about making changes to a Stroud Home design, give the team a call on 0457 229 956.

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