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Your Building Home Checklist: 52 Ideas To Make Coming Home Awesome

Custom Builders often have their own range of floorplans that they can share with you and unlike the Volume Builders, they offer the added bonus of being able to 'customise' or adapt them to suit.

building home checklist

Welcome to our Building Home Checklist, a comprehensive list of all the important areas to consider when building your dream home. From obvious necessities to often-overlooked luxuries, this checklist is designed to ensure that no stone is left unturned during the planning and building process. It is not meant to showcase extravagant luxuries that might not fit your budget, but rather, to form part of your Builders Brief.

Whether you are working with a Custom or Volume Builder, this list can assist in painting the overall picture for your builder from the beginning. The checklist covers items that contribute to a better lifestyle, some of which may be considered luxuries. For example, a heat lamp in the bathroom may not be a necessity, but for someone who loathes feeling cold, it can be a lifesaver.

Without careful consideration of this checklist, many crucial items may be overlooked when talking to your builder, leading to missed opportunities and regret. With our Building Home Checklist, you can rest assured that every little detail is taken into account, so that you can enjoy your home to the fullest each and every day.

The Building Home Checklist serves as a helpful reminder of key areas that should be considered during the planning phases of building a home. By addressing these areas early on in the process, homeowners can avoid potential headaches and delays later down the line. Furthermore, the checklist provides a valuable communication tool with builders, ensuring that all parties are on the same page when it comes to important features of the home.

Prioritising the checklist can guide homeowners in determining what matters most to them and what they can realistically afford within their budget. In the end, the checklist serves as both a practical tool and a way to streamline the communication between homeowners and builders.


  • Proximity of living areas to bedrooms (noise considerations)
  • Inbuilt cabinetry or bare space?
  • Location of TV in room (reflections for daytime viewing)
  • Functionality of lounge placement
  • Window placement and size. Could a higher window that lets you use the wall space be a better option?


  • Consider the flow you want this space to have. Eg. Kitchen > Table > Alfresco.
  • Table shape and size. Make sure what you want and need will fit.
  • Open living or separate
  • Morning Sun. Choose or design a floorplan that enables this area to be light and bright if possible,


  • Location to car (for groceries)
  • Pot Drawers
  • Soft Close Drawers
  • Above Bench Cupboards
  • Functionality of Rubbish Bin
  • Power Points on Island Bench
  • Location of Power Points on Splash-back (can they be hidden)
  • Functionality of Pantry - Walk In or Butlers Pantry?
  • Incinerator
  • Over-hang Bench Width (for stools)
  • Kitchen Benchtops - explore current options


  • Sizes of rooms (measure existing spaces in the home your in to get an idea of what you want)
  • Block out Blinds
  • Number and Location of Power Points
  • Cabinetry and Design of Robes
  • Data Points
  • Bed Placement (consider high windows to allow for use of more wall space)
  • Cavity Slider separating sections of home Eg. To block of living/kitchen areas to bedrooms)
  • Proximity of Bedrooms to Living Areas


  • Tiled or Inserted Shower Base
  • Size and function of bath - inset or freestanding?
  • Size of shower
  • Recessed Storage Nook in Shower
  • Heated Towel Racks
  • In Floor Heating
  • Heat Lights in Ceiling
  • Double or Single Vanity
  • Towel Storage
  • Separate Family Toilet or in bathroom?
  • Window In Toilet


  • Laundry size and functionality
  • Everyday Storage for Games, School Books, Bags ect
  • Rarely Used Items Storage Such As Christmas, Camping, Luggage etc
  • Office or Administration Storage
  • Linen Cupboard
  • Bikes etc
  • Tools
  • Gardening Equipment


  • Location of TV's
  • Data Points
  • Charging Dock for Handheld Vacuum
  • Location of Family Computer
  • Downlights
  • Dimmer Lights
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Over Kitchen Bench Lighting
  • Smart Home Features


  • Outdoor Light Sensors
  • Home Security
  • Exterior Power Points
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Location of Heating/Cooling Controls
  • Location of Water Tank
  • Location and amount of outdoor taps
  • Alfresco Lighting and Power
  • Alfresco Gas


  • Cavity Sliders (space saving)
  • Deep Freeze/ 2nd Fridge
  • All Abilities Access



Don't underestimate the value of the little things, they have the power to make a big difference.

- Natalie Stevens


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