There are so many decisions to be made when building a custom home or undertaking a bespoke renovation. How much will you spend? What style will the design be and who will craft this? Who will you work with to bring your dream home to life? While this can be an exciting prospect, it can also be an overwhelming one, and it can be tough to work out the best choices for your build and budget.

One of the most crucial decisions to make early on is whether you should approach an architect or a builder first. Here at BCM Aust, we are firm believers in engaging a builder before you do anything else. Keep reading to discover why…

The key to a carefully designed and expertly built home is collaboration.

You want everyone involved in your home build – from the architect and interior designer, to the builder, tradespeople and contractors on site – to understand your vision and work collaboratively towards a single goal. These homes are the ones that emanate harmony and synergy throughout.

This can be achieved by engaging a builder at the beginning. Alongside your chosen builder you can discuss ideas and plan for your home, while they can draw upon their experience and well-established relationships to help you select an architect who understands your projects. This gives you the best chance of finding an architect who can execute your ideas exactly as you imagined. While your house plans are being drafted, your builder can consult with your architect, offering their knowledge on material costs and building techniques to make the future building process simpler, faster or simply more cost effective.

Communication is key in any successful build.

If you have an architect and builder collaborating from the beginning, you’re less likely to have issues communication, which is another huge factor in a successful build. Particularly if your builder puts you in touch with an architect they’ve worked with before, communication will be emphasised from the beginning.

Many times, clients who hire separate architects and builders are forced to play the mediator and ensure they are across all updates, which can be time-consuming and stressful. Working from a builder from the start means they can act as mediator and communicate clearly and effectively with you and your architect at all times.

An exciting and beautiful build can turn stressful when the budget begins to blow out.

This can be avoided by engaging a builder before an architect. This way, your builder can consult with your architect during the design process and use their building knowledge and experience to ensure that the proposed design, materials, fixtures and fitting all align with your specific budget. If you work with a builder from the earliest stages of your project , you can stress-less about your budget and simply enjoy the thrilling experience of seeing your bespoke, one-of-a-kind home come to life.


At BCM Aust, we work regularly with architects on bespoke custom homes and renovations across the inner suburbs of Sydney. If you’re looking to craft an architecturally-designed home, but don’t know where to start, get in touch with our team today.


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BCM Aust

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PO Box 3174, Bellevue Hill 2023

BCM Aust

M | 0421 117 084

E |

PO Box 3174, Bellevue Hill 2023