Volume Builder vs Custom Builder

Natalie Stevens, founder of buildinwarrnambool.com.au, recently contributed to an article on finder.com.au about how much it really costs to build a house in Australia.  Whilst we’re not sure we can vouch for all the information in the article, we think Natalie’s take on choosing between a Volume or Custom Builder is spot on.

We’ve taken her contributing section from the article to share with you here.

Volume builder vs custom builder

Although it’s not always the case, volume builders are usually nationally owned companies that have completely systemised their home-building process. Natalie Stevens, a regional residential property developer in Warrnambool and founder of buildinwarrnambool.com.au, says the main feature that attracts people to use a volume builder is their extensive range of floor plans that are already priced out, catering to budgets ranging from standard to luxury.

“Volume builders work on a standard inclusions and upgrade scale where you can add and subtract according to your budget. It’s a very simple option for people who want someone to take care of the whole process from start to finish,” she says.

However, she points out that when you choose a volume builder, every aspect of the build is typically finalised before construction starts. Every single detail is set out right down to the colour of the paint on your walls. “If you are someone who likes to improvise and change things as you go, you might be better suited to a custom build,” she says.

Custom builders are usually hands-on local tradesmen who pride themselves on the personal quality and uniqueness that they can bring to your home building experience. Custom builders suit people who like the idea of having some level of involvement in the home-building process, though that is completely optional.

If you choose a custom builder, you have the freedom and flexibility to improvise and make adjustments along the way. Although many custom builders have a range of plans available to inspire you, Stevens points out that you may have already engaged the services of an architect and/or draftsperson to create plans for your home.

“A custom builder will often work alongside clients during the design phase of their home. Otherwise, you’ll get quotes from custom builders after your designer has completed your working drawings,” she explains.

Natalie Stevens has created a free Meet your builder service to help those seeking to build in Warrnambool – Find it here and choose the builder that’s right for you.

The Ultimate Guide for planning to build your new home


You’re not building a home, you’re planning to build a home and it’s during the planning stages when all the big decisions are made.   But it’s also where the biggest mistakes are made.

Businesses will only tell you what they want you to know.  We’ll tell you what you need to know.  We’re dedicated to sharing the information that enables families to have a happy and successful home building experience where risk, time wasting and stress are minimized and value is maximized

How many times have you heard:

‘If we were doing it again’ or, ‘If only they’d told us’ or ‘If only we’d known’.

Using this system you’ll be BEST positioned to avoid some of the biggest mistakes made.  Plus, it will save you loads of time, money and stress.  And as an added bonus it shares how to create instant equity by showing you how to unleash a mountain of value that most people don’t even know exists.

Natalie Stevens is the founder of Build In Warrnambool and author of Building Home – The 5 Step Journey to Building your Best Lifestyle.  After seeing families make the same mistakes time and time again Natalie harnessed the knowledge she’s gained from her lifetime of exposure to the construction industry to unpack the whole process of planning to build a home and put it all back together to give you a 5 step system that helps you stay in control throughout the entire building journey.

This gave me the confidence to know I’ll be able to build my dream home and be satisfied with every decision along the way – Narelle