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How to get started on your luxury home design

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A Concept Design created for our Project Brookfield

There’s nothing quite like designing your own luxury home and knowing that it has been tailored to your suit your personal style. Perhaps you would also bask in the opportunity to experience choosing your own selections and finishes. When it comes to planning and designing your luxury home there is a lot to understand, organise and do. With this in mind, we’ve gathered a helpful list on how to best get started on your project below:    

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A Concept Design created for our Camp Hill Project
  • Get inspired

The first step in your luxury home design process is to get some inspiration. This means simply putting pen to paper and sketching some broad ideas or creating an inspiration board on Pinterest – whatever format works for you really. You will need to outline exactly what your home will entail, and the features that need to be included. Don’t forget to plan for your future, it’s important to think about your lifestyle requirements and needs as well. This means spatial considerations allowing for grandparents and teenagers in the coming years or accommodating visiting family over holiday periods. If you’re working hybrid or remotely, then a home office could be a sensible idea also. Design your layout thoughtfully and cautiously as flexibility in living can improve your lifestyle e.g., a home office / spare room combined.

Melissa Woodcraft, our director at Concepts Unlimited Design
  • Consider your budget

The inspiration is often the fun part – the budgeting less so! However, financial limitations will impact your planning if you’re going to realistically design a dream luxury home.  Therefore its important to remember, when you’re working with a great luxury home build and design team, they can assist you by saving money in specific areas, so that you can then select the finer details you desire. Some of the budgeting considerations will include:

  • Architect fees
  • Building permit fees
  • Inspections
  • Site work
  • Foundation and framing
  • Interior and exterior finishes
  • Heating, cooling, plumbing, and electric installations
  • Driveway, decking, carports and garages. 
  • Furniture & soft furnishings
  • Decide on a style 

Early in your luxury home design, you’ll need to decide on the style of your property. Knowing which luxury styles speak to you will also help keep your selections consistent throughout and will help with choosing the materials used in constructing your home. If you’re unsure of the style you want, start experimenting with finding images of homes you like or look around your neighbourhood. This will also assist your building design team to identify your preferences in style. To give you an idea of style descriptions, the below are most commonly chosen:

  • Contemporary or modern 
  • Mid-century modern
  • Mediterranean
  • Tudor
  • Cape Cod
  • Colonial
  • Country French
  • Cottage
  • Ranch
  • Craftsman
  • Farmhouse
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Project Stuartholme - located in Bardon. Building Design by Concepts Unlimited Design
  • Choose a floor plan 

Working alone, you will have to consider either buying ready-made floor plans which may potentially limit your design ambitions. Alternatively, you could work with a professional building design team to collaborate with you and design your luxury home for you. Whatever way you go, a building design will need to be drawn up & officially be building approved before you can begin construction work on your luxury house. 

  • Living and working spaces: The location of bedrooms, bathrooms, the kitchen, living rooms, garages, basements, attics, and hallways. 
  • Room layouts: This includes the location of doorways, window sizes and location, door openings, and major furniture location. 
  • Room features: This is where built-in appliances will be located. 
  • Location of the home

In addition to the building design plan, you’ll also need to decide where the home will be situated on the plot. You will also need to consider the local building codes and restrictions. Other important decisions are where the home will also be situated to take advantage of the sun and local climate so that you’re maximising on shade or sun where necessary. Drainage, sewage lines and rainwater runoff also come into the planning, and the location of outside storage areas and driveways. 

Our Project Lock - located in Stanthorpe
  • Select your finishes 

This is where you get to add your personal touches when it comes to your dream home finishes! This includes the fixtures and fittings that you choose that really bring through your individual tastes. You’ll need to consider how you want to live in each space, understand the climate and wear-and-tear when it comes to selecting these items. Colour is also a major factor when choosing your fixtures and fittings, as they will need to work with the rest of your furniture. If the idea of making these choices on your own overwhelms you, consider working with a interior design team to guide you into making great choices. Some of the necessary selections will include the following:

  • Lighting
  • Heating and cooling
  • Electrical outlets
  • Baths, sinks, tapware, toilets
  • Cupboards and cabinetry 
  • Flooring 


  • Bring your dream to life with a luxury home building designer 

The modern luxury you’re looking for can be achieved, especially when working with experienced luxury home building designers like Concepts Unlimited Design. This team of home and interior design specialists works with you to bring the vision of your dream home to life. With more than 20 years of experience, this award-winning company has the right experience and know-how to create that bespoke modern home you’re wanting. The team specialises in:

  • Building design: Expert building designers who work with clients to craft the ultimate modern home design outcome. 
  • Interior design: Your personal style and taste will come out when working with this inspired team that is able to pair 
  • aesthetic excellence with absolute liveability. 
  • Furniture & Styling: Well-considered, custom furniture design options sourced for boutique projects


Make your dream a reality by connecting with the dynamic team from Concepts Unlimited Design today.