Design & Build

The experienced team at Harlan Homes are what makes us one of the most trusted custom home builders in Sydney and surrounds. Led by our in-house Architect and Design Development Manager, Riccardo Ranieri (Ric), our design team strikes that perfect balance between creativity and pragmatism, helping you design and build the family home of your dreams.

Trusted Partner

If you’re looking to design and build your own home, engaging with a capable and credible builder is the very first step to ensuring a successful build. At Harlan Homes, we’re committed to providing a seamless Design & Build experience for all our clients.

This includes having a dedicated contact person for your build that you can rely on for updates and important questions, as well as a process that puts you at the forefront of your custom home building experience. With years of knowledge and experience, our team will provide guidance and support for you at every step.

Harlan Homes is a trusted custom home builder serving Sydney and the Northern Beaches
The team at Harlan Homes specialises in timeless home designs

Timeless Design

We craft homes of enduring quality, that grow with your family and last for generations. Your custom designed home will have a timeless, classic quality to it that will remain relevant and appealing no matter the trends that come in the next few decades.

We have designed homes in a variety of styles, including Hamptons, Coastal, and Australian Contemporary, and will work with you to find a design that best suits your taste.

100% Customer Focus

As a custom home builder, our house designs are customisable and will be tailored to you and your family’s specific needs. When you design your own home with us, you can expect a house design that provides bespoke solutions and inclusions, with a focus on practical design features that best works for you and your family’s lifestyle.

Streamlined Process

Designing and building a new home is an exciting – and often a once-in-a-lifetime – experience. It can also feel overwhelming. The Harlan Homes difference is our focus on your journey.

From architectural concepts for your new custom home design, the selection of materials, and recommendations on the performance of various appliance brands or finishes, right through to managing pool designs and landscaping consultants, we will provide you with a single point of contact and a streamlined experience. We are with you all the way!   

As part of our Design & Build service, Ric and our design team will collaborate with you to develop a concept design to start off your custom home building process. And that’s just the start – head to our Build Process page for a more in-depth look at the Design & Build process.

The build process at Harlan Homes puts you first

Design & Build Your Custom Home With Us

A trusting, open, and positive relationship between clients and their home builder is critical for success.  We are honoured that dozens of families from across Sydney and surrounds have entrusted Harlan Homes to create their custom designed home this year. We would love to assist you to design and build your own home too.

Book a free 15-minute discovery call with our team to find out more about our Design & Build services.

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FAQs for Custom Home Design & Build

We can help you build a house in Sydney and surrounding areas, including Cammeray, Cremorne, Cremorne Point, Crows Nest, Kirribilli, Kurraba Point, Lavender Bay, McMahons Point, Milsons Point, Neutral Bay, North Sydney, St Leonards, Waverton, Wollstonecraft and Bingara Gorge in the Southern Highlands.

Yes, we have a variety of Harlan Homes designs and floor plans to choose from, and our team of architects and designers can also help customise existing plans to create a new home design. The team will ensure that the design will suit your block and your lifestyle.

Whether you’re building a home for multi-generational living, have specific accessibility needs, or simply need more rooms to accommodate your growing family, our internal Architects will work with you to customise a design to suit any and all your specific needs.

Yes, you can certainly build from your own house plans. 

Yes, we offer turnkey home building solutions, which includes the completion of different features including driveways, pools, landscaping, and even custom letter boxes. Once your custom designed home is complete, you’ll just have to turn your key in the door and move in – no need to worry about setting up anything else once!

The cost of your custom home build will depend on a variety of factors, including the size of your home, your build site, and the materials and finishings that you choose. In general, a 330-350m2 home with 4 bedrooms & 2-3 bathrooms would cost between $800k to $900k, whereas a 450-500m2 home with 5-6 bedrooms and 3-4 bathrooms would cost around the $1.5 million mark.

During the design planning process, we will have a look at your house design and price it out accordingly so you have a clear idea of the costs before we get started.

We use a standard HIA building contract.

The initial design and pricing process will take around 3 to 6 months, depending on how many changes are made to the design and selections. Following that, the DA approval usually takes around 6 months to process through council and CDC will take around 3 months with a private certifier. From DA or CDC approval onwards, it will generally take between 42 to 45 weeks until handover.                                      

We generally run the selections process concurrently with the design, DA/CDC, and into the start of your build, so a lot of the timings will overlap.

Yes, you can definitely make changes (variations) to your house design during your build. However, we always remind clients that variations can add unexpected costs to your build, so we always recommend finalising as many details as possible during the design process

Yes, our designers can help you with the interior design of your new custom home.

Yes, you’ll receive updates throughout your custom home building process. When you build with Harlan Homes, you will be appointed a dedicated Project Manager who will provide frequent updates and is available for any questions or concerns you might have. We also offer monthly site meetings to walk you through the progress of your build.

Yes, you can include features such as a pool, landscaping, driveway, and other custom inclusions within your custom home build. This is part of our comprehensive turnkey home building solutions and can be included as part of your home building contract.

The team here at Harlan Homes is committed to a customer-focused approach, which means that your needs and priorities are the focus when you design and build your home with us. Your home will be a true reflection of your needs, wants, and tastes.

We also specialise in timeless house designs that will stand the test of time and remain relevant for generations to come.

We know that building a custom home can feel overwhelming, which is why we’ve developed a seamless process and built a network of top-notch building professionals to ensure that your home build process is smooth from start to finish.

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North Sydney, NSW 2060
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