With the Gold Coast’s economy gaining momentum, new home buyers are returning to the prestige end of the market.

Jim Taylor, whose company Gold Coast Unique Homes specialises in building custom designed luxury homes, says new starts since the recent election reflect the area’s increased business and consumer confidence. “We’re currently experiencing our busiest period in over 4 years,” he said. “Projects that have been on hold for many months are moving into construction while several new contracts have been signed with prestige home buyers.”

Mr Taylor said while a number of local building companies had ceased trading during the downturn, Gold Coast Unique Homes has been fortunate in maintaining sufficient on-going projects to ensure that they could retain their experienced trade teams. “We’ve been building on the Gold Coast for over 30 years and over that time we’ve assembled some of the most highly skilled trade teams in the country. This is reflected in the very high standard of joinery and internal finishes, luxury kitchens and bathroom designs incorporated into our homes. These in turn, increase each home’s market appeal and potential re-sale value. 

“Recently, we made a substantial investment in upgrading our in-house computer software. Our in-house designers are now supported with the latest technology to assist them in the design and build process while another specialised estimating program allows us to contain costs by more accurately forecasting and purchasing our construction materials.” Mr Taylor said one of the greatest benefits of these software developments has been the ability to transfer floor plans and design ideas into computer generated three dimensional visual reality walk-through images. 

“Clients can experience what it will be like to live in their new home before we’ve even turned the first soil for the foundations,” he said. “More importantly, clients can fine tune their design ideas before contracts are signed and building has commenced. “While few other Gold Coast builders have had the resources to invest in technology of this nature in recent years, our investment allows us to offer truly custom designed luxury homes at most affordable prices.”

Mr Taylor stressed that his company builds on the basis of fixed price contracts, ensuring there are no unplanned cost blowouts when the final progress payment falls due. “High volume project builders are simply not geared to accommodating design changes or handling difficult building sites. Unfortunately, their projected building costs often escalate,” he said. Gold Coast Unique Homes is now the Coast’s longest serving custom home builder.

Since it began operating, the company has completed some of the area’s most stunning private homes and has received over 30 prestigious industry awards. The company’s construction portfolio includes superb waterfront homes, spacious homes designed for relaxed acreage living, homes for convenient town sites and villa homes for both investors and owner-occupiers. It also offers free design and free interior decorating assistance and provides a 25 year structural guarantee with every home it builds.