Concept Plan & Price Estimate

You will meet with our custom home builder James to discuss the concept, ideas and budget of your new home build. Once we know what your vision is, we can give you an idea of build cost. We can also get to work preparing a concept brief for you to ensure that we understand everything you want and we can share your vision with you.

Once we know we have included all that you want, we are ready to get a concept design drawn up for you by our fantastic new home building designer. These cost between $300 and $600 for a new home, depending on the size and complexity.

We then work with you to make the adjustments necessary to get the concept design just right. This is your home and it should be perfect!

Hi, great to meet you! I’m really excited to get the new home build process started with you. I’ll be your go-to person in the initial stages of your enquiry with us. I will arrange meetings for you with our builder James, assist with any questions you may have, facilitate your concept plan design and help with anything else you may need along your build journey.
Megan Hickey

Client Liason

   Architectural & Engineering Plans

Once you are happy with your concept design and elevations we will proceed to have your full working drawings and engineering drawings prepared. These are required so that we can put together a detailed new home build quotation for you later.

Hi, I’m your building designer. As the founder and principal designer of Smek Design, I have extensive experience designing exquisite homes. Masterful home design is my passion and I look forward to creating a beautiful home for you too. i can bring your ideas to life in the most functional, effective and stylish way. James will work closely with you to conceptualise your ideas and consider any adjustments, and we will liaise together to make sure your home is just right.
Michael Smekel

Principal Building Designer, Smek Design

    Initial Selections

Now is a truly exciting stage! You are able to choose all of the finer touches that will personalise your home and bring it to life. We will organise appointments for you to choose your tiles, plumbing fixtures and appliance. We will also walk you through the various other items that you can select for your new home, such as doors, blinds, lighting, skirting and architraves, flooring and more!

Hi, I’m your colour consultant and I’ll be helping you with your colour selections. I absolutely love interior design and have many years experience in the industry. I will help you bring all your colours and styles together ensuring all the elements of your beautiful new home have a cohesive look that reflects your personality and lifestyle. Our colour selection session will be creative and fun, with tea, snacks and plenty of laughs to be shared. Can’t wait to meet you then!
Paula Reardon

Interior Designer, Paula Reardon Designs

   Official Quote

Knowing everything that you would like included we get to work preparing a fully detailed quotation for you. Once completed James will walk you through each area of pricing so that you can see what is being spent and where. You are welcome to make any changes or upgrades as required so that the quote includes everything that you desire for your new home.


When you are happy with your quotation we will prepare your contract for you. The new home building contract used by Highlife Homes is prepared by the Queensland Master Builders Association and is accepted by banking corporations and lending bodies.

Hi, I’m the numbers whizz at Highlife Homes and I’ll be doing your quotation. I absolutely love working in the new home building industry and getting right into the figures of your new home. I’ll be making any necessary adjustments to your quote, pricing options, and preparing your inclusions list ready for contract. Megan will assist you with making any variations to our quote and I will work closely with her to get these done for you.
Emma Hudson



Once your build deposit has been received we can get Building Approval from council and get on site ASAP to start building. You will be able to see progress photos (as well as all other information relating to your project) on our online system Buildertrend. You will also meet fortnightly with your project manager on site to discuss progress. If you need to make a change along the way, no problem! We will show you how to request changes on Buildertrend so that we can action these straight away for you.

Before and after of knock down and rebuild project by Highlife Homes

Hi, I’ll be watching over your project from the start of the build right through to completion. With James, I’ll be making sure the workmanship is top quality and that the build is staying on schedule. I work very closely with James our builder to ensure all homes built by Highlife Homes are of the highest standard. As James always says – “build it how you’d build your mother’s home”.

Graeme Bird

Site Supervisor


When your beautiful new home is completed we will conduct a full handover process with you. You will receive a big binder with all documentation to assist you with moving and containing various warranties and manuals for your fixtures and fittings. You can then enjoy moving in to your fresh new house and truly making it a home!

While I’ve been working closely with you from the very beginning visionary stage, it is a truly great pleasure to hand over your beautiful new home to you so that you can enjoy its style, functionality and beauty for yourself. It is an amazing thing to see the reality of what was once just an idea. The relationship between homeowners and their builder is a very special one and it is something we hold dear at Highlife Homes.
James George

Builder / Director