A Guide to Finding a Builder in Perth
March 29, 2023

How To Choose the Best Custom Home Builders in Perth

Who are Perth's top home builders & how to choose between them

Building a new custom home is one of the most exciting journeys you can take, designing and building your dream home bespoke to your lifestyle and personal aesthetic, but the route to get there isn’t always easy. To get your ideal custom home, you’ll need the best custom home builders, and in a flooded market it’s not easy to see who that is.

When it comes to picking the best custom builders — the answer isn’t clear cut. For a custom-built home, you need a builder that reflects your best interests - transparency and reliability, your style, and has the services you require to bring your dream home to life.


It’s a tough decision but as a respected Perth custom home builder, we’re here to help. Below we outline a helpful selection criterion that you can use to access Perth builders and find the best custom home builders for you.

The Best Custom Builders Have the Best Reputations

When you’re looking for the best custom home builders, reputation is one of the most important factors. A good reputation will provide you with security and confidence in your choice as you know they have a strong history of delivering fantastic projects on time and within budget. If they have an extensive history of meeting and exceeding the expectations of other custom home buyers, chances are they can do the same for you.

A quality custom home builder will have awards or referrals on their website from which you can assess their reputation. As award-winning builders in Perth, we are proud of our reputation, with an awards page boasting awards from the Housing Excellence Awards, Perth Housing Awards and National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards. Holding awards from multiple competitions and associations is a key indicator of cohesive quality across projects and should be part of your calculation as you consider the reputation of a custom home builder in Perth.

To complement our awards, we also have over a dozen testimonials from our custom home clients speaking to our reliability and commitment as a leading custom home builder in Perth.

The combination of awards and testimonials provides a good understanding of a custom builder's quality and is something the best custom home builders will undoubtedly have.

Carefully Assess the Quality and Price

With many different home builders in the market, there is a diverse set of price options for custom homes, but these don’t come without a sacrifice in quality. The best custom home builders will be able to offer the ideal balance between quality and price that works for your custom build.

To assess the quality of a Perth custom home builder, it can help to go beyond the website, with options to:

  • Contact the team. Speaking with a team member provides you with the ability to go in-depth on the materials they use and the quality of their work.
  • Visit a display home. The best custom home builders will hold a range of display homes that you can visit and assess in person. Taking a visit to these homes will provide you with first-hand experience with the quality of the home, allowing you to take a magnifying glass to each section, from the kitchen faucets to the door handles.
  • Keep an eye out for events. During your search, there may be opportunities for you to attend special events held by Perth builders, such as home opens, which can provide you with additional knowledge of their build quality.

While many custom home builders claim to execute a high-quality finish, when it comes to building your dream home it pays to investigate further. A thorough investigation of your custom home builder will leave you confident that you’re builder won’t cut corners or try to rush through building your dream home.

In addition to visiting display homes, be sure to look out for comments on the builder's quality and delivery when browsing relevant testimonials.

The build was completed quickly and to a high standard and I can definitely recommend building with them if you’re looking for a quality product that won’t break the bank.

Dylan Pegoraro

Look Out for a Strong History and Industry Experience

The best custom home builders are the builders who have already found their footing. The years of experience that a home builder has is an integral part of building their industry knowledge and ensuring their commitment to excellence. Builders with fewer years of experience may have issues providing accurate timeframes and expectations and also suffer from a lack of familiarity with the various lifestyle and design requirements that arise in custom home consultations.

Starting our journey in 1997, we’ve seen how experience builds over time firsthand and the benefits that come with it. With over 20 years of building Perth homes, we know every step of the process like the back of our hand, meaning we can set reliable expectations and timelines for our clients, moving through the build smoothly and efficiently.

It also gives us a wealth of experience in meeting the requirements of a large and diverse range of people, with different ideas and lifestyles, we’ve seen it all.

We cannot fault the service from the entire team at Trendsetter. They had obviously worked with many people, with many different ideas and priorities which was evident in how they approached our design and needs.

Jodi Wilkes

Ensure They Have the Personality and Style You Need

What are you looking for in a custom home? The best custom home builders will always hold some personality, whether they are specialising in modern homes, luxury homes or traditional homes, each builder has a distinct voice. The key to finding the best custom builder for you is to make sure this voice suits your needs.

At Trendsetter Homes, we specialise in custom luxury residences with a commitment to exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail that puts the quality of our homes above the rest. Offering a range of custom-built home designs, from modern residences to federation-style homes inspired by the 1920s, each one of our clients holds a similar appreciation for quality materials, fine details and luxury living. This match makes it easy for us to bring our client's visions to life, no matter their preferred style.

Know Their Services and Skills

The best custom home builders have to be a jack of all trades. Not only offering the best custom home designs, but also the best client service, construction, and project management. When engaging with a custom home builder it is important to speak directly on every aspect of their services. Looking past the designs and onto a deeper investigation so that you can be confident that they are the best fit for you in all areas, not just the ones that are easy to see from the outside.

For this, a builder's reputation can be a good reference point. Use previous testimonials to learn more about a custom home builder’s construction and project management services, searching for reviews that emphasise the construction process. The below referral for Trendsetter Homes provides a good example of how testimonials provide personal insight,

The whole process was detail-oriented, professional and tailored to our demands, and we felt we were dealt with transparently both during pre-start and throughout the build

James Pickering

The Best Custom Home Builders Are Always the Best Communicators

Good communication is the cornerstone of ensuring that your custom home build is just that, custom. A builder's commitment to clear communication throughout the entire process is crucial to ensuring that the final result is just how you envisioned it, down to even the smallest detail.

With the best custom home builders, you should never feel out of the loop. At Trendsetter Homes we work closely with every one of our clients to bring their vision to life, always keeping them informed at each stage of the process. We understand that building a custom home is more than just a big dream, it’s a big commitment, and that’s why we keep our clients can always count on us to answer their questions. Whether it’s a query on the design, looking for an update on the progress, or just needing clarification on a part of the construction process, we provide full transparency at all times and act reliably in all areas.

The most valuable part of the Trendsetter process was the regular site visits with the Building Supervisor. It allowed me the opportunity to be involved as the house progressed, query decisions and as a lot of questions.

Deborah Le Moignan

Learn What Makes Us Perth’s Best Custom Home Builders

With an unwavering commitment to quality, transparency, excellent craftsmanship, leading client satisfaction, and a wealth of experience, we’re proud to call ourselves one of Perth’s best custom home builders.


But, as we’ve said, deciding the best custom builder for you is no easy decision. That’s why we encourage you to contact our team directly so that you can be confident that you’re making an informed choice in choosing your custom home builder. Our team can answer any questions you might have with ease and give you all the information you need to confidently pick Trendsetter Homes as your top choice.