South Australia’s Best Custom Home Builders

Dominique Grubisa

Dominique Grubisa

South Australia’s Best Custom Home Builders

South Australia has been named one of the safest, most affordable and most liveable cities in the world so it’s no wonder there are more people looking to move to the Festival State.

From Adelaide, the City of Churches, to the wine region of the Barossa Valley and the rugged beauty of the coastline and Eyre Peninsular, the range of landscapes, climates and environments is vast and designing a home to take advantage of these can be a challenge.

With an influx of young families and professionals moving to the State, there is a growing demand for houses and South Australia’s custom builders are moving to meet the expectations of a growing clientele.

South Australia isn’t just a much more affordable place to live. Property experts tout the State as an excellent place for savvy investors to build and the custom building industry is gearing up to meet the increasing demand for this sector as well.

From family friendly and highly affordable houses, to modern and innovative medium density developments, South Australia’s builders have the range and expertise to take on all-comers.

Here five of the in-demand custom builders in the State from leading property experts

Custom Home Builder in South Australia

When it comes to custom home builders in South Australia, we’ve summed up five from to help you with your next build.

Normus Homes

To celebrate 30 years in the business Normus Homes is giving its clients a birthday present. – a range of new signature designs in its first Display Homes Collection.

The collection includes a range of floorplans to cover the two designs in its portfolio – the Luxe and the Signature – and can be experienced first-hand in Tranmere.

Since it began business in 1991, Normus Homes has established a reputation as a custom builder delivering excellence throughout Adelaide’s inner suburbs. Its designs range from classic to contemporary and everything in between.

That reputation for excellence has been earned by the rigorous process the company goes through with every client to deliver to their exact specifications.

Normus Homes begins by providing a detailed builder and finishes schedule, clearly outlining the specification and inclusions of the home. The company also bases its land package pricing on site-specific engineering investigations which ensures the cost of the foundations and concrete slab are as accurate as possible.

Each home and land package is customised from the start and is designed with consideration of unique site characteristics such as its dimensions, shape, orientation and topography. Internal colours and finishes are also tailored by its interior designer. And if clients want to customise their home further, the Normus Homes team will ensure that everything is Council-approved.


Statesman Homes

As the saying goes, the devil’s in the details and Statesman Homes is pedantic about the details. As one of the largest custom building companies in South Australia, Statesman Homes makes it its mission to design extremely efficient and functional homes with an emphasis on space, light and clever detailing.

With its connection to one of the State’s largest building and development groups, it has the expertise, experience and buying power that has ensured it has earned its reputation for homes that are unbeaten on price and quality. 

The Statesman range is already more than 180-designs strong and continues to grow thanks to some of Australia’s best designers and architects who have taken inspiration from around the world and combined the best in home innovation with what they know works best for the unique Australian lifestyle and climate.

With more than 20 years in the building game in South Australia, Statesman Homes understand the local building conditions, land availability and soil types in SA so it can suggest the most appropriate home designs to suit its customers.

And for most of its designs, homeowners can move in within just 18 weeks.

Statesman Homes has built homes across the State and in the most in-demand areas, like inner metro Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and the Iron Triangle of Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie. It’s matched its best home designs to exclusive blocks so customers can make a complete purchase in the most efficient way.


James Michael Homes

There’s no hard sales push at James Michael Homes. In fact, there are no sales people at all.

The first contact customers have with the company is with the founder and director of the company himself, who will then work with them through the entire design process – from concept to construction.

This kind of attention to clients means James Michael Homes can really understand its clients and the way they live, and to make sure their homes meet their needs now and into the future.

With an engineering background, Michael is passionate about the details of every new home.

In partnership with head designer James Rippon, the duo spend quality time with each client to understand how they live and what they’re needs and wants are from their dream home.

With this intimate knowledge, they will integrate their client’s home ideas with the position of the allotment, its size, and feature the natural elements of sunlight and cooling ventilation maximising the home’s comfort and liveability. 

James Michael Homes small but expert team ensure that everything, from the home’s structure, to the finishing touches are done to each specification, making sure selections and interior design such as kitchen, bathrooms, terrace and outdoor entertaining are all as the client envisioned them to be.


Rossdale Homes

With 40 years of financial and building experience Rossdale Homes is one of South Australia’s most respected building companies in the State with a strong emphasis on affordable, quality homes.

Many of its designs can be seen in display villages around the State including its unique Sovereign range and the exclusive Select range.

Each Sovereign Range design is an individual design in its own right. Structural elements like porticos, 2700mm ceilings, gables, verandahs, alfrescos and many other features are often standard and the kitchen has been designed with plenty of overhead storage. Customers have the choice of eight different internal door designs, all with lever handles and the bathrooms are all fitted with elegant, close coupled china toilet suites with soft closing seats and architectural mixer tapware with hand-held shower heads.

For those looking at building a more low maintenance dwelling, Rossdale Homes’ Select range is fitted with BHP Colorbond steel roof with 25 degree pitch complimented with Colorbond gutters and fascias. Inside, are stainless steel appliances, clear glazed pivot door shower cubicles, full width mirrors and china vanity basins with mixer tapware in the bathrooms.

As well as its residential homes portfolio, Rossdale Homes is a developer of niche land subdivisions and integrated housing developments. It’s in-house team of consultants have years of experience in land developing with specialised skills in town planning, surveying, real estate sales and financial modelling. And access to investors means clients can enter into joint venture agreements to develop projects that provide a profitable return.


Oakford Homes

Before any Oakford Home is deemed ready for hand over, it goes through a 150-point quality assurance checklist so customers can be certain they are getting the highest quality product.

Phil Craven founded Oakford Homes in 1980. His mission was to provide South Australians with an honest and reliable builder that produced homes of the highest calibre.

Oakford Homes now has six land estates across South Australia and works hard to nurture the growing communities in which it operates as well as designing and building homes that fit seamlessly in to the metropolitan landscape of the bigger cities.

It’s portfolio of designs includes single and multi-storey homes, split-level homes, undercroft, two-on-a-block, high density unit developments and high-end custom homes.

All it’s structures have trenched timber frames, three-stud corners, 90×45 top and bottom plates and its superior, traditional building methods mean that every new home will stand the test of time.


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Dominique Gurbisa
Dominique Grubisa

Lawyer, Asset Protection Specialist and Property Educator

Dominique Grubisa is a practicing legal practitioner with over 25 years of legal and commercial experience. She is a property investor and developer, an entrepreneur with businesses in Australia and Southeast Asia, a speaker, educator, writer and published author. You may contact Dominique at

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