We make it easy to get exactly what you want

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Our Story

No one in Australia offers this experience and our clients enjoy it as much as we do.

Founded in 1981 and serving Australia wide, we are the first in Australia to combine custom design and total freedom on finishing selections, with low sqm build rates and investment-grade build quality.

We make it easy to get exactly what you want. With our talented team applying the latest in technology to deliver you awesome service, from the initial brief right through to build inspections and completion. You will love the experience.

Desu Designer Homes Story  

Make the new home perfect for you, exactly what you want.

Combine custom design with low square meter build rates and outstanding build quality.

Remove the unknowns, before signing the build contract.


Change your new home design as much and as many times as you like. Design with us in computer 3D. Make every aspect of the home perfect for you – every space, every room, the views and look from every angle, inside and out.

Place real sized furniture in our 3D program and virtually walk through the home to test each and every living space. Provide our builders with a clear articulation of your vision, down to the last detail.

We are Australia’s most technology advanced company in residential building. We use technology and the latest international design briefing processes to deliver you 3D design and architectural design iterations at the most competitive rates in Australia.

Our homes are built by Australia’s leading investment homes builder – delivering you the lowest possible square meter rates for custom design and the superb finishing quality of the investor market.

The main risk in custom design builds is what takes place after the consumer signs the build contract – architectural and engineering design, town planning pre-approvals/MCUs/consultations with council, contour surveys and foundation design, and assessing requirements specific to the local council.

We are the only company in Australia that completes all of that work for you, prior to you signing the build contract.

  • “desu” brand, meaning specialists in “design and supply”
  • Talented team, passionate about new home design and building
  • Start with one of our 50 designer house plans, or we can start from your own ideas (plans, notes, photos, sketches or examples)
  • If you already have architect plans, work with us to make the design more cost effective to build. We computer cost the build for each design iteration, ensuring no wastage or budget blowouts.
  • We don’t impose our own ideas. We are all about achieving your vision as this is your home.
  • Enjoy the freedom of choosing whatever finishing items you want (for example, your favourite local kitchen supplier). We don’t force you to buy every aspect of the home through us.
  • Every type of home – country, urban and beach
  • Every type of finish – including combining multiple cladding types
  • Every type of site – flat, narrow, wide, acreage, sloping and cliffs
  • Technology and streamlined design process, saving you time and money. Design with us from the comfort of your own lounge room, as we log you in directly to our computer screens via the internet.
  • Access to site tests and town planning fees at commercial rates
  • Change the design as much and as many times as you like, until it is a perfect match to what you envisioned
  • Enjoy the freedom to buy your own finishing items, without mark-up or administrative charges from us.
  • Access to custom home automation at commercial rates
  • Low square build meter rates, massive buying power from Australia’s leading high volume investment homes builder
  • Outstanding build quality and three levels of completion inspections, including an independent expert
  • Upfront Site Report via our town planners
  • Address regulatory hurdles early in the design process
  • Computer cost the build for each iteration of the Preliminary Design, eliminating wastage and budget blowouts
  • Remove the unknowns before contract – especially local council requirements, engineering and foundation design, the three main variables that create unexpected variations for folks who are building a custom designed home
  • 24/7 access to all documentation, communications and progress photos, via your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. The first company in residential building to implement Salesforce.com and BuilderTREND.com from the USA.
  • Founded in 1981, 34 years ago

Home Designs

You can choose from over 50 inspiring new home designs. Founded 34 years ago in 1981, we are Australia’s most technology advanced company in residential new home building, including being the first in Australia to implement BuilderTREND and Salesforce from the USA.

Clients can modify one of our home designs or we can work from your house plans or sketch design.

4 Bedroom House Plans St Gervasi 1

desu Difference

Our mission is to make it easy for you to get exactly what you want.

Australians love the idea of designing and building their own home.  We love to make the layout, living spaces and finishing selections exactly the way we dream of.  Building our own home is part of our national heritage and we entertain in our homes more than any other nation.  We embrace the best of indoor and outdoor living, enjoying a favourable climate and relatively safe communities.

But in the past, custom design has led to surprise variations and expensive build rates.  Not any more.

We are the only company in Australia to combine the best of both worlds: 3D computer custom architectural design and total freedom on finishing selections, with the competitive pricing of Australia’s leading investment homes builder.  

We serve clients looking to build in the high quality $250,000 to $600,000 range, on occasion up to $1,500,000. We serve both types of client:

  • $1,000 to $1,200 /sqm, applying smart design and finishing selections, still offering the freedom of custom design and superb quality; and
  • $1,200 to $2,000 /sqm, clients seeking a higher end custom design, especially 2nd/3rd/4th home owners who are planning to live in the new home long term

For both types, our clients want to personalise the design to suit exactly what they want, but they don’t want the costs to blow out.

Our clients receive the best of both worlds – the brilliant services and client experience from desu, combined with the buying power and build quality of a high volume builder; the Australian leader in the competitive investment market, our building partner Impact Homes.

To make it easy to get exactly what you want, we project manage the client experience as a 1:1 personal relationship from your initial enquiry through a set process of sourcing design briefing, site checks, feasibility, 3D design, preliminary designs, detailed selections, architectural designs, contracts and approvals.

Most of our clients are seeking to build a high quality home to live in themselves. Therefore we offer our clients the freedom to buy their own finishing items. Yes, our clients can go out and buy their own kitchen, favourite lights and stunning bath tub, and we just work that into the line items, with no mark-up or administrative charges. We take the view that there is no better way for our clients to personalise their new home than to have the freedom to go out and buy whatever aspects you want to yourself.

We have a highly motivated and talented team. We are passionate about new home designs and building, making it easy for each client to achieve exactly what they want. We don’t impose our views. We embrace our client’s vision and focus on the best ways to deliver it.

We take great pride in serving you and we want every client to love their experience with desu Designer Homes.

Urban, Country And Beach Home Designs

Our designs cater for urban, country and beach style homes.

Our most popular urban home designs is the Olot.

On country home designs we have the Montseny.

For beach home designs the St Gervasi.

Open Plan Home Designs

Open plan designs date back to the 1920s inspiration of Mies Van Der Rohe, the famous Dutch architect who combined open plan spaces with pavilion style design. This inspiring architect was renowned for The Barcelona Pavilion, designed for the 1929 International Exposition:

home designs barcelona pavilion

The Barcelona Pavilion home designs by Mies Van Der Rohe.

Most of our home designs embrace open plan living, creating free flowing spaces from kitchen to dining and living areas. Whilst historically the emphasis on outdoor living areas has mainly been in Queensland, we are now seeing that trend in house plans from our clients Australia wide.

Pole Home Designs

We embrace the challenge of sloping blocks and sites. We do all types of homes, including split level house plans and elevated floors. We specialize in cyclone rated zones and difficult build sites.

home designs the valencia

Home Designs The Valencia

Here is a pole home of ours on the side of a cliff in Wamuran.

Of our pole home designs, the Madrazo is our most popular.

Off The Plan Home Designs

Each of our home designs can be built as off the plan homes. This will usually save our client 4-6% on the overall build costs.

That said, our clients are folks planning to live in the new home for at least three years, in some cases forever. Being able to personalise the design is extremely important. Therefore 70% of our clients prefer custom home designs. The other 30% come to us with a plan they have created together with architects or building designers.

Custom Home Designs

These days most client want custom home designs – the ability to change the house plans without a blowout on costs.

We have a brilliant process for project managing custom design. We start off by sourcing a town planning site report, design brief and feasibility assessment, before preliminary design, computer 3D images and detailed inclusions.

home designs the barcelona

Home Designs The Barcelona

On custom design, we make it easy for our clients to get exactly what they want as they balance budget, design and finishing options.

We also provide the freedom for our clients to buy their own finishing items. For example, the freedom to use their favourite kitchen company. We manage those client choices without any hidden costs or admin charges.