I have heard a few people have been using project homes to build houses / towhouses / duplexes either to live in or as investment. I will be needing a builder in about 2-3 months time to build a duplex close to Parramatta area. I will be living in one and either sell or rent the other. This will be my first build project so I dont have a lot of experience dealing with builders or monitoring their progress. Are project homes good for my need or is it better to research and find a private builder? If I ended up going with project homes, whats the best way to negotiate the contract with them initially (ie: timelines, budgets etc) so there are no disappointments and also how can I monitor their progress? I have heard stories about them not doing the work properly so I need to also know how to monitor them. Obviously the pro is to save money but how can it be done successfully with project homes?