Everyone dreams of having their own home. However, not everyone is prepared to undergo a significant deal of emotional and financial turmoil that comes along with building a home of your own.
There is always this option of buying an already constructed home, but sometimes the perfect home just cannot be found. In such a scenario, you need to pull your socks up and get started with the construction process. If you are one such homeowner overwhelmed with the construction idea, you have landed on the right page.
Here are some tips to get you started
Plan it all well
A good plan is one of the primary requirements for building a house. If you haven’t planned it all well, you are bound to face a lot of botheration and financial issues. All the crucial aspects like the placement of rooms, budget, HVAC system, drainage system and the overall architecture of the home must be planned well in advance and implemented accordingly.
Utilize the space properly
A common mistake committed by a lot of homeowners while getting their dream home built is improper utilization of space. It is recommended that you proceed as per the plan rather than experimenting on the spot when it comes to the placement of bedrooms, kitchen, and garden. The idea of extravagant installation may sound enticing, but you need to make informed decisions as a homeowner.
Build only those rooms that are going to be used. Two spacious bedrooms are better than four congested ones! Unused rooms often become a dumping ground for unused things, and you don’t appreciate that, would you?
Rather than building unused rooms, you can create a spare room that can transition well from one type to another as per your requirement. A sewing room may not be useful as such, but a sewing room that can be used as a study or guest room can be quite helpful.
Stick to the budget
Sticking to a budget is something that a lot of homeowners find challenging to do. After all, it is hard to resist the temptation of spending extravagantly when it comes to decorating your dream home. But you don’t want the construction to stop midway due to a shortage of funds, do you?
A pro tip for building a home that doesn’t need any significant maintenance later is to pay attention to details that seem insignificant. As a homeowner, you must be well aware of how the surface water due to rain or melting snow drains across the building. Keeping water away from your home, especially in cold weather conditions is vital. You don’t want any freezing pipes or foundation damage, do you? Keeping the basement dry reduces the chance of having any damp wood thus keeping termites at bay.
Hire the right builder
Hiring a competent builder can be one of the most overwhelming decisions while getting your home built. Underestimating the importance of a good builder can cost you dearly in the long run.
Bad builders generally underestimate costs and are awful at teaming up with subcontractors. They can be focused on a ridiculous number of tasks at any given time thus ruining them all. They often don’t know where to procure necessary stuff like construction equipment, moving floor trailers, refuse trailers and can even misguide you into spending exorbitant sums. Contact several builders and get references before hiring anyone.
Communication with builders is the key
Yet another tip for all our aspiring homeowners out there is to have a constant and transparent conversation with the builder. You must make sure that your builder knows what exactly you expect and how you want your home to be.
There is nothing wrong in seeking the builder’s input as they have years of experience and know how things must be done. But the final decision should be yours as you are the one who is going to pay all the bills and should be a part of all the plans and proceedings.
Consent and formal permissions
Before you start getting your home built, make sure that you have all the official planning permission along with building control approval and any other individual agreements depending on your construction site and type. This s also an excellent time to put the right insurance in place coupled with any contracts and warranties. Apart from that, you must put self-build insurance in place.
Buy things at a discount
As you start building your home, you would realize that you need a lot of stuff ranging from moving floor trailers and refuse trailers to dump trucks and gardening equipment. Majority of the homeowners have this habit of visiting high-end fixture stores for anything imaginable.
Similar or comparable items can often be spotted at ridiculously low prices in local stores. Make sure that you compare the prices before blindly buying stuff. Also, you should consider giving reusable stuff a chance as they are often in quite a good condition and are worth it.
Do the required research
The importance of researching well cannot be emphasized enough. Not only will it help you save bucks but also help you avoid designing disasters. Talk to your friends and colleagues and see where they went wrong or what they want you to avoid. There is no harm in seeking advice. Log on to the internet to check out the latest construction trends to see how you can improvise your design further.
Planning of rooms
Finally, it is essential to design the placement of rooms well beforehand. The bedroom should be away from any noise. It should not be near or above the garage as well. The kitchen should be planned keeping the placement of a chimney and kitchen garden in mind. The living room should have some natural light and proper ventilation.
Thus, these were some of the most important tips for building a home of your own. Apart from these, it is essential to have faith in yourself and your decisions even though you are doing it for the first time. Your builder can suggest, but the final call should be yours. Be confident about it and enjoy the process rather than treating it as some pressure.