Okay I know this title sounds very strange after the wooden flooring, but in this blog post today we are actually going to be talking about how to build a home. We won’t be discussing the intricacies and details of the home building process of course (since there is so much to it) but more just little tips about building our home that you need to keep in mind. We will be going into more detail than certain sites however! Many people forget these because some are common sense and others are just easy to forget, but a lot goes into building a home. So ensure that you have these things on your mind before you start building your home and see if any of these tips will be of help to you!
The right plot to build on
The one thing many people seem to take for granted is that the start of your home building process is to ensure that you are building on the right piece of land. You need to consider that you are building your home in this plot, so make sure that the area is right for you. You also need to make sure that the land is the correct size for your project. If it is not big enough or even too big, you can easily overspend on your budget. Therefore, you need to consider the size of your land being correct for your project and also enjoying the area itself!
Arranging your finances
While this is the most important thing on the list technically (since location is just the most important for me), making sure that you have the available finances to purchase the land is important because you shouldn’t commit or get your mind set on something that you can’t actually afford to pay it. There is the option of taking out a loan of mortgage however, and there are many different options for financing. For example, you can use a stage payment plan, but overall I would suggest ensuring that you have the finances available before beginning the project.
Having a realistic budget set
You can easily turn your reasonably prices dream project into a Grand Designs style money pit if you incorrectly set a budget. While they can spend as much as possible on remodelling and building new homes, the majority of people and definitely the average home builder cannot. That is why you need to set a sensible approach to your budget with your project and to ensure that your figure stays as realistic as possible. It will not hurt to keep a contingency plan however, in case you have an issue arise such as unavoidable delays or additional requirements being necessary that you could not plan for. Try to add 15% to your budget in as a contingency, so if your project costs 200,000 then you budget for 230,000. If your project goes over you will be okay, but if it sticks to the original budgeted price then at worst you have 30,000 left over for additional improvements or even just a holiday!
Finding a designer
There are so many options to choose from when it comes to picking a home designer for your project. You can choose to simply hire an architect or just a house designer to assist you with the process, or a package supplier who will both design and build the house for you. The options that you choose are up to you, but you should make sure that you choose someone who will be understanding towards the requirements you need for you home and can also provide input which is not only helpful and fit towards the budget that you have but is also responsible. You can always discuss with them before you start the project what you want and see if you are a good fit.
Get in touch with your planners
If you do decide to go with a designer to assist you with the process, make sure that you both figure out that the entire project is viable to begin with. This is probably the best thing you can do before continuing. You can also speak to local authority planners and they will be able to offer some advice for you, but some do charge to this service. You can use this to get a vision and idea of what to do with your project once your planning officer informs you of requirements, including size, general style of the home and also materials used. This will help once you start applying for your planning permission.