So although this is a weird topic, we have got a follow up for the last blog post! We had previously discussed the first five steps you need to take for building a home, and now we need to talk about the next five! While all of these steps are basically common sense and smaller things to ensure you keep in mind, the amount of times that one of these steps are overlooked it unsurprising. It can be very stressful for some which makes it very easy to forget these things. Making sure that you follow these steps are really important however. If you have already read those first 5 steps then you have already gotten yourself on the correct track, and you now only have a few more left to follow! So just try to keep these in mind before you begin the process, since they will be very important!
Choosing the right building route for you
For most of the first time builders, it is good to usually pick yourself a package company which will help guide you through the building and designing process. Especially since the companies offer standard customisable houses and for the most part offer bespoke design options. Others suggest this package because it does make things a lot more efficient and easier for them. Although other self-builders do choose to go with architects and contractors or even professional project managers for help. This gives them quite a few different opinions on the project together and if you have the money to spare for yourself, makes your life a lot easier during the process! Although there are others that do prefer to self-manage the project themselves as they can save money and also keep their eyes on the labour and materials of the project. The architects will often favour a particular construction system however, like brick and block or timber framing. It is important to note that if you do not agree with the architect at any point, do not feel afraid to take lead and voice your opinion!
Sorting out the essentials
Before you start to begin the pject and progessing with it, the best thing to do is to ensure that you have the appropriate consent to begin building. These are things that are relevant to you siuch as planning permission, building control approval and even special permissions. Ensuring that you keep your investments safe by choosing the correct contracts, insurances and warranties are also very important! Sometimes your contractor has the correct insurance policies, but you may still have to take out self-building insurances from other providers, so be wary if that is the case and look into it!
Once the progress has begun on the project, ensuring that the plot is prepared is important. The first step in starting to get the project physically underway is plot preparation, and this can mean anything from beginning to sort out the ground works from clearing the vegetation all the way to levelling the plot when required. It also includes accurately setting trenches out, and you can use advice from the main contractor or the ground working company to deal with this stage. They also offer help with the foundation pour and drainage.
Starting the building process
Now the most exciting part of the project begins as you start working on the structural shell of your dream home! In this step there are a few construction methods you can use that are very popular for self-builders and projects, and two in specific which are cost-effective. For example, brick and block mortar are the usual favourites, but the timber frame is also great for the quick construction schedules. There are other systems which are also available, such as insulated structural panels and concrete framework, so you really should take the time to research if one of these can be better for you and suit the project better!
Enjoying your new home!
So now that you have completed the building work and the interiors have been finished, you will hopefully be excited and ready to move in to your new dream home! There are lots of steps you have to take for you to consider from here however, like ensuring that the little snags of your home will be sorted, bedroom taxes, etc. Otherwise I would suggest that you just enjoy your new fun and have fun with it!