So on the last blog post we had discussed the first five steps that have to be taken into consideration and followed before building your future dream home. While many of it is common sense and little things to keep in mind, it is not surprising the amount of times one or two of these steps are looked over. For some it can be a very stressful time so it is easy to forget the little things. Again, my carpenter mate has his own business and he always needs to keep these things in mind too. You need to make sure that you follow these steps however. If you read the first 5 steps of the process then you are on the right track and understand the steps that you need to take before you start building the home, then you have a few more to follow. Try to keep these in mind as well, because they are very important!
Choosing the building route
Most first time builders usually choose to pick a package company to help guide them through the design and building process, since the companies offer customisable standard houses, as well as a bespoke design option for the most part. Many people do suggest this package however since it makes things a lot easier and efficient. However, other self-builders often choose to go with an architect and contractors or professional project managers. This is to get a few different opinions together but also if you have the money to spare, makes things a lot easier. Others prefer to self-manage the project since they can save money and allows them to keep eyes on the labour and materials too. Often times the architect themselves will often favour a particular construction system like timber or brick and block framing. If you don’t agree with the architect do not feel afraid to take the lead and voice your opinion however.
Getting essentials sorted
Before you begin to progress with the project, you must ensure that you have the appropriate consent to build. These can be things from planning permission, approval from building control and even special permissions if necessary. You can also ensure that you keep your investments safe by choosing the right contracts, insurance and warranties. If you contractor has the correct insurance policies, you may still have to take out specialist insurance from providers that offer insurance to self-builders.
Preparing your plot
Once you actually begin the process, preparing the plot is very important. It’s the first step in actually getting the project underway physically on the site for building work. This does mean sorting the ground works, and this is anything from clearing vegetation to levelling the plot if and when required. This also includes accurately setting the trenches out. You will go from the advice of your main contractor or ground working company to deal with this stage. They can also help the drainage and foundation pour.
Begin the building process
This is probably the most exciting time of the whole process, since you will be working on the structural shell of your home! There are two construction methods that are popular for self-builders and their project, which is for cost-effectiveness. Brick and block mortar is the usual favourite, but the timber frame is quite great for predictable, quick construction schedules. There are many other systems that are available to you, including structural insulated panels and concrete formwork, and it is also worth researching whether one of these could actually be better for you and suit your project better!
Enjoy the home!
Once the building work has actually been completed and you have finished with the interiors, you will actually be ready and excited for you to move in to your dream home! I mean, there are a lot more little steps that you have to consider from here from things like ensuring the little snags are sorted, VAT, bedroom taxes etc. But otherwise, now you can just enjoy your home! So have fun and remember to make the most of it!