Today’s blog post is going to be a bit of a weird one, but I’m going to talk about building a house of all things! Well, it’s more just little tips about building your dream home. Many don’t realise just what goes into building a house. It’s obviously complicated so instead of discussing the exact processes of how to build a house, we are going to talk about little things you need to keep on your mind before you start. So take a read and see if any of these tips will be helpful for you!
Finding the right building plot:
People often take for granted that the plot of land you want to build your home on is the start of building your dream house. You have to consider where you would like to live and if the area is right for you, but you also have to take into mind if the land is the correct size for your dream project. If it’s too big or too small, then you may easily make a mistake and over or under budget. Consider the size of your land being correct for your home, and if you actually enjoy the area it would be in!
I think this should probably be the first thing on the list, but I still believe location is important. Ensuring that you have the finances available to purchase land is a make or break since you don’t want to get your hopes up on something if you can’t afford to pay for it! You can always take out a mortgage or a loan, since there are many different options like a stage payment basis, but that is only recommended if you do not already have the money to pay for the land.
Setting a realistic budget
If you do not ensure to budget correctly then your custom home could go from reasonably priced to a money pit from Grand Designs. They can afford to spend hundreds of thousands on homes with a hundred over the top features, and if you can and that is what you want then all power to you. However, setting a sensible approach to budgeting for your building and ensuring that your figure stays realistic then you will be fine. It doesn’t hurt however to include a contingency plan in case an issues arise. Always add 10 – 15% of your budget in as contingency. Think of it this way: if you know your project will cost roughly 100,000, then budget for 115,000. You will be thankful if any issues or unexpected costs arise during the project like unavoidable delays or additional requirements being necessary. The worst that could happen is that if you do not spend the entire 115,000 and have the 15% left over, then you could always add extra interior or exterior features, or spend it on a holiday!
Find a designer
Remember that there are many options to choose when it comes to a home designer. You have the option to choose a package supplier, and they will design and build the home for you. You could also hire an architect or even just a house designer to help with the process. What you want however is up to you, but you need to ensure that you choose someone that is understanding towards your requirements for your home and can produce input to your project that is both responsible, helpful and fit towards the budget you have. It doesn’t hurt to speak to these people before you actually hire one either.
Get in touch with the planners
Ensure that if and when you do hire a designer to assist you with the process, that you figure out with them early if your project is viable. This is the best thing that you can do before you continue the entire process. But you can also speak to local authority planners and they will be able to offer some “pre-application advice”, although some do in fact charge you. You can actually get a strong idea and vision of what you can do with your project once your planning officer informs you of what they will and will not accept during the build process. This will include materials used, size and the general style of your project. So make sure you have all of this information at hand once applying for planning permission.