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When building your own home, there are several things you need to remember. While most of them may seem mundane, they will ultimately have a great impact on the final product. In most cases, these are the things that separate a good house from a great home, so be sure to remember them.
Choose the right contractor
Choosing the right contractor is crucial to the success of your project. Remember, they will be your partners for the whole endeavor. In all likelihood, you’ll be working with them for a period of several months. That said, be sure to take your time and pick the one that best suits your needs.
Take the time to examine the following:
- Style – Builder often specialize in a particular design style. Make sure that they have experience building the kind of house that you want.
- Credentials – You need to ensure that the builder is properly licensed and insured.
- References and Client Feedback – Make sure to check the contractor’s past work. Client feedback will tell you a lot about the way the contractor works.
- Price Range – You want to choose a contractor that is within your price range.
Have a Plan Going In
When building a house from scratch, it is crucial that you have a plan going in. After all, your homebuilders will follow your lead. Your project won’t be able to move forward without your input. Remember, it’s your vision that they’ll be building. Without your input, you will end up with the bland, generic, and builder-basic house.
Remember, the whole point of building your own home is that it gives you the chance to customize it to fit your needs and preferences. That said, you’ll want to take your time and figure out what kind of home you want. To help with this, consider starting a vision board. Go online and look at the possible design inspirations and start from there.
Create Your Floor Plan
The floor plan of the house is considered to be the baseline of your whole project. This is because it will ultimately affect the fundamental features of your home including its size and features. Moreover, your floor plan will also help the architectural style of the building.
Moreover, your floor plan will also dictate how one space flows into the next. Having a well-defined floor plan makes the entire home feel cohesive and holistic. This is vital, after all, no one wants a labyrinthine and eclectic home.
Working with a Budget
Having a specific budget for your building project is crucial. It gives you a good idea of how much you are willing to spend on the house. Sticking to it is crucial. However, major construction projects like these demand a certain level of flexibility on your part as well.
The reality is that you can play around with the figure you have set as the construction gets underway. This means that you should give yourself the freedom to splurge on certain aspects of the build without totally disregarding the budget you have prepared. You just need to cut the budget elsewhere.
In addition to this, the initial estimate and the budget you have are just rough approximations of the project’s actual costs. This means that you need to be prepared to deal with additional fees and emergency costs.
Unless you have an unlimited source of cash, chances are that you will be working with a budget on your home construction project. However, the fact of the matter is that the building process will likely cost more than anticipated.
After all, it is a grueling process and even the smallest of mistakes can end up seriously costing you. As with life, you need to prepare for the unexpected when building your own house. Accidents and mishaps can occur at any given time – both of which cost money.
That said, even if the builder gives you an estimate of the projected costs, there are still other things that you need to take into account. These include:
- Zoning Fees
- Site Costs
- Property Taxes
- Installation of electrical and gas meters
- Connection of internet services or window coverings.
- Finishing Costs.
Your budget will vary depending on the size of your home. For example, small bathroom design will not cost you as much as a design for a large bathroom area. The same is true for your kitchen and living spaces. Construction or renovation design costs should be factored in to every project, and can make or break the budget very quickly!
Remember that even things like fences, gates, and the pouring of outdoor concrete can add up and bloat your expenses. That said, best prepare an additional 15-25% of your budget. This should give you enough runway to cover the extra costs not included in the initial budget estimate.
It should go without saying that planning is the most important stage in the construction process. It is more than making drawings and mockups, it is crucial to giving your project the direction it needs. You can’t overdo it.
That said, make sure to focus your efforts on the following aspects of the job:
- House Orientation – You need to determine which direction your house will face in relation to the lot.
- Layout – This is something you need to pay close attention to. As a rule, you want to establish a great flow between the different spaces and rooms.
- Lighting – Another important factor in the design of your home is lighting. This includes the use of natural light and the maximization of light fixtures. The last thing you want is a dark and dreary home.
- Outlets and Power points – This may seem mundane, but it is an essential part of the planning phase. With several appliances and gadgets, we simply can’t overstate how dependent we all are to power outlets.
You need to ensure that all the details of your house construction project are meticulously planned, down to the last detail.