You’ve searched high and low for your dream home, but the perfect three-bedroom with open-plan kitchen and heated floors has yet to materialize.
Instead of settling for “good enough,” why not design and build the house of your dreams? It may seem daunting at first, but designing and building your own home can be incredibly rewarding.
To make sure the building process goes as smoothly as possible, we’ve compiled the top 3 things you should consider before building a house.
The first step to any successful construction project is determining your budget. While this may seem obvious, devising and sticking to a budget can be some of the most challenging aspects of building your own home.
To stay on budget, you should create as detailed a plan as possible before you start building.
This involves honest conversations with yourself and everyone else who will be living in the home. Determine your top priorities and must-haves ahead of time to avoid uncomfortable (and costly!) conversations down the line.
It’s also key to work with contractors who understand your vision AND your budget. You should take the time to enlist a reputable builder and construction manager to make your dream a reality.
Designing your home is the fun part! But it can also be the most overwhelming. Your aesthetic choices will have a real impact on the structure and architecture of your home and vice versa.
For instance, would you prefer an attic with ample living space or a large rooftop deck? This decision will impact the kinds of roof trusses available to you.
Don’t panic though! You can ask yourself a series of concrete questions to help design your home, such as:
- How many bedrooms do you need?
- Do you want a multi-storey house?
- Do you prefer more traditional or contemporary designs?
It’s not too early to start thinking about how you will actually furnish and decorate your house! Your home décor decisions could influence both your home design and your overall budget.
It’s therefore a good idea to get an idea of how you want your space to look before you start building. After all, your home’s feng shui can have a significant impact on how you feel.
Don’t overlook the small details! Do you envision yourself in a monochrome space with minimalist furniture? Or is your idea of heaven a colourful, bohemian living space with floor-to-ceiling windows?
Either way, you should consider how you want to decorate your space ahead of time.
These are just a few things to consider when building a house. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your home! If you stay calm and prepared, your dream home can become a reality.