Building a home seems like a huge effort. That’s because it is. You’re going to have to spend a lot of time, effort, and money on building any house. So, you don’t want to end up with a home that isn’t quite everything you hoped it would be. Now, not later, is the time to revisit some of the major decisions about building a home. Miss any of these and you could make a mistake that has you damning the home you once thought you would love.
Make finance easier
It can be difficult, but not impossible, to finance your self-build. As Homeloan Experts says, most banks are going to only provide mortgages for builds being taken on by a professional team. But if you want to build it yourself, you still can. You’re just going to need more in the way of documentation to prove the viability of the project. For instance, you’re going to need the plans for the new house, projected build costs and the proof that you actually have the permission to build what you want to build where you want to build it. Managing the finances is just as important as getting them, of course. Make sure you have a budget for every step of the build based on accurate estimates of any labour you need to hire and materials you need to buy. It’s a good idea to have a contingency fund to deal with any unexpected issues along the way as well.
Location, location, location
Choosing a plot to build on is one of the more difficult choices when building a home. You need to make sure that you have your priorities right. Most people would like to build in an area that’s picturesque, but you should think more about the practicality of where you build as well. For instance, where is it in relation to services you might need like hospitals, schools, and retail areas? It’s a good idea to talk to your neighbours about the area, too. First, you want them on-side during the build so you don’t get any complaints aimed your way. But you also want to know of any problems in the area that could manifest once you’re living there. You don’t need a gorgeous home build being ruined by problem neighbours.
The best-laid plans
A good place to start with a plan is one that has already been created for you. There are a lot of plan providers like Vision One Homes that can get you started with functional, working plans which are a lot more than some people can put together by themselves. But it’s a good idea to take a closer look at said plans and see if they thoroughly fit your needs. For instance, consider how the HVAC works within the home. Without properly consider things like airflow and air conditioning or heating placement, you could make a mortal enemy of the home in the form of damp and mold. You might want to keep units small so they allow more space for personal use of the home, for instance, but they will be a lot less likely to heat or cool the home efficiently. Thinking about how you use the space of your home matters just as much. A good amount of storage is always a plus, but where should you put it? What do you need to store and to whom does it need to be accessible? You might like the idea of a huge walk-in storage unit in your master bedroom, but if other members of the family have to keep traipsing in to access things they themselves have stored, it will be a constant inconvenience.
Walk through the rooms and their purpose
Just as important and having the right plans is making sure that you have the right purpose for all the rooms of the home. Before you start building from your plan, take the time to mentally walk through all the different rooms. Think about how you’re going to use from day to day. We all have certain ideas of what we want from a dream home, but building unnecessary rooms will come back to haunt you later. Not only will they add to the cost of the build and all the running costs that come after. But underutilized rooms are a sad reminder of lofty goals that you should never have tried too hard to reach in the first place. A sewing room might sound like a dream addition to you, but it’s more likely to become an ex-sewing room that serves more as a dumping ground for extra storage if you’re not 100% sure you’re going to use it as much as you should. If you’re worried about a room being under-utilized then just add more utility to it. Turn that sewing room into a multipurpose sewing space/home office.
Indeed, you need to think about daily practicalities as well as wants in terms of the materials you use to build the house, as well. For one, being a bit more sustainable in your choices of materials can make it a lot easier to deal with temperature control during the winter and the summer. Some green building materials can do plenty to lend a lot more character to the home as well. Recycled steel, for instance, can serve as a much longer living and durable base for the home as opposed to wooden beams. If you’re in an area commonly subjected to earthquakes or strong winds, you can be fairly certain your house isn’t going to blow away. It might sound significantly less high-tech but straw bales are also making a reappearance in home builds for a lot of very convincing reasons. If kept dry, they can last for thousands of years and provide excellent insulation when paired with stucco or plaster walls. The price of using more sustainable means of building a home can easily be recouped by the amount you will save over the years in reduced heating bills.
Get you a garden that does more
You might not be the gardening type which might have you thinking that you don’t need a garden around your own home, but it can offer a lot more than a place to exercise some green thumbs. For one, a tree outside the home, particularly in the north facing side, can be a great bonus to home cooling efforts in the summer. A garden with high hedges offers not only privacy but sound insulation as well. If you’re building near a busy road, it can make the noise almost negligible.
Think about the far future
All the decisions above revolve around the same factor. Besides just building a home you love in the moment, are you building a home that you’re going to love in the future? Ten or twenty years from now? Are you perhaps building a home with flaws and choices that you could potentially grow to loathe about the home? For instance, if you’re building a home too big, have you ensured you can deal with all the extra costs that come with it? Being stuck in a home that requires too much tax and too high an energy bill will not only make it harder to live in but harder to sell, too. Don’t trap yourself. Think about the future.
Building your very own dream home can be a thrilling time, making the best use of your creative talents. Don’t let any of the concerns above put you off chasing that passion. Just make sure it’s backed by some sound decisions.