Having a home built from scratch is something a lot of us fantasise about. However, very few people actually follow through. When you start to plan such a big project, it’ll be easy to see why! There are so many details which need to be worked out and potential pitfalls to guard against. If this hasn’t scared you off, then here’s some important advice for having a new home built.
One of the first things to do is choose an architect. These professionals don’t come cheap, so getting this out of the way can help a lot with the planning. Obviously, you’ll want them to have a building style which fits with your vision. This can range from new, emerging firms to award winning architects; it’s a big market out there! Once you’ve found a building style you like, you need to make sure they can deliver! Try contacting building firms and contractors who have worked with the company before. Ask about what their experience was like. It helps if you know your architect has built in the area you’re looking at too. This will save you from any set-backs involving the local planning authorities.
When the plan starts coming together, make sure you don’t brush over the kitchen. In any home, the kitchen ends up being a main focal point. Therefore, it’s not the best place to try and save money! A lot of renovations and changes can be done at a later date. However, remodelling a kitchen can be incredibly expensive after the fact. If you get the kitchen of your dreams built in the first place, you’ll save a lot of money in the long run. Whatever countertops, cabinets and other features you want, start planning them well ahead of time. It won’t be cheap, true. However, knowing how much money is going into the kitchen will give you a more solid plan for other areas.
Finally, make sure to choose the location of the master bedroom wisely. A lot of people, when having a house built for the first time, neglect this. Failing to choose the right place for your bedroom is one massive regret you’d have to live with. Keep it as far away from any noise and traffic as possible. Don’t make it near or above the garage if you enjoy lie-ins anywhere as much as me! Ideally, it shouldn’t be too close to any central living areas of the home. This might sound pretty tough if you’re planning to have the home on a single level. If this is the case, your best bet is to position the master bedroom at the very back of the home, or as far from the street as possible. Get this right, and it will save you all kinds of hassle in the future.
I could go on and on about having a house built from scratch. Still, these three tips will steer you away from a full-on disaster. Keep at it, and soon you’ll have a home that’s perfect for you!