If you are lucky, you will get a chance to design and build a home for yourself and your family at some time in your life. If you can raise the funds, it is a fantastic way to get your foot on the first rung of the housing ladder. The properties are often cheaper to build yourself than they would be to buy when they are complete. At the very least, you can get more for your money that way.
It sounds a daunting prospect, doesn’t it? That is because you don’t know enough about it yet. You will understand the process by the end of this article and be a bit more confident in your approach to the subject. Let’s take a look at how it works.
There are a few ways to locate the best land for your home.
- Look for building land for sale in the area you choose.
- Buy an old property and demolish it for the land.
- Buy a plot on a new development where everybody is doing the same thing as you.
A plot on a development has advantages. The utilities will all be ready for connection, and preliminary planning permission is already in place.
You will need an expert to design a home for you. Cannon Custom Homes reckon that many people choose a standard plan and alter it to their needs. With so many designs available, it is the most convenient way to start the process.
Alternatively, you must find an architect to design a warm and cosy home from scratch. Make some sketches and write a detailed brief; the more information you give to them, the better. They will draw up the plans and make changes until you are happy with the result.
As I said earlier, there will already be planning permission to build on a development. You will receive a detailed pack that outlines the parameters within which your design must fit. Don’t worry, they are generous; your home can still look individual.
If you are building on an individual plot, you must apply for permission from the local building control office. You submit your plans and await their decision when they next meet. It is not unusual for them to reject your idea at first. You architect must make the changes they ask for before you submit them again.
Will you manage the construction of the home yourself, or will you employ a building contractor to complete the work for you? Some people who have excellent organisational skills can, with the help of their architect, see the job through to completion, but it is not for the feint hearted. There will be many headaches along the way, with materials and labour. Get it wrong, and it can cost you dearly.
The contractors will take the plan and build your house. They deal with everything to do with the job, so you only need to visit the site occasionally to view the progress. I know which method of construction I would choose.
It might take up to six months to build your home, but it is worth the wait. If you ever get the chance to design and construct a house, don’t let it pass. It is a once in a lifetime experience