Building your dream home from the laying of the foundation to the final interior design can be a tremendously rewarding experience. It offers you the chance to create a home that will suit your family’s present and future needs. Although building a home requires strong commitment and determination, you can achieve your goal if you start with careful planning. Here are some of the most valuable tips for successful home construction.
- Plan the Details of Your House
A completed building has so many details and sub-systems. So you must take time to plan all the details of your home. Get acquainted with floor plans so you can effectively plan and sketch the layout of the house before you hire a professional to create the final architectural drawing. You should also know the direction the building will face on the plot of land. If you have a plot of land already, you should go there to access the primary wind direction. It help you to know the position that will offer the best ventilation. This will help you to enjoy good air flow within and around your house.
You will also need to start looking at interior design ideas and colour themes that you will like to use straight away, or modify to suit your taste. One of the greatest benefits of constructing your own home is the opportunity to design it in a unique way. You can choose to make it warm and compact or make it look very bright with an open plan, which is ideal if you are still raising a family.
- Make it Eco-friendly
Building a home in Australia and other Western countries today requires that you pay attention to energy and water conservation. For instance, the Australian government now insists that your building plans show that you have both water saving and energy efficiency measures included, before they are approved. You now need a BASIX certificate when you are submitting your plans. Going green will eventually make your home cheaper to maintain. Basically, you will need to plan for thermally insulated doors and windows, efficient water and toilet systems and possible use of solar panels.
- Choose the Right Contractor
This is undoubtedly one of the most critical decisions you will make when preparing to build your dream house. You will work with your contractor for many months so you must choose carefully and be sure that you can communicate well with your builder. Your building contractor should have the experience and expertise to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.
Ensure that your contractor is licensed and insured and a member of the appropriate builders association. Ask your potential builder for references and take time to access their past work. Don’t do business with a builder who cannot offer you at least three to four satisfied clients. Make sure you like the style of the buildings and that the construction suits your style and taste.
- Apply for Finance
When you are constructing your home, you should apply for a construction loan to finance the project. A construction loan is quite different from a regular home loan. Your construction funds will be released to you in phases. After your lender has assessed your project, the funds will be given to your builder periodically at the end of each phase of the construction. Remember to put together your initial deposit for your loan. Bear in mind that you may need to pay a higher percentage than what you will normally pay for a home loan.
- Seek for Ways to Save
No matter what you put on your initial budget for your building, you can still find ways to save money. This is vital because you will come across many finishing costs that you did not plan or budget for like gas and electric meters, landscaping, fencing, gates and window coverings. You can save cost by shopping around for the lowest prices on fixtures and fittings, and other materials that your contractor will use. Make sure you obtain several quotes for all building materials. You can also save money by selecting a building site that requires very little preparation and clearing.
To reap the full rewards of building your own home, you should follow the recommendations offered here. Also, do more research to find out all the building regulations and codes that you and your contractor must follow so you can have a pain-free construction project.