Designing and building your own home is something everyone has dreamt about at some point. What better way to get all the functionality you need, coupled with your very own design taste? However, although it is tempting to embark on building your ultimate dream house there a some very important factors you should consider before committing to following through with your plans.
To get things started, we’ve put together some key points you should consider which will help you to complete your vision in a timely and efficient way and help you to avoid the most common and disrupting pitfalls.
As with most large projects, it’s essential you have a clear budget in mind. Without this it is impossible to achieve your vision and will most likely lead to disappointment. Budget planning is often considered by Architects and Builders as the most crucial stage of the design and implementation phase and can be the difference between a successful development and disaster.
Choose the right plot
Once you have set out your budget you can then go about selecting the right plot. This will largely depend on your budget of course and could be the most expensive aspect of your build. If there is one thing that can make or break a property, it is location, so it is absolutely crucial that you take your time and consider important factors such as soil condition, drainage, future planned developments and Greenfield/Brownfield plots. It’s advisable to have a solicitor on hand to oversee the process.
Now you’ve acquired the land, you can pick a plan. A lot of new homes are built using stock plans which contractors can alter according to your specification. Alternatively, you can create the plans yourself or have an architect do it for you. This option is the most expensive but allows for complete customisation.
Get the right team
Building a property from scratch is a huge undertaking and should not be underestimated. Building work is notorious for delays due to improper planning and poor weather conditions. Having a reliable team on hand is essential. It is strongly advised to work with an architect and contractor so that important factors are not missed. They will be able to advise on things like installation time, good building practise and suitable materials and products.
Choosing the right materials
With the structure and aesthetics of the building now decided, it is important to research sustainable and reputable materials. This can take us a considerable amount of time considering the vast array of available materials. Brickwork is still the standard look for domestic dwellings however, aluminium cladding can be used to visually enhance properties and increase insulation.
Plan and prepare the essentials
Before commencing on any groundworks, make sure you have all the necessary planning permission and consent to build. Architects deal with these scenarios everyday so it’s best left to a professional. However, there are several resources online which can help the process along. It’s important not to overlook this process as it can harsh repercussions later down the line.
When the essential documentation has been processed, you start on the groundworks by levelling the land, clearing vegetation, and setting out trenches. This is typically carried out by your main contractor or dedicated groundwork company.
Keep on top of things
Now that work has officially started, be sure to schedule regular progress meetings with your architect and contractors. It’s best to catch any issues early so they can be rectified without causing too many further issues or problems.
If you follow these steps, you’ll be ready to move into your new home in no time.