Building a new home is one of those tasks which are both exhaustingly long and incredibly fascinating to do. If you have been in this situation before, then you will know that building a home is exciting and time consuming. If you have never done anything of the sort before, you might soon find yourself wondering what you got yourself in for. But don’t worry – even building a mansion can be made a lot simpler and easier by simply following some ground rules and taking your time. One of the most important things throughout this entire process is to ensure that you keep stress to a minimum. This will make a huge difference in the long run, particularly as it is likely that you will have a lot of hands on deck. You don’t want to get everyone stressed out, so it is vital that you keep calm yourself. This will encourage everyone else to do the same, and you might even find that this speeds up the whole process considerably. Let’s take a look at some of the other things you will want to consider for a successful new home build.
The Most Important Stage: Planning
If there is one mistake that you can guarantee people make every year, and which will definitely have a hugely negative impact, it is failing to spend enough time planning the whole build out. The fact is, the planning is actually the most important stage of all. It is during this stage that you learn what the possible drawbacks and problems are likely to be, and knowing what they are this early gives you a better chance to be able to prepare for them, and so overcome them in a much more satisfying way. If you are struggling with your planning, then you might want to think about paring it down as much as possible. The simpler you make the whole process, the easier it is to plan it out, and to ensure that you are paying as much attention to detail as possible.
As this is the most important stage, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that it is advisable to get everyone involved in the project itself involved in this stage of it too. If you have everyone on board at this point, it is much more likely that you will be able to find any possible errors early on – partly because having more eyes on the plan will ensure that you see more as a group, but more vitally because if you have the architect and the plumber both there, they will be able to spot problems in their own areas quicker than you will. Get as many people included in the planning stage as possible, without over-doing it of course, and you should find that it makes the whole process of planning considerably easier and less stressful.
The more time you spend on planning, the more likely it is that you will make errors on the page, rather than in real life. Don’t be afraid to push things behind schedule slightly if it means being as clear as possible on exactly how the plan is, and that it s exactly what you want from it. Without a doubt, you should also think about hiring an architect at least for the basic design. This is the kind of thing that is extremely difficult to do alone, if you are not properly educated in that area yourself. With enough time and dedication, you should find yourself with a great plan, and that will bode well for the future of your build.
Although really it is another part of the planning stage, it is worth taking a closer look at the process of budgeting too, as it is itself a hugely relevant aspect of the entire process. Knowing how to budget properly is difficult, because it can take a great deal of time to get right, and generally the only practice you have is by simply doing it for real. The most important golden rule to bear in mind when budgeting for your new build is to be completely honest with yourself about everything, and to go as finely detailed as you possibly can. Being completely honest will ensure that you are able to keep track of the financial side of things properly, and being detailed means that you won’t miss anything out and get any nasty surprises later on.
To budget for your new build, make sure you have first made all the relevant decisions regarding the build itself. If you haven’t, there is no doubt that the budget will be ineffectual, as it won’t include everything that it needs to take into account. As long as it does, however, then your main task is to ensure that you come up with an accurate figure for how much money you are likely to need. If you are diligent and honest in this endeavour, you should find that you have fallen within whatever reaches you previously set yourself. Bear in mind, however, that it is not only possible, but extremely common, for projects of this size to end up going over budget, at least slightly. If this turns out to be the case for you, therefore, don’t sweat it too much – but by all means try to reduce the damage to your personal finances by cutting costs wherever you can, so long as it is not to the detriment of your build.
Once you have a budget clearly written down, you can begin to think about the actual process of building your new build. This is often when things start to get exciting, as you never do quite know how something of this nature and scale will turn out.
One thing you will notice during both the planning and the budgeting stages is that building a new house requires a great deal of different supplies – tools, equipment and so on. Of course, this is the major expense, besides the land itself, so you should be prepared for this. But it is a good idea to apply some basic money-management strategies to sourcing those supplies, as by doing so you might be able to save a significant amount of money on the whole – and that is bound to make the experience much less stressful and more pleasing to yourself, and your bank balance.
One piece of advice worth following is that you should make sure you shop around, for everything which you might need. Wherever you can buy in bulk, do so, so long as you don’t have to purchase more of the item than you really need. What’s more, you should make every effort to ensure that you are buying decent quality goods, even while also trying to save as much money as you can. You don’t want a poor build, after all, and on certain occasions you might well find yourself making the decision to go for the more expensive option, as it will mean an improved finished product. So long as you keep the overall budget in mind, this should not be too much of a problem. If anything, you should prepare for this by allowing such deviations within the realms of the budget itself.
As long as your source your equipment in the right manner, you will both save money and end up with the kind of build which you have always dreamed of, so this is an essential part of the process which you should pay close attention to.
Room Design & Comfort
One of the chief attributes of any good home is that it is as comfortable as possible. If you want your new home to be as comfortable as possible, then you will need to ensure that you are planning for that from the very beginning. Comfort is a result of a number of things working together in harmony, and you need to make sure you get all of those things right in equal balance.
Temperature plays a big part in ensuring comfort, so make sure that you give yourself the ability to control it as closely as possible. Using hvac zone control or similar is often the best way, along with whatever chosen heating system you have opted for. As well as temperature, you will want to make sure that the room design is as well planned as possible, so as to allow for your furniture exactly as you want it. Bear these in mind as early as possible, and it will make a noticeable difference to how comfortable your home is once the build is complete.
Let’s not forget that the location of the build is always going to be one of the most important elements of all. As long as you are happy with where it is situated, you will probably find that all else falls into place. As such, it is well worth spending some decent time on finding the ideal location, even if that means going further afield than you had hoped to initially.