Building a new home is an exciting journey to embark upon. However, it can also be an extremely stressful one if you don’t plan ahead. To help you make your home building project a success, here are a few tips to end up with a home you’ll love for years to come.
Firstly, budgeting is a huge part of building a home. When you buy an existing property, the budgeting pressure is lifted slightly because you have a total figure you want to spend, and that’s it. When you build a new home, the costs aren’t always as clear, and under-budgeting can result in a lot of heartaches.
When getting estimates from your builders, ask that everything is included. Often, the prices provided are for all the basics. If you want more upmarket inclusions such as whitegoods, blinds and even smaller things like door handles, you want to know the full cost. Don’t forget landscaping too, as this can often be an expense people forget to budget for.
Lot Placement Matters
Where your home sits on your lot is important for a number of reasons. Most importantly, you want your home facing the right way to maximise the light and warmth from the sun. As a general rule, having your main living areas facing north is a good way to go. This gives you the most daylight sun streaming through the windows, so you can save on heating and lighting.
You’ll also want to consider how close you want to be to the neighbours, whether you prefer having a large front or back yard, and ensuring you’ve got the best access possible to your home.
Choose a Floor Plan for Your Lifestyle
Lifestyle is a big thing to consider when building a home., particularly in designing the floor plan. It’s also one of the most difficult processes because as we know, lifestyles change. If you’re a young, single couple who likes entertaining, your idea of the perfect home layout may be very different from a family with two or three children. The issue is, you may be the single couple now, but in years to come, you could be the family.
Many people prefer open plan living, but you need to ensure it’s practical for what the future holds too. If you want children to have their own rooms, consider where you want them to be in relation to living areas where the most noise occurs.
Insulation can so easily be forgotten in the home building process, but it’s one of those things you really need to get right from the word go. While it’s not so difficult to add ceiling insulation down the track, choosing the right floor insulation is best done while building. It’s difficult to rip out walls and pull up the floor to add insulation at a later date.
Insulation helps maintain the comfort levels of your home, all while saving money on heating and cooling costs. When installed well, it also offers great sound absorption. It’s an investment that will pay off every single day, so make sure you get the best products while you’re building.
Finally, always consider sustainable materials. As we know, homes are built from a mixture of timber and steel, but there are plenty of smaller parts of a home that you can obtain sustainably. Certain types of roofing are made from fully recycled materials, for example. You can also consider solar energy, solar hot water systems, water management and even eco-friendly light globes.
Building your home can either be a trial or a great joy. With the right sort of planning, you can make sure you end up with a beautiful, comfortable home without the hassles that many people, unfortunately, go through while building.