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Making the decision to build a house isn’t one that you make overnight. You might wake up with the idea, but there are so many things to consider before you actually go ahead with your plans. Homes come in all shapes and sizes and can be created in fantastic and amazing ways. We have all seen the brilliant ideas of mini-homes as well as the quirky creations dotted about the world.
There are ways of building a home that is completely movable, like a pod house or school bus transformation, or you might be looking to creating a more permanent structure. You might find that building around an existing building is better for you, or you might be happy to face the from scratch challenge head-on.
First of all, you need to find somewhere to build your house. When you head out to look for land, it’s important to consider its composition. You don’t want your foundations to be built on marshland, land prone to flooding or lying on a fault line. Seek advice if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. You also need to get permission to build on that land before you even get planning permission to build a house, and there might also be other things to consider depending on your local government.
Now that you have a location for your new home, it’s time to plan exactly what it’s going to look like. The best route to take is to get advice from an architect; they can draw up the blueprints and leave it at that, or manage the whole project – or any level in between. They are the experts in this field so trust them. There are many jobs needed to build a house which you can self-teach if want a more hands-on approach, but in areas like electrics and plumbing as these areas can cost you thousands if done wrong you might want to get help from professionals.
How are you funding this build? Most people who go down this route have been saving for years, and even then might still need some financial help from a loan – like ones you can find at personalloans.co. Regardless of where the money is coming from make sure that you set a strict budget, but give yourself a little bit of wiggle room as things like weather interruptions, accidents and delays can very easily get in the way. Human error and mother nature can easily sap up your spare money, so having a decent sized cushion is a must. As you’re building think about ways you can save money; using reclaimed wood and bricks for example.
Needs vs Wants
You may want a swimming pool and sauna, but do you need it? Is it an improvement you can make in a few years or do you need it now. If it fits into your plan and budget, then go for it! But there will be times when you have to compromise and decide between something you need and something you want.