Little by little, brick by brick; is this the way your dream home is built?
When you are looking to create your very own dream home, for many people the only option is to build it themselves, brick by brick. This is the way for you to craft everything to meet your expectations and create a property that ticks all the boxes.
However, this is not an approach that you will want to take lightly. Remember, it is a massive undertaking about which you’ll need to think long and hard before you take the plunge. With all this in mind, let’s take a look at the brick by brick steps you’ll need to take before building your very own dream home.
Find the Right Building Plot
It may seem like a major headache to find a plot of land that is suitable for building on in the first place, but thousands upon thousands of people manage to do it every year.
You need to exercise a great degree of patience and not rush into anything too soon. Remember to look closely at the neighbourhood where you are planning to build the house as well as the plot itself. The community that you place yourself in really does make all the difference.
If you wish to find a plot of land that has never been built on, you will likely have to move further away from the city. If you wish to be closer to the city you may have to demolish an existing structure. Factors these costs into your budget.
Sort Out Your Budget
You are probably already only too aware how costly it can be to create your own dream home, which is why it is so important that everything is properly costed and you stick closely to a budget.
Make sure to arrange your financing before you get into anything too deep. When you are creating your budget, you should leave 10 – 25 percent of the build cost as a contingency plan. There will almost inevitably be one or two things that you haven’t factored in.
Find the Professionals
The team that you hire will be absolutely central to the entire project, so you need to make sure that you are spot on from the start. Kick things off by choosing an architect or builder who is fully aware of your requirements and can make sure everything fits in with your budget. Contact planners early to make sure all aspects of the build are viable in the first place.
Then it is a case of sorting out the earthworks and the team that will actually undertake the build itself. You may choose to hire a project manager to keep an eye on all the individual aspects of the build or you may decide to do this yourself if you have the appropriate skills and knowledge.
Keep a Close Eye on the Build (brick by brick)
You probably don’t need telling twice to keep a watchful eye over the entire building process. It is still important that you keep track of everything both from a budgetary point of view, as well as making sure that the quality of the work meets your standards.
There are five key stages of the project: the foundation work, getting the house weather tight, the first fix, the second fix, and the final decoration. You will already have a timescale set, but you want to make sure that everything is progressing at a good rate.