Building your dream house is undoubtedly one of the most deeply rewarding challenges you can set for yourself. You are crafting your unique vision from nothing into a physical structure in which you can create a lifetime of memories, which can deliver you meaning for the rest of your life.
However, anyone who has attempted to build their own house before will tell you all too readily how difficult a project like this can be in reality.
It can soak up all your savings (and more besides), expend all your waking hours and leave you a nervous wreck trying to ensure you hit your deadlines and stay under budget.
A scary amount can go wrong with a house build project because so much is outside of your control. Whether it is materials running overdue, the weather turning against you or elements of the project costing way more than you anticipated, you cannot hope to control every aspect.
Thankfully, this does not mean all is lost.
Building your dream house is entirely possible. It just requires you to anticipate these issues before they arise, to put your best foot forward when challenges inevitably occur.
Here is a quick guide to help prepare you for building your very own dream house:
Use a Cost-Effective and Strong Structure
Firstly, you need to make sure that the house is using materials that are both super strong and malleable to your specific requirements, without breaking the bank.
Sourcing materials can be a headache because you have to consider the lead times on orders, where you are sourcing them from (and, therefore, how much it will cost to transport), and whether they will look as good in person as they did when you saw a sample.
What’s more, you will need to make sure that these materials are true to your original vision. While compromise is inevitable, you will want to be happy with the result, so having the right materials is key.
This is especially true of the property’s structure, which is the bedrock of your build. Using steel house framing is a great way of ticking all the boxes.
Have a Clear Vision for How You Want to Use the Property
When you are designing your property, you need to keep in mind that the property will need to be used for a specific purpose.
Is this going to be your forever family home or a fun party pad for weekends? Answering this simple question will unlock the entire design and livability of your house.
Don’t Forget to Set a Realistic Budget
Last but certainly not least, you need to set a firm budget for the project. By doing this, you can make sensible decisions when it comes to sourcing materials, hiring contractors and giving yourself enough money to live off of.
When you create your budget, you will need to factor in a hefty margin of additional funds, because your house build is almost certain to run over budget.