Before you start building your dream home, you need to write a plan that will help you keep an eye on your expenses and keep track of what’s going on.
Before starting the works, the critical decisions you will have to make are finding a plot, choosing the design, construction technology, and a type of facade.
It is worth being aware that it is not a piece of cake to build a house. On the contrary, sometimes it requires a long period of savings, quarrels with construction workers, lack of free time (devoted to checking workers, doing simple works on your own, and trips to construction stores).
Fortunately, you can successfully take care of the planning and construction of the house yourself, without spending money on a construction supervisor.
A new home is a huge expense, often the largest in life. Therefore, you should be well prepared for it – it will reduce costs, stress, and won’t bring you disappointment.
We will provide you with a checklist that will help you plan the work and stick to the budget.
Select the Right Plot
The most important thing is its location.
When considering buying a particular property, check how long it will take to commute (both by car and public transit) and how far it is from school and kindergarten if you have children.
It is worth knowing if there is a grocery store nearby, and if the road is paved and cleared of snow in the winter.
When choosing a land plot, consider its exact area, purpose, and any burdens in the form of a mortgage. At the very beginning, you need to determine whether it is possible to build a house on the given plot, what kind of building it could be, and if you can pay the highest cash offer for it.
Best Home Project
After purchasing the land, you can start looking for a house project that will suit you.
The choice of ready-made proposals is vast, and their prices vary. If you order an individual project, you have to take into account higher costs. The project from the catalog still has to be adapted to the plot, taking into account the guidelines of the spatial development plan and ground conditions.
The most frequently chosen projects are those with a usable attic. Supporters of ground-floor versions point to the convenience of the lack of stairs, which is especially important for the elderly and the disabled.
Remember that the simpler and more compact the house, the cheaper its construction and operation. By constructing a building on a square or rectangular plan, with a gable roof, you will save a lot on heating.
Due to costs, houses with basements are less often built. The laundry room or boiler room is now located on the ground or first floor.
First of all, you should prepare the ground for the construction of foundations and possibly a basement, if that was the assumption of the project.
The foundation depth depends on factors such as:
- soil bearing capacity
- groundwater level
- any adjoining buildings
The foundation is the basis of every building and one of its most important structural elements.
Errors in the execution and selection of appropriate materials can affect the building’s subsequent use and are usually irreparable. Therefore, it is worth choosing the right concrete initially, which will provide adequate strength and protect you from unforeseen expenses.
Connection of Internal Installations
Internal installations should be performed in accordance with applicable regulations and safety rules. It is important that the work is carried out by people with appropriate permissions.
In the end, the installation should be checked and accepted.
Recently, underfloor heating has been very popular. It is worth planning the assembly of it at the stage of designing the house.
It’s good to know that the walls will be free of heaters and that you can plan to place the furniture there. As the floors and plasters are made, the house will slowly take on its final appearance.
Finishing Works and Facade
Finishing work should be carried out in the final stage, such as flooring, kitchen equipment, and painting the walls. The final task is to make the facade of the building. The facade is also the first layer of protection for your new home.
Remember that weather conditions change, so the material and workmanship must be of the best quality.
The key is to precisely define your own needs and capabilities when building a house. You need to know your desired location of the plot, the size of the house, and its standard.
Remember that the interior layout is more important than the building’s appearance because it will affect the quality of your life. On the other side, it is worth determining how much it costs to build a house and whether you can afford making your dreams come true.
It is always better to arrange the cheaper house and complete its construction process, than to end up in a grand, unfinished palace.