7 Important Things to Consider Before Building Your House
Building your dream home is an exciting journey. But you may be unsure of how to get started. There are so many things to consider when deciding to build a new home that one can become overwhelmed and thus overlook small but important details.
Building your house is the main project. But you need to have an idea of what you would like the entire lot to look like.
In this article, we will share some important things to consider before building your house and to help you make the right decisions.
1. Land and Location
To build a home, you definitely require a piece of land. Whether you decide to get an empty plot or an existing one, start by subdividing your current section.
All things considered, the locationand community you live in will have a greater impact on your life than the house you build. This is where you’re going to raise your family and conduct your daily living activities.
A lengthy commute might seem tolerable at first, but will it affect your quality of life over time? Try to think long-term.
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If you’ve got a piece of land in mind, you must first do a building inspection before purchasing it.
This will give you an idea of things you should consider like lot requirements, driveway placement and regulations, attaining utilities, etc. For example, some communities have restrictions regarding overhead power lines, which requires installing underground conduits.
Inspect the land you want to build on and the rules that come with it. Also, check with the local council about building codes and restrictions in your chosen area as these codes can vary from state to state and county to county. There are laws and codes that your house will have to meet.
2. Home Stand Position
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Choose your stand position, orientation, and aspect carefully.
According to some Asian-originated principles, one should take the direction of the sun into account.
Remember that rooms facing east will be cooler, while any rooms or windows facing west will receive intense afternoon sun and thus should be avoided if possible. After deciding on your house’s stand position, start your design from scratch according to that.
3. House Design
Building your own home can be an attractive option for those who want to create something personalized. The secret to designing a home you love is knowing what you want to get out of it. Once you figure out what’s important to you and your family, the design will fall into place.
The design of your home should incorporate all aspects of home life that are important to you and your family. Make sure you have a good understanding of this so that the design of the home will flow naturally into your lifestyle.
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The design of your house must suit the stand you have chosen, and not be designed for another stand.
If there is an existing house design that you love, make sure that it will work with your chosen stand.
Researching and discussing with an architect are also good ways to organize your thoughts. An architect can offer ideas you may not have considered and advise you on what you can get for your budget.
An architect can access a wide variety of house plans which can then be adapted to suit your style. Go and gather inspiration, talk to an expert interior designer, and put your ideas into action. Do this as soon as possible to help you sort things out later.
If you believe in Feng Shui, do consult a certified Feng Shui master about your home design. You can also watch this video on
To get some ideas on incorporating your home design with your Feng Shui needs.
You should also consider how your home will serve you in the future? Are you going to sell it after a short-term stay? Plan for both the present and the future. Create a list of ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ for your home, and ask yourself if you really need certain items on that list.
For example, is that car porch a must-have or something you might end up splurging on?
Below are some house design basics to consider when building your home:
The width of your hallways
Electrical power supply and outlets/switches quantity and positions
Roof and ceiling heights
The direction in which your doors swing
The impact of your renovation and interior design on the environment
The lighting fixtures and allowance for natural light in your entire home
The most important part of all this is to get your plans approved by your district’s municipality, so make sure that whichever plans are drawn up, whether they are by an architect or a planner, have been approved.
4. Your Lifestyle
Your home should reflect who you are and make it easy to do the things you love. Based on yourlifestyle, think about your hobbies, interests, and habits.
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Understanding your lifestyle will make the planning and selection process much easier.If you leave this part out of the equation, you might make poor design mistakes in your floor plan and final design.
Think about what you need, from external cladding and windows treatments to fixtures and finishes, to especially the amount of storage space you need. For example, if you enjoy fish feeding or nature walks, consider adding a pond or a small garden with water features.
Once you’ve figured out your core needs like your kitchen layout and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, starting with a blank canvas means you can build a home that matches your interests.
5. Choosing a Builder
When you choosing a builder, make sure that they are registered with the relevant authority and equipped with a proven track record of completing jobs. Choosing your building contractor should not be limited to costs; it is vital to consider quality and reputation first, as this will save you in the long term.
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In order to ensure your home construction works run smoothly, it is important to find a builder that understands your wants and needs.
First, you should pick a company that shares the same design aesthetics as you. Secondly, always check their credibility – client testimonials, past work, etc.
Don’t be afraid to treat this step like an interview process; ask every company you contact the following questions before you sign a contract with them or start the building process:
Can you meet my timeline and budget for completion?
Are there any concerns or difficulties you have with building this home?
Do you have any experience with any of the specialty items I will like for this home?
Even if every single detail has been planned out, there are still many pieces that have to come together to make your dream home a reality. Always be prepared for the unexpected.
While obstacles are inevitable, a good home builder will be committed to helping you anticipate them by giving you suggestions based on your requirements and guiding you through them. This will help reduce any stress you face.
The size of your house must suit your requirements in terms of space and budget. This can sometimes be very challenging to get right as it is not always easy to translate the concept of space to reality.
Thinking about your family’s lifestyle will make it easier to create a layout that will be intuitive to how you live and entertain.
Finding a mix between large multi-functional rooms and smaller, intimate spaces should be done before building your home. You want your home to work for you even after a long time.
The best part about building a new house is knowing the space is tailored to fit you and your family. Make sure to optimize the space in your new home.
Building a house isn’t cheap, so do your homework and reserve a budgeted amount of money.
Start by getting a clear idea of your finances and make a list of ‘needs’ and ‘wants’. This will help you decide which items are non-negotiable and weigh your options if you end up having to make tough decisions.
It’s important to note that financial details for building a home are different from a standard mortgage but there are plenty of alternatives you can adapt according to your needs.
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Do some research and talk to a financial consultant about the options that would work to suit your financial bracket.
One possible scenario will be a bank offering a building loan that allows customers to purchase a building package and then repay the bank via progress payments or post-construction payments.
The last thing to consider when building your home is to never finalize your costs even after the construction has been completed, as the final amount may not meet the expectations for your or your builder.
Make sure that your quote is an all-inclusive cost for everything that you have in mind, including pools, decks, and additional storage space.
You could either be pleasantly surprised by how much you may have saved, but it is still recommended to keep around 10% of your budget for unexpected expenses. Signing a building contract with installment payments is recommended. Don’t be caught off-guard by surprise expenses.
We hope the above information can help you build your dream home, which can be one of your biggest investments and most exciting experiences.