So you’re considering constructing your own home…
It’s a fantastic notion because building rather than buying allows you to come a lot closer to your ideal home. However, there are a few key points to be aware of in order to minimise risks and surprises and ensure that you get the property you desire. This useful guide was put together using information from a variety of industry sources as well as our own personal experience. We hope it serves as an excellent introduction.Find additional information at Duke Homes.
1. How critical is it to hire the proper contractor?
Your new house will be one of the most significant financial and emotional investments you will ever make. You want to make sure the design and construction meet your current and future needs and lifestyle. There are numerous builders willing to construct your home, but which one is the best? Which one will make your dream come true? If you follow the steps outlined in this guide, you will be well on your way to realising your dream.
2. What role do you play in the process?
The following must be communicated to the designer before the design may begin:
o Your financial situation
o The size of the house that has to be designed, including room numbers, locations, and functions.
o Facade type, which includes exterior wall finishes (e.g., rendered, face brick) as well as roof type and finish (e.g. tiled, metal)
o Specific design elements that you desire
• Particulars such as ceiling heights, window sizes, and bathroom and kitchen fixtures
o The period of time. It should be noted that plans must be filed to various agencies, which may take longer than anticipated. Include this in your construction schedule.
3. The role of the designer in the process
The cost of hiring an architect, building designer, or engineer to design your home will be in addition to the cost of building it. When you hire a builder who includes a design service in their package, the cost of the design is included in the pricing. This will have an impact on the amount of time that can be spent working on the design with you. When choosing a designer for your home, keep this in mind.
Designers must be knowledgeable about the following topics:
o New construction trends o Up-to-date legislation
• Energy and environmental factors such as insulation, water conservation, building materials, and energy-saving solutions such as solar electricity and solar water heating
They should also be able to provide you advice on the best house orientation in terms of the sun and prevailing winds. They should also be able to advise you on how to make the best use of the topography of a location.
For example, rather of bringing in a bulldozer to straighten a sloping site, it is frequently preferable to build a house that takes use of the land’s shape. It is possible that earthworks will be costly.
You should analyse whether a designer will be able to match your expectations in terms of being qualified to complete the work at your first meeting with them.
A list of questions to ask the designer is attached (see page 8) and may be found on page 8.