Many of us spend a huge chunk of our lives thinking about having the dream home. Whether your idea of heaven is a huge mansion or a quaint cottage in the countryside… the search for the ideal property can be long and tedious.
If you can’t find the perfect home, there is another option to consider: build your own home. It’s a big project, and by no means will it be easy- but it could also be the best thing you have ever done for you and your family.
- Find a building plot
The first step to building your dream home is to find the location and land for your project. There are some great websites such as Plotsearch which you can use to source your land, but it is easy enough to drive around your local area and take a look at what’s to offer.
- Arrange finance and set a budget
In order to be able to build your dream home: you are going to need a hefty budget. As long as you set yourself a realistic budget and don’t try to go overboard with the equipment, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem with things. It might be worth shopping around for materials and working out how much things will cost you. This will enable you to set your budget accordingly and get to work.
If you were wondering about how people pay for a $500,000 built house, you may not know that you can actually get a self-build mortgage. If you look at a broker such as BuildStore, you will be able to see what is on offer.
- Find a designer
Next on the agenda is to work out what you want your home to look like. Now, you could easily choose a flat-pack house which means that they will design and build your home for you; or hire professional architects to design your perfect home with you.
- Choose a building route
Package companies are the easy route because they will take care of the building work for you. They offer customisable houses and you can add in design features yourself. The second option is to work with your architect and hire a project manager to take on the build for you.
- Prepare your plot
This part of the process will involve environmental checks, lots of cleaning and leveling the land, and setting out trenches for drainage during the build.
- Get building
Once everything else is done, you can begin your project! You could opt for either bricks or timber frames for the structure of your home, it’s all down to your personal taste. They are a few stages of building work in your home: foundations, framework, weatherproofing, electrical and water, and finally decoration. The project may be long and a lot of hard work, but the final result will be well worth the wait. You can now move into your new home and begin to build your perfect life for your family.