If you're in the planning stages of a new home build, you're probably finding that things are starting to get a little bit confusing and stressful. Designing a dream home is a huge goal in life for a lot of families, but when you actually get stuck into it, it's easy to find yourself overwhelmed. it's crucial that you plan for your new home build carefully.
Your house plans
There are a few different ways you can go about getting started with a property. Many construction and homebuilding companies will have pre-made house plans that you can use. These designs will generally be cheaper than having an architect take care of the work for you, and most will give you some freedom to make small changes here and there.
Using an architect to custom design your home however, is the preferred method for many who are looking to build. You'll have the added security of an experienced eye that can help you from the start of your project through till completion. Being able to customise your new home to fill whatever desires you have is another huge plus of working with a qualified architect. An architect will focus on functionality, appearance, safety and cost of your dream home.
Budgeting for your home
Planning and building a new home can be one of the most stressful tasks you may decide to take on in life. You'll need to sit down with your architect and discuss your budget at length before you get started. If you're just beginning the project, it pays to talk to your bank about financing options and what you might be able to borrow - getting pre approved for a home loan will give you a better idea of what you have to work with and make it easier when it comes time to plan for costs.
Discuss your needs and wants (making sure to separate the two!) with your architect and try to come up with a design plan that you think will suit for years to come. Consider space for entertaining guests, the kitchen style and extra rooms for your growing family. Most recommend that you save at least 15% of your total budget for extra expenses that tend to crop up during the build.
Talk to your architect about your needs and try to find a design that suits. Plan carefully for your dream home and try to ensure your build is as affordable as possible.
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