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Top Tips For Building Your Home From The Ground Up

Top Tips For Building Your Home From The Ground Up

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As anyone who has ever searched for a home can attest – it’s nearly impossible to find a property already on the market that ticks every single item of your checklist. While this sometimes means that you need to make certain allowances (Goodbye games room), it also presents you with a unique opportunity to throw caution to the wind and build your own home.

Yes, you read that right. It’s entirely possible to build your own home – meaning that you can take the vision that currently exists within your head and build it up one brick at a time. However, it goes without saying that this is a huge task – and will set you moving plans back considerably. Nevertheless, it is a worthwhile investment toward achieving your dreams and creating the perfect family home that will be the envy of all your friends! 

With that in mind, here are some top tips you can use if you’re considering building your family home from the ground up! 

  • Try to find a way to put your vision down on paper. Whether that means you draw a series of sketches or write down an in-depth description of the space. This means that you’ll be able to communicate clearly with any of your construction team – be that an architect or builder – and ensure you are working towards the same finishing point. 
  • Understand that this project is going to cost you a considerable bit of money. While you can reduce some of the costs by using DIY to stay on budget, you must have a clear idea of how much you can spend overall and how that money will be divided throughout the project (i.e. what areas of development will cost you the most). 
  • Ensure that you have planning permission and other legalities covered from the start – as you don’t want to land yourself in a difficult decision further down the line. For example, you could work with companies such as Arbtech Consulting to ensure that you obtain planning permission ahead of time, ensuring that your project is completed much quicker and without unnecessary interference. 
  • Get in touch with a variety of construction companies, paying close attention to any online reviews. This can help you decide whether or not you want to work with a specific company and provide you with an insight into what to expect when working with them. 
  • Remember that the hard work doesn’t stop when you’ve finished the building’s exterior – as you still need to find a way to make a house into a home. As a result, you need to put just as much effort into the interior decorating portion of the project. However, this stage is often the most fun – as you get to buy new furniture, experiment with bold colours and can get the whole family involved in the process! 

While you shouldn’t necessarily buy the cheapest available materials (as they may not always be the best quality), keep an eye out for online deals and discounts that can save you considerable amounts of money in the long run.

Renovation: top tips

Saving Money (And Your Sanity)

Saving Money (And Your Sanity)

Preparing Your Family For A Big Home Renovation

The topic of renovating our homes throws up so many concerns. But if we are to get through this, not just in the way that ensures your bank balance doesn’t take a major hit, but also so your emotions are intact, preparation is vital. But what if you’ve got a family and children that rely on you to do so much that you have to get the house done and completely finished under a tight timescale and also keep track of every other aspect of your family life?

Saving Money (And Your Sanity)

Getting Organised

Organisation is essential when you’ve got family anyway, but now that you’ve got to overhaul your home, it’s time to step it up a gear. As every spare moment will be spent dealing with professionals, working through the budget, and taking on a lot of the tasks yourself, you have to ensure that it doesn’t completely overwhelm you, nor take over your life. A good working relationship with professionals is essential in this instance. Whether you’re working with contemporary architects, standard builders, or on the phone endlessly to the council, developing your relationship so that when issues arise, they can be dealt with swiftly without causing much stress, can take some time to achieve. But this is where you have to get yourself organised. If you’re not a naturally organised sort of person, planning ahead, making lists, but also structuring your life, won’t just benefit the job, but the family too.

Keep An Eye On Every Outgoing

A natural offshoot of being organised is keeping track of every single financial component. Your outgoings will be stretched to the very limit. The very important parts at the outset include preparing a budget, but also understanding things can go over budget, and when you’re making financial plans, operating with a financial buffer will help. You can apply for loans to help, but you have to be aware have this could impact your credit score.

Understand The Scope Of The Renovation

We usually operate with the idea of what the house will look like, rather than think about the hardship we have to go through to get to that end product. Understanding the scope, in conjunction with the budget, you need to figure out what you would like to see completed in a short-term time scale, as well as over the next 12 to 18 months. This links directly to your goals, and if you are looking to gut your house out completely, this can result in the budget spiralling out of control. Compromise can help, and if it gets to the point where the project is going on far too long, then you will have to lower your expectations.

We have to consider the impact on our family as well as our financial situation. If our children have limited access to the kitchen and the living room over the space of a year, they can feel somewhat hemmed in. And when life is so busy as it is, adding the task of total renovation can make for a stressful environment. Preparation is vital, not just for your family, but for your own sanity.

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