So you’ve made the decision to build a new home.
Building a house can be an exciting and incredibly rewarding experience. Many people dream of creating their own home from the ground up, and few regret making the decision.
You’ll discover a lot about yourself and the process, along the way. Here’s some things to be aware of as you make your vision a reality.
From the conception of your house, you’ll be making many decisions on a daily basis. Unlike moving into an established house, building a custom house gives you the freedom to choose just about everything for your home. You are limited only by your imagination!
While you may already have an overall picture of how you want your house to look, consider the spaces in your home and how you want to use them. Think about cabinet and furniture placement early on, to ensure that room sizes are appropriate.
Once the builders are on site, you’ll be required to make decisions promptly, so as to not slow down work. It pays to have as many decisions made at the start of construction as possible, so that when the time comes, these items can be ordered and ready for installation when required. These include details such as tiles, paint colours, light fixtures, countertops etc.
But even with the best laid plans, there will inevitably be decisions to make through the build.
As your walls go up, it’s likely so will your stress levels. While the building process can be satisfying, even enjoyable, it’s important to know in advance what you are getting yourself into. Building a custom home is time consuming, and other commitments such as kids and work, even relationships, may feel the strain from your newest baby – your house – soaking up most of your attention.
Stress can also crop up on site. Mistakes are going to be made. Coming to terms with this fact will allow you to accept and move on when they inevitably occur. Building a house involves a lot of people and it is not going to go perfectly. While there’ll be some things that won’t be exactly as you want them, other things may unexpectedly turn out better than you had planned.
Further, seeing half-finished tasks may make you question whether you made the right decisions with your layout and design choices. But remember, everything looks better when it’s finished. Try to calm your concerns and not lose sleep over whether you made the hallway wide enough or the skylight large enough. In all likelihood, the finished product will wow you. Patience is a virtue.
Which brings us to our final point…
This is the most important decision you will make, so we’ve saved it for last (but you should definitely act on it first).
Who you choose to build, and help you design, your new home, will largely determine your overall building experience. You will be working so closely with your builder/architect, so do your homework before you make your decision. You are the customer, so ask any and all questions you have. Ask for referrals, and look for someone you connect with.
You’ll be trusting them to help you with some of the biggest financial commitments of your life, and you will need a lot more help than you think, especially if you’ve never built a house before.
Once you have hired your builder/architect/designer, make sure you communicate everything with them. You can minimise mistakes by never assuming that they know what you want. The more specific you can be, the smoother things will go.
At the same time, showing respect and kindness to the people working on your house will go a long way in making your building experience a positive one, for all involved.
To see what’s possible when you work with a team of expert architects, builders and designers, download our Lubelso Luxury Home Design brochure now.
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