Building your custom dream home is not an easy feat. It is a stressful and long process that will require a bucket-full of time, effort, and resources. But it’s all worth it if it means constructing that dream into reality.
You’ll spend hours after hours; months after months of planning and building. You’ll make a few bad calls but a handful more of good calls in the process. It’s going to be tough and exciting. However, with proper organization, research, and with the help of the right people, building your dream home from the ground up to the final touches of knickknacks and art pieces can be as smooth as your brand new hardwood floor.
Anticipate a lot of mishaps but expect a home that is built from your labor of love in the end. Here are some tips you can take note of that should help guide you in the process.
Look for a great builder
The builder you choose to hire and work with reflects their professionalism and expertise in the outcome of the project. More than the rate, you need to know the qualifications to look for when scouting for a home builder. Look up their previous projects, years of expertise, reviews, and references. Also, ask for recommendations from friends, colleagues, family members, and relatives for they might know a reputable builder.
Establish a good relationship with your builder
Now that you’ve found a builder, it’s important to establish a good foundation of a relationship with them. It’s only necessary since you’ll be working closely from the planning stage to the final touches. Now you can see how important it is to look for a builder that suits your preferences.
They’ll be your partner in constructing your dream home, make sure that you build a good working relationship with them for the both of you to meet the same goal.
Set your budget
Before you demand a full-carpeted living room or a 5-bathroom house, set your budget first and work from there. Of course, you can cut corners to spend less while still get more but you can’t always do that. If your budget is steep and your dream could cost more than what you have, you need to compromise.
Building a home doesn’t come cheap so you need to give every dollar spent a purpose and make smart decisions.
Take advantage of your freedom
The most exciting part of building your own home is having the complete control to incorporate your thoughts and personal style into the design and structure of your home. From the fittings to the custom-built storage, you can give a touch of your character to your home, of course, with the help and guidance from your builder.
Find your architectural style
Hire an architect to help you define your architectural style, the person who can help sketch your vision to reality and stamp your personal style into the design.
Make a list of the things you want and need
Making a list of the things you prioritize to achieve and things you only want to add to your custom home will help you determine which are more important than the others, which are expensive to create, and the works. This will help tell where you should compromise, cut corners, and go about how to achieve the things you need, want, or need and want without breaking the bank.
Building a house you’ve wanted and envisioned can be draining but seeing the finished product, the end result, the fruit of your hard work and your vessel will all be worth it.
About the author: Chie Suarez spends her downtime pinning home decor finds on Pinterest. She also writes for Wincrest Bespoke, a home builder in Sydney that is created for those who seek more than just a custom home.
August 29, 2017