23 Ways to Save Money Building Your Home
All of us have a dream home. We all have that desire to dwell in a home that is not only comfortable but also well designed. We want to live in a house where we can get everything we want from rest to recreation. It would certainly be fulfilling to live in a home like that. But how can we get our dream house? What are the steps that we need to take in order to acquire it?
Today, we will give you 10 clear steps on what you need to do to reach your dream house. Of course, we have to do something in order to reach our dreams. Dreams come true if you pair that with actions. Hence, here are some steps that will lead to your dream house. It might not be easy but it is possible. But if you refuse to take these steps, you will not be able to get what you wish to have for a home. Read on and start taking steps towards your dream house.
Find a Good Designer
It is important that you have a designer for your house. Look for professionals who can help you design your home. Let him know what you want for your dream house and he will be able to help you with that. In choosing a designer, look into his/her credentials and work experiences:
- Preconstruction Services, Cost Estimating
- Construction Management
- Project & Contract Administration
- LEED Consultation & Implementation
Get Real About Your Budget
The primary source of conflict and melodrama in the building process is budget. Set your number, and then listen. If you have a reputable builder or contractor, trust him or her to tell you what things cost. And don’t get stuck on the cost-per-square-foot metric. If you are building or remodeling know what you can afford to spend. Start there, and have your builder and architect walk you through your options and explain how real-time costs are established.
The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect, conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with.– THOMAS BODINE
And maybe that land isn’t a few acres that’s never been trampled on. Maybe it’s an existing house that’s just old and tired and has suffered some neglect. The house whispers to you that it really does want to shed those avocado colored appliances, that shag carpeting, and those single-pane windows, and you know you’re the person to do that.
While you might think you can go it alone, assembling a team of tried and true professionals is the better approach. After all, you wouldn’t represent yourself in court. So why wouldn’t you entrust your single largest investment to an experienced team that won’t be learning on your dime? An architect and a builder (if not one and the same) are going to be your most important team members.
My dream house has already been built. It’s polished sandstone and has a large private ocean front beach. It was $11,000,000 when listed for sale a few years ago. But I didn’t buy it.
I spent 5 years planning/designing/drafting our house while living on the 20 acres in an apartment above the workshop I had designed and built myself. By the time it came to cutting lumber and pounding nails I knew every aspect of the process.