How to create the house of your dreams
If you are thinking about creating your dream house, the prospect will likely be equal parts excitement and anxiety.
There is no question that designing and building a home is one of the most stressful projects you can take on, but it can also be one of the most rewarding, especially if you are fulfilling your personal dream.
One of the most difficult aspects of creating the house of your dreams is knowing where to begin. It is best to think logically and start in order of importance, from the house’s design to acquiring the land needed, through to securing a suitable budget and sourcing the relevant construction team and materials.
Naturally, these steps are easier said than done. Designing the house alone will be a long and arduous process, but as long as you consult suitable professionals and make use of the latest design software, you can piece together your ideal design bit by bit. Of course, you will face obstacles at every step of the way, but as long as you anticipate these obstacles in advance (when possible), you will stand the best chance of making your property dream a reality.
This is how to create the house of your dreams:
You can easily create online floor plans
You won’t be able to buy a plot of land, hire any construction workers, or organize your finances without knowing what the property will look like. As a result, the first step in creating your dream house is to lay out its plans.
The best way of doing this is to consult with an architect who can help put your ideas down on paper. Architectural drawings usually take the form of floor plans, which you can quickly create using online floor plan software. This software makes it easy and intuitive to craft new designs, whether it means cutting or replacing walls, creating new rooms, or adjusting the angle of the roof.
Although tools like online floor plans are intended for use by architects, their ease of use means you can quickly learn to tweak your own designs (at least initially) using this software.
Find a suitable plot of land
When you have finalized your design, your next step will be to find a suitable plot of land on which to build the house.
This sounds simple, but it can actually end up being the most stressful (not to mention expensive) stage of building your dream house.
There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, planning permission is difficult to attain in most built-up areas, and you could be waiting months or even years until the necessary permission has been granted.
Secondly, if you do find a plot of land with the necessary permission already granted, it will need to be in an area you would want to live in, desirable enough to add value to your house and not have any noisy neighbors who detract from the ownership experience.
Lastly, plots of land do not come up regularly. If they do, there will likely already be a house built on-site, meaning you will have to demolish or at the very least renovate it if you are looking to create your dream property.
Work out a budget and stick to it
One of the most crucial steps that you must take when creating your dream house is to draw up a budget and stick to it. A major risk with property development is going wildly over budget and ending up deep in debt. However, it is easy to do because unpredictable obstacles crop up all the time, such as expensive materials, weather damage, or unseen issues with the structure itself.
The best way of dealing with this risk is to create a realistic budget, which keeps in mind an estimate for everything you will need to pay for while allowing for unexpected costs along the way. Sticking with this budget as closely as possible will help stop costs spiraling out of control.
Having a financial safety blanket is a critical element of any successful house build. After all, you don’t want to leave yourself short with basic amenities like electricity, food, water, and accommodation because you have outstanding debts with the construction project. It will just end up slowing down the process as you wait for a new cash injection.
Do as much of the build yourself as you can
Although it is of the utmost importance to use a trustworthy and qualified construction team to help you build the house, wire it, and plumb it, if you feel confident in your DIY abilities, you could take on much of the finishing touches yourself.
You could, for example, lay the flooring, build the kitchen, source the furniture, and paint the
walls. This would give you two potential benefits. You would, naturally, feel like you have had more of a hand in building the house and give you a more personal sense of satisfaction.
Putting your own personal touch on the property through DIY is a great way to feel productive, but it can also positively impact your bank balance. If you have the necessary skill set, laying your own flooring or plastering your own walls can save you a significant amount of money, which you can better spend elsewhere.
Build a strong channel of communication with your construction team
Another great tip when creating the house of your dreams is to establish a strong channel of communication with your construction team. These people will be the lifeblood of your project and the experts who will guide you to the project’s completion. Therefore, it is imperative to keep talking to them regularly, stay informed about the build, and ensure they have everything they need to complete it to a high standard.
It can be easy for chasms to form between the homeowner and the construction team, especially if you have different ideas about the design or the materials you are using to build it. Although the project is your dream, do not block out your architect or builders’ opinions because they will likely have important information to share.
Therefore, keep talking to them regularly and ask for their honest opinion, even if it goes against your tastes or vision for the property.