There are many beautiful houses to choose from when you’re looking for a new home, but if you can’t find what you want, or you have always dreamed of living in a house you’ve designed yourself, then building your own could well be the answer. It’s not something to go into unprepared because there is a lot of work involved. It will take time and money, and can be stressful at times. But the rewards of living in your dream home are well worth the investment. If the idea appeals to you, just consider how you should go about making your dream a reality before you get started.
First, you need the right plot. It must be the right size for the kind of house and outside space you want, and it must be somewhere you want to live. Finding a plot that fits your criteria and being able to buy it before anyone else does can be one of the most frustrating aspects of a project like this. It can be tempting to settle for a plot that isn’t quite the size you wanted or isn’t in an area you truly want to live, but if you can be patient, it’s better to wait for the right plot to come up. Minor compromises may be fine, but if it’s anything more significant than being a few miles away from your ideal location, or the soil has a higher clay content than you’d like for your plants, then you’ll find it hard to make the compromises work for you in the long run.
You need to check what permits will be required and any planning restrictions that may be in place before you start designing your home. Even if you have a very clear idea of how you want your house to look, it’s always best to employ an architect to advise you and create detailed drawings. They can help with the legal requirements of your build, and whatever ideas you have they will be able to bring them to life. Using someone who is skilled in architectural design will ensure that you have optimized the building’s layout and construction to suit you and the environment where your house will be situated. If you have some vague ideas or desires, they will be able to take them and show you how they could be turned into a functioning reality, and they will have plenty of ideas of their own to complement your vision and suggest solutions you may not have considered.
Projects like this are notorious for exceeding the budget you’ve set, and it’s almost inevitable that you will encounter some difficulty or delay that will stretch your budget. If you are realistic and include a sensible contingency for unexpected costs, you should find you won’t be too far away from predicting the total bill. What you can’t do is pluck figures out of the air, manipulate them to fit with what you want rather than what is accurate, or suddenly start spending construction money on luxury fixtures and fittings. Changing your mind can be expensive too, so be sure about what you want before you begin.
The day you move into your dream home will be one of your happiest, as long as you’ve plotted, planned and budgeted with honesty and foresight, so take on the challenge and see your dream made real.