Five Things to Consider when Building Your Dream Home
Building your dream home isn’t only a significant investment in financial terms; it’s also a significant investment with regard to your time and lifestyle.
For the average income earner, building the home of their dreams is increasingly possible due to a number of factors, most notably rising incomes and growing purchasing power.
That, however, shouldn’t lead anyone to believe that having the opportunity to build their dream home should be taken for granted, as there are many things that you will need to consider when building your dream home. Here are five of the most important.
The importance of a great house design can’t be overlooked and you have many options to think about when designing your dream home. Also, bear in mind that you don’t have to work with an architect.
Many modern building firms have design libraries for you to look through and chances are you will find something perfect for your needs.
It all begins with a great design, but that design needs to take into account the location of the plot of land on which the home of your dreams will be built.
Location is so important that some people find the need to repeat it thrice – location, location, location! The location of your home is critically important for many reasons and you will have to give thought to a number of considerations when deciding upon a location to have your dream home built.
Consider transportation infrastructure, shopping centres, schools, entertainment, dining and similar things when looking for a suitable plot of land, but also consider the immediate location of the plot and the direction your home will face, etc.
The design and build firm you work with
With so many design and build firms that you could work with to create the home of your dreams it’s very important that you decide upon the right one. Whilst you should naturally compare rates to get a good price, there are many other things that you need to look for.
These include verifiable references, good financial health, the right insurance policies, membership in the right industry organisations, and the willingness to happily sit down and discuss your ideas and your vision for the new-build home of your dreams.
In the modern era energy efficiency is one of the most important aspects of building or buying a new home. Discuss energy efficiency considerations with the design and building team you work with to design and build an energy efficient home that helps you to reduce your carbon footprint.
Passive design principles are something to discuss, as are building materials, solar panels, the layout of your living areas, and other means of making your home more energy efficient and more affordable to keep cool in summer and warm in winter.
Interim and/or long term storage
You may need to hire a self-storage space for your possessions when moving into your newly constructed home. Storing your possessions in a secure self-storage facility is a great way to hold onto things that you don’t need right now, or don’t want to take with you to your new home, but can’t bear to throw away.
There are a few things to look for in a good self-storage facility including 24/7 on-site security, comprehensive security systems, computerised access, adequate screen checks for customers, and clean, well-maintained premises.
There are many things to consider when building your dream home. The points discussed above are five of many things you need to take into account, but they are important so give them the attention they warrant.