Wednesday, March 26, 2014
While there are many homes that are ready-for-occupancy (RFO) which have been built by top developers available on the market today, there are still some people who choose to build their own house. This provides homeowners with the opportunity to customize their home to suit their every need and preference. However, with this much freedom, the responsibility to carry through this sizable task can be overwhelming.
Self-awareness and vision
The journey to building a house and creating a home environment you love starts from within. It’s important to know yourself and your family - what each of you would need from a practical and functional perspective, and which add-ons would turn your house into a cozy home. Even if you don’t have the technical background as an architect, engineer or designer, you can still have a vision of what you ultimately want. Look around the web for inspirational pegs and visit open houses to get a better handle on how space can be used and maximized.
The next step is hiring a team of competent and reliable professionals to build your home. Hire a professional for the specific task he or she is trained for. For instance, an engineer might be able to do an architect’s job, but perhaps not as well as an actual architect. Establish clearly defined roles and responsibilities among the team for a smooth workflow. Bring your vision to your team to execute, and be hands-on when it comes to checking the site and approving plans and other important decisions.
Dealing with details
While building a house is a large project overall, most of the decisions you have to make as a homeowner will seem small and insignificant. You may have to choose between white or beige tile flooring, and black or brown windows. Decisions made on the small details of your home will impact your living environment greatly so don’t shrug off these seemingly tiny aspects. Think small decisions through just as you would the bigger decisions.
A workable budget
Finally, manage your finances and budget well. You won’t be able to build your vision without a coordinating budget. Make sure it is realistic and can cover what you have in mind. Sit down with your contractor to discuss the proposed quotation and what it will cover. You should also set aside an emergency fund as building and construction typically goes over budget with unexpected problems and changes.