For most people, their dream is to own their own home, which they have built from scratch. The ultimate prize is to have a property whereby you have had an input in every part of the design process, so that it is constructed to suit your every want and need. However, with great reward always comes great risks, and so there are a number of traps you need to watch out for when going down this route. Read on to discover more about them.
Buying a lot before figuring out the servicing costs and site preparation – A lot of people dive right in because they are excited and they end up buying a lot without doing the necessary financial calculations. You need to figure out how much it is going to cost for the site to be prepared and services to be connected. This is often where budget inflation begins. Great, you have found somewhere in a lovely location, but how much of a battle and expense are you going to have on your hands to build a property here?
Choosing a company that does not align with your vision – When trusting a company to work on your custom build for you; you need to take a look at the portfolio of work they have carried out so far. You need to make sure that they have experience in creating homes that fall in line with your vision. For example, choose a firm that specialises in luxury custom homes or one that has built properties in coastal areas before. You need to know that they have been there, seen it, done it, and they know the challenges that will arise and how to mitigate them.
Failing to incorporate green building factors into your home design – Last but not least, overlooking green building techniques is a big mistake in the current day and age. You can add green design elements to your home without spending more money. For example, heating systems, window orientation and roof overhangs come from changes to the engineering not architecture. This means you can protect the environment, save money, and protect your health without impacting the overall design of your house. You need to make sure you consider green building techniques during the planning phase to ensure your property is sustainable for the future.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding some of the traps that often come with building a property from scratch. If you can avoid these pitfalls, you can give yourself a much greater chance of experience self-build success and everything going as smoothly as possible. Naturally, there will be a few bumps in the road, but you can ensure that bigger problems do not manifest and turn your dream custom build into a nightmare.