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July 23, 2019

7 top tips to build your dream home in 2020

Building your own home is a dream that many people aspire to, and while there are challenges, it can be an extremely rewarding experience. The key to a successful, luxurious self-build is good planning.

Find the perfect plot

Before you start building your dream home, you need to find a plot that will do justice to your vision. Fortunately, there are ample sites out there and plenty of ways to find them. You can look online but nothing beats local knowledge so talk to people in the community and let them know what you are looking for.

Be realistic about your budget

Everyone has a budget and if you are sensible and realistic about the numbers, your dream home won’t turn into a bottomless money pit. When you draw up the budget, build in a contingency of around 10% of your overall cost for those unexpected expenses.

Give your architect the right brief

Appoint an architect who understands your dream and can turn your vision into reality. If you want your architect to design your dream home, you need to give them the right brief. It needs to include all the crucial requirements like room size, number of rooms, flow, architectural style, materials, and budget as well as any special requirements. The better your brief, the easier the process will be and the more likely you are to get the home of your dreams.

Contact the local planning authority

The local planning authority will tell you what types of buildings are allowed in the area. They can give you pre-application advice and let you know if your project is viable and will get planning permission.

Choose your team wisely

You need to do your research and select the right team for your project. Make sure that the builder you choose has experience with the building method and materials that you plan to use, ask for references and check them.

Communication is key

You can either appoint a project manager or do it yourself but whatever route you take, make sure that it is viable and fits your lifestyle. Whether you are project managing or not, you need to be on site as often as possible and communicate clearly with your team. All instructions and changes need to be discussed and sent via email to ensure that there is no confusion.

Pay attention to the details

Don’t just focus on the big picture, it is often the small details, like where to place the plugs and light switches, that make a home comfortable and practical. You have to be involved in every decision if you want to get your dream home. If you’re looking for more tips about how to add value to your newly built property, then check out this guide over on Open Property Group. Everything from energy-efficiency, to converting the roof-space can make your dream home, that little bit more desirable.

Statistics show that “in Austria about 80% of all homes are self-built. In Germany, France and Italy the figure is about 60%, while in the US and Australia about 40% of homes are custom built. By contrast the figure for the UK is about 8 to 10%.”

British politician, Nick Boles said:

“There is huge potential for many more people to take up the opportunity to build their own home as a cost effective way into home ownership. The reality is that custom building a house can be a cheaper way to provide a home for you and your family and I want to see many more people making use of it.”

So if you’re considering building your dream home…now is the time!

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