Home Design Ideas that won’t Break the BankWhen it comes to our homes, we want to make sure that it is the perfect place for us to live and to raise a family. What is a better way there to make sure of this then to design and build your very own home?
The problem with this is that designing and then building your own home is expensive. However, just like many things in life, if you think about it carefully, then you may only find that you can have that perfect home, without it costing the Earth.
Here are our five handy tips on how to achieve your perfect home without it clearing out your bank account.
Buy a big lot and break it down
Can you think of a friend or family member who you wouldn’t mind living in proximity to? If this is true for you, then you may want to buy a larger lot and then split it into two.
Doing this means that you will have more money to play with and allows you to share those costs with someone else. However, you may find it harder to find somewhere that is easy (or willing in the planning permission) to break down.
Visit demolition sites and buy salvaged materials
One of the most significant expenses in design and building property is that the materials you will need are going to be expensive.
A great way to save money on these materials is to visit demolition sites and see if you can buy salvaged materials. The Junk Map is a great place to look for salvaged materials, get an idea of costs, and inspire design ideas that won’t break the bank.
Just because something is salvaged, that doesn’t mean that it is past its best, and can be great for your property.
Don’t cut corners on the professionals
While there are some aspects of the process that you can do yourself, there are also some that you simply cannot cut corners on.
While a professional will cost you money, in the long run, they can help you to save money, as well as advising you what things are important and which things you may be able to keep money on. This is especially true of structural changes such as extensions, pergolas, outdoor structures, etc.
Not only this, but you need always to use a professional that is going to provide you with the very best service possible.
Never try to show off
It can be tempting to build yourself a big and showy property, especially since you are doing it for yourself.
But this isn’t always a great idea. Showing off is never going to be met well, mainly if your chose design isn’t in fitting with the rest of the neighbourhood. It is okay to want to design and build a property that you can be proud of, but this shouldn’t mean that you create one which is an eyesore!
It may be smarter – and you may be happier and better off financially, choosing a modular house plan that is both functional, good looking and affordable. Grandiose and aaustere may be fine for 1% of the population, but most of us need to be wiser and more frugal.
Don’t stick to one brand
When it comes to building your property, it can be all too easy to find one particular brand that you like, and then buy everything from there.
It is essential to shop around, buy from different brands, not only will this give your house a beautiful and varied feel, but it could also ensure that you save as much money as possible too.
It isn’t easy to design and build a property, but it can be incredibly worthwhile in the long run.
You always need to give it careful thought and make sure you plan it properly, and you should find that you end up with your dream house.
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