Building a new home?
Building a new home from the ground up can be a daunting task. It’s extremely time consuming and has many aspects that need to be considered all the time. You can ask almost anyone who’s gone through the exercise of building their new dream home and they will most likely tell you the same thing. And even if you decide to be heavily involved in the process, you will greatly benefit from having the right team of professionals on your side.
On the other hand, there’s nothing quite like having your home custom designed and built to your specification and vision. In this post we’ll take you through a few things you should consider when deciding to build your new home—like choosing the right piece of land and selecting the most appropriate materials, and acquiring a beautiful but functional architectural design. So let’s get started.
Initiating the Process: Research, Funding, Dream Team
To ensure you get the best end-result when building a new home, we suggest putting focus on these four things when you start out:
Take your time to compile your ideas, inspirations and styles for the interior and exterior design that you would like to implement in your new home. We suggest creating a mood board or styles cape of all the looks and ideas you love. Some great platforms to use for inspiration are Pinterest or Houzz.
Create different “boards” for each section or room of your house, and once you’ve got a good overview and direction, you can start refining your ideas and placing them separate boards that you can share with your designer and builders. Having good visual references of what you want will help the architects design something that’s inline with what you want in a shorter amount of time. And time is money—so thorough research and planning is always suggested.
Schedule a meeting with your banker or loan-adviser. This will help you know what your budget limits are, so you know what you can and cannot do. Getting your applications and funding together can be quite time consuming, usually no less than two weeks, but having this information will be very helpful for when you eventually meet with your architect or contractor.
When applying for your home loan funding, find out about costs like required deposits, progress payments, stamp duties, legal fees and any admin costs associated with your loan. Knowing all of these things will help you budget better.
Unless you’re purchasing pre-designed plans, hiring an architecture to bring your ideas and vision to life is essential, regardless of whether you’re designing a completely new home, or remodelling, or doing renovations or additions.
The design process can become quite time consuming, especially if you have a lot of revisions and changes you’d like to make—another reason why the initial research and vision board phase is so important as it gives your architect a good starting point. A great architect will make sure that your vision is brought to life in the best possible manner while maintaining the integrity and functionality of your home, and most importantly, sticking within budgetary constraints.
The next crucial aspect to building your new home would be to find a reputable contractor. Don’t be shy to ask for references and previous work. You want to make sure that your new home is built properly. So, figure out the type of team you’d like to work with—are they punctual? Trustworthy? Personable? Good at communication? Flexible in design? Budget-savvy? These are all important things to consider.
Luckily, CLC Enterprise offers a complete, turn-key solution that will take you from concept and design, straight to construction and completion. The biggest advantage of using CLC Enterprise as your Architect and Contractor means less miscommunication, more cohesion, and can help in saving time and money since it’s one team you deal with.
Some Other Things to Consider when Building a New Home
First and foremost, know what you’re getting into. Building a new home is almost like taking on an additional part-time job, and sometimes might even require full days of your focus and attention. Having a great team in place will help reduce the time you need to be involved while ensuring you get the results you are after.
Communicate Everything, Don’t Assume
While there is no sure way to avoid mistakes, interruptions and delays, make sure you have communicated your expectation clearly. Having everyone on the same page is beneficial to everyone. And if you have questions or are unsure about the approach your architect or contractor is taking, ASK!
Listen to the Professionals, but Trust Your Gut
During the process of designing and building your new home, if you haven’t done it before, you’ll come across a lot of new things that you didn’t know before. It’s essential that you choose a team that is well educated and proficient in their fields. Be open to learning from them, but at the same time, if you really do feel something is off, bring it up. There’s no harm in wanting to understand the thought process of the team you have decided to work with.
Consider Fittings and Furniture Placement in your Design Phase
Part of hiring a competent architectural design team means they’ll ensure your home is laid out in a functional way. But it won’t hurt to put some extra thought into how and where your cabinets and cupboards are installed, where your furniture will go and how easy it will be to manoeuvre in the home. Spacial awareness is a crucial skill that will ensure your new home offers easy, stress-free living.
Stay Involved, Monitor the Build
It’s easy to step back and let the professionals do their job, especially when you trust them and they’re experts at it—but it’s definitely important to stay involved throughout the process. Not to say you should micromanage the project, but be there to understand the process, ensure budgets and timeframes are met and to keep communication flowing.
Manage Your Expectations
This is perhaps a point that often gets overlooked and can lead to disappointment during the process. As we just mentioned, staying involved throughout the project will help you manage time and budget better, but, life happens and sometimes there are delays that simply cannot be avoided. It could be an issue with material procurement, or that the weather isn’t playing nice, or injuries on site—all these things could happen at any moment. So it is crucial you manage your expectations. Understand that there can be delays—expect them. If there are no delays during any point in your project, well then, lucky you!
Insurance is Important when Building a New Home
A simple and obvious point, but sometimes overlooked. It’s always a good idea to arrange insure for during the build. This will help protect your land, the buildings and the people who are on site or visiting the site.
Completion and Handover
Around a week or two after construction is completed, you should be ready to collect the keys and move into your new home! Find out about any final payments, and if you haven’t received your final documents like warranties and build certificates, make sure to ask. And make sure to have the contractors written authority that the building is complete, safe and ready to be occupied.
It might seem like there are a lot of things to consider, but in reality, if you’ve got yourself a good team of architects and contractors, the process will feel a lot simpler and less stressful. If you’re in the market to start building a new home, give us a call or drop us a message and we will arrange an obligation free meeting to discuss your plans and vision for your new home.
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Until next time…
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