06 Jul 7 Things You Wish You Knew Before Building Your House

Taking on building your own home can be a daunting task and you may wonder if you’ve made all the necessary considerations. Benefit from the hindsight of some seasoned pros with these top tips.

1. Light is Vital

Light should be a consideration from the very beginning of the project, ensuring the design is full of large windows in every room so that natural light can stream into your home. However the lighting design should not be an afterthought either. It is so vital to ensure you have light where you need it, especially in the kitchen and workspaces. We are sure dark and pokey is not the look you are going for!

Light Filled Rooms

2. Choose an architect you like

You are going to have a very close working relationship with this person over the course of the next few months and the design of your home is in their hands. That’s not to say you have to be best friends, but respect for their work and good communication are key to a successful project.

Equally you should try your best to be a good client, be involved in the process, go to site meetings, and take an interest. If you don’t you run the risk of the house being more your architects than yours.

3. Don’t accept second-rate work

The last thing you want is to be patching up shoddy craftsmanship a year later. Ensure everything is completed to a high standard before you sign anything off.

4. Realize that in every project, something’s gotta give

Have realistic expectations that when it come’s to the golden triangle, (quality, time, money) achieving a building of uncompromising quality, on time and under budget is a very rare feat indeed. Accepting this from the start means that you can build in contingencies, for both time and money, saving much frustration and achieving the result that you really want.

New House collage

5. Reject eco-bling

Don’t install giant solar panels for the sake of it, if you can save the same amount of money and energy by installation additional loft insulation, that’s what you should do. To be a true eco warrior, look at the most effective options for your home rather than focusing on outward appearances.

6. Be the one to dictate your needs

You are the one who best knows what your family will need from your home, both now and in the years to come. Make sure you articulate this clearly to your architect

7. Pay attention to your heating and ventilation

Now we know this is not exactly the most exciting aspect of building your own home, but if you don’t get this right in the early stages you could experience serious damp and mold problems in no time at all. These problems are much easier to prevent than to have to treat later down the line.

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