More and more people are building their own homes; the trend is nothing new but it is growing with each year. With programmes such as Grand Designs, it seems people have plenty of encouragement and inspiration to draw on. We all dream about our ideal home and now it is easier than ever to get it done exactly the way you want it. We’ve compiled a quick list of things to consider and bolster your courage when attempting a self-build; it’s a long road with lots of hard work, but just look at the benefits:
When you take on such a mammoth task, one of the greatest benefits is that you get to make the home your own. When you buy from someone else, you might get to choose worktops and door knobs, but when you’ve planned every detail of your own home then you can tailor it to your exact taste. You can have traditional features or create a minimalist space, and you’ll be in charge of what materials are used – everything from flooring to tiling. It’s an interior designer’s dream to have a blank canvas to work with.
Add Value To Your Home
The road to building your own home is long, but the reason people do it is to add value to their work. The end cost of the build will be far less than when you buy from someone else; the juicy profit margin is yours for the taking if you create a good home. What you end up building could be worth much more than what you initially paid for the land. Get a good handle on your finances for the building materials and construction and you’ll be surprised how much you can make when you go to sell it later.
Location is Key
Are you a city slicker or a country bumpkin? Whichever category you think you fall into – maybe you’re in-between – you’ll get to decided where you build your dream home. Location will be part of that hard fought process but once you’ve settled on a plot of land then the hard work begins. At the end of it all you’ll be exactly where you want to be, whether that’s part of the urban sprawl or way out in the peace and quiet of the countryside.
It takes that little bit more thought and attention to create a truly environmentally friendly home, but this is all part of the growing trend now. You can make as many eco-friendly additions to your home as you like, from solar panels to a green roof, but the real payoff is that long term you will save much more money on bills. If you’re ahead of the curve with technology and green energy whilst building your home, then it won’t cost you quite as much later on – both in terms of bills but also when changing the way your house functions.
The End Product
For some people just the idea of owning a home made from scratch, using only their imagination, gives them the drive to achieve their dream home. But for others, it is the finished product which makes it all worth it: a unique home in the perfect location with the interior you choose.