Building a new house is a huge investment and emotionally it can be one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do. Luckily I love the process! I’ve built three times and renovated a few times so learning how to stick to a budget (but not comprise on what I want) has taught me a few new tricks …
Here are a few ideas for you if you’re thinking of– or just about to build– a new home:
1. Make a Pinterest board and file all of your images in there.
You may find it hard to describe to a builder/plumber/chippy what your vision is for a room, but if you have an image ready then it helps.This gives you a good reference point. As you get carried away with the building and you start to get overwhelmed with the choices, you’ll be able to come back to this and sort yourself out again.
2. Ask your builder if you’re allowed to add/change things during the process.
If you’re not a visual person, then your planning stage is crucial as you’ll need to get everything sorted (right down to the position of a mirror in the bathroom) before the house starts being built. I have also built with a project building company who does not allow you to make changes after you’ve signed off on your plans.
3. Make a non-negotiable list.
Unless you have a bottomless pit of money, then start out with a list of things you MUST have in the house. Try and get that in to your initial costing. It’s hard to put things back in after your builder has gone to a lot of trouble to start your quote.
4. Don’t be in a rush to finalise your plans. Get an electrical plan.
When I was working with a building company I saw a few doozies being built. Make sure you also get an electrical plan before you build (that’s if your builder won’t let you decide during frame stage), because some builders need you to have this decided before they start building. It’s so much harder to put them in after you’ve built. Make sure to also check yourÂ aluminium guttering suppliers before starting
5. Think about the direction your home is facing– north, south, west?
The people who built it had poor advice on positioning the house on the block. BIG tip– make sure you know where your sun will be during the day before you finalise your plan.A few years ago my husband and I renovated a horrible old house, but then I fell pregnant with my 3rd child and we had no space to bring a new baby in to that house, so we sold very quickly and bought a house. Anyway, the house we bought (whilst looked nice from the front) was built terribly.
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