Designing and building your own home can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You don’t want to get it wrong, but there’s so much to consider it can sometimes be overwhelming. How do I translate the picture in my head into a physical house? What if it turns out wrong? And what if my idea of my dream home isn’t – in reality – what I actually want?
If these are the questions running through your head, then STOP. Take a deep breath, sit down and follow this four-step checklist to make sure you end up with your perfect home.
Do the hard thinking first
Needless to say, you’ve probably been dreaming about your ideal home for many months, if not years. But have you really thought about what it needs to achieve? If this is going to be your home for life, you need to consider the following points:
- What does your home need to support your lifestyle today? This is an easy one. Do you want entertaining space to host parties? A home gym to keep fit? Or just a refuge away from the busy world?
- How will your life change over the next ten or twenty years? Are you planning on starting a family? If so, what will your home need to meet their needs, both as babies and when they grow up?
- Will you be able to adapt your home as you get older? Many people would love to be able to live out their final years in the comfort and familiarity of their own home. If this is you, make sure your design is flexible enough to accommodate your changing needs.
Contemporary homes are characterized by flexible, open spaces. To make sure you end up with a true home for life, it’s worth taking time at the planning stage to work out how you want your home to evolve over time.
Crunch the numbers
Now the hard part: fitting all those dreams into your budget. Custom-built, contemporary homes can come with a high price tag, but that doesn’t need to be the case. If you have a limited budget, then pick one or two rooms or features to splash out on and save cash elsewhere.
Do your research and be realistic when setting your budget. Don’t forget the costs associated with getting your site ready for build and installing essential services. Make sure you’ve included all these ‘hidden’ costs when calculating how much finance you need.
While we’re talking about budget, it’s worth speaking to a financial adviser at an early stage to talk through different financing options for purchasing your lot and building your home.
Find your lot
The size, aspect and location of your lot will play a huge part in determining the layout and design of your contemporary home. If you have great views, why not have your main living space on the top floor to take advantage of them?
Large lots give more flexibility in terms of layout, but it’s possible to create surprisingly spacious homes on small lots as demonstrated by this stylish, urban home. Before you set your heart on a particular design, be sure to check the planning regulations and permits required for your local area.
Design. Budget. Lot. With these three pieces of the jigsaw, you have almost everything you need to create your dream home. The final piece?
Hire the experts
There are a whole host of specialists who contribute to designing and building a house, from architects and designers to the project manager and builders, electricians and plumbers. Getting the right people for the job will enable you to relax and enjoy the process of creating your new home.
At SEED Homes we pride ourselves on our personal service. We only build a small number of homes each year, so we can dedicate our time to making sure every detail of your home is perfect. Whether you’re looking for contemporary and modern, or rustic and traditional, we can work with you to design and build your home for life.
Get in touch today to find out more and get a detailed estimate for your dream home.