A Beginner’s Guide To Build Your Home From The Ground Up
If you’ve decided you want to build a custom home, but you’re not really sure what to expect, don’t worry. This is not unusual, as the process of building a new home can be a bit daunting, confusing, frustrating, and stressful. To overcome these challenges, you need to take one step at a time and understand what you’re doing. Building your dream home from scratch starts with you making important decisions. To give you knowledge of the home building process, Farwes Homes Ltd has put together a Beginner’s Guide to build your home from the ground up. Keep reading to know what to expect and what you should do.
Understand what you’re doing: When you close your eyes and picture your dream life, where do you see yourself coming home to? What are your non-negotiables? What does your family need? And, what are some the things you dream of in your new home? The more groundwork you can do in the first stages of the process, the better it will be for you. For some, making decisions throughout the build can become overwhelming. So, having a clear picture of what you want to achieve really helps.
Determine what you want: Your new custom home will be your home for many years, so you want to consider all the details. You need to know what you want the house to look like and where you want to build it. Look at the design, from the layout to the different features of each room. Everything that’s floating around in your mind needs to be determined here. Colors, design ideas, benchtops, tiles, flooring, etc., get it all out of your head and onto paper. Also, make sure the home you’ve designed is just as you would like it and will serve you and your family well for many years.
Find a trustworthy builder: Next, you need to select a builder and get your custom home designed. Selecting a builder should include plenty of time researching and finding the right professional for your needs. Some builders may not offer exactly what you want. Figure out if the home you are interested in building is within their capabilities and whether they have the manpower to make it happen within the timeframe you expect. It’s imperative you feel confident in the people you’re embarking on this journey with as the result of their efforts is something you’ll have to live with.
Locate the ideal property: You want to consider the neighborhood, the overall location, and the actual land you will be building on. The slope or flatness of the land will play a big factor in the build, and some lots may be more expensive to prepare than others. The size, shape, and orientation of the area you are going to be building in will dictate what you’re able to build. The last thing you want is to purchase a property unaware of the tens of thousands of dollars worth of excavation work it’s going to require to become build-ready.
Set a flexible budget: When building a custom home, your budget will dictate many decisions. You want to find out how much you can spend and what the total budget will be.
Once you have a budget, you want to make sure you take the time to consider what’s most important to you. Keep in mind that the budget you have will determine the quality and durability of the materials you purchase. Therefore, you need to be willing to go over the budget in certain cases, especially if you will be investing in the long-term durability of your house.
Advice From The Pros
Trust the professionals: When you hire a professional custom home builder to build your home, you save time, money, and a lot of grief. There may be roadblocks that they will have to navigate through. A professional custom home builder has mastered the systems and created the relationships that allow for a streamlined process and the ability to deal efficiently with the unexpected, such as weather delays. This is why you must trust and listen to the professionals. Be willing to take and follow advice. Hiring someone that has a great record and loads of experience will give you great comfort and peace of mind.
Don’t cut corners: Some of your cost-saving measures could actually lead to greater losses. For instance, if you choose to opt for very cheap, low-quality flooring materials, they could deteriorate rapidly when exposed to foot traffic. If this happens, you would likely end up having to replace the materials just a few months after installation. So instead, start strong from day one and invest in the longevity of your home by buying quality materials.
At Farwes Homes Ltd., our goal is to exceed your expectations. As the go-to experts in Winnipeg for all construction projects, you can feel confident building your dream kitchen with us. We also specialize in whole-home, bathroom, and basement renovations and decks and exterior construction. We have been a family-owned and operated business since 1985. Trust and peace of mind are very important to a new or experienced homeowner. With the largest investment in your life, you want the security of a well-built home that is energy efficient, comfortable, superior in air quality, and have a good resale value. Visit our website to learn more or contact Farwes Homes Ltd. today!