You’ve made the exciting decision to build a new home and you’ve found your inspiration, now it’s crunch time to start making actual plans to build your house. Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a first home buyer (builder), building a new home or renovating an existing home is an incredible journey where you get to express who you are (and in some cases discover who you are) what you want and what lifestyle you’d like to live.
As with any significant milestone, you will need to research and plan appropriately. Having a clear direction will help give you a sense of what the end result should be and roughly what it will cost (in both time and money).
These are things that you will need to consider or at least have a general idea about before even thinking of approaching builders and architects. The outcome of the planning outlined below will help you to better understand your options and/or limitations for when you do consult with home builders, more often than not, reputable home builders will have suitable options for house and land packages and house design options that would tick the boxes.
Let’s take a look at what your ‘plan’ of what to consider when building a house might look like;
- Have an idea on the ideal outcome
Creating your new home is all about setting goals for what your ideal home entail (otherwise known as your ‘Wishlist’ & ‘Must Haves’) and then taking appropriate steps to achieve them. Knowing what you want from your build is important as it will impact your decision along the way.
Goal setting for when you build a house requires satisfying both the practical and emotional side of homeownership. Each is important, and each needs to be prioritised accordingly.
Starting with your ‘Must Haves’ you will consider the more significant (practical) aspects of building a new home, this includes confirmation on;
- Where you want to live
- Type of dwelling (single storey home, split level home, double storey home etc)
- Can it be achieved (financially & geographically)?
With your ‘Wishlist’ items, you can go into more detail regarding the specific (emotional) elements of your new home build that would be nice to have. These include;
- Number of bathrooms
- Size of the kitchen
- Walk in robes
- Double garage
- Yard size
- And others
- Establish a realistic budget
Now that you have an image of your new home in mind, you can proceed to thinking about the nitty-gritty. When making your budget, of course, you’ll start (and end) with what you can afford -you should consider how the cost of your house fits in with your overall plans for the future. To get a more accurate indication of your budget, you can apply for the appropriate home & land loan pre-approval. Once you’ve considered a realistic budget, narrow the focus down to the various elements in the building project; the cost of land, fees & taxes, build & design and engineering, furniture, etc. It is also wise to leave room in the budget for contingencies.
- Start to actively search
Now it starts to feel real. When you actively take steps to get the ’house building’ ball rolling. Here’s where you start your search for options finding that piece of land, start looking into reputable home builders who provide a full-service build process and even enjoy taking a tour of a few display homes for inspiration. The key to a seamless house build process is communication, ask lots of questions and make sure you understand all aspects of the project so that you can make well-informed decisions.
- Choosing a house design or style you love
Here’s where the fun part of the building process comes into play, with your realistic budget outlined you can actively consider house designs and builders. Choosing the right house design and floor plan is crucial as this will impact your lifestyle.
Master builders like Valcon Homes will not only have a variety of turn key house & land packages and house design options available to you for your specific budget and needs, they will also walk you through the entire build process ensuring your build is completed on time and on budget.