While building your dream home can be a very exciting experience, it can also be overwhelming, what with all the work needed to be done even before the actual construction starts. With careful planning, however, you can help make things go smoothly for your house construction project.
Envision the design
At the very beginning of the planning stage, you should already have an idea of the design that you want for your dream home. If you don’t know how to draw, run your idea by an architect so that he can create some renderings for you. While designing, it’d also be better to know already what kinds of materials to use. For your patio railings, for example, you can have your homebuilder buy steel tubing for them.
Choose a homebuilder
With the actual construction primarily on their hands, homebuilders can make or break a project. Do your research, then, and ensure you only hire reputable, preferably licensed or accredited, builders. Look into every prospective builder’s track record when it comes to timely project completion and client satisfaction. When you already have a short list, you can meet with the builders and ask to be shown some of their finished projects.
Create a budget
Even if you spare no expense for your dream house, you need to have a budget and stay within it. Depending on many factors (materials, interior finishing, etc.), a house construction these days can cost around $150 per square foot. Aside from the estimated costs, however, you should prepare for a contingency fund as well. Work on the costs with your builder to determine if the budget you have in mind can cover the house design you want.
There are still many other details to take care of during the planning stages of home construction, but if you get these three items covered, you’ll be on the right path to making your dream home a reality.