We all dream of owning a fabulous house. A house that has everything we need and is very comfortable with the latest technologies. A house that meets all our requirements and is designed for all our needs now and in the future.
Majority of homeowners just take the easy route and buy a house that has been designed by a developer and ready to move in. For the rest of us, we take the next step and choose to build what we want. This allows us to choose the location of the build? What type of construction? And what size and design to suit our family’s needs.
As a self builder, you decide on everything, including the type and quality of the materials being used. You are not a developer thinking about profits and you are not building the house for the benefit of other people. This is your house and you can have and do what you want. (As long as it is ok with planning and the regulations).
The first stage of the design would be to take some time and put your ideas down on paper or a computer screen if you wish. You need to list absolutely everything you wish to have in your house. You need to cover almost everything from Design, Structure, Services, Drainage, Heating and plumbing, Decoration and finishing touches, Gardens and so on. After this has been done, you need to start a folder and section all in different areas of the build so that you know where everything should be related to that part of the build.
And now you need to put everything into a plan. The process of Design could take days, weeks, months or even in some cases years. Sometimes an idea looks good on paper but not practical when it has been completed. There are times that you have to keep changing things and this could happen all through the process of the build. This is a big advantage of Self Building as you have the option of making revisions to the plans as the build is in progress.
After the first stage is done, you now need the help of the professionals as they will be able to assist you with the Design, Planning, Building Regulations and the inspection of the project during the build. You need to make sure that all paper works has been checked and completed to meet with all the Planning and required Building Regulations.
There are times that Self Builders can take on some of the duties of these professionals but this is not recommended by us unless you are fully confident in your own capabilities.
Designing your house is never finished until the completion of the property so do spend some time on choosing the practical items like switches and sockets, lights, doors, bathrooms, kitchens, safety and security and all other decoration materials. Do not choose the cheapest items but shop around and get the best value for quality materials.
Please Note: During the process of designing your home, remember that even though it is your house and your dream, it might be someone else’s nightmare, therefore you have to take a lot of things into consideration in your design.
Do respect other people’s opinion in the area, after all you will have to live next to some of them.
Always think about the nature and the environment around you by choosing Renewable Energy.
Always protect your investment by making sure the site is safe and secure and proper insurances have been applied for your project.
Plan ahead for everything. Do not just make a decision on the first things you see or hear. Remember, your house is the biggest investment you ever make.