There is nothing more fulfilling than making your dream home come true. When it comes to this, you have the option to buy a new house or pursue a home construction project. Of course, the latter can be your best option, as you can build a custom-made house. However, this new home construction project isn’t a walk in the park. There’s a lot to consider in ensuring it will be as successful as possible.
Fret not, as here are key factors to consider for your new home construction project from the get-go:
1. Home Vision
As with any construction project, it all starts with a home vision. Ask yourself what kind of a house you’d like to have for your family. Chances are, you’ve been checking housing prospects online or getting some recommendations from the experts.
It’s about time to turn your home vision into a reality. Be very specific with details such as the following:
- Original design/ready-made: Decide if you want to customize your house based on what you want to achieve. Or follow a ready-made home design already set in place.
- Unique household needs: Check to see what you and your family need. Chances are, you need a few bedrooms for your kids.
- Floor plan and space: Don’t forget to carve your floor plan and how you plan to utilize your space.
When it comes to home construction projects, the budget is the most crucial part. Of course, you’ll only pursue a certain project based on what you can afford.
That said, sit down and list all your expenses. For the most part, these include the following:
- Property budget: Of course, you’ll pay for the property construction itself. These include the building, furnishing, and finishing costs.
- Labor cost: You’ll definitely need people to work for you, from your engineer to your contractors down to your tradespeople. And of course, you’ll have to pay for them, depending on the contract agreement.
- Material cost: Every material used for your home construction must be listed. Be sure to find cheaper suppliers without compromising material quality.
- Miscellaneous expenses: Set aside a contingency fund for miscellaneous expenses. No matter how financially prepared you are, unexpected circumstances can happen, such as construction delays.
3. Materials and supplies
The materials and supplies vary from one construction project to another. But for the most part, you’ll need concrete, wood, steel, ceramic, and metal for your home construction.
You also have to factor in the ready-made materials for your roofing system, doors and windows, plumbing fixtures, and electrical wirings.
Even the fixtures and other supplies for your kitchen and bathroom must not be neglected. The same is true for the appliances and technologies you plan to invest in for your living space.
4. Key players
A new home construction project requires the knowledge, skills, experience, and expertise of some key players. They are as follows:
- Engineer: Your hired engineer will come up with a blueprint of your house.
- Architect: Your architect will take care of the specific details of your home, such as a closet for your bedroom, storage for your kitchen, and open shelving for your living room.
- Contractors: You will be working with a handful of contractors who will follow the project timeline. It’s best to have licensed general contracting so that a manager will oversee all your workers and ensure everyone sticks to the construction plan.
- Tradesmen: On a more specific note, you will need specialized workers such as plumbers, electricians, and roofers to handle specific parts of your house.
5. Government regulations
Building codes and regulations are important for any construction project, whether residential or commercial. Their ultimate purpose is to promote health, safety, and well-being during the construction and occupancy of properties.
Of course, there are two key things you mustn’t forget:
- Secure a permit: Ask your local authority what is required for your home construction project. On top of the requirements is to ensure that you secure the necessary permit before any work begins.
- Comply with building codes: Knowledge is key when it comes to this. Be sure to ask the experts and ensure your engineer and contractors keep up with these codes. The last thing you want to do is compromise your home’s structural integrity and harm your family.
Your new home construction must kick off with careful planning and preparation. Be sure to consider these key factors—your home vision, budget, materials, key players, and government regulations. With all these in mind, your construction project won’t be bound to fail. Ultimately, you’ll end up making your dream home come true.