and Steps Required in New Construction
A house is no longer just a structure serving as a dwelling
for one or more persons belonging to a family. Besides providing
shelter, our houses provide refuge from life’s stresses
and dangers. When building a new home the ultimate objective
is to have a peaceful, relaxing and worry free living. The
pursuit for serene and simple homes has led to a more realistic
approach towards home design. Before initiating a new
construction, it is important to research
the design thoroughly.
It is always advisable
to build a home following standard building practices. The
first step in the direction begins with planning of the budget.
Comparisons on how much you are willing to spend and what
your new home is likely to cost is very important. It gives
an analysis of approximate costs that is then used to modify
building plans to meet the budget. When choosing the land,
thoroughly check the soil condition, zoning, drainage, building
codes, and regulation of the region before you begin the construction.
Planning a new home requires
the proficiency of teams of experts. This process of new construction
of homes begins by first selecting either a contractor or
an architect who will then select an expert team of a surveyor,
excavator and an interior designer. These professionals will
assist you throughout the design process in accomplishing
your dream home. Plans for a new home are either taken from
catalogued plans or are custom designed.
Building a plan from a
stock requires minor modifications in room size, windows and
door styles or other details. However, custom designed homes
are created as per the requirements of the family that will
be living there. The plan which best suits your needs should
be chosen. After finalizing all the details, it is important
to get a written contract signed and dated by both the contactor
and the architect. The contract illustrates the project in
detail and includes a list of all the parts to be integrated
into the house.
Ways to Minimize
New Construction Costs
When building a new construction expense is a major issue,
which needs contemplation. Estimating costs before finalizing
the plans is always beneficial. Analyzing cost details is
crucial for minimizing the expenditure. Check out with builders
who have constructed homes similar to your requirements in
order to get a rough idea of the cost.
It is important to estimate
in advance the price per square footage. Smaller homes have
higher cost per square foot than larger homes. Minor details
in the design of your home can make a huge difference in its
cost. Estimating construction costs before finalizing the
blue prints is the best way to cut down expenses.
Building homes with even-numbered
size helps in reducing waste materials. Rectangular or dome
shaped homes cost less to build by making efficient use of
materials. Selecting one that does not require much of cleaning
and grading can minimize site preparation costs. Inflation
also plays a significant role when evaluating costs. In general,
costs of building a new construction
increases around 3 to 6 % every year.
Cost overruns generally
take place by making changes, overspending allowances or by
encountering unforeseen problems. Allowing additional 10%
to cover unforeseen costs is a good idea. The journey from
the dream house to the real house can be made fruitful by
applying the above guidelines.