Here’s some tips on how to plan for the home building process.
1. Setting goals is important. Creating a new home for yourself is all about setting goals and taking the steps to achieve those goals. You’ll want to establish the answers to a whole host of questions so that you can set these goals.
Goal setting requires satisfying both left- and right-brain activities. So your list of goals will include two sides: a practical, meat-and-potatoes side and an emotional, ice-cream-and-pie side. Each is important, and each needs to be recognized so that the end result will reflect a totality.
2. Establish a budget. While a budget should be in any home building plan, it’s very important to understand how to create a budget. Most people understand a budget but for building a house its difficult to even know where to begin. How much are roofing shingles? Or how much does cement cost? When making your budget you should start with what you know about and what you can afford, and how the cost of your house fits in with your overall plans for the future. When you’re ready to get down to details, include everything that will go into the project: the cost of the land, local fees and taxes, design and engineering fees, construction of not just the home but the landscape, plus furniture and decorating. And don’t forget a contingency plan. As with any complex project, things will happen, and the road from point A to point B will have a detour or two. Make sure that these little side trips won’t send you over the edge.
3. Find some land — or a tear-down. Where and how do you want to live? Maybe you want that house in the country or one with a lake view but for for now it’s the suburbs with the good schools or some other place. The point is, find a spot that you can claim as your own and build what will be a dream home.
Maybe it’s an existing house that’s just old and tired and has suffered some neglect. those kinds of gems are not easy to find but with a little hard work you can find one. People do it all the time. The question you want to ask yourself is what kind of house you want to build in its place.
5. Plan, plan and plan some more. Every large project has one thing in common. The owner, whether a private developer, government agency or corporate entity, knew the importance of planning the project in detail before starting to build. If you live where I do weather plays a roll in the timing and delays in your project.
These owners knew that moving walls on paper is a whole lot cheaper than moving walls after they’re built. So embark on a robust planning and design phase. Play the “what if?” game. Sometimes the first answer is the right answer, sometimes it’s the 31st. Just remember not to settle until you’ve explored all the possibilities; you don’t want to say after the project has been built, “We should have done …”. Go big or go home. And I don’t mean big as in square footage, but big as in big ideas. Building a home, be it from scratch or a renovation, is an exercise in making something that’s yours. So dream big and have grand plans. There will be time enough to deal with the realities of budget, zoning and codes. Don’t sweat the small stuff for now. Decisions, decisions, decisions. You’ll be asked to make many — more than you can imagine. Just remember that God is in the details, so make sure that the details are there so that your home will be uniquely your own and speak to who you are.
6. Delays. Plan on delays! If your house is supposed to be done by August 1 is the world gong to end if its not finished until September 1? Building a house is a big deal with many moving parts and multiple companies involved who perform various duties from drywall to flooring to electric to just about everything and they’re all connected and have a specific order in which they follow.
“Things happen” and how you and your team react to these hiccups will be important. My advice is to stay calm, keep your sense of humor and work with your team to address the issue. This is where having the right team in place can pay dividends. An architect, a builder and others who can work together and share ideas without criticizing one another will go a long way to helping you keep your sanity.
The end result of a beautiful home is what you’re looking for and all of us at Hart DeNobel builders can help you with every step along the way. After more then 300 magnificent homes build under our belt we know how to do this better then anyone.