Finally reaching that life stage where you can build your dream house is an exciting prospect, and, surely, you will have plenty of ideas culled from various design inspirations by now. However, along with the giddy feeling of getting started can be the preparation process’s stress, which includes feasibility, execution, and budget. These can be taken off your hands by partnering with a reliable and professional builder who will turn your vision into reality. This way, all you need to do is express your ideas, decide which ones to go with, and then wait for the project to finish.
Designing your dream house doesn’t have to lead to sleepless nights. It should be a happy experience from beginning to completion. Here are six secrets that have worked for other dream house owners.
- Your and your family’s needs are your priority.
You’re not the only one living in your dream house. It will most likely be shared with the people you treasure the most, so consulting them is essential. Otherwise, try tracking your family’s lifestyles and living patterns. This way, you can judge which rooms are used the most every day, where the traffic usually experiences bottlenecks, and where the majority enjoy hanging out during downtimes.
- Strike a balance between your design vision and your budget.
It’s very easy to get carried away by your vision, especially if you’ve been looking at so many layouts and aesthetic inspirations online and in magazines. The bottom line is to work with what’s realistic and then distribute your budget accordingly among your dream house’s different rooms. You might be too focused on making your living room look lovely that you end up cutting corners when you get to the bedrooms later. As per our experience at True Houses a safe budgeting strategy would be to set aside a buffer of 10 to 15% of your original budget for unforeseen events.
- Build a home that is both stylish and liveable.
You want your dream house to look like how you envisioned it to be, but style should not be at the cost of comfort. Your and your family’s lifestyle is important. Do you enjoy casual and laid-back activities? Your dream home should have spaces that allow you to have these. Do you like entertaining guests frequently? Then you might want to set aside an area for visitors without compromising the rest of your family’s privacy. Do you have lots of stuff for hobbies and sports? Then you might want to have an additional room for these tools.
- Be as clear as you can be with what you want with your builder.
Changing your mind can be expensive. That’s why it is important to be as straightforward as possible with your contractor before the project begins. This way, the building professional can provide guidance on your vision’s feasibility based on the space, the availability of materials, the type of neighbourhood you are in, and your budget limitations. Don’t hesitate to be upfront about your financial constraints. True Houses team of expert builders has worked with many clients in achieving their dream homes, so we understand how important the planning process is emotionally.
- Prepare for contingencies and accept the inevitable.
So you have set aside a buffer for contingencies, but that doesn’t mean you should use it. When building your dream home (or any house for that matter) you inevitably run against issues that might push your spending higher. There are many factors why a building project can become expensive midway, including the cost and availability of materials during a specific season.
- Trust the process.
By working with a home builder with a solid track record, there’s really no reason to keep worrying about the small stuff. Professional builders have a streamlined system that will help make the transition a lot less stressful on your part. Discuss your design aspirations with your team, set your budget ceiling, state what you like and don’t like, and then trust that the project will move forward as it is in professional hands. Feel free to ask questions as they come up but leave the dirty work to the pros.
You deserve to kick back and relax after a long time of preparing to build your dream house. Taking these six secrets to heart will help you get through the project seamlessly and with a lot fewer worries.
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