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Designing your new-build home

26th Jan '16 • By Emily Ayers

This can often be a far more expensive way to do things if you aren’t careful. When it comes to the design phase, there are a huge number of factors that must be taken into account to find the right balance for your project.

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An increasing number of people are choosing to build their own homes rather than buying. Being able to mould your home to your own needs and knowing your home is built well, is usually the reason behind the decision to build.

Draw Up Plans
 

When designing your new home, it is absolutely imperative that you get architectural plans drawn up. An architect or architectural draftsman can create your ideas into formal plans that can be used by builders and your project manager. This can be a good start to map out any problems that might arise and a gauge of the cost of the project.

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Cost the Project
 

Before you begin, you need to thoroughly cost up your planned proposals, to get a total budget and project cost for your build. Construction costs are usually always higher than first estimates and there is always some degree of delay or wastage which can prove expensive over time. Make sure you cost up everything you need and create generous margins for contingency expenditure. It’s essential that you budget for more than you expect or adjust your project scope accordingly to avoid running into problems.

Professional Labour vs. DIY
 

When deciding to choose between professional labour and undertaking the work yourself, cost is often the foremost factor considered. However, practicality and the project timeframe should also be considered. Doing work yourself will almost always take longer, and if you don’t have professional trade experience, the project might result in lesser quality. For most home builds, it is worth hiring a professional tradesman to ensure a high quality job.

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