The First Step to Planning New Home Construction

The First Step to Planning New Home Construction

Many families dream about building a new home for years before they actually do it. It is not unusual for families to research building new homes for several years. It’s never too early to start thinking about the type of house you want to build; the earlier you start your research, the more you will know what you want at home when the time comes to move forward.

Here are some tips on how to start your journey to build a new home:

Finding Land

One of the first steps to building a new home is finding land. It is highly recommended by many building professionals that you find your land before starting the design process. Your land can influence the overall design of your new home. For example, your land can influence the way you position your new home and what views you want to maximize. Maximizing natural lighting is important for the energy efficiency of your new home. Also, your lot size can affect how much you can build your house, especially if you have small lots with restrictions. If you decide to build a garage right away, where you position your garage depends on the layout of your land as well. When the time comes, your land will play an important role in how you design your home.

Finding Mold

If you want to build a wooden frame house, paneled house, or another prefab house, the next step is to find mold. With so many types of building styles and manufacturers out there, it can feel amazing. It is important to discuss and perhaps make arrangements to see samples at home directly. There are many online tools today to help you build connections if you live far from the manufacturer.

Design Process

The next step is to start the design process. Many mold manufacturers offer design services or you can work with an independent architect or designer. Once you own the land, starting the design process is one step closer to building your new home.

The Timeline

To help you know the timeline, you must allow at least one year from start to finish to build your new home. The design process can take three months or nine months, depending on the number of changes you make and the complexity of the design. The construction process can last an average of 9-12 months. Your timeline can be less or more depending on the size and complexity of your design. Also, some construction methods are a faster and more efficient way to build like prefab houses made in several sections rather than sent to your site and assembled.

Updating the kitchen and/or bathrooms

Anyone who has been in the real estate market for a few years knows that the best way to increase the value of your home is updating the kitchen and/or bathrooms. The reverse is also true if your intention is to decrease building costs. New home-builders have begun to scale back the size of kitchens. Bathrooms are losing square footage as well, but they are also decreasing in numbers. Homes, previously having two or three bathrooms, will now have one or two depending on the number of bedrooms. The kids’ exclusive bathroom or a downstairs’ powder room is no longer the trend. Most often there … READ MORE ...

General Home Maintenance

General Home Maintenance

A house is where you seek refuge in. Your house, no matter how it is furnished, means the world to you. Building a house for yourself may be a dream for you. Your builder or real estate manager may advise you on a proper construction plan. Moreover, for a good looking house, you need to have proper home construction plans. Once you are done with building your house and start residing in it, you might notice the need to maintain your house after some time. A beautiful house is the one that is beautifully maintained. Of course, a place as huge as a house is not a piece of cake to maintain. However, time after time, the need keeps growing.

There are many different areas that will require your attention and maintenance with the passage of time.

• The most important and fragile part of your house is wood material

Be it flooring, furniture, doors, cabinets or windowpanes, wood has to be the very first thing to be monitored. Ignorance towards the wood may lead to the growth of termites leaving you with a hollow object. On an annual basis, it is important that you get fumigation done. When you inspect doors and windows, check for caulking. Get it done timely to save expenses that may pile up if the problem pertains.

• Inspect your attic and the roof

Due to the direct heat and moisture (depending on your climate) the roof area is subject to most of the fissures. Look for any leakages and fix them up. It is better to check for shingles and fix them up promptly. Moisture tends to ruin all the construction and layout of the house. If unattended, moisture can lead to the growth of fungi. Also, this will increase the chance of rodents sneaking in your house and you wouldn’t like that of course!

• Check for dysfunctional wires and electronics

Faulty wires if left unattended may have the risk of hazards that can cost you your life. Get hold of a good electrician and allow him to mend all your wiring and electronics. Also do not forget to check the batteries of the fire alarms and security checks.

• Plumbing

Plumbing is yet another area if left unattended may cause leakages, and moisture can ruin all the beauty of your house. Look for leaking pipes from top to bottom of your house and remove any debris accumulated in the pipes or gutters.

• HVAC

It is also advisable to call your HVAC manager annually to provide you with yearly maintenance of your house.

• Maintaining appliances will take most of your time and attention

Especially the water heating systems, refrigerators, air conditioning systems, heating, and other electrical systems. It is feasible to move step by step from one appliance to the other. This way your whole concern will be at one of them at a time.

• The maintenance

Now that you have done the maintenance, it doesn’t mean it’s over and you can now relax for the rest of your life. Each year your house would require maintenance and you’ll have to abide by it to make your house look beautiful.… READ MORE ...