Essential Guide to Home Construction Planning

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The cost of building a home can be downright expensive. If you have secured a loan or have tucked away enough money to finance the project, the next step is to dive right into the planning stage.

Proper planning and preparation are essential to ensure a successful construction project, as it helps outline how work will be performed, when, and by who. There are lots of things that need to be done before starting work on your residential build. Here are a few essential ones to get you started with the planning process.

Build your team.

When it comes to home construction, there are many different kinds of personnel needed for the job. These include construction professionals such as architects, building designers, structural engineers, and building certifiers, as well as tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians, and HVAC technicians.

The first step of your home construction planning is to build the team of critical human resources that will be required to be successful on your project, from start to finish. Consider seeking out a building consultant to help with identifying the people that you will need on your team.

Create a house plan.

With your entire team in place, you can now approach your architect or design professional to help develop a plan for your house construction. The designer will start by reviewing your wish list to see what is possible and what isn't possible within the realm of residential architectural design and your budget.

The more complex the design of your home, the longer it will take to build and the more expensive it will be to build. Plus, certain additions to the home may require special approvals from the local council, which only adds to the cost of construction.

Obtain the necessary permits.

No home construction project can commence without the relevant approvals being obtained from the local council.

Once you have created a house plan for your proposed construction project, the building certifiers at your local council will review it to determine if everything is in order. If necessary, they make require changes to the plan before you can be allowed to proceed with construction.

Avail resources to facilitate work.

Once you have received building permissions, provide the resources, financial and non-financial, needed to get work done. Building contractors or home builders can't get anything done if they don't have materials and equipment to work with as well as money to pay their workers and sub-contractors.

Building a home can be overwhelming, but it can result in great satisfaction when complete. Contact a home builder near you to discuss your project needs and budget.


24 September 2020

Extending the patio

When we moved into the house we had a really cute patio, but it was so small that if more than two people wanted to share a meal or sit together there wasn't room. That's why I have been extending the patio and working on ways to make it more hospitable for the whole family to spend time out there, such as getting the music system to connect to some speakers in the structure. This blog has some tips for homeowners who are looking to attempt a patio renovation or extension and has some tips on which jobs to DIY and when to call in the professionals.