Tips for Building Your Dream Home

by Sarah Ruhlman
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Perhaps you’ve been looking for several weeks, perhaps it’s been several months or even years but nothing. If you’ve been searching for your dream home and you haven’t struck gold and if you have time and your budget isn’t too constrictive, then you might want to consider an altogether braver option.

When you want a property that’s just right for you and your family, then you should consider a self-build option. Sure it’s probably not as straightforward as buying from an estate agent but the benefits to a self-build are plentiful. Take a look at the how’s and why’s for your self-build option.

Advantages

The main one really has to be the uniqueness of the property you’ll wind up with. Whatever the size and whoever is going to live there with you, having a property that caters for your exact needs and is designed in around you is perfect. You won’t need to fit your furniture or life around a property, it fits around you. No more run of the mill size rooms, no more compromises just everything the way you want it.

And while it may wind up being an expensive project, chances are, for the size and design you’re getting the value can only increase for your bespoke one-off, should you be tempted to sell it later down the line.

Disadvantages

Again, this mainly comes down to cost but if you’re building in town rather than the country, then you may also find your project hampered by some strict local permissions. What you’ll need in this case is the help of some serious Self Build Architects who can give you some expert advice on how to create your project around these restrictions without falling foul of the planning committee.

The other consideration, when it comes to cost at least, is how quickly a fixed budget can quickly come unfixed and escalate. This is particularly true if you don’t want to compromise on any aspects of the build, no matter the cost of the materials being used.

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Your Team

The first place you’ll want to start is with an architect who inspires you and can capture perfectly your vision. They may have their own building team to call on or you may want to put the project out to tender to find a company that you can work closely with and that has the right mix of budget and availability. You’ll also need architect and building foreman to have a good relationship.

A self-build project is daunting, there’s no doubt about it and it might be time consuming but done properly it’s going to be so much more than the place you call home. This is a show piece, a work of art and a building that says so much about you in its style and design.

If you’re struggling to find somewhere that’s just right, this might be the option for you. Find visionaries to join your team and make your property dream the reality that you and your family deserve.

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