Imagine a house completely adapted to you and your needs. There are many who want to turn the dream of a custom-built house into a reality. But with construction of the building, there will be many questions, decisions and challenges to overcome. We asked Patric Jones, an architect and construction engineer with a leading London house extensions company to guide us through the building construction phase. In the end, he pointed out ten important issues you should ask yourself before you begin building a house.
What kind of house do you need?
The first thing you need to figure out is the kind of house you and your family need and how big it should be.
– I always tell my clients that they should imagine themselves where they want to be in ten years, and start from there. For example, you may not afford to build a car garage now yet know that you will need it and and a place to store children’s stuff in a few years, says Patric. Also keep in mind that trends come and go. Today, perhaps may be interested in having Moroccan tiles in your bathroom, but will you really like to have them in ten years?
Such questions are worth asking, says Patric.
How will the house be?
When you buy land, be sure to check if you can get water and electricity to your house. If it is far from a municipal sewage, you may need you own energy source, which is a far more complicated and expensive process. The house should be comfy for you and the children. Even if you have the best white noise machine, you will not get good sleep if the house does not provide comfort on its own.
Where is the house standing on the property?
Do you want the house to be facing with sun all day, or do you prefer the evening sun? Everyone has different needs. However, make sure you know the building rules of the area you are looking to buy.
What will it cost?
Find out what you can afford. House developers, of course, want you to buy their houses. Compare prices to get an affordable home.
How have others done it?
Ask for advice from friends who have bought houses in the past on what they did. You can also get advice from experienced craftsmen. The more knowledge … Read More