Monday, February 6, 2017

Building a House from Scratch: Why Not?

If you believe your home to be your own little castle, then imagine how you would feel if you had built it from the ground up? Building your own bricks and mortar and turning it into a home may seem a daunting task, but everything worth having comes through hard work, as the saying goes. Here a few steps of the task that, upon reading, may just make you think — ‘you know what, I can actually do this.’

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1. Find a plot

You’ve probably thought that finding the right site for your big project is one big headache, but it doesn’t have to be — online resources, such as LandWatch, have made the starting process a whole lot easier. Once you've found your dream stretch of land online then you can get the wheels in motion, but be sure to visit it to make sure that it wasn't an online ‘catfish’ and when there let local residents (if there are any) know that you’re looking to join their community.

2. Financial issues

One of the first things you need to have in place on a self build project is funding – and having the finance available right from the start could be crucial in sealing the deal on a plot. Being aware of self build mortgages is crucial, as it may differ from any mortgages or housing arrangements that you have previously dealt with. Also, you should be conscious that the whole venture is not like something you would see on Grand Designs: most self-build projects don’t end up turning into cash cows.

3. Make sure you follow regulations:

Before you progress with a project, it’s crucial to make certain you have the appropriate consents to build, including planning permission, building control approval and any other special permissions that may depend on the location in which you are settling your build.

4. Get building

Once your finances are in order and you've sought the appropriate consents and legal boundaries to what and where you can build, then comes the fun part — the building! After preparing the plot, i.e. leveling the groundwork, it’s time to get to work on building the shell of your new castle. Prior to this, you may want to seek a course on design and construction, but if you’re ready to jump straight in, then go ahead.

5. Turning the house into a home

And here you are. All the hard work is over, and now it’s time to turn your shell of a house in a warm and welcoming home. If you’re too tired after all the building you've done as of late, you can hire house painters to bring your rooms to life or you could bring in kitchen fitters to make sure you’re cooking and eating in style. Once all of that is done, you can then become a super host and hold a housewarming party full of all the people that have helped you along the way. You should also, probably, invite any new neighbors too, just to amend for them having to put up with having a construction site on their front door for the last year or so.

It is possible to build your dream home on your own! With having all the knowledge and help you can get you can pull off a big construction project and live to tell the tale. Have you ever built a part of your home? Comment down below.

xoxo,
Therese
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