Building a home is an exciting, complicated, tedious, thrilling, and very long process. Although you might have dreamed your whole life of building your own home, when it comes down to it, it can be hard to know where to start. Should you choose the shape first? The number of rooms? Should you hire an architect straightaway? What sort of style should you go with? How and when will you decide on all those tiny details, like door knobs and faucets? Before you have a nervous breakdown, let us guide you through the start of this exciting undertaking!
The Process of Building a Home
1. Determine your budget. I know, I know. You’re about to start building a home! You want to let your dreams run wild! Well before you do, take a moment and look at your financial situation. Building a home from scratch is very expensive. You might not be able to afford all of your architectural hopes and dreams. Set a reasonable budget (allowing for contingencies, of course) and go from there.
2. Consider your spatial wants and needs. Begin with a basic plan. How many people will be living in your home? How many bedrooms and bathrooms will you need to accommodate those people? Then think about the kitchen, living room, dining room, basement, storage closets, and any other rooms you had planned on including. You don’t need to get too specific here, but you do need to generally know your spatial requirements and how many floors you plan to include.
3. Find a location. Now that you know how much space you need, find your location. Working with a real estate agent should be helpful, especially if your agent has prior experience working with clients who are building a home and looking for viable land. Consider the location’s proximity to important places (your workplace, schools, etc.), the condition of the land, and the price.
4. Brainstorm ideas. Now that you have a basic plan and some land to work with, you can work on the details. Decide which architectural style you most prefer (contemporary, colonial, tudor, etc.). Start mapping out the basic layout you imagine. Write down all of those little details you’ve been dreaming of for years. However, don’t worry too much about practical details; your architect and contractor will help you there. Also, don’t expect this plan to stay constant throughout the entire process. It will likely go through many revisions as you talk with your architect, edit design plans, and work around any surprises that may pop up.
5. Hire an architect and a contractor. Now you’re ready to bring in the professionals! Research architects and contractors in your area, paying close attention to the customer reviews. Meet with your top contenders and get a quote. Ask lots of questions and look at their past work. Choosing a contractor is one of the most important pieces of the entire process, so take your time and choose carefully! Building a home takes a very long to complete and you want to be sure that throughout the process, you’re happy to work with your contractor, and at the end of it, you’re completely satisfied with your new home.
Building a home from scratch requires energy, patience, decisiveness, and (of course) a lot of money. This might be the biggest investment you make in your entire lifetime, so it’s important that you consider your options carefully and work with reliable, hardworking architects and contractors. If you’re building a home and you live in Springfield, Missouri, give The Bailey Company a call at 417-887-6177 or request a free quote. We would love to help you build the home of your dreams!
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