Building a dream home is much more than introducing glamour in your living quarters. A dream house has little to do with opulence and more to do with customization. Now that you have a chance to build or redecorate your home to your liking, you shouldn’t rush things. Instead of going all out in a single go, better introduce all the changes step by step. If you take things easy, your dream house will soon become a reality!
An all-encompassing budget
One of the most important aspects of building your dream house is money. Simply put, you need to have enough cash to finish the entire project and you need to distribute it evenly. The first thing about your budget is listing every single expenditure. This is no easy task, as most prospective homeowners forget things like land and property taxes, labor costs, design fees, etc. The final draft of the budget should be as detailed as possible and list everything down to the last nut and bolt.
Set some money aside
Apart from the money you must part from in order to build, design, and decorate your dream house, you should make a contingency budget. It should be set at some 10% of the total budget. Nobody wants anything to go wrong but in most cases, things do go wrong. Once the project goes downhill, a contingency budget, regardless of how small it might seem at first, will ultimately save the day. Your new home might be straight from a lifelong dream but there’s nothing dreamlike about its construction process.
Location is everything
If you are simply remodeling or redecorating an existing structure, then you shouldn’t have any land issues. However, if selecting a location for your dream house is an integral part of its construction, then take time and great to select the ideal plot of land. If it’s going to be a house in the wilderness, then a forest (treehouse) or a beachfront cottage offer the best views.
The surrounding scenery is a factor if you intend to erect a summerhouse but if you plan on living inside it all year round, then account for other factors as well. Is there a supermarket nearby, a school, a kindergarten, a hospital, etc. are all questions that will need research on your part.
Let others step for you
So far, we have only been discussing building projects in which you are the contractor. However, there is an easier option in which you hire professionals to take care of the building and furnishing process. In fact, finding reliable building solutions should be your top priority if you’re not interested in building your dream home on your own. After all, you’re a layman when it comes to delivering dreamlike housing structures. Sit down with a team of builders and designers to express your wishes that they will turn into reality.
A team of people
Speaking of the people that you’ll need to meet, you are most likely going to have to assume the role of the coordinator. Yes, the electrician is going to get power into your house and yes, the cable guy will hook up your TV to the grid but you need to coordinate their tasks. Be ready to speak over the phone and text all the time in order to increase efficiency. Building a dream home might not require you to get your hands dirty but be prepared to have your patience tested by irresponsible handymen.
Setting an appropriate timeline
As far as the finances are concerned, the time required to pull off your dream home should be set before the construction starts. It might seem like you have all the time in the world but you have been waiting for such a real estate your entire life, why wait any longer! Determining a general timeline and a timeline for each of the mini-projects should be agreed with the contractor. Once you agree on a deadline, rush the subcontractors to deliver because a single delay will generate tens of others.
If you put your heart and soul into the new dream home, then it will doubtlessly turn out great. Passersby will be swept off their feet (if the house is located in an urban area) and you will finally have a haven to relax in. In order for everything to turn out just right, be sure to things easy and divide the building process itself into several consecutive steps.