What are the Stages of Building a Home?

The process of building a home varies depending on the state that the home is being built-in, but there are some basic stages that all homes go through. The first step to building a home is choosing an architect/designer to design the home. They will work with you until your dream house becomes a reality. Once the plans have been drafted, it’s time to purchase land. The next key stage in the building process is gaining approvals/permitting from the local authority so that construction can commence.

Purchasing a Lot

Once the land has been purchased and the building plans have been accepted by the local authority, it’s time to choose a home builder. This is a very important step as this person will take your dreams and create them into a reality. The home builder will also help you stay on budget as well as help you throughout the construction process from start to finish.

Topography

Before starting the building process, it’s vital that you do thorough research when choosing a home site. Some people overlook this stage and spend too much time arguing with their spouses about which lot to purchase. Take your time and ensure that everything ties in with the initial design of the house, so you don’t find yourself changing things later down the line. You should consider topography (level/undulating/hilly), aspect (north, south, east, or west-facing), size of the block, and whether you’ll need to build on a building overlay.

 

Materials and Fixtures

Once you have chosen a home site and plotted it on your design plans, it’s time to choose the correct materials and fixtures, and fittings for your home. This is where those research skills that you developed earlier can come in handy! You should speak to people who have recently built homes as they will be able to tell you what items are worthwhile, including as well as those which aren’t really worth the hassle. There will also be certain building restrictions, such as restricted colors of external paintwork, which may not allow you to make design choices that reflect your own personal tastes.

Permitting

The next step in the building process is to gain approvals/permitting from your local authority so that construction can commence. This step will also determine how long the home building process will take. The time it takes to get permits varies greatly depending on where you are in the country, with some councils only taking 2-3 weeks while others could take up to 6 months.

Construction

The next key stage of the building process is actually carrying out the work itself! You should expect things not to go 100% smoothly when building a new house; however, if there are significant issues that are delaying the project, you need to speak up about them immediately because they can quickly lead to cost blowouts and cause serious delays later down the line.

 

Staying on Track

It’s vital that you stay organized during the building process. You don’t want to lose track of what’s been completed and whether some items have been contracted in or built by your home builder. You should also be keeping an eye on outside work being carried out, ensuring that standards are upheld throughout.

 

Final Thoughts

Your home will be one of the largest investments you will make in your lifetime, so it’s vital that you get the design right, i.e., don’t rush into decisions that later cause problems or heartache. It’s great that you’ve made a start on designing your new home; however, it would be wise to take things slowly and ensure that all aspects of the home design sit well together before moving forward to purchasing any items such as furniture and appliances.

Once the home has been built, it’s not an excuse to let things go! Your home would need ongoing care and maintenance, especially if your project was a large one, for example, for detached homes. Some of the ongoing costs that you should budget for are pest control, landscaping, pool servicing, window cleaning, etcetera.

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