Choosing the right house plan doesn’t have to be as daunting as it seems but it’s something you want to get right as any chances mid way through construction will end up costing more when compared to changes in the design stage.
Not knowing the council requirement for your area can lead to disappointment. Your local council or your builder will be able to help you in this area and explain the parameters in which your home design must meet. If you are buying your land in a housing estate there may be additional requirements such as covenants that you must meet or are recommended. It can include type of materials, finishes to the exterior, roof pitch, solar requirements, sewage and others.
This is extremely important to understand and stick to. Know how much you have available in your budget to build your home. There is no point having a wonderful opulent home but living on baked beans each week to afford it. If you are unsure of your borrowing capacity or wish to know repayments, we are more than willing to help you in this area. Remember when looking at builder’s base prices it is not uncommon to add an additional 20 – 30% more onto this price to have the home converted from lock-up stage to full turn key. Builders usually don’t include items such as landscaping, driveway, floor coverings, curtains, turf, air conditioning and fencing.
How will your house plan fit on the block? Will there be enough boundary clearances, is side access important? Is there enough yard space for the kids if you have them? Do you want a pool later down the track? All these questions are important to address to ensure the home you want will fit within your guidelines on your chosen block.
Choosing a home design that allows efficient heating and cooling is important as it could increase your energy bills. Making sure the living rooms and family rooms are shielded from the sun on those hot summer days is important. Our First Home eBook explains more on correct positioning of your home – download it here
Lighting & Window Placement
Having enough light penetrating into your home makes the home feel bright, relaxing and reduces the need to turn on lights in the day. Having not enough windows will make a room feel dreary and dull plus it makes the room seem smaller than it actually is. Having too many windows makes cleaning less than fun plus increases the cost for window coverings. Check the floor plan for location of windows and sizes to make sure it will be adequate.
Take note of home much you have in your home right now and ascertain whether this will fit in your chosen house plan. Will you need to to cull a lot of items or will there be adequate space to store your items. Remember you can never have too much storage so any unused space in a house design can be converted to storage. Under stairs or extended pantries are a great way to increase your storage space. You can always look at a garden shed to reduce the burden of storage in the home.
Will the furniture you have right now fit inside the new home? Will it match the design of your new home, your floor coverings and the paint colour of the walls. If you plan on buying a few new furniture items, make sure you allow for this in your budget.
Lifestyle & Happiness
Building a new home for many is to design the home you want and to meet the demands of your lifestyle. If you entertain a lot then your alfresco or dining areas will demand greater attention. If you have kids, that second bathroom will go along way in keeping the sanity in your home. Work out how you will use the home which will then lead you to identify which areas require the most attention.
Is the home you want fit in with the neighborhood? Resale value is almost never considered when designing a new home but should always be. The statistics are that the average family moves every 4 to 5 years. You may live there for the next 20 years but a job promotion, kids or neighborhood may force an unexpected move so having a home that fits in with the neighborhood will enable the best chance of a sale at the price you want.
Ask the builder can any variations to the plan be made with little or no cost? Can the house designed be flipped or can the plan be rotated? Can a window be turned into a door or a room made smaller to allow the adjoining room to be bigger? You will find most builders can be accommodating with minor changes as once its built, its very expensive to make these changes.
Building Loans Australia provide this information to help you in building your own home. Its designed to make the process as easy as possible and to get the home design right the first time. We are experts in construction and building home finance so don’t leave your finance to just anyone. Contact the experts now.