Have you ever wanted to build the house of your dreams but had no idea where to begin? Here are 5 Tips to help you through the process.
1. Settle on your dream house.
The words “settle” and “dream house” may not seem to go together, but they’re more related than you think.
When you envision your dream house, what do you see? While your vision of your dream house may include a state-of-the-art kitchen and lots of closet space, your partner may have a different vision…like a state-of-the-art entertainment system and extra garage space for a muscle car collection.
The first thing you’ll have to do is settle on is what your dream house should be. How big should it be? How many bedrooms and baths? Is your style contemporary or traditional? Once you decide on the basics, you can start designing your dream house.
2. DIY (design it yourself).
You don’t have to pay for an architect. There are plenty of Web sites and software packages available that can help you design your dream house yourself.
No matter what product you use to design your home, it’s best to have the plans looked over by your builder, as they’ll most likely know about local codes and building restrictions.
3. Make it happen.
Unless you’re an experienced builder, you’ll need someone to execute your plans. Whether you choose an architect to head up the project or you look to a general contractor, you’ll want to find someone with experience and a good reputation.
4. Consider new materials.
Have you always loved the look of hardwood floors, granite countertops and Italian tile? Well, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get the look you want in your home. There are new, affordable and low maintenance materials that will allow you to get a luxe looking home for less.
5. Look it over.
Naturally, you’ll want to have the builder in to fix items on his last minute punch list before he leaves the site. Have the contractor put together his own list first