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Can’t Find Your Dream Home? Build It

Searching for that perfect property when you’ve outgrown your starter home can seem like an impossible task sometimes. The garden isn’t big enough. There aren’t enough bathrooms. It’s the wrong style. The list is almost endless. Going from town to town, and state to state, looking for the perfect location and the perfect home can start to wear you down to the point that you feel like just giving up and staying in your first home. Well fear not, because there is another option: You can build your dream home, meaning that there’s no reason for you to have to compromise on any of your criteria. Below are a few simple steps to go from a picture in your head to a set of keys in your hand.

Find a plot

The most difficult and time-consuming part of any self-build home is finding a decent plot. Firstly you need to decide what location you want to be in; city, suburbs, or rural. Then you need to actually find a decent sized plot. You can either search around in the hope of finding someone who is selling a big chunk of their land that you are able to build on, or you can use one of the many websites that allows you to search through current plots on the market. You could even click here to look at an exclusive community designed with the self-builder in mind. Not only are communities like this usually very helpful and supportive when it comes to dealing with the struggles of a self-build, but they normally have a very distinctive look due to the individual styles of the homeowners.

Design the building

Once you’ve found a plot of land to build your home on, you’re going to need to design what’s going there. The shape and size of the plot might dictate the size of the property you can build to a certain extent, but a good architect would be able to work around any obstacles presented by a particularly narrow plot. Be sure to have a good idea of what you want from your property, to begin with. How many rooms, rough layout, style. These things can help the architect to design a building that will suit your style and tastes perfectly.

Hire a construction team

Now for the fun bit: Building your home. You may well have been waiting to get to this stage for over a year depending on how your hunt for a plot went. Some companies offer turnkey services so that you don’t have to manage anything, but these can be much more costly than self-organizing the build, and much less rewarding too. You will need to start by hiring someone to lay the foundations and build the basic structure of the property. The architect you hired might even be able to recommend some of their contacts in the industries to help you. You will need to find gas-fitters, electricians, plumbers, roofers, glazers, plasterers, masons, and many other professionals in order to complete this project. So be sure to make use of any contacts or trusted recommendations.

Hopefully, this has given you some food for thought on how to best go about building your dream home. It will be a long and stressful journey, but it will be worth it when your home is finished, and you get to unlock that door for the first time.