Building a house for your family can be an overwhelming responsibility, but with the right people working for you, it needn't be difficult and stressful. The first thing you will need to do before commencing construction on your project is to develop a design for your house. There are a number of different ways to create designs for your house. You can create the designs yourself if you're qualified in architectural design; you can hire an independent architect or building designer to make the designs for you; or, you can work with your home builder that's also a designer.
If you're considering working with a designer-builder so you won't have to hire different professionals to handle the design and construction phases of your project, here are some top considerations you will need to make to ensure you choose the right builder for the job.
Consider applicable building codes.
The construction industry in Australia and several other parts of the world is highly regulated because construction activities greatly impact human health and safety, but also the environment. Before builders can be given legal permission to begin construction on a project, they are required to obtain building permits from the local council first.
Prior to deciding on whether or not to issue a building permit, local councils through their building departments, review house plans to determine if they conform to applicable building codes. It is important that you choose a designer-builder local to your construction location, as they will be familiar with building codes applicable to your area.
Consider your lifestyle.
Your way of living is your lifestyle. In this regard, it is important that you find a builder who listens to your needs, envisions exactly how you want to live, and can turn your dream home into reality. Your builder should be able to design and build a house that can accommodate your entire household and household belongings without compromising the functionality of the home.
Money is a key factor in the designing and construction of a house. How much money do you intend to spend on designing and constructing your house? Are you planning to build with money from your personal savings or through a loan you've secured?
A good builder should be willing to work within your budget so that your project doesn't get stalled due to insufficient funds. They should be able to create a design a house you can build without having to look for extra funding. In addition, your builder should quote their prices in advance, so you can know if you'll be able afford their services.
A good home design should conform to applicable building codes, suit your lifestyle and fall within your budget. With the right designer-builder, you can kill two birds with one stone — create a good house design and build your home exactly as you had wanted.