Saving Money While Building Your House
There are several ways to save money during the building process. You may not see the savings up front, but over the long run your pocketbook will definitely appreciate it if you take the time to carefully consider the choices you make during the construction of your new house. Below are some helpful ways in which you could save hard earned money during your building process.
- Using recycled building materials.
- Stock House Plans.
- Energy-efficient appliances.
- Size of your home.
- Careful attention to the design aspects.
Using recycled building materials: It’s becoming increasingly popular for builders to minimize and recycle job-site waste during the building process. Builders are trying to use building products made partially or completely from recycled materials. Choosing the right building materials can make your home more environmentally friendly and economical to maintain.
Keep in mind, using materials that are made locally can also save you money. Find out what building materials are available free or very cheaply in your area. This might include anything from piles of rocks to scrap lumber and insulation, garage sale appliances, doors, windows, and light fixtures, to culled trees that might be peeled for accent work.
Stock House Plans
There are many different stock house plans to select from. Normally they include the "most requested" features which include square footage, room dimensions, floor plan layout, amenities, and similar features. Most people would agree that these house plans provide an excellent value when compared to the corresponding price of a set of fully custom house plans.
Stock house plans are significantly less expensive. This is the case because you're not paying for the countless hours spent drawing up a plan, re-working the plan, and finalizing drafts. Stock house plans are simply re-used plans. They can be very easily purchased and you can even submit the plans for a building permit the day after receiving them.
Energy-efficient appliances: An easy way to save money with a new home is to invest in energy efficient products. When buying an appliance you should always keep in mind that it has two price tags: what you pay to take it home and what you pay for the energy and water it uses. A safe bet is to use ENERGY STAR qualified appliances. These appliances use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models. In no time you will be saving enough money to cover the initial cost of the appliance and continue to save from that point on.
Size Of Your Home
Small homes allow a whole new group of people to enter the housing market with less initial investment, lower financing and lower operating costs. They are a perfect choice for people who want less space to care for and are living on a budget. A small house may not be for everyone, but if you are daunted by the escalating costs of building, concerned about the environment, and open to a more flexible use of your living space than a small home may be an option worth considering.
Pay Close Attention To Detail
The design of your home plays a major role in the amount of money you end up spending. By choosing a home plan without unnecessary jogs and angles, you will be cutting your costs. There are very good designs on the market that have eliminated extraneous corners. These designs have simplified truss and framing systems which end up saving you money from the start. Below are some tips to a cost efficient home design.
- Ceilings: Truss systems can be utilized to create panned, or tray, ceilings. This gives the effect of higher ceilings without building higher walls and spending more money.
- Dead Space: Try to avoid "dead" (leftover) space in your home design. Common solutions to this problem include niches, alcoves and storage spaces like cabinets and closets.
- Open up Space: Look for unobtrusive half-walls, which create interior vistas without adding extra framing costs. Also, straight-run stair cases are easier and cheaper to build than double-backs (U-shaped) or curved stairs. You can open up space by using generously spaced wood rails.
- Plumbing: Bathrooms that are situated back-to-back will save you money up-front and in potential maintenance costs.
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Saving Money While Building
There are several ways to save money during the building process. You may not see the savings up front, but over the long run your pocketbook will definitely appreciate it if you take the time to carefully consider the choices you make during the construction of your new house.
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Stock Plans vs. Custom Home Plans
The building process requires you to address many different aspects. Such things as where to build, what size home to build, what features to include, what items to include, what costs should be included in the budget, what the design/build timeframes should be, and who will build the home, are just a few of the important aspects that need special attention.
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Choosing Your Lot
Investigating a lot is a fundamental and challenging activity in the organization and execution of construction projects. It is a step-by-step process that includes soil testing, identifying environmental concerns, and how utilities will run within the home. Each step will be carefully investigated and eventually will go through a process of approval.
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