The first step when considering building your property is to ensure your vision is well-defined. Take the time to make sure you know what you want in your dream home. What architectural styles are your favourite? What are your must-have features/spaces? Whether it's an open-plan layout, a home office, or a spa-like bathroom, having a clear vision will help guide your decision through the whole process.
Setting a realistic budget is arguably the most critcal step and is paramount to the success of your build. It is important to consider how much you are willing to invest in your new home and allocate funds for each step of the process. Before you consider a self-build, it is crucial to include a contingency budget for unforeseen costs or delays, as in most cases they happen, and if you have a strict budget to stick to, they can often stop a project in its tracks!
Choosing the right location for your self-build is not just about the postcode, it is also about ensuring the place you choose to build your home aligns with your lifestyle and future plans. You must consider factors such as how close the plot is to your place of work, the quality of local schools, local amenities, long-term value, and most importantly do you see yourself living there for a long period of time.
Incorporating energy-efficient features into your home design reduces your carbon footprint and also lowers your energy bills in the long run. We recommend exploring options like well-insulated walls, insulated concrete framework construciton, energy-efficient windows, LED lighting, solar panels, and energy-saving appliances. Similarly, incorporating energy-efficient features into your home design also increases the sustainability of your home. We also recommend opting for eco-friendly materials and renewable energy sources wherever possible. A sustainable home not only benefits the environment, but will reduce your utility bills in the long run.
Another top tip is to make sure that your self-build meets your current needs but will also be able to adapt for future needs. It is important to plan for additional rooms, flexible spaces, and features that can accommodate changing family dynamics. Future-proofing your design plans can save you from costly renovation in the future or having to leave your beloved home behind because it no longer meets your needs.
Arguably, our biggest top tip is to enjoy the process! Building your own home is an incredible journey filled with highs and lows. It is important to make sure you appreciate the adventure and remember that it will all be worth it in the end!
At Arc Design Services, we specialise in architectural design, dedicated to offering a fresh and exciting approach to every project. With this in mind, Arc Design Services can help you create your dream new build! Contact our experts today at Arc Design Services at www.arcdesignservices.net or 0161 928 4433.