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Building A New Home
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
So you have finally decided that you are ready to endure upon
the project of a lifetime, building your new home. In a perfect
world you would be able to wave your wand and see your dream house
appear before your eyes. Unfortunately, in the real world, there are
several considerations you should face before your build, all of
which will require careful planning and patience.
A great home is one that meets all of your needs, accommodates to
your lifestyle, and brings a smile to your face upon wakening each
day. In order to bring this home into existence, you will need to
put time and energy into the planning and design.
One of the very first steps to building your new home involves
finding a plot of land on which to build. You want to make sure the
plot is large enough to fit your home; the soil is strong enough to
support your home, and that you can afford the property taxes in
that area. Also, check for municipal sewer and waterlines.
Once you have selected the perfect plot of land, you need to begin
your planning and design. Assuming that you will be living in this
home for some time, you want to make sure that your layout is
practical and efficient, yet still appealing to your senses. You
will need to expand your creativity and integrate visualization into
your floor plan. This step includes detailing all dimensions, height
calculations, roof pitches and several other layout intricacies.
You have the choice of hiring an architect to draw up blueprints, or
you can do the planning and designing yourself. Either way, you need
those plans to be well thought out and logical. It is extremely
important to consider all regulatory requirements including building
permits, local zoning ordinances, sewage, and water and utilities.
Also, consider the any and all constraints that the actually
building site may have such as sun and wind exposure.
The next crucial step involves financing. It is important to
estimate how much it is going to cost you to buy the land and build
the house. In addition, you will need to consider the monthly
mortgage and any additional design and engineering fees. You want to
be very clear about the overall costs to ensure that you can afford
to finish and maintain your project.