Are you thinking about building a new home? You have come to the right place. In this article you will learn everything about choosing the right builder, getting a permit, your role in the process and everything else you might have in mind. We got you covered! Building a home is a beautiful decision and a great idea, but if you want to do it right, you must be aware of some critical things, keep surprises at minimum and get the home you have always dreamed about. Now, let’s take a closer look at our little guide.
Your Role in the Process
Your home is probably one of the biggest investments you will make in your life, so you have to do everything right. This also includes choosing the right contractor and architect to do and supervise the work. The design must suit your needs and style and it should be more functional than aesthetically pleasing. There are a lot of contractors available out there, but you should take your time and choose carefully. Your role in the process is to obtain a Builders Licence. Some people overlook this part so we had to mention it now. First get your license and then think about the design of the house. You must make sure you have all the permits, and that everything is being done according to the laws of your state.
Before hiring a designer, determine a budget and strictly follow it. Make a sketch of your design for the architect. If you have terrible drawing skills, try making a list or a plan of the design. Think about the size of the house and numbers and sizes of all rooms as well as their locations and functions. Choose one or multiple façade types including the exterior finishes for walls. Add to the list all specific details and desires such as the height of the ceilings, the size of the windows, doors and similar. After everything is listed, you should ask your designer to give you a construction time frame.
The Architect’s Role in the Process
The architect must check if you have Builders Licence VIC and after that consider your personal design. If you have hired an architect to design your home individually, you will be charged separately for his/hers services, but if a builder provides a design service as part of the package, the design will be included in the price. Architects must be up to date with the latest legislation, building trends as well as environmental and energy considerations such as insulation and energy saving systems. If you want to build an eco-friendly home, you should add solar power to your home or a solar water heating. They will also advise you how to use the site’s topography best.
You should get a builder with a good reputation. Reputable builders usually specialize in individual design, so they will be able to realize the house of your dreams quickly and efficiently. If you don’t have a clear idea how you would like your home to look like, an architect can give you some design from his/hers portfolio and adjust it according to your desires and needs.