Sometimes the search for the “perfect home” can be a long drawn out frustrating process, as it can take some time before you find a home that is aligned with your requirements, and once you do have this in your sights, there are all sorts of obstacles to get through in terms of the administrative procedures around buying the house – particularly if the house you covet is part of a “chain”.
For this reason, many people consider the option of building a new home from scratch; admittedly for the majority, the concept of buying land then starting from scratch sounds so hasslesome they shy away from the prospect but it doesn’t have to be as hard as you imagine.
Indeed, today there are steel home kits, for instance, that allows you to quickly build the structure of your new home without too much hassle or cost.
In this article, we’re going to look at some of the steps involved in building a new home, breaking it down in simple steps so that you can work out whether this is for you.
BUY THE LAND
The first step in the process is to find and buy suitable land. The process of buying land is often a lot simpler than buying a property, and shouldn’t take too long, once you’ve agreed on a price.
PREPARE THE SITE
As with most things in this vein, such as interior decorating, the key to success is good preparation. In essence, this is where the site is cleared of rocks, debris, and trees – it’s also where the ground is leveled, foundations are dug, and if applicable a septic system is installed.
Once the foundations are dug and concrete poured, a waterproofing membrane will be applied to the foundation’s walls, drains will be installed along with other plumbing essentials.
The next step is to build the skeleton of the house, meaning the floor systems, walls, and roof – followed by windows and exterior doors.
BRINGING THE HOUSE TO LIFE
In the next stage, once the shell is finished the electrical and plumbing contractors can start bringing the house to life by running pipes and wires through the interior walls, ceilings, and floors. This is when the house starts to feel a bit more like a home, like bathtubs, showers, and toilets are often fitted at this point.
The next stage is to insulate the house, as this plays a key role in creating a more comfortable indoor climate whilst improving the home’s energy efficiency rating. This is what will make your home feel like a home, once it’s finished, as nobody appreciates living in a drafty house.
From here on in, we get down to the finer details such as landscaping pathways, plastering dry walls, fitting kitchens, laying carpet and the much more fun interior design touches associated with building your own home.
As you can see from this simple list of steps, there’s a recipe that anyone can follow, and the recipe itself is pretty simple. Of course, each stage requires specialist equipment and people to facilitate it – which can be expensive – yet, the process of building a new home from scratch really doesn’t have to be as stressful as some TV shows will have you believe… particularly if you’re building a reasonably standard home.