“Building Your Home”

How to build a home… it’s a big undertaking. Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing. But like many big undertakings, it’s proper to plan the essential steps. DeVries has you covered here, for building your home big or small. Let’s break it down to build it up.

Building Your Home

Selecting your Lot

This is interesting – where do we build? Whether you’re a long-time resident or looking to relocate, you’ll want to spend some time viewing different areas with lots for sale for potential builds. You may have a specific subdivision or neighbourhood in mind. But whether your desired area is familiar or foreign, always spend some time searching around the area first – to get an impression of prospective lots in person. While there, look at the overall shape and grade of the lot, and consider it in context with your home. Consider also the lay of the land: hilly lots may require considerable levelling, and lots with crags or hard rock deposits may require blasting to clear. Both will add additional costs. Landscaping requirements in general – think of retaining walls for example – are a worthwhile factor to consider, where cost is concerned.

And what of the weather there? The prevailing wind and the strength of wind, for instance. Is there a good amount of sun exposure, and any south-facing? You may want a south-facing garden for the most sun, or an east-facing deck for the least heat. Humidity, rainfall, runoff and even snowfall (How load-bearing does your roof need to be?) are also relevant, and you may want to consult an engineer to address some soil conditions. So overall: carefully consider your use of the home in its environment holistically; all this will influence the home build.

Selecting your Lot

Designing your Home

This is where the fun begins! And here our first priority is to distinguish wants from needs. So how many bedrooms or bathrooms do you need? A builtin A/C, a sound or alarm system, office space, garages, decks and pools, oh my! The choices can be dizzying, so we should prioritize, and separate wants from needs – that way you know where to trim the budget and where to allow for more. And how about your home’s style: country, contemporary, or coastal perhaps? Style is more than merely aesthetics, so again we consider your environment – certain styles came about in certain regions after all.

And we consider your current and future needs. For instance, the life stages and family in your household. Retirees, children, anyone working at home and just the size of your household are all important factors for your home’s overall design and style. So a rancher with level entry could be a good option if anyone is disabled or elderly, and an in-suite basement is suitable for a suite to rent. This is, fair enough, one of the most crucial steps in building your home. As such, it’s highly advised you consult your home builder on all your home design and build options. They can inform you and provide, or refer you to selection of services like home design plans, 3D models of your home, and architects.

Designing Your Home

Co-ordinate When Building Your Home

Now it’s time to talk financing, some fine details, and finding accommodations – along with some more general recommendations. To bring back the subject of budget: setting out your budget is critical for success, and helps to frame the entire project. There ought to be a bit of headroom in it; an amount not allocated to any part of the build but to cover for future possibilities like upgrades – or unforeseen expenses. Meeting a good real estate lawyer to oversee appraisals during the build, or finding a build-experienced mortgage broker to discuss disbursements with you could be quite valuable.

…setting out your budget is critical for success, and helps to frame the entire project.

On to accommodations! Here we hone in on your home away from home, while you’re building it. First, you may have the option to sell your old home just ahead of your new home’s completion. You should coordinate the sell with your realtor to achieve this. Not all of us are lucky enough to own both our old home and our to-be new home at the same timeā€¦ so assuming you’ve sold your old house, where then should you live? Renting an apartment is an obvious choice. Be careful to ensure that your lease both allows for enough time and a needed degree of flexibility for uncertainties and delays. Check your obligations to give notice, and talk to the landlord. Another option would be an RV or motorhome, if your new lot or street allows for parking one. An advantage of these is on-site access to your build, though the noise ought be considered. An RV is a significant purchase to make if bought, but may be worth it as the build may be 6 months, 12 months or more. Renting an RV may be cheaper however, so consider both options in context.

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Building a home can be the largest investment many people will make. While it can be a frustrating process at times, an experienced and caring home builder can help to mitigate potential hazards by keeping your project on track and within budget. We understand the potential pitfalls of home building, and know first-hand the joy our clients feel when moving into their new home! DeVries Construction is here to make your home building journey a stress-free and enjoyable experience – contact us to learn more.

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