“Who wants to build a house, that will not first sit down and calculate the cost?” So goes a popular saying. No doubt, it would be futile to start any construction plans without considering the estimates.
Probably, it is this fact that contributes to the incidents of unfinished buildings in our neighbourhood. Yet it is also noticeable that house owners who do not seek enough advice usually face the consequences of their actions.
Before you start building your house, consider the landing area and see whether your architectural plans actually fit in. Without this consideration, problems may arise. For instance, if the terrain is not well suited to the building, it could lead to a collapse midway into the construction works and this will definitely add to the costs of building the house. It can be very expensive to haul in dirt or grade a lot to make it suitable for a plan. It is better to make the house fit the land rather than try to make the land fit the house. Also, the size and shape of your land affects the type of home you can build on it.
Sometimes, the mistake that house-owners make is that they try to change architectural plans before the construction work is finished. Once the interior and exterior plans have been formulated, they do not have to change unless compelling reasons to do so come up. Changing architectural plans of a new building can affect it in several ways.
However, it is important to note at these changes may have adverse effect on the quality of the building afterward.
The architectural plans must pay more attention to interior of the house. This part is more important than the exterior area. To change the exterior, you can use different windows, modify roof lines, and change other exterior details. You have the option of consulting with the architects, surveyors and engineers in order to know the best plan that suits the building. If you are low on budget, it may be wise for you to consider the simple; no- frills architectural plans, of which you could be presented with several options as well.
If you use a stock plan, you will probably make changes to the floor plan. Changes to a plan often increase or decrease the size of the house. Because of this, you should also look at plans that are smaller and larger than what you think you want. After changes are made, the plan may be close to the size you desire. But above all, consider the costs before you finally decide. Sometimes all you need to do is to be flexible. When looking at houses, look for the hidden potential.
Whatever plans you choose, it is cognizant for you to reflect on safety issues. You do not want to embark upon an austere construction work that may lead to building collapse in the future. Have a rational attitude as you count the cost of your new building and you will be refreshed at the realization of your success as you build your new home.