Be Realistic About What Your Budget Can Build
Once you’ve accounted for the cost of land along with paying the professionals who form your self-build project, you will have already accounted for a large portion of your budget.
Being realistic about how much your dream home will cost you is key to success.
Many self-builders naturally go over-budget, particularly if their project runs over the anticipated completion date. However, you can still be thorough with your budget and plan each stage of the build carefully.
When designing and budgeting for your self-build, it’s important to research (again). You will need to search around for the best prices for construction materials along with accounting for the size if your property and its costs as a result.
We advise looking up self-build projects that have been completed in the local community and where possible getting an idea of how much they cost to build.
Once you are clear on the costs involved in similar self-builds, you can budget as realistically as possible for your own.
Remember: You Can’t Include Everything & Compromise Is Key For Successful Design
We don’t want to take the fun out of building your own home, but it’s important to remember that you can’t include everything.
Your money will only go so far, therefore it’s important to think logically about what features to include in your design.
If you envision a home with state-of-the-art sustainable energy features AND an en-suite attached to every bedroom, you may be welcoming stress.
Rather, compromise is key. Even if you’re building a family home that requires a specific layout and lots of space, you can still be realistic about what’s achievable.
Looking at what is achievable on both a structural and cost-related scale is going to save you a lot of stress and make your design vision far clearer to the architects involved.
Work With A Reputable And Experienced Architect
Finally but certainly not least, it is SO important to work with an architect that is trustworthy with an impressive portfolio to back them up.
Outside of all of the intricacies of building your home, it is a good idea to choose your architect of choice carefully.
Your architect should be able to take your design brief and draw up the design you have envisioned with confidence, accuracy, and flair.
Below, we’ve included signs of a good self-build architect to keep in mind:
- They will ask you questions as they want to know everything that’s important and beyond;
- They will want to offer some advice on important aspects of self-building such as gaining local planning permission and finding suitable land;
- Their portfolio looks professional and includes details of previous self-build homes they’ve worked on;
- They share your excitement and want to work with you!