2 tips for budget-conscious people who want to build homes

Posted on: 30 September 2018

If you are planning to have one of the home builders in your local area build a house for you, but are on a tight budget and are concerned about the impact this might have on the construction project, here are some tips that you may find useful. 

1. Design the house so that there is space to add expensive features in the future

If you dream of having a house with a specific feature but can't quite afford the cost of adding it in right now, you might want to ask your contractor to design the house so that you can easily add this feature in the future.

For example, if you would love your new house to have a home cinema room that is soundproofed, with tiered seating and an integrated cabinet for the television or projector screen, you might want to ask your contractor to create a basement when they build the house. Basements are usually considered to be the most suitable part of a property in which to create a home cinema, as they don't have windows that will allow natural light to stream in and are often the least noisy area of a house.

This will ensure that after you have recovered financially from the house-building process, you can begin to have the home cinema added to this area of your property and won't have to give up one of the house's spare bedrooms to create this new feature.

2. Tell your builder not to add a chimney to the house

If you are extremely budget-conscious and want to avoid overspending when building your new home, it is best to instruct your home builder not to add a chimney. The reason for this is that the materials from which most chimneys are made can be expensive, and the structure itself can take quite a while to build. Because of this, asking your builder to create a chimney will probably significantly increase your labour and material costs.

If you're worried you might change your mind about wanting a fireplace in the future, and may, therefore, regret not having a chimney installed during the construction process, it's worth noting that not all types of fires require a chimney. For example, if after your house is built, you decide you want a cosy fireplace, you can always have a gas fire, as this can be added without the need for any kind of vent.

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Hello, my name is Lisa and this is my blog. I live in Perth, Australia and for the past two years, I have been working on my home to improve it. My husband works away a lot, so the upkeep of the family home is completely in my hands. At first, I didn't have a clue what I was doing. Thankfully, my brother works as a contractor and knows about electrical wiring, plumbing and general construction. He gave me some great advice so I decided to start this blog so I could pass on his wisdom to others. I hope you enjoy my blog.

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