When it comes to purchasing a new property, many opt for the somewhat easier approach of buying up an existing house and spending a little time, effort and money into renovations to make it suit their style. Though this may seem like a simpler approach if you need a liveable space to move into, sometimes no matter how many renovations you do, the house doesn’t feel like your home for life.
The personal character, the unique features, the south facing garden – all of those things and more that make for the perfect abode can often only be achieved if built from the bottom up. In addition to these, there are an array of benefits to building your home rather than purchasing an existing house and renovating. There’s no set way to build a home, and it’s that freedom that many people find appealing. But what are the tangible benefits you can expect to get from building and living in a home that was designed and constructed by you and a team of your own professionals? We take a look at some of the best benefits you can have from building your own home.
Customise every space to your needs
Each and every aspect of your home can be customised in a way that suits you when you choose to build it from scratch. Take the opportunity to think about what your needs are and how they can be best served through the design you choose for the property. You don’t get the opportunity to do that when you buy an existing property on the market.
Have you always envisaged a sprawling bedroom with stand alone bath to one corner and a dressing room to one side? How about a garden complete with spa, barbecue area and pool? Or perhaps you have an open plan kitchen/diner in mind with every whim catered for? The great news is that with your very own new build property you do exactly as you wish.
Choose the specific plan that works for you and your family
One of the things you will need to do when you’re building your own home is to create a specific plan for the layout of the home. Of course you can start from your own imagination, but for a little inspiration you can look online for plans that you can purchase and use, from modern farmhouse plans to all kinds of other styles. But the most important thing is that you have control over this, meaning you can decide how the home is going to function in practice. Explore all the options and find the plan that’s going to offer you what you need most in terms of functionality.
Incorporate smart features
Things are changing fast in terms of how homes operate, and many people are adding new smart devices and features to their home to aid in a more efficient lifestyle. If you build your own property you don’t have to incorporate all the smart tech gradually, you can integrate all of those features into the very fabric of the home during the building process. Create a fully functional smart home from security to entertainment to climate, lighting and heating controls.
Make it energy efficient
In today’s world, considering our individual impact on the environment is a big issue, and when it comes to creating your own property, there are many ways in which you can do your part. When designing the layout and placement of your building consider the direction of the sun and incorporate larger windows to allow more natural light into the home, reducing the need for artificial light. Think about energy efficient appliances, solar panels, top-grade insulation, composting and LED lighting. Not only will you be saving money on bills, but you will also be doing your bit for the environment and reducing your family’s carbon footprint.
Avoid costly renovations later
Many people end up spending huge amounts of money on renovating their properties after they’ve already lived in them for a while, a cost that can be avoiding when you put all of your desired features in place during the building process. Renovations such as these can be time-consuming too, so avoid them entirely by building the home of your dreams when you have the opportunity to do so. Of course, building a home comes with its own costs, but it is often a more financially viable option.
Avoid bidding wars and awkward sellers
One of the best things about building and designing your own home is that you can avoid bidding wars with other people. There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a home and then finding out that there’s someone else who wants it just as badly as you do. The task of dealing with awkward sellers who aren’t willing to negotiate can also be a big problem. You don’t have to deal with any of that trouble when you build your own home.
Enjoy the benefits of a brand-new home
You should remember that having a home built to your specifications allows you to not only design it how you want, but also take advantage of all of the other benefits that ordinarily come with buying a newly built home. Being brand-new and providing you’ve got the right professionals in place, it shouldn’t present you with any of the annoying challenges and maintenance issues that come with older homes. With the right construction approach, good builders and good care, your home should stand for generations to come.
Build a legacy
Building a legacy is another reason why many people choose to buy their own homes. When you have a home that you designed and built, you’re more likely to keep hold of it and maybe even pass it down through the family over the course of many generations. In that sense, it’s the perfect way to create a real and lasting legacy for yourself and your family, so go all out on those big dreams as this is the home you’ll be in for the rest of your life.