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From the ground up: Planning and building your dream luxury home

By LLM Reporters on 21st July 2020

There’s only one thing more exciting than buying a beautiful luxury home – and that’s having your very own built from scratch, according to your own needs, requirements and desires. A bespoke, purpose-built home can perfectly complement your lifestyle and make for maximum enjoyment in your time spent at home, creating a luxurious haven away from the stresses and strains of modern life. Not only that, but you won’t be able to wait to show it off to friends and family – socially distanced summer garden party, anyone?

Having a home built from the ground up may seem like an overwhelming task if you’re new to it, but working with a reputable luxury home contractor will make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. You’ll have a say in every detail of the design and build, from the layout to the eventual fixtures and fittings, giving you complete control over your dream home.

From carpets to curtains, every element will be hand-picked by you, a privilege that just isn’t afforded to you when buying existing properties. So, instead of having to make the space work for you, you can quite literally design it to serve you from the word go.

The last thing you want after buying a new home is having to go through a stressful renovation process – and this way, you’ll never have to.

You know that beautiful house you’ve always imagined yourself living in? This is your opportunity to bring it to life.

There’s only one thing more exciting than buying a beautiful luxury home – and that’s having your very own built from scratch, according to your own needs, requirements and desires

Identifying the perfect location

The most important step when it comes to getting the ball rolling is working out where you’d like to live and acquiring a piece of land there on which to build.

Do you dream of waking up to breath-taking ocean views, or the sound of birds singing in the trees? Then you might want to consider a country or seaside location, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. But, if you prefer to be in the thick of the action then the opposite may apply.

Do bear in mind, however, that purchasing undeveloped land within the centre of a city can be near impossible, so be prepared to compromise and head further out. Beyond city boundaries and out into the countryside, you’re more likely to find larger plots of land, so if you have designs on your own vegetable garden or a sprawling country estate then a secluded spot could work out well.

In order to get started on your build, however, you’ll need to secure planning permission, an important point not to be forgotten.

The process of building a custom home is often the most misunderstood segment of housing hunting

Consulting with specialists

Working with a reputable luxury home planning firm, such as Monster House Plans, offers thousands of fully customisable home plans and provides unique 3D models to allow you to fully visualise the end result and make tweaks and changes according to your needs, consulting with architects and designers throughout to ensure that the result is nothing less than perfect.

When it comes to selecting the right contractor, it’s important to choose a builder who is highly experienced in building custom luxury homes, so be sure to shop around and do your research. A beautiful design is nothing without an impeccable level of craftsmanship to ensure that your home is finished to the highest of standards.

Choose someone who fully understands your vision and is willing to work with you to achieve the right result.

When recruiting your contractors look for those who have previously built luxury custom homes

Plan for functionality

New homes can often feel a little empty or cold but with some clever planning and tweaks to your layout, you can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere before you’ve even got as far as the décor.

Combining a great family setting with a friendly and engaging space for entertaining friends is easier than you might think, so be sure to take extra care when planning your living room, dining room and kitchen layout to ensure that they fully meet your needs. You might be the only ones living there, but when occasions roll around, you’ll be glad of the extra effort you made to get this bit just right.

Open plan spaces work well for large parties or if you’d like to be able to chat to the family while preparing Christmas dinner, but separate rooms can make for more privacy if you want to keep the noise of the TV (or children!) out of the dining room.

Self-building typically saves you around 30% on the market value

Forming a budget

From open-stone partitions to saunas, every aspect of your dream home will come at a cost, and while it may be a case of no expense spared to achieve perfection, it’s always wise to determine a rough budget to work to to ensure that you are not paying over the odds for any element or feature.

Having a luxury dream home built from scratch may seem like a daunting task, but the end result is worth every minute that goes into it, leaving you with a home for life that you’ll never want to leave.