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Building your own home is such an amazing ambition to have. It suggests that you aren’t just interested in living, you want to be able to shape your life and leave a remnant of it in the landscape. It is a creativity that goes right back to those early humans building shelters from mud and grass; it connects us to our environment.
However, unlike those early humans, we modern creatures are more adept at sitting in front of screens than we are at building. Unless you are a professional tradesperson, I doubt you have the knowledgeable the skill set necessary to pull off such an ambitious project. Could you lay a foundation? Could you work safely at heights? With the right help and advice, a simple design and a little bit of training, you could.
All you need to do is find the right people to guide you through a process they have done many times before. They will show you the insider’s secrets you need for a successful build and at the end of the process you won’t just have a house, you’ll have a new lifestyle, new knowledge and hopefully, a new perspective.
If you have no experience of design, an architect is vital for your project to get off the ground. For a start, they will be able to make sure that your house will actually stand up, but they will also lend their experience and expertise to create a design that will blend your ideas and your environment seamlessly.
You might have a clear vision of what you are looking for but even if you aren’t sure, architects have this amazing knack for taking your ideas and inspirations and putting them together in a single design. Thinking about why you are choosing to build rather than buy will help you to isolate the things your house is missing that you would like to build. This way, you will hopefully get everything you want out of your dream home.
These are the people who will get on with the actual construction work according to your architect’s drawing. Getting hold of the best builders for the best price might take some time but it is well worth getting multiple quotes before you go for one. Self builds often go over budget due to hidden costs, so try to economise carefully. A good set of builders will get cracking on your project and will work hard to get it complete by your deadline without compromising on quality.
The Crafts People
If your build is going to be a forever home, then it is the small details that will really bring the magic in. This doesn’t mean scatter cushions, it means choosing those things that are so often bought off the shelf and doing something a bit different. For example, you might want to bring in a landscape gardener to surround your home with beauty or an expert joiner to build you a handcrafted kitchen that you will love for years to come.
It’s your home, but these are the people who will make it that extra bit special.