Questions to Ask your builders
There’s already a pretty well-established concept out there that your home is meant to be your own personal castle. A sovereign territory, and the place where everything, more or less, works the way you want it to.
Whether you’ve been dreaming about a specific home template for decades. Perhaps in vivid detail, with not a single specification left out of your planning. Or whether you’ve just got a vague sense of what it is you’re after. Ensuring that your dream home comes to exist in the form you want it to requires careful discussion with your custom home builder architect or team.
Here are a few questions to ask – both to yourself and to whoever is constructing your home on your behalf. This in order to ensure that your dream home really turns out the way you want it to.
1. How long will the process take?
It’s useful to get an upfront sense of just how long the process will take. Of course, it will likely be impossible to get a completely accurate estimate up front. Since adjustments will need to be made, problems encountered, and you may even change some of your ideas during the process.
Nonetheless, you should try and get as decent an estimate as you can. Especially for how long the first phase of the building operation is going to take. That way, you can plan your life accordingly.
When you know how long the overall process will take, you’ll be in a much better position to make sure that your move can be carried off without a hitch. In terms of your job and other personal commitments will have to be weighed up and dealt with before you relocate to a new property.
Since building a home is no small matter. Especially when the home has been built is more artsy and nuanced than the norm. You should expect that the process will take a pretty substantial amount of time. While the work is being carried out, you should be ensuring that everything is ready for you to conduct the move when the builders are done.
2. Is there a particular template or style you’re going for?
An important question to ask yourself is simply whether you can readily identify and summarise the template or style of home.
Does it look like a Victorian gentleman’s manor? Or, does it look like some kind of log cabin found on a forested mountainside?
Your dream home isn’t likely to be your dream home just because it has a balcony or a decent amount of storage space. Rather, it will properly have a lot to do with all the more nuanced stuff that is involved in creating a sense of atmosphere and gravitas.
3. How easy will it be to modify the home once it’s built?
If all goes as well as it possibly can, your dream home should indeed be pretty much everything you’ve dreamed about.
The odds are very high that you see your home as a long-term investment. A piece of property to be appreciated and emotionally engaged with, for years to come.
Of course, the longer you own a home, the more likely it is that you might want to have some part of it changed. Especially if there are new additions to the family in the form of children or grandchildren.
Certain homes will naturally be easier to modify than others. This is due to the way that certain structural elements are set up. Not to mention, the way the rooms have been spaced.
You should try to get a good sense from your custom home builder of how easy it will be to modify the home once it’s built. If it won’t be easy to modify, you might want to try and pre-empt future developments. You can do this by modifying your plan and making it as comprehensive as you can.
4. Will you be fully “on the grid” or will you be able to pursue a more autonomous situation?
An architect probably won’t have too much to say to you about whether your home sits over an aquifer, or how well you could use the local environment for self-reliant homesteading and sustainable living. However, these are questions that you might want to consider in some detail.
There’s a growing trend these days of people trying to live the most eco-friendly and self-sufficient lives they can. Across various different dimensions. Among other things, this might involve having a well or borehole dug on your property. Your own solar panels installed, basic crops planted, and so on.
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Consider whether you want to be fully “on the grid,” or whether you want to find a plot of land which is better suited to self-sufficient living.
Now that you’ve read these, make sure they are the questions you ask your builders. That way, when you meet with your builders, you can give them an idea of what you want for your dream home!
Have you ever built your own home?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.