Home: 4 Tips to Building an Affordable New Home
Ever watched Grand Designs and fancied having a go yourself?
Tempting isn't it but there is quite a large variation in how much it costs to build a house in the UK. Typically, it can range anywhere from £1000-£4000 per square metre. If you’re on a budget, but you still want to build your dream home, you’ll likely want to focus on the lower end of that spectrum.
But, is that possible?
You don’t have to spend a ton of money just to have a safe, beautiful, and comfortable home. With that in mind, let’s look at a few tips you can use when you’re building your new home to make sure it’s exactly what you want without draining your wallet.
1. Think in Rectangles and Squares
The most expensive part of any home is the foundation, followed by the roof. You will get the most out of your money by choosing a layout/shape that isn’t difficult. Rectangular and square homes will be the cheapest. While that might seem a bit ‘boring’ on the surface, it gives you a lot of room to decorate and make the exterior of the home as exciting as you want it to be. Use your creativity and imagination to bring it to life.
2. Install Central Plumbing
Most people don’t understand how costly plumbing can be when you have to run it all over your entire house. When you’re working with a home builder, make sure you talk to them about installing central plumbing.
This simply means building all of your “heavy plumbing” areas relatively close together within the home, including the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry area. Working with experienced contractors like Bellriver home builders or professionals near you can make all the difference in how easy this process is.
3. Splurge on Insulation
Climate control is extremely important within the home. If you live in an area that gets cooler weather, even only a short time during the year, you can save a lot of money on your utility bills by investing in good insulation.
You’ll save up front because you won’t have to install large, expensive heating and cooling units, and your energy costs will go down significantly, too. Plus, you’ll be doing something good for the planet by wasting less energy!
4. Make Upgrades Later
You shouldn’t focus on building a “cheap” home. But, if there are less-expensive things you can live with now, they can always be upgraded later when you’ve saved up some money. That includes things like flooring, worktops, and lighting. You can have beautiful-looking items installed for a fraction of the price, and replace them later with something more costly when you have built up your budget again.
It doesn’t have to cost you everything you have in order to build a home you love and one you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come. Keep these tips in mind if you’re considering home construction, or if you’ve always wanted to build a house but thought you couldn’t afford it. It simply takes a bit of creativity and knowing where to put your money.