5 steps to building your dream home

5 steps to building your dream home

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Whether you are building a new or renovating an existing one, creating your dream home is a journey of discovering who you are, what you want, how you want to live, and where you want to be. It's a chance for you to define your relationship with the world, with  your family and with yourself.

From the very beginning you’ll definitely want to do some research and planning, in order to have an idea what the end result will be and how much your dream home will cost.

It’s your own choice would  you go alone in this journey or would you prefer to have an experienced guide showing you the way which means making it more enjoyable, more secure and more fascinating.

And now let's have a look at the steps, involved in creating your dream  home.

  1. “Dream big” and set your goals. Building a home, be it from scratch or a renovation, is an exercise in making something that belongs to you. So dream big and have grand plans. There will be time enough to deal with the realities of budget, zoning, and codes. Creating a new home for yourself is all about setting goals and taking the steps to achieve those goals. You'll want to establish the answers to a whole host of questions so that you can set these goals.

So your list of goals will include two sides: a practical, meat-and-potatoes side and an emotional, ice-cream-and-pie side. Each is important, and each needs to be recognized so that the end result will reflect  both sides.

Questions to ask:

  1. What do you want to achieve?

  2. Where do you want to be?

  3. What will this cost?

  4. Can it really be achieved?

  5. Does plan A make sense?

  6. What's plan B?

  7. What is negotiable and what is crucial for you.

2. Plan Your Budget:

Begin now to think about how much you can afford to spend and how much building your new home is likely to cost. Chances are, you will need a construction loan and a mortgage. It's not too early to find out what size loan you qualify for. Also, knowing the approximate costs will help you modify your building plans to meet your budget. What are some ideas that could save you money?

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Hidden Building Costs:

A new home is not all home construction costs. It's important to dream, but before you get far into the planning process, be sure you know how much you can safely spend on your new home. Don't depend on the advice of friends or family. And don't count on total transparency from anyone who is selling something—including your banker, who may sell you a mortgage you cannot afford. Talk to your accountant or financial adviser. Most of all, trust yourself and your own judgment.

When you're ready to get down to details, include everything that will go into the project: the cost of the land, local fees and taxes, design and engineering fees, construction of not just the home but the landscape, plus furniture and decorating.

As you plan your construction budget, don't forget the hidden expenses. Your new home may come with higher living costs, so be sure that you budget for estimated utility costs, taxes, and home insurance. Consider "replacement cost" home insurance and even life insurance.

You're likely to run into a bundle of costs that aren't included in the building contract. These may include wiring for internet connections, upgraded kitchen and laundry appliances, home furnishings (including curtains, blinds, shades, and window treatments), installation of carpeting, landscaping (flowers, shrubs, trees, and grass), and even ongoing yard care, house cleaning, and annual maintenance.

3. Create a plan of your home.

Every large project I've ever worked on has had this one thing in common. The owner, whether a private developer or corporate entity, knew the importance of planning the project in detail before starting to build. It’s always good to start with visual images, you can use Pinterest as the source for inspiration by creating your own boards for each room  and then go for more details step by step. Choose the materials you want to be used in your house. Think about your floor plan, furniture plan, as well as lighting plan and electricity plan. Just remember that the Devil is in the details, so make sure that the details are there so that your home will be uniquely your own and speak to who you really are.


4. Choose your dream team to build this unique home.

Assemble a team. While you might think you can go it alone, assembling a team of tried and true professionals is the better approach. After all, you wouldn't represent yourself in court. So why wouldn't you entrust your single largest investment to an experienced team that won't be learning on your dime?

An interior architect and a builder are going to be your most important team members. These people will act as guide, therapist, advocate, and counselor throughout the journey that creating your home is. And, as with all good professionals, the right guide can ensure that the journey is all the more enjoyable. And when you've made the plans, gotten the permits and secured the money; the only thing you’ll have left to do is build your house. You've accounted for everything, so it should all come together as smooth as silk. Easy, right? But sometimes unexpected things happen. So an Interior architect, a builder and others who can work together and share ideas without criticizing one another will go a long way to helping you keep your sanity and enjoy the process and result!

5. Home, sweet home!

Sketch by Julia Mironova

Sketch by Julia Mironova

Relax and enjoy your new home! It’s wonderful! You've worked hard and spent more than a few euros to create your new home, so enjoy it to the max. Revel in the way the light falls across a room and how it changes with the seasons. Discover how this place gives shape to your life and allows you to become the person you really are.  As you embark on this journey, you will likely want to add team members. Go probably more on decoration of your new home, buy some artworks and vases.

Certainly  you’ll think about a landscape architect, who shouldn't be the last person hired; you want to create a beautiful garden that will complement the house. I wish you to enjoy the process of creating your beautiful new home and remember:

“A House is made of walls and beams, a Home is built with love and dreams”.

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Hope you had nice time while reading it and it was really useful for you!



Text: by Julia Mironova