Now that you have defined your space and style, let us talk about the most powerful thing in the planning process: money!
Money is often the center of many projects. How much can you spend? What kind of budget won’t break the bank? How can you get the most bang for your buck? These are the types of questions you may be asking yourself as you plan your dream home. “Plan ahead and shop around” is the advice most people will give you, but what does that mean?
Consider your Financial Strategy:
- Is this a stepping stone home? A short-term starter home?
- Will you live in this home through your retirement?
Calculate your Monthly Budget:
- Consider more than just the mortgage payments; such as the insurance, property tax, possible HOA fees, lawn care, utilities, etc.
- What about escrow and a rainy day fund? Don’t max out your budget with routine costs and be unable to afford emergencies.
Control your Project Spending:
- Plan your budget and stick with it. We are not encouraging you to compromise, but to be steadfast with your budget/plan.
With UBuildIt, you will have a consultant assigned to assist you during each step of the building process. This person is experienced in shopping around for the best deals and ensuring that there is not any wolves in sheep’s closing trying to take advantage of you. Contact our local office today to discuss your options!
Now that you have determined your space and determined what type of home you wish to build, it is time to define your style. Style is more than an amazing design and beautiful décor, it is what defines the personality of your family. It is essential to think about the company you keep and your family’s various needs such as their hobbies, workspace requirements, and storage space.
#1 Complement your Family’s Lifestyle
- Where would you like to live? Within the city’s various neighborhoods or in a country setting?
- Is your focus on a formal home with plenty of tiny details or a casual and comfortable home?
- Do you need a craft room, an office, a space that doubles as a library? What additional or unique spaces would you like your home to include for your family?
#2 Let Life Happen
- Do you host parties often? Are they formal or informal?
- What do your children do on rainy days? Do you need space for indoor recreation?
- Do you need an office space for someone who works from home?
- Do you have overnight guests often?
#3 Never Ask “Where Should I Put This?” Again
- Prepare your space by considering workspace and hobbies.
- What about storage?
- Do you need your storage to be easily accessible?
Many building or remodeling projects end up behind schedule and over budget because of skipped steps in the planning/designing process. Many people fail to recognize the challenges of building a home or remodeling their current home. Where do you start? How do you decide what you should include in your budget?
UBuildIt will offer you control in planning your home. We recommend starting with planning your space. Once you lock in your floor plan, the rest falls into place. Follow this easy guide to get started and don’t forget to ask your consultant about our Dream Home or Dream Remodeling Planning Guide to aid your process.
#1: Define your space
Some people would recommend looking at home plan books and collecting pictures of things you like; however, we advise against this approach because while it will show you what you want, it will not necessarily show you what you need.
Start with these questions:
- Where are you now?
- What works about your current space? Are there things that function well? Which rooms are perfect? Why?
- What does not work about the space? What space goes unused? What things are missing that you believe you need?
- What do you think about the size of each room? Are they too big or too small? Measure comfortable spaces to have a starting point.
- Who will live in your home?
- Hold a family meeting to discuss what kind of space is important to everybody. Do your children need an extra bathroom to get ready in? Space to play or have friends over?
- Does anybody desire more storage or larger closets?
- If you are building a two story home and plan to retire there, should the master suite and laundry room be on the main floor?
Track your habits:
- Watch how your family interacts with your home over the next ten days.
- What rooms do they spend the most time in?
- Where do you need traffic lights to keep things in order in the mornings?
- Are there rooms that should be next to each other or rooms that should not be side-by-side?
Is your home ready for you as you grow?
Modern medicine continues to improve; therefore, the average lifespan is increasing as the years go by. When we are young, it is hard to consider long-term ideas that include easy modification for our bodies as we age; however, UBuildIt has adopted a “Universal Design” strategy to remind home owners and builders to consider longevity when they design, build, or remodel their home.
Why should you consider the Universal Design Concept when designing your home?
Longevity: Since you are investing all your finances, energy, and time into creating the home of your dreams with our custom home design plan, it is safe to assume you plan to stay in this home for a while. Even if you do not plan to retire from this home, you will definitely age within this space. What happens if you develop arthritis in your wrists and are unable to twist the door knobs? What if you are wheelchair bound and are unable to fit your chair down your hallways? Talk to your UBuildIt consultant about planning for the future when you are designing your home. Making these minor adjustments to your plans now will save you thousands in remodel costs later.
Unforeseen Injury or Illness: Plan for the worst case scenario. We all plan to remain healthy and mobile throughout our lives; however, sometimes things happen. Will your home be prepared for these things or will you have to spend more money later making necessary adjustments?
Examples of Universal Design Features:
• Larger bathrooms
• Adjustable shelving
• Open knee space under all sinks
• Slip-safe flooring
• Step-free entrance
When you step into a new industry, there are often acronyms and phrases that are not commonly used. The home construction industry is no different. So you hear us constantly referring to building a custom home, but what does that mean?
Let’s investigate some terms that you may hear often as you begin planning your dream home:
Production Built: This type of home is designed by an architect and a builder then built several times. You see this type of build in a traditional neighborhood when you may notice that all the homes are shaped similar and their color schemes match. If you buy this type of home, you will have little to no say in any design elements unless you purchase it early enough in the building process. This type of home is not individualized to the needs and desires of your family; however, it is important to note that a production built home can offer savings since the same design is used multiple times.
Semi-Custom Built: This home is somewhere between a custom built home and a production built home. Generally, the builder will either have several stock designs which you can customize to your own liking. Add a room, change the layout, or add additional storage space in the garage—these types of features would be up to you. Since you will be making decisions that are unique to you, this type of home would be more expensive than a traditional production built home.
Custom Home: A custom home is one in which you will work with an architect to design a house that is one-of-a-kind. Throughout the stages of design, you will have the ability to select room sizes, layout, type of fixtures, and the flooring. A custom home usually has a slightly higher price tag because it has never been built before and the designs are unique to your taste.
Designing your own home allows you to create your dream home. You will have the opportunity to be a responsible member of your environmental community by choosing Green Building techniques. You can also design your home with longevity in mind so that it will be prepared to accommodate your needs as you grow.
Although building your own custom home may sound a bit daunting, UBuildIt makes your experience a relative breeze. Our expert staff will assist you in the development of a budget and schedule, while giving you peace of mind in knowing that each part of the production process is being fulfilled in the most efficient way possible.