Taking the plunge and diving into the massive project that is building your own home is both incredibly exciting and incredibly overwhelming. With so much to think about and so many decisions to make, it can quickly become too much for you to handle by yourself, even if the idea of choosing every detail sounds appealing at the beginning. Of course, you want your bespoke home to be perfect. It should match your tastes and style and make you feel more welcome than any other home, especially since you’re designing it exactly how you want and need it.
So, before you reach the stage where shovels are breaking ground, consider these three important factors, so your planning process and build runs smoothly.
- Hire a designer
It may be tempting to skip hiring a professional designer since they can be quite a financial investment, but it’s certainly worth investing in, especially in the long-run. Even if you know exactly how you want your home to look and feel, and you think you have all the details sorted, it’s likely that there will be aspects you don’t know about or don’t know the best way to facilitate. Working with a designer from the get-go can save yourself the stress and hassle of figuring out every detail yourself, dealing with surprise problems, or spending countless hours researching the best solutions.
Your designer is an integral part of the building team. Your builder looks at everything from a logistical perspective, while your designer keeps your vision on track, helps to cut costs and helps you avoid building mistakes. If you’re already investing in building your dream home, why not invest in a designer and do everything properly?
- Consider a gas membrane installation
Every new build should consider installing a gas membrane to protect from harmful ground gases. These gases can include radon, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide and methane, which can seep into your home from the basement or through cracks in the floor, underground walls, or construction joints. Once inside, they become trapped and can build up to harmful levels, causing asphyxiation or other health issues like cancer. A gas membrane protects against all these hazardous gases and keeps you and your family safe.
Ground gases exist naturally or in contaminated land, either from a previous development like a mine or landfill where hazardous materials or waste were buried. Not every property needs a gas membrane installed, but if you’re building on land that is considered a high-risk gas site, your home is required to include a gas membrane installation. You can contact a geomembranes specialist to help you determine if your new home requires installation or not.
- Take the environment into consideration
It’s becoming a top priority in the construction industry to make new builds environmentally friendly, and there are a number of ways to do so for your own home. Building an eco-friendly home starts at the design stage (another reason to work with a professional designer!), and there are a number of ways you can go about it. In terms of saving energy and making your home more efficient, the most important step is to install high-quality insulation and choose well-insulated windows and doors. This will help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter without wastefully running your heating and cooling systems. You can also save water and electricity – and help lower your monthly bills – by installing efficient faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms, using dual-flush toilets, and installing energy-efficient fixtures and lightbulbs.