Have you ever had one of those dreams that just won’t go away and moves from being something you might add to your wishlist to something you know you just have to make happen?
Well for so many people the idea of building their own home is exactly that kind of dream. The idea that you might be able, from scratch to buy your plot of land and build on it the house that you have always wanted to live in for you and your family for generations to come. It might sound like a pipe dream but for more and more people, particularly those who already possess some skills in building, that dream is becoming a reality. In this short blog, we take a look at how people are making their dreams come true.
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It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to find land for sale at your local estate agents, so to start the process and see where you might be able to find a suitable location, you’ll need to take a look at a site that specialises in land sales.
The vast majority of sales will already have some kind of planning permission attached to them, which means you’ll be able to start designing your home to a pre-existing set of guidelines regarding the footprint of the area you buy. It’s rare to find land that is for sale just on its own except if you’re looking at a farm that’s no longer in use, though even then you may be required to apply for a change of use for the site from your local authority before you can start developing it as a residential property.
Without doubt you will find your budget creeping higher as you plan for the project but what you will get in return will feel priceless. If you can do some of the work yourself, that will help but at the very least you’ll have to factor in the ongoing contributions made by your building company, Residential Architects and tradespeople.
Set your budget out early and factor in where your income will be spent each month in order to make the budget work and still leave you with enough to live on. You may find yourself compromising on completion dates in order to find more time to fundraise for your home.
If you’re craving the solitude of a home set apart from the urban sprawl or just want to see your designs brought to life in the form of a home built to last, then don’t give up on your dream house. It may be a costly venture but done right it will be in your family for many years to come, an investment in the future generations.
So why not take a leap of faith and talk to your architect and building contacts about how much and how long it might take to create something you’ve always dreamed of: your own home, done your way.
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