Building a home is an exciting process, but it can also be a time-consuming and expensive one. To be an owner builder is a choice that may have a few drawback but the advantages are numerous and, depending on your own values and needs, often greatly outweigh the challenges. Here are a few reasons why building your own home can be so worthwhile.
Design Your Home to Suit YouWhen you build your own home you’ve got almost free-reign over what the end product will be. You can design the house from the ground up so that every element is perfectly suited to you, your lifestyle, your needs, your values, your family – you can completely customise the build so that it’s a perfect fit for you. From choosing between small or large rooms, single or split level, open-plan or cosy cottage, you can tailor every element to suit.
Chose A Lot That SuitsIf you’re building your own home, you’ll also be choosing the lot on which you want to build it. This means you’ve got total control over the location of your new abode, whether you want to be by the sea or somewhere rural, be near schools or work or places of leisure, be amongst a close-knit neighbourhood or with miles between you and your neighbours. You can also choose the size of the plot you’ll be building on, and the size of your house – whether you want a grandiose two-storey house but you don’t mind having a small yard, or whether you want a big open-plan sprawling kind of home with acreage on all sides, you can totally customise the fit of the home on the land you’ll be living on.
Choose Your Own Construction MaterialsBuilding your own home means you get to dictate the balance between cost, function, aesthetics, durability and all the other varying elements to be considered when choosing what you’ll build your home with. You get to decide where money gets spent and where it gets saved in your construction budget. You have control over whether your construction materials are sourced locally, or from renewable or sustainable resources. You can opt for fire or pest resistant materials, or choose materials that are proven to be durable and long lasting over their cheaper counterparts. It’s all up to you.
Control Maintenance RequirementsYou can construct your home based on what you’re prepared to do to maintain it too. For example, you can choose to steer away from wood in your construction if you want to negate the need for termite checks, or use carpets instead of polished wood floors inside if you’re not a fan of weekly vacuuming. You can spend a little more on higher quality materials so that they’ll last longer and require less looking after. You can design simple spaces that are easy to keep clean and tidy rather than lots of pokey nooks and crannies, or if you’re building a house you plan to retire to, you can go for a single level home over a split-level so that you won’t have to worry about stairs, or cleaning 2 can decide what kind of house you want to live in, not just what kind of house you’re going to build.
Dictate the Eco-Friendliness of Your HomeMaking all the decisions about the construction of your home means you also have a great opportunity to create a home with a small carbon footprint. You can opt for many energy saving measures in your home, and make choices that will create a space in which waste is reduced and power requirements are kept to a minimum. Things like solar power, double glazing, insulation and tank water are all great examples. You can also choose to make the building process itself a more eco-friendly event by choosing sustainable materials from local sources.
If you think that these are all points that are important to you, then perhaps it’s time to seriously consider building your own home. Coral Homes are able to help you turn your dream home into a reality - their qualified builders will work with you to ensure that your new home ticks all of the boxes on your wish list.
- Written By Katie Stevens