Build­ing a house to suit your re­quire­ments

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Ev­ery­one has a dif­fer­ent rea­son for want­ing to build. Some­times it’s the sim­ple rea­son of need­ing a change or a chal­lenge, but in many cases it’s be­cause, de­spite many hours of search­ing for a new home, there isn’t one on the mar­ket which ticks all the boxes. For oth­ers, it’s with the in­ten­tion of build­ing and on­selling to make a short term cap­i­tal gain. There are many ad­van­tages to build­ing: You can build the style and size home you want You can in­clude those ‘needs’ you have down on your wish list You can use the ma­te­ri­als you want to You can cre­ate the dream kitchen and en­ter­tain­ment area you have al­ways wanted

You can meet the fam­ily’s needs Af­ter much hes­i­ta­tion and dis­cus­sion you have made the de­ci­sion to build. Whether it is a small fam­ily home or a larger one which has to meet a long list of cri­te­ria, mak­ing this de­ci­sion is a big com­mit­ment. So is de­cid­ing who you are go­ing to work with to make this home be­come a re­al­ity. There are many choices out there and it pays to do your home­work be­fore ar­rang­ing a meet­ing (or two) Once that de­ci­sion has been made, it is im­por­tant that YOU are well pre­pared for this first meet­ing. Have your thoughts writ­ten down on pa­per prior to this ap­point­ment. This will not only clar­ify your own think­ing, but will give a guide­line for how this meet­ing is to un­fold. Take along ex­am­ples of homes you like, and even house plans, be­cause this helps re­in­force what you want. Ask to look at some of your po­ten­tial de­signer/ ar­chi­tect/builders/com­pa­nies pre­vi­ous work and per­haps talk to clients they have worked for. Re­mem­ber though that ul­ti­mately this is about their abil­ity to en­gage with you and come up with de­signs that are right for your needs and bud­get. It’s about fit and com­fort level as much as it is about past achieve­ments and rep­u­ta­tion.

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