A dream worth chasing
When contemplating your dream home it’s pretty easy to imagine one or two of the specifics you’re after, but not so straightforward to visualise the whole.
Go on: try it. Chances are you’ll get more of an overall emotional impression of the home you desire, with a sense of warmth, security and relaxed comfort, maybe with a particular image of you in your favourite chair by the toasty fire. I’ll guarantee that pink batts, corrugated iron and the concrete truck are nowhere to be seen, anyhow! However, when it comes to the nitty gritty of actually constructing a new home from scratch, it soon becomes apparent there’s a multiplicity of choices out there. So say you’re determined to start afresh, because you’ve found that stunning section with awesome views – what are some of the options? One of the most straightforward routes to take is to get a third-party construction company to manage the whole process for you, from go to whoa. Your input here could be confined to the pleasurable activity of selecting a template from the catalogue and choosing the fittings. It may not be the most economical option however, and if finance is your driving factor, perhaps a prefabricated unit might be the answer. These come in a very diverse and flexible range of sizes and styles nowadays, and greatly simplify and speed up the process of creating a new home. A similar option which has worked for many is the transplantation of an existing house to your section by road. And if ecology rather than economy is your watchword, then there are several exciting options out there for you in today’s environmentally responsible climate. The likelihood is that your project will become a piecemeal self-build, as you select from a vast palette of ingenious devices to save you power, heat and resources, but the end results could be impressive. Straw bale houses are another alternative, said to be ecologically sound and certainly a novel approach to the housing question. Many of you, however, are likely to be so excited by that ‘‘emotional impression’’ of your own private castle that you’ll opt to manage and perhaps even execute the entire process yourself, from design to build to finishing in your own inimitable style. Remember: it’s a dream worth chasing. Make it real!