How to build right the first time

Learn from the mis­takes of oth­ers and elim­i­nate the trial and er­ror that comes with build­ing for the first time, writes Erin Reilly.

Franklin County News - - OUT & ABOUT -

You dream of buy­ing the per­fect home, but noth­ing you visit quite ticks all your boxes. The so­lu­tion? Build your own!

Un­for­tu­nately, build­ing isn’t quite as sim­ple as rais­ing your hand at an auc­tion. A lot of time, plan­ning and, of course, money goes into build­ing a house, and with that comes a bit of trial and er­ror – and in­evitable mis­takes.

Here are a hand­ful of com­mon mis­takes first-time builders make, and how to avoid mak­ing them your­self.

TRY­ING TO DO IT ALL YOUR­SELF

De­spite New Zealan­ders’ pre­dis­po­si­tion to spend Satur­days at DIY stores, we’re not all DIY­minded. Jen­nian Homes hosts reg­u­lar free build­ing in­for­ma­tion ses­sions that help first-time builders with things like how to find the best site, how to build sus­tain­ably, and (most im­por­tantly) stick­ing to bud­get. Find out more at jen­ni­an­info.com.

SAV­ING MONEY THE RIGHT WAY

It’s not un­com­mon for build­ing projects to go over bud­get. Talk to your team about sav­ing money with­out com­pro­mis­ing your plans. If you want four be­d­rooms but re­ally can only af­ford three right now, build in a way that al­lows for an ex­ten­sion in a few years’ time. Use main­stream ap­pli­ance brands so you’ve got more bud­get for fit­tings, light­ing and join­ery. Don’t sac­ri­fice qual­ity just so you come un­der bud­get; look at the over­all project and fig­ure out what parts of the puzzle are most im­por­tant.

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A CHEAP DEAL

On that note, if it sounds too good to be true, it prob­a­bly is. A fast sale will nor­mally come back to bite a client with cost over­runs, con­struc­tion de­lays and avoid­able PC sums (pro­vi­sional al­lowances for spe­cific items that haven’t been cho­sen or priced yet). Jen­nian Homes works to slow the sales and de­sign process down and pro­vide greater cer­tainty over pric­ing. It’ll take longer, but it’ll save you money and sleep­less nights, and give you cer­tainty in the long run.

NOT THINK­ING ABOUT LIVEABILITY

Don’t base your de­ci­sions on what you want a home to look like; think about how you want to live. If en­ter­tain­ing is im­por­tant to you, fo­cus your en­er­gies on your liv­ing and out­door ar­eas. If cre­at­ing a lux­u­ri­ous es­cape is your dream, think about what tex­tiles, colours and fab­rics will achieve this. If kid-friendly de­sign is top of your list, talk to your ar­chi­tect about stairs, win­dows and glass.

CHOOS­ING THE WRONG LO­CA­TION

Do your re­search about the neigh­bour­hood be­fore com­mit­ting to the area. Are there good schools and handy bus stops? What’s the traf­fic like? What are your neigh­bours like? While you can’t join a spe­cific neigh­bour­hood un­til you’re ad­dress-ver­i­fied, you can use Neigh­bourly to find out more about your neigh­bour­hood-to-be by search­ing sur­round­ing ar­eas.

JEN­NIAN HOMES

Talk to your build­ing team about how you can save money in ways that’s right for your home.

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