Where Do You Start When Planning Your New Build?
10 July 2019
Where do you start when planning your new build? This might seem like a simple question, but it can prove a very difficult one to answer. The truth is, a lot goes into a new house before a single drop of concrete is poured.
In fact, “Where do you start when planning your new build?” is less one big question than a series of smaller ones, each vitally important to the outcome you’re hoping for. The more questions you have an answer for from the outset, the fewer questions will arise as the build progresses. Continue reading to learn more.
Think about your future
Houses can change over time. A home office can become a child’s bedroom. A study can become a workshop. Little alterations can be made to accommodate changes in your life but when you plan your new build, it helps to have an idea what those changes are likely to be. Do you foresee any changes to your employment in the future? Do you plan on having children (or more children)? Will your children soon be moving out on their own? Do you hope to host family get-togethers?
Build a house for your future. Not just your present.
Consider the external factors
Your new home will be heavily influenced by its location and surrounding factors. You should understand which sides of your home will face the sun and when, which way the prevailing winds blow, where your property boundaries lie, and any slopes or uneven terrain that could influence your floor plan.
These external factors are more likely than anything else to produce unexpected dissatisfaction with the final product. Seeing the bigger picture in your home design is important.
Perfect your design
Designing your home is the fun part. Don’t feel like you need to be a maestro with AutoCAD to assemble ideas you like into a rough outline that your builder can use to create your dream home. Make as many Pinterest boards as you wish – you can always narrow them down later. Try to work out roughly what kind of style, colour palette, and centrepiece features you want to see included.
If your building company is helping you with your house building plans, all this design information will be very helpful, particularly when determining the cost to build. Once you know how you want your home to feel, your builders can develop the right home plans to turn your dreams into something actionable.
Find the right builders
You need a home building company that specialises in new builds Auckland wide, someone who can build for your future, adapt to the physical limitations of the property, and help you translate your dreams into the perfect house. Find a builder who will work with you directly and consult with you to hear your preferences and input. A fixed price guarantee suggests that your building company is confident in its ability to deliver on time and under budget. Ask your builder what kind of guarantees they offer and what projects they’ve recently completed. If they’re proud of their work, they’ll show you.
The right builder for any new build
Having helped many Auckland families realise their dream of a new build home, we at LD Construction live our values as a trusted building company. With a fixed-price contract, ongoing communication, and a 287-point quality assurance checklist, we guarantee the highest quality build for every project. Contact LD Construction today to get started on your new home.