The decision whether building vs buying your dream home is a choice that needs much consideration. This article will give you information to help you determine what is the right choice for you.
There’s a reason we use the term ‘dream’ home. For many of us, owning a property where we have full control over the design and function feels outside of the realm of possibility. Our budget may not allow for it. But if we forget movie star mansions and focus on what is really important, our dream home is definitely within reach. In reality, it is a place that brings together style and function to fit our lifestyle. The decision then becomes whether to buy an existing home, or whether to build from scratch.
Building Your Own Home
There are many advantages to building your own home. How often have you found a place on the market and thought, that would be ideal if . . . . And the ‘if’ could be if it is 300 miles away. Or if it just had one extra room, or a larger bathroom, etc. Building your own property eliminates the ‘if only’ and makes everything possible.
To begin, you get to choose your own plot of land. So you decide exactly where your house will be built. The locality can then be incorporated into the design, to provide a dwelling that works in harmony with its surroundings. Architects and builders can source local building materials and will have a knowledge of local style and traditions. Working with an architect and interior designer is invaluable when creating your concept and design. And selecting which company to work with will be one of your most important decisions. Look for skill, experience, and even award winning architects and interior designers.
The value of an architect lies in their ability to translate your dreams into something that is practical and functional. They know what will work and can shortcut the planning and build processes. It is not advisable to do this yourself if you have no knowledge of the building industry. You’ll find you will be caught up in red tape for months on end. Once you have your architect, you can then start looking into hiring an interior designer for the interior.
The process of building from scratch is easier than ever before. Processes have been refined, and can build on ideas from previous projects. The main advantage is that you get to have a say about everything. You can decide on the bricks and building materials used to create the shell of your home. And you get to decide on the color of the carpets and everything in between. You also have a say on how eco-friendly your property is. For example, you get to choose raw materials and fuel sources such a solar power, etc. There’s no need to make adjustments or compromise. You’re in control. Your home will be unique in the full sense of the word.
Buying An Existing Property
Building your own dream home may not be an option for some people for many reasons. You may lack the time, or you may feel that you don’t need full control over every tiny detail. In this instance buying an existing property may make more sense and of course, there are still many ways you can put your own stamp on the place.
If, as we mentioned earlier, you are not happy with the structure you could take steps to alter it. Assuming you can get the necessary planning permission, you can work with an interior designer to adjust the floor plans. Depending on the complexity of the project, it is likely that you can move in quicker than would be possible with a new-build. There are many benefits to both scenarios, you just need to consider all the options and choose what fits best with your lifestyle.
AAI has worked with many clients over the past 16 years to build their dream house from scratch as well as helped make an existing home, move-in ready for the new home owners. Please contact AAI for assistance with your new dream home.