During the building process there are items you can forgo and design adjustments you can make to save money. The experts share their insights with New Homes.
Working with the block of land available is the first step.
Burying money in the ground is where a large sum is spent on earthworks instead of considering ways of working with the site, rather than against it.
Considerate design to work with the block shape, size and layout is important.
Considering layout and design also reduces the chance of additional costs with upgrades to structural support being required.
Fireplaces and internal courtyards
Fireplaces and internal courtyards could prove to be a big expense.
Fireplaces and internal courtyards, are incredible features to incorporate into homes, however the cost can be prohibitive depending on the type of fireplace chosen and extent of the internal courtyard.
Fireplaces are still very common, as they’re not only useful to warm up the home, but can create a focal point and ambience.
Materials, tiling and finishes
Full-height wall tiling could introduce a large increase in cost for necessarily proportionate impact.
Selection of oversized tiles can often come as a shock due to greatly increased laying costs, adding that finishes such as stone cladding or feature face brick are other common features homebuilders splash out on.
Stone cladding can be a costly item and feature tiles can be used for an equally stunning finish to add a point of difference.
Finishes, such as cabinetry, may also break the bank.
Upgrades to cabinetry finishes can often add up quickly as well, with a range of new and innovative options available, there can be a lot to consider in this area.
What is worth including?
Those in the process of building or looking to build should splash cash on things that add value to a home or are worth including.
Invest in a thoughtful electrical plan, including things like two-way switches, sensor lights, adequate outdoor lighting and smart wiring.
High ceilings are also a value-add for careful consideration, as they are not something that can be done post-construction.
Differing glazing types or materials with a higher insulation property to help reduce energy loss and solar systems or items that add improved acoustic and waterproofing values to the home.
People tend to reconsider incorporating items that can be done later or are not necessary to include in the original build of the home – for example, pools, fire pits and, generally, anything not attached to the home or no issue with access to carry out at a later stage.
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