How to Build a House

It’s everyone’s dream to build a house. Everyone wants to own their own plot of land and design their dream home so they can live out their lives in comfort and style. When you build your own home, you get the chance to specify every little detail you want in that house. A few things that we must be aware of are city zoning. You cant build a house in an industrial district. There are a lot of steps needed to take before we start chopping wood and clearing away to pour the foundation of our dream home.

Required Materials/Tools

  • A camera to document the process
  • Architect
  • Contractors and subcontractors
  • Find out the regulations, permits, and codes

Instructions

  1. First we need to find out where we are going to build the house.
  2. After you purchase the lot to build the home, you then need to find an architect.
  3. Research architect thoroughly. You need to look at their experience and make trips to homes they have designed as well as models. Ask as many questions as you want and don’t feel pressured. Shop around too. Be sure to find someone who is experienced in the design you want.
  4. Find a reliable contractor and crew. You will need to shop for plumbers and electricians as well. The general contractor will have people he has worked with before, so you can probably rely on him to get you the best deal.
  5. Go and get soil reports and provide it to the contractors. You need to have the soil samples before the foundation can be laid.
  6. Keep in touch with the architect. It will take time to make your plans for the house. Make sure all final plans are finished before building.
  7. Provide the plans to the genral contractors for bids. When you find the one you wan, move on to the next step.
  8. Submit the plans to the authorities (municipal or urban development) When you get the permits authorized you can start pouring the foundations and get your dream home started!

Tips/Warnings

  • Don’t go for the lowest bidder. Building a home is a case of cost vs. quality. There are three things to consider. Cost-Quality-Time. Find middle ground between the three.
  • Make sure to photograph the stages of the home for recordkeeping. This will help with any disputes you may come across in the future.
  • Make sure all permission and permits are acquired before building.
  • Don’t rush things. It takes time to build a house and you will need to have patience while the designers work on it.
  • Don’t forget landscaping. You have a nice home; you want your yard to look the same!

When your home is finished, all you need to do is move in! Once your dream home is finished, be sure to have it inspected to ensure quality work was done. When that’s done, move in!

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