6 Basic Steps To Reduce The Cost Of Building Your Own House

by | May 6, 2021 | House Extension | 0 comments

People who are buying homes usually find themselves in buying or building a new home arguments. What is the best option to choose? Every decision has its pros and cons. Number one thing is that you have the ability to move in right away if you are buying an existing home. This forces the home buyers or the property investors to compromise on floor plans, design layouts and sometimes old and outdated appliances and furniture.  On the other hand, building a house from the ground up, allows the property buyers to design and construct the floor however they wish. Really comes with the need to wait out the Construction process.

Are you inspired by a house you have seen? Do you currently have a home floor plan you really want see come to life? You have a plot of land that is inspiring you to build, I guess so. House construction from start on your own land sounds most times like a costly idea. Actually, whether new or existing home, it all depends on your taste and budget.  Homes can be built across a wide range of budgets. If you want to build or extend an existing home or property you have been dreaming of on budget, there are several steps you can take to reduce the cost to build a house and still construct the home of your dreams.

Reasons for Building your New Home

Currently in London, many property agencies claim that the average time an existing home is on the market is 30 days. This not only makes the home buying process extremely competitive, but difficult for buyers to find an existing home that fits their needs and budget. Powerpillar also believes that building new home then removes the competition problems.

It is a huge advantage for homeowners to customise their new homes according to their needs and within their budget. Personalising every detail of your home from layout, flooring and cabinets, lighting, paint colour, decoration and finishes. Purchasing a tract home in a newly developed area may allow options for customisations and finishes. The latter is a great alternative for someone that lacks the plot of land for complete customization, and also helps to reduce the costs for labour.

The greatest positive thing to building your own home is that most new homes are built to meet the current building rules and regulations. It means less money on maintenance issues that often come with purchasing older homes. Building new houses will also reduce the cost of updating to the new rules and regulations. Newer homes usually offer home buyers more energy-efficient options which government financially supports the home buyers. New and up-to-date technology is also installed in ready before the walls or ceilings are covered.

How To Reduce The Construction Cost Of Building New Home

The process to building a house by Powerpillar can take up to six months, if not longer. Home builders need to be prepared to cover the cost of not only construction, change in plans, council’s permissions and rules. That is; it is important to be prepared for unexpected costs during the building process. Possibly renting during this time frame until they can move in to their newly built home should also be considered. As such, home owners need to feel empowered by the financial decisions they make while constructing a new home.

Below are steps that can help to reduce the cost of building and make sure you remain on time and within budget

Wisely choosing a contractor:  Choosing the wrong contractor can cost you more money and potentially leave you with an unfinished job. It should go without saying that it is imperative to obtain all licensed and insured contractors, engineers and professionals for your home building process. Professional, experienced contractors like Powerpillar will complete a home improvement project more safely, efficiently, and appropriately. Before looking, it is very important to be clear about what your home building needs are.

Even not sure, Powerpillar also provides our clients with the best ideas and options. You should check out sour previous jobs and references. Making sure to hire a professional contractor with experience and fully insured will better ensure the proper permits are filed and building codes are met. It is also advisable that home builders choose Construction Company near them so that they will not be getting excuses that they are stuck in traffic or the train is not running today. Choose a construction company near me.

Use of Building Materials Efficient: Choosing cost-effective materials is a great strategy to reducing costs. At Powerpillar, we mostly do not suggest cheap materials for our clients but the quality. We may go for the cheaper if they bring the cost of building within the budget. Building a quality house is more important than fake high-end looking finishes home. It will also help reduce maintenance costs in the long run. Although labour costs remain consistent regardless of materials, choosing alternative finishes or less expensive flooring will also help to reduce material fees. When choosing more cost-efficient building materials remember that you do not have to sacrifice design aesthetic or quality.

Footprint: It is important to make sure that you do not build too big especially when you do not need all the spaces or rooms. You may have dream of a specific mansion, remember that what works for you today may not in years down the road. A larger house simply means more expenses and maintenance. Do you have big land? This might be the opportunity become a developer or collaborate with a building or construction company to develop part of the land. Property investors or home buyers should consider what their construction needs vs wants are and then work with their professional contractor or construction company to choose a floor plan that best fits their needs.

With multiple years of experience and finished projects, Powerpillar has the best ability to help you make the best decision. Is it the room space? Bathroom and kitchen designs and layouts? Paints and colours? We know that an open floor plan can make a smaller house feel large. Imagine removing the partition or load bearing walls. The space they occupy can be used for walk through. Do you see the lights from both sides of the building brightening the spaces? The spaces and square footage are now maximised. An efficient floor plan will always be more cost-effective than one that has underutilised space. The end result of choosing an appropriate size and layout, enables builders to stay within the proposed time-frame and makes your project more simple and affordable.

Low Maintenance Design: Complicated designs require more time and ultimately more money. Another way to reduce construction costs is to think of the maintenance cost reduce the complexity of a design. Examples are complicated floor plan, ceiling heights, or elaborate landscaping. Labour costs can get expensive, so it is important to reduce the amount of time it takes to build.

Designing simple will allow for a more efficient building process with less mistakes. Choose quality where it matters most like windows, roofing and insulations. Better quality products will last longer and are easier to maintain.

Lower Energy Bills: An energy-efficient home can help financially for homeowners. There are several ways to reduce the cost of energy when homeowners move into their newly built house. Well insulated floors, walls and attics will ensure consistent temperature with less energy usage. Energy-efficient windows like double or even triple glazed windows help to keep heat out during the summer and cold during the winter.

Properly sealed home and well ventilated or controlled ventilation ducts can improve comfort and air quality in home while lowering utility and maintenance costs. Installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can reduce humidity, run quieter and improve home comfort. If the budget allows, solar energy will be another option for new builds. These might be expensive initially but will ultimately pay for themselves save money for maintenance in future.

Spending Wisely: Once you have created a preliminary design or have gotten one from an architect, get a quotation from a reliable contractor a construction company to make sure you are close to your budget. If the budget allows, you can add or change your plans but prepare for unexpected expenses. Sticking to a budget is crucial to the building process. If remaining on budget seems impossible, than it is important for homeowners to review their design expectations and the financial reality.

Considering an alternative design, choosing different finishes or putting funds on hold can ease the burden of building costs. Home owners also need to monitor construction budget with the updates from the construction company throughout the project to ensure the project is within the budget and timing.

Never forget efficient designs and plans that fit the neighbourhood are the ones that save initial costs and result in a higher return on investment for homeowners.

  1. Are you thinking of building a new home?
  2. Extend or expand your existing house?
  3. Convert your garage or loft?
  4. Kitchen and bathroom design?
  5. Do you need further advice on how to reduce the cost of your construction or building projects?

Do not hesitate to contact us at info@powerpillar.co.uk or 020 3633 1605. Our professional and experienced builders are available to help you with all of your construction needs.


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Emmanuel Nwaebo

Emmanuel Nwaebo is the Managing Director at Powerpillar Ltd and has more than 25 years experience in building construction and renovations. He has a bachelor’s in Electronics and Electrical Engineering with certification in Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST). With an experience in managing construction and renovation services for years, he is extremely passionate about property management and loves helping people find their dream property.

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