You are probably reading this because you are looking to build a new house. We also know that you’ve been browsing a lot and are still clueless on how to get started. Lucky for you Gouri Ekmeet Designs is expert in this field and can help you get started the right way. 

After all, home is where you spend quality time with your loved ones and relax after a long day’s work. The process of building a new house begins much before its foundation is laid. The formation process is most effective and exciting if you begin with a good plan and find a reliable, qualified architect & construction team. For a smooth home building process, keep these five crucial things in mind. Since you are taking this big step towards your dream home, reach out for any help from our experts to guide you through the same.

A list of five important things to keep in mind before building your new house:

1. FAR or Floor area ratio: 

We aren’t here to speak jargon but this one is vital and therefore the one you’ll encounter repeatedly. The floor area ratio is the maximum floor space that can be erected on a piece of land. It’s a ratio between a building’s total constructible floor area and the land area. The floor area ratio is determined by municipal corporations or development authorities and varies from one city and even localities to another. 

Why is it important for a home buyer? 

In easier words, FAR helps to determine how much land can be utilized as a living space. It is essential from both a development and environmental point of view. 

To better understand FAR and how is it calculated read our article: Floor area ratio and its importance. 

2. Knowing your unique needs:

The best part about building your own space is knowing that it’s tailor-made for you and your family. Create a checklist of ideas and important must-haves for your new space. Talk to your family members to understand their individual style, interests and wants better. Your home should reflect your family’s taste, consider adding a guest room if you expect guests staying over frequently, conveniences like the pantry, laundry, parking, or sunrooms for additional entertaining space can also be considered.

3. Plan your budget

While your ideas and inspiration will keep you motivated throughout the process, it is your budget that will decide the direction of your project. Begin considering the budget from the very moment you begin brooding about building your house. Think realistically about how much are you willing to spend and how much does a new house cost. Think about the cost of the land itself, the architect, contractor, material, interior features, appliances, furniture and fittings and so much more. 

Here are some tips that you can consider before buying:

1. Plan for cost overruns,

3. Take references of architects and builders,

4. Compare costs from different sellers.

The budgeting phase is a practical assessment of your wants and affordability. It is complicated and time-consuming and should begin even before you buy the land and should be reviewed every then and now.

4. Get the right material, to make it future-ready.

Using good quality material is a vital part of the design process. Better quality material will not only make your place last for decades but also make your home look new throughout its lifetime. Cost, functionality, aesthetics and durability are the four major factors that should be considered while acquiring the material. While thinking of the material you can also think about creating an environmentally efficient home that can save you a lot of money in future. Be it the flooring or the bricks used, the right material should:

  1. Fit your budget,
  2. Matches the current construction technology,
  3. Be right for the climate,
  4. Readily available,
  5. And, guarantee longevity

Just remember a house isn’t like clothes that can be changed every season, you should construct a place that is sturdy, well-built and has room for changes if required. 

5. Finding the right architect

Your architect will guide you throughout from drawing floor plans, designing the home to cost estimations to getting the house in place. Therefore, hiring the right architect is significant. Here is a list of things that should be considered before picking one:

  1. How well they understand your lifestyle and needs
  2. What is their specialization
  3. Have they done any projects in your region before
  4. Thoroughly check their portfolio

Before closing the deal, always meet the architect in person to know them better. 

It’s not about constructing four walls with some sleeping space, it is about creating a home where love prospers and your heart belongs. A home is a place where you feel secure, hence, building this space shouldn’t be just another task. The decision itself is costly, exhausting and requires a lot of hard work. But if you do it the right way, you will have a place that you and your family deserves.

Since you are taking this big step towards your dream home, reach out for any help from our experts to guide you through the same.

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