Features Not To Forget When Building A Custom Home
When building a new home it’s easy to include unique features that would require demolition and reconstruction should you want to add them later. Here’s a list of some things you might want to think about when building your new home.
Extra Electrical Outlets
Especially with today’s electronic gadgets, electrical outlets are used more than ever. Add extras near where the beds will be, around the entertainment centre, on the kitchen island, around the fireplace mantle, under the windows, in the bathroom, the garage, outdoors and even under the awnings (for Christmas lights.)
Heated And Insulated Garage
Even though your garage won’t need to be at room temperature, heating and insulation will make a massive difference over the winter for both your vehicle and yourself if you need to be doing any work out there. The heated garage will also prevent frozen pipes.
Garage Hot Water Faucet
If you’re fitting your garage with a cold water faucet, it doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to add a hot water faucet as well.
Garage Floor Drain
A floor drain in your garage will allow for easy cleaning of the garage floor as well as allow for the draining of water runoff from your vehicles. And in the case of unexpected flooding, a the floor drain may become your saviour.
What Not to Forget When Building a House
Building a home is a complex job, and if this is your first time working with a homebuilder, you may be worried about forgetting important details. Rest assured that we’ve got lots of experience with homes of all types and will make sure that we turn over a house that you’ll build memories in for decades.
Over the years, customers and building staff have accumulated a list of helpful things not to forget when building a house. These may not all apply to your particular project, but hope that by sharing them you can pick out a few extras that make life easier.
SMALL THINGS THAT GET FORGOTTEN WHEN BUILDING A HOUSE
Once you’ve picked out a floor plan and started selecting paint colors, furniture won’t be far behind. Perhaps you’ll be moving furniture you already own into the new house, and perhaps you’ll be purchasing some new pieces. Either way, you can start to think about where these pieces will go. In the family room, if you already have an idea of where furniture might go and what it will look like, can work with the electricians to place outlets in the most convenient spots
A mid-room outlet – usually set in the floor, where it can be disguised by a sofa, chair or table, can be a great if you want to put a lamp somewhere away from the walls. Without the mid-room outlet you have to consider using long cords, which most folks would rather not see running across their floor.
Thinking about outlets is a good idea in other rooms. Are you planning a mudroom or hall space where the kids (or the grownups) will leave coats, backpacks and the like? That sort of space can be the perfect spot to include an outlet, allowing you to charge your phone in a spot where you’re sure to see it before heading out the door each day. These mudrooms or hall spaces are also great spots to include extra drawers or storage cubbies. There’s always extra stuff that needs to go near the door, and a bit of advance planning can really improve your happiness with the finished house.
How to request quotes from builders
It’s hard to overstate how important it is to choose the right builder. Cringeworthy stories about cost blowouts, disputes and miscommunications would be far fewer and further between if people were better informed about what they should be looking for when choosing a builder for their home, and if communications and expectations were clearer at the quotation stage.
Building your house is obviously a big deal – there are all kinds of fascinating things that can go completely wrong, and there’s a lot of money involved. Thankfully though, there’s much you can do to avoid unnecessary grief and to ensure everything goes off smoothly.
How to find good builders
Great builders aren’t hard to find – but just picking random builders out of the phone book because they have a snazzy logo or a name that tickles your funny bone isn’t the best way to go about it. Neither, for that matter, is entrusting the process to an indiscriminate middle-man quote service. It’s really important to do a bit of homework for yourself. Talk through quotes with the people providing them, thoroughly check references and credentials, and find someone you believe you can genuinely work well with.
Building designers and architects often work with the same trusted contractors who they know will do justice to their designs. A recommendation from your building designer or architect is usually a great place to start. Even if they aren’t able to recommend anyone specifically, most designers will be able to help you to find, understand and assess quotes.
Asking friends and family for recommendations is also a smart way to go. Just make sure you’re asking for genuine recommendations based on their own experiences with contractors, rather than simply asking if they ‘know anyone’. The builder’s credentials and professionalism are all that counts. A builder who’s a friend-of-a-friend who feels like they’re doing someone a favour (or who’s too ‘familiar’) may treat your project as a lower priority.
What are the things to consider before building a house?
Answering from a Middle Class point of view. All points made below are from my own experience.
(Negative shade) : You will see a lot in every nook and corners (mainly in materials purchase) while building the house.
(Positive shade) : You generate a lot of job to many people and thus by many ways you add to the development of country.
So things you need to know to save money and build a quality house are as follows:
Always go for labour contract than material contract (Unless you are really busy or if your site is far away from the construction building). You can save 15–25% of your budget by doing this.
If labour contract then be ready with the contacts of builder, carpenter, plumber, electrician, painter. If you get some good reference then good, otherwise plan a trip to their older and on-going projects for the sake of understanding the genuinity and construction quality.
Have a plan, do multiple revisions by speaking to family members on their needs, visiting some good homes, or now a days lot of good building are showcased online (you find many good houses in YouTube channels like eBangaloreProperty and many)
Get the plan done by related engineers . Talk to them as they can provide expert opinions on basic vastu and they can redesign to have more space with less walls, also beam and pillar positions can be discussed. (Planning is must for loan approval). Get it approved from local administration body (like BBMP)
Get 2D and 3D plan for the plan (When you visualize your home, believe me you will get a better clarity). If you have time, you can do it by yourself on websites like Free 3D Home Planner | Design a House Online: Planner5D and many such websites.
(Take more time in this step) Your most of the budget goes on Steel, Cement, stones, wood and bricks so plan your vendor pre-hand. You can visit – Manufacturers Suppliers Exporters Directory,Exporter Manufacturer , I really found some good sellers there, you will also get some basic idea on prices of all the materials over there. You can save a lot but doing proper research and bargaining here.
If you are planning for borewell then nothing to worry about water, otherwise make a deal with water supplier (water tanker or lender) pre-hand.
Have a rough estimation in hand, allocate budget. Something like:
Labour cost would be around 1/5th the budget
Kitchen with modular style would be 1.5-2L INR
Plumbing 1–2L INR
Painting 1–2L INR
Flooring 3–4L INR(Use vetrified tiles for flooring over marble/ granite)
Wood (doors and windows) ~3L INR (Aluminium windows are preferred as they are cheaper, better and save space)
Gates/ Steel Grill -1L INR
Go for Materials like M-Sand for construction, P-Sand for plastering and hollow block bricks which are better and cheaper.
Steel can be of any company as long as it bears ISI sign. Same goes with cement too. Mostly the well known companies are costly just because they spend on advertising it. Use 53grade cement for pillar and slab while 43 grade/PPC for wall construction.
Try visiting the site atleast once a day.
Setup camera on the site by renting out construction site cameras (they are costly but you will be relieved to see proper amount of bricks being unloaded, can monitor people working, also keeps place secure) or setup a temporary shed and hire a watchman. If you are staying closer or planning to move near the site then you can avoid camera and watchman.
Curing cement wall is a very important process, if you are doing it then do it atleast twice a day and be generous in watering the walls, as it is must in order to prevent cracks on the wall.
Always buy cement in bulk(wholesale) as they are 15–20INR cheaper.
Do lot of research before purchasing bath fittings, electric wires etc. I found some deals cheaper than online prices.
Go for ready made doors as they are cheap and durable.
Always remember to smile and speak really politely to all workers.
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