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Self-builds are nothing new. In fact, it is only in recent times that people have bought ‘off the peg’ homes. A hundred years ago, if you wanted a home, you typically bought some land and built it yourself. These days, we are more likely to purchase an existing home or buy a new property from a builder rather than go down the self-build route.
The perception amongst inexperienced self-builders is that building your own home from scratch is costly and difficult. However, whilst there are some pitfalls to consider, as long as you hire reputable contractors such as Architectural Landscape Design, a company who are well known for their outdoor living spaces, your experience should be a positive one. If you are still unconvinced, here are some of the key benefits of a self-build.
A Personalized Home
When you buy an ‘off the peg’ home, you have very little say in the final design. Sure, you might be able to select a kitchen or bathroom from a range of different options, but the overall layout of your new home will be fixed, and if you buy an existing property, you have to live with someone else’s choices.
Self-building means you can design your perfect home that meets your lifestyle requirements. If you need extra living space downstairs, or a basement swimming pool, your only constraint is the budget you are working with.
More for Your Money
You get a lot more for your money with a self-build home. Most self-build homes are worth far more than they cost to build, so the home you end up with will be larger and designed to a higher specification than anything you could have bought for the same money.
Take Advantage of Cutting Edge Design Features
One of the reasons why people choose to self-build is that they have the opportunity to incorporate cutting edge designs and technologies into their new home. Instead of being stuck with traditional building techniques, if you are feeling adventurous you can try something different.
For example, if you want an eco-home with solar panels, a ground source heat pump and a wind turbine, you will have a tough time finding an existing property that ticks all the right boxes. Going down the self-build route means you can hire a sympathetic architect and design your perfect eco home.
An Emotional Investment
Nothing beats designing and building your own home from scratch. You will have poured your heart and soul into the project, so when your new home reaches completion, you will have a wonderful sense of achievement.
Building a new home from the ground up can be an immensely stressful experience, but the rewards are enormous. Many people choose to project manage the build from inception to completion, but this is time consuming and difficult if you have no previous experience. If you do not feel up to the task of project managing a self-build, hire an experienced architect and builder, and let them manage the build on your behalf. All you have to do is approve the design and then look forward to moving into your amazing new home.