Every prospective homeowner is confined within a budget. More often than not, that budget constricts the homeowner to the kind of house that can be built. To have a great house at the least expense is already a dream come true. Anyone would love to build that dream house without shelling out a great deal of money. Below are some suggestions on how to keep residential construction cost low to make the dream of building the house of one’s dreams a reality.
Keep design and structure simple
The shape and size of the house can affect the construction cost in direct proportion. The more angles and corners there are and the larger the house, the more expensive it will be. A rectangular or box shape home is more or less economical. A house with even-number dimensions is also suggested, since it facilitates a more efficient utilization of materials, thus, less wastage. Sometimes a two-story home is more practical than a single-story home with the same square footage. That is because the two-story home would only require a smaller roof and foundation. In addition, the plumbing and ventilation systems are more compressed in the two-story home.
A design that is well-suited to the land is also better. Not only will the home be in harmony with the natural elements around it, but costs to adapt the house to environmental conditions would be lesser or none at all.
Quality versus Cost of Construction Materials
The quality of materials used for construction will also matter expenditure-wise. Best-quality materials will tend to cost more than their low-end counterparts. A balance between cost and quality must be made when selecting materials for one’s home. Fixtures and construction materials that work together aesthetically can be easily procured. The more decorative types, on the other hand, tend to be more expensive.
Type of Heating/Cooling System
Indoor temperature regulation takes up a considerable portion of household expenses. A cost-effective and efficient heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system will not only cut residence construction costs but future electricity bills, as well. A centralized HVAC system that ventilates and regulates the temperature of the entire home is more practical than unit heating and cooling that normalizes only selected areas in the house. Fireplaces may cost the most in construction materials and labor.
Going green in building homes apparently not only promotes a healthier environment but also helps homeowners cut residence construction costs. Recycled materials are definitely more inexpensive than recently made ones. Materials from antique shops and architectural specialty shops are some good sources of recycled materials that can be used for residential construction.
Sustainable products in building and design are also beginning to emerge in the market. Green building may also mean the incorporation of the natural surroundings into the design of the house. Surrounding trees can help cool the house in summers and become windbreak in the winter. The entire orientation and location of the house can be adjusted to utilize natural sunlight for indoor thermal regulation, for example.
Seek Professional Opinion
It would also be best to involve an expert in the field to evaluate residential construction decisions. An architect or builder can look into the preliminary designs and gauge their feasibility, or help define the space and land actually needed or desired and to draft a preliminary budget for the project. The professional can help determine what is only actually necessary in construction as to eliminate superfluous expenses stemming from an inefficient design.