Building a home from the ground up is an exciting prospect. After all, the possibilities are virtually endless. Instead of accepting a pre-existing home as it is or dealing with a fixer-upper situation, you have complete control over every aspect of the process and the results. But before you can start building or even dreaming about move-in day, some considerations can throw a wrench into your plans.
The Terrain of Your Property
The first speed bump you encounter could be a literal obstacle. Studying the terrain on your lot will pay dividends. Even if you think it isn’t worthwhile, you’ll be surprised by the results and thankful that you took such a proactive step. Going against the grain of your land makes the project take longer. Grading the soil is a specialty of experienced home builders. This approach keeps costs down, as does the technique of sculpting the land.
The Necessity of Retaining Walls
Retaining walls can also cause your building costs to balloon. That factor shouldn’t dissuade you from potentially requesting one. Retaining walls are built from sturdy materials such as concrete, stone, and cinder blocks. The underlying structural needs present another hiccup – excavation, concrete, and rebar can add up. If you are worried about water drainage and soil erosion, having a wall or two could be a better solution.
Irregular or Unconventional Home Footprints
The footprint of your home can affect how much money you spend on construction. Smaller offshoot rooms and alcoves are useful additions to your floor plan, but they come at a cost. They make the construction phase more complex. That’s because they necessitate more footings, stem walls, framing, insulation, and drywall. In other words, unusual angles and curves demand more money from your available budget.
Using Fewer Panes of Glass
Newer windows are an essential component of home design plans that aren’t given enough credit. They also offer more energy efficient options than older windows do, The same could be said for skylights. That said, by using less glass, you can keep costs down. Bigger panels cost more. Savvy window placements, along with high-quality shutters, shades, and window treatments, will all make a considerable difference cost-wise!
The Amount of Stone Veneer You Use
If you want to add character to your home’s exterior, consider using a stone veneer. Stone is more expensive than other materials such as drywall or stucco, though. Think about utilizing stone more artistically – such as around the front entryway, walls, and trims!
Contact Accessible Home Builders Today
Here at Accessible Home Builders, we’re proud to say we’ve been building and remodeling homes since 1994. We’ve serviced Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Selbyville, Seaford, Millsboro, Georgetown, Laurel, and more communities within Delaware in that time. We work to guarantee a high level of professionalism, dedication, and the use of quality materials to ensure our customers have the home they deserve.
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