BUILD ON OWN LAND JAMICA – HOW TO REDUCE YOUR COST
SOME FEATURES COST A BIT MORE
There is a reason why real estate agents spend a lot of time showing you the kitchen and bathrooms of a home they are selling. These are the areas that often times require the most detailing and cost the most within a home. The finishes and fittings help to define the value of the house. There are a few things that cost a bit more in a house such as type of fixtures, cabinets, suspended, coved and vaulted ceilings, roof coverings, high roof pitches, the number and size of windows and doors. Some places in a house are more special and which items you want to spend most of your resources on. You can have some of the above mentioned features, but carefully decide where to put them. For instance, if you like to entertain, and your kitchen is the focal point of your house that hosts your guests, then conversations with friends and family will make your kitchen a special place, making the kitchen even more special in relation to the finishes and fixtures you choose.
MATERIAL AND FIXTURE SELECTION
Choosing your materials can be a very daunting process because there are so many to choose from. How do you know how to choose within your taste and budget? In choosing your materials and fixtures you first have to think about your sense of style and the décor that you want to coordinate throughout your house. An interior designer is an important person at this stage of the project. They will help you to choose your colour palette or scheme, and furniture and fixtures that best fit your house design and taste. Not every colour goes well with another and there are colour palettes that work for different types of rooms, usage and activities. Do you know what these are?
REDUCING YOUR RUNNING COST
It’s easier to plan and implement energy saving methods from the design stage of your project rather than trying to reduce your energy costs after the house is built. Think about all the things you will need to run your house each month. Think of ways to generate or store water, power and to manage your waste. You can also go the route of choosing low energy devices for air conditioning units, stoves, clothing irons, refrigerators and water heaters. Decide certain things early. Do you really need to have water from public water resources to flush your toilet? Why not catch and recycle your water for flushing or waste disposal? In this tropical climate, you have sun radiating through your roof almost every day, so why not use it to produce energy and to heat your water for bathing and washing.
Reducing your running cost requires forward thinking about the way you live and what you need to live. It also requires spending some more today in order to save money in the future. Equipment and devices for saving on energy and water will pay for themselves in a short time in the savings that you receive. It’s a wise decision to reduce the cost of internal finishes and fixtures and spend more on reducing the running cost of your house.
SUPPLIES AND CHOOSING A PRODUCT
There are many producers of components, materials and fixtures for houses. All suppliers will try to convince you that their products are the best to choose. So how do you arm yourself with information to make the right choice? Firstly, are these products made to function in your climate? E.g. Tiles made in different parts of the world have different reactions to your local climate which can cause shrinking, cracks and breakage after installation.
What is the expected lifespan of this product? Is there a warranty attached? Does it require specialized installation or maintenance? And what are the energy requirements of that product? Does this product have a good history of performance in the marketplace? Is it an old product? Or is it the most current by the manufacturer?
Ask your sales clerk to provide you with product information. And if they don’t have any in possession, the internet is a excellent source of valuable feedback from the various blogs and communities for almost any product you will buy or consume, never buy a product for the simple reason that it looks good and its bright and shiny in the show room, because it might not live up to its expectations outside of that show room and that would be like throwing your money away.
YOUR TOOLKIT IS READY AND YOU ARE EQUIPPED TO BUILD!
Building the house of your dreams will be one of the most fulfilling things you will do in your lifetime. Seeing your ideas materialized with each step of the building phase and knowing that at the end of the process you have had a significant input in orchestrating to the final detail is very important. Your home is the place in which your friends and family will make their future memories is both an invaluable and rewarding feeling. It is hoped that this guide will assist in marking the memories you will have of and in your house enjoyable ones even through the design and budget phase. Taking on the challenge of building your house can be a daunting one but it doesn’t have to be.
By using the information presented in this guide as your home building stepping stones, you will be in the position to maneouver almost every aspect of and difficulty that arises during the building process. You will spend on this venture during the design through to the construction phases and even while occupying your new house.
It is intended that the information provided will give you a more holistic view of the building process and the various aspects you should consider so that your dream of building the house you have always imagined becomes a magnificent reality. We hope that we made the entire building process easier to understand, so that you can effectively plan your budget costs, while also giving your design options and also enabling you to seek information that will empower your home building dreams.
Take the stress out of building your house! Take the time to prepare, seek proper assistance and advice from an architect, and make the right selections before laying the first block.