7 Steps to Create a New Home
Whether building new or renovating an existing structure, creating a new home is a journey of discovering who you are, what you want, how you want to live and where you want to be. It’s a chance for you to define your relationship to the world, to your family and to yourself. As with any journey, you’ll want to do some research and plan your trip. You’ll want to have a sense of what the end result should be and how much it’ll cost. And while you’ll no doubt be able to go it alone, having a seasoned and experienced guide show you the way will likely mean a more enjoyable, more enriching and overall better journey. Let’s look at the steps, in chronological order, involved in creating a home.
1. Set goals. Creating a new home for yourself is all about setting goals and taking the steps to achieve those goals. You’ll want to establish the answers to a whole host of questions so that you can set these goals, such as: What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to be? What will this cost? Can it really be achieved?
2. Establish a budget. When making your budget, of course you'll begin with what you can afford, and how the cost of your house fits in with your overall plans for the future. When you're ready to get down to details, include everything that will go into the project: the cost of the land, local fees and taxes, design and engineering fees, construction of not just the home but the landscape, plus furniture and decorating.
3. Find some land — or a neglected older house. Where do you want to be? Maybe you want that house in the mountains or with the ocean view. The most important is to find a spot on the globe that you can claim as your own and build what will be a home.
4. Assemble a team. An architect and a builder (if not one and the same) are going to be your most important team members. These people will act as guide, therapist, advocate and counselor throughout the journey that creating your home is. And, as with all good professionals, the right guide can ensure that the journey is all the more enjoyable.
You might need a kitchen and bath designer; maybe an interior designer, too. Certainly a landscape architect, who shouldn’t be the last person hired when all the money is gone; you want to create a beautiful yard that will complement the house.
5. Plan, plan and plan some more. Every owner, whether a private developer, government agency or corporate entity, knew the importance of planning the project in detail before starting to build. These owners knew that moving walls on paper is a whole lot cheaper than moving walls after they're built. So embark on a robust planning and design phase.
6. Accept the inevitable. You've made the plans, gotten the permits and secured the money; now the only thing left to do is build your house. Now it's time for you and your team to react to these hiccups will be important. My advice is to work with your team to address the issue. This is where having the right team in place can pay dividends. An architect, a builder and others who can work together and share ideas without criticizing one another will go a long way to helping you keep your sanity.
7. Enjoy your new home. You've worked hard and spent a lot to create your new home, so enjoy it to the max. Revel in the way the light falls across a room and how it changes with the seasons. Find unexpected places to talk with family members. Discover how this place gives shape to your life and allows you to become the person you want to be. In the end you'll be amazed that your new house is so much more than the sum of just its three bedrooms, living room and so on. It's the place you get to call home and make uniquely yours.