Building a house is an exciting and complicated process. From the layout of your home to decide on what type of roof you want, there are many different factors to consider before you start building. These four things will help you make the most informed decision for your future home.

Location

The first thing you want to work out is where you will be building your house and how close it is to the nearest town or city.

If you are planning on living off-grid then there are certain locations that will be more suitable, for example, if your home is to be placed in a rural area. Then you can use rainwater harvesting tanks to collect water instead of having to rely on the local supply.

If you are urban or suburban then you will need to buy all of your water from the water company and ensure that it is treated before use. This is much more expensive than using water that you have collected or filtered yourself.

You will also need to consider things such as how long your commute time would be to and from work. If you are engaged in agriculture or any other work with land, you will need to know if there will be enough land for crops and animals and whether the location is suitable for a garden.

The further away you are from the nearest town or city then the more effort you will have to put into making sure that it can function properly without any outside help. This means having your own well, septic tank, solar power system and so on. You will also have to work out how you are getting building materials to your site. If you live in a rural area with no services available then you might want to consider the cost of buying a generator for your prospective home.

Size of the lot 

Do you have enough space for a garden, pets, children etc.? If you want a large house, consider purchasing a larger lot. The larger you make the lot then the bigger your house can be.

Buying an empty lot is not only good for building a new home, it also offers you a blank canvas to create and design exactly what you’re looking for. If this sounds overwhelming, remember that there have been others building homes far longer, who can help take care of most of the heavy lifting if you need the extra hand. With so many options available, why settle on something less than your dream home?

Budget

The next step is knowing how much house you can afford. What are your financial limits when it comes to building ?  If you’re planning on building a home and living off-grid then the budget maybe a little more than if it was to be placed within a city or town.

Thinking about what you can afford in regards to your home is very important; otherwise, you may find yourself going over budget midway through the build.  You’ll have more than enough time for upgrades later on, but for now start with something that won’t break the bank.

You may also need to decide if you’ll be using your own money or getting a loan to finance your building. Financial institutions offer different packages according to your needs. It is important that you are honest about your financial situation and how much you can afford to spend so you don’t get into debt. Settle on a budget and stick to it.

Design

What style of house do you want ? Is there anything specific that needs to be included in the design such as wheelchair access or solar panels?

These are all things that will need to be figured out before the build takes place. This way you’ll know exactly what you’re working with and therefore have a better idea of how much it might cost. There are many sites online that offer design packages for building houses or cabins but they can also be custom made by ordering blueprints. Blueprints are the original draft of the design which can be scaled up or down to suit your needs.

It is important to consider four things before building a house. These are the following: location, design, size and cost. By considering these factors you will be able to choose the perfect home for your needs in terms of both quantity and quality.