Building affordable and quality homes has proved to be a challenge everywhere. Those living in Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu, Penang or Sabah have already experienced a severe shortage of affordable housing. A small home with a beautiful garden in front has become a dream of sorts for many people living in the economically thriving regions of the country, and this concern is not limited to the big cities.
Depending upon the available resources, detailed plans are being chalked out to address this issue. Our post Container Houses: High Utilisation, Low Cost highlights one of the many solutions conceived by the architects as a solution to this ongoing problem.
But, as a prospective house owner, what steps can you take to ensure a comfortable living space for yourself and your family? Is it still possible to build a residence of your dreams within a reasonable budget? What are the adjustments you need to make in order to build such a home for yourself and your family? Today we will discuss some of these aspects of building a budget home.
If the costs of a plot or a building plus plot becomes too high for you, try to find someone who can shoulder at least half of this burden. In other words, build a duplex house and share the costs between the other owner and yourself. You can seek such a prospective home owner in your family, within your circle of close friends, or advertise your requirements through popular media outlets.
If the plot size is large enough, you can also consider building two separate duplex houses and segregate the costs further. This could be your small condominium. When more than one parties are involved in a project you may need to form a cooperative. Seek counsel from your legal advisor.
If you are not experienced at designing and executing a residential project, it is better to seek professional help. Fear of mounting expenditures forces many people to shy away from this process. But, instead of adding to your expenditure, this may save you a lot of money.
Experienced architects and designers can help you to locate affordable and sustainable building materials. They will also tell you how to effectively organise a space within your budget.
It is very important to include future scope for expansion at the design stage itself. Due to severe budget constraints, you may need to focus on the bare essentials at the present time. But in years to come, you may like to live in a more expansive space with multifunctional arrangements. As your children grow up they would also love to have separate areas for themselves within a house.
Due to their advanced age, your parents or other elderly members of the family may come to stay with you. So make sure you plan ahead in time and keep provisions for additions and modifications in the structure as and when such requirements arise. Doing so will not only reduce your future headaches, but will save your cash.
Instead of constructing your residence from scratch, consider opting for self contained building modules. These are built to a high standard, often constructed after considerable research and, though not unique in look, are affordable and comfortable.
Most of these also tend to be quite flexible, so you can easily customise them according to your needs. They require minimal time for onsite installation. Your dream home can indeed be ready in matter of days. Jacobs Haus, built by Cubus Projekt Gmbh, is one fine example of such a modular structure.
Intelligent design choices and selection of materials play a crucial role in building a budget friendly home. However, in order to build affordably, you need not sacrifice quality. Source quality building materials locally. They are less prone to the attacks of weather as well. Seek information about recycled building materials. Many of these building materials can help you build an eco-friendly home as well.
Choice of earthen plaster, hollow bricks, small diameter wood, strawbale and earthbag insulation can help you construct a comfortable, ‘green’ and budget friendly home. In many places, construction panels made of recycled plant based agricultural wastes are being used as an affordable building material. See if such options are available in your region too.
Try to have a hand in designing and decorating the spaces. See what are the tasks that you can perform by yourself. Paint jobs, very basic woodwork, installing panels on floors and walls can be performed without too much of a hassle.
Seek assistance from your family members and friends. Working together can turn out to be a lot more fun than originally anticipated. Go minimal in your choice of décor. This may not be one of your design preferences, but it could help you save money. See? Building your home doesn't have to be a hardship after all!
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