House Construction 101: Important Basics

Are you tired of going for house hunting and couldn’t find any that makes you feel like it could be a home for you? Stop looking and start planning to build one yourself!

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Are you tired of going for house hunting and couldn’t find any that makes you feel like it could be a home for you? Stop looking and start planning to build one yourself!

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Why you should build your own house

Some people have a specific imagination on how they want their first home to look like. What rooms it should have, the size, and the ambiance. To make their dream house a reality, they chose to build their own house.

Despite the obvious disadvantage in time and effort, there are numerous benefits of building a home.

  • Saving more money
    Building a house is cheaper than buying a new house, especially if you buy from a developer. Not only that you could save from the very beginning, but you also would spend less on maintenance and renovations that you will definitely be doing when buying a houseBuilding a new house would also mean you could decide on the utilities and technologies that you want! You could save more money on bills by adding solar panels, groundwater well, and play around with the design to let in as much natural light and air circulation as possible. Energy efficiency is not only good for your wallet, but also for the environment.
  • Customization
    The best perk of building your own house is you get to personalize your house however you want to! From the layout, room sizes, cabinets, flooring, walls, colour schemes, even down to the shape of your keyhole. You could also build a secret room for a tidier storeroom!

5 tips for constructing your own home

As mentioned before, building your own house is going to take more effort. But don’t worry, you could make it easier by following these steps.

  1. Budgeting, Planning, and consulting
    When you decide to build your own home, you might already have an idea of what features you want to have, the type of house, and maybe the material you want to use. But before you jump into that, you should do a careful calculation of your budget. From assigning how much budget you would allocate for materials and builders, your target deadline, and your plan on future development if you use the ‘growing-house’ concept. You can also go to several architects to consult on your vision of your dream house. There are architects that give consultation for free or at a low price.
  2. Design your home
    When you’re designing your home, there are several things you need to consider:
    What is the purpose of your house? Is it for long-term living, resale, or rent?
    What is the style of homes in the neighbourhood? How can you implement the environment and landscaping of your surroundings to your house?
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    What is the shape of your lot? Is it on a slope or a hill, how’s the road in front of your lot?
    Is there any building code and regulations in your area? These assessments are only for guidelines. But you’d better follow your own vision if you want to realize your dream house. If you hire an architect, you could easily take these aspects into account while still maintaining the ideal design of your dream home.
  3. Hire a contractor
    Once you’ve got the floor plan, now it’s time to start the construction process. Since there’s no building kit in Indonesia, it only makes sense to hire a professional contractor. It is important to find an efficient team that’s honest, active, and communicative. They need to be able to follow your deadlines without having to compensate for quality. For private homes, Indonesian usually hire subcontractors. Unlike official contractors, subcontractors don’t have an official license or legal entity. You don’t have to worry since they usually have their own dedicated team that specializes in specific categories of building a house, like electricity, plumbing, to woodwork. A tip on choosing the right team for you is to ask them about their previous projects as a reference. You could ask the homeowner about their performance and their satisfaction with the house.
  4. Do material research and survey
    Just like going window shopping for clothes, you also should go window shopping for building materials. Even though you can control how much you’re spending on the tiniest detail, materials will still be the biggest spending in your budget. By noting the price difference of each material in every store to the pros and cons of each brand, you could find the best material that’s within your budget. Don’t forget to write down the materials needed and the rough amount to avoid being swindled by your contractor.
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  5. Schedule your project
    Scheduling is not only important as a guideline for your builders, it also prevents you from spending too much money on builders’ fees. The longer your project takes to finish, the longer you hire the builders, and so the more you have to pay. Write down your target of completion for each step of construction; when to finish the foundation, how long they should take on constructing a room, when to finish plumbing and electricity, deadline for installing the roof, floor slabs, and painting, and lastly when to finish on the exterior wall and landscape. If you have limited time or budget, you could use the ‘growing-home’ concept. Prioritize building the important parts of the house first and later on, you could continue your building plan part by part.

Building your own house is the perfect option for you who already has an ideal picture of your dream house. You can decide on the shape, materials, style, and even the lighting and wind flow of your house. If you have the time, budget, and energy to build your own house, go ahead and make your dream come true!