More and more people are considering building their own home for self-sufficiency issues. There are initiatives to build the building in an effort to help solve the housing crisis in some countries. A good architecture for your home is not about being out of the conventional or expensive, it is responding to your needs as the occupant. A successful project will result in a home that you not only enjoy living in every day, but will also meet the requirements of your plans – and an important part of them is your budget. So today in this article we will present some factors to consider to build a low cost house.
It’s all in design and planning
Most of your cost-saving exercises will take place during the design and planning phase of the project. A well-thought-out design that weighs all cost ramifications could save you a fortune. It is worth taking the time to find a good architect to do this step well. Your fees are a small percentage of the cost of construction, but the right design can end up saving more money in general (as well as providing you with a home you’ll love). So, behind every big project is a great architect.
Five Functional ways to build a low cost house
With ingenious design and project management, it is possible to build a low cost house for less than stipulated. The following are some great examples of what you can achieve when planning a budget self build house.
1. Maintain a simple geometry
An infallible way to add additional costs to your own construction is to start with a fussy plan, full of curves and complexities. The work will represent a large part of your construction costs, so it is worth questioning every aspect of the design. For every detail or splice, your architect must think: how complex (and expensive) is this to build?
2. Carefully consider your method of construction and materials
There is no “cheap” solution here, and you must be weighing this decision against factors other than the cost of materials. Durability, service life and maintenance will affect the total cost of your home for a given period of time. Can you imagine living in this House for the next 25 years? 50 years? 100 years? In such cases, a cheaper construction cannot result in the total cost cheaper during their useful life. A similar argument can be made in ecological constructions.
For example, it might well be worth spending a little more on having a very effective thermal insulation on the walls to keep your heating bills for the next few years practically low. An ecological house built to last can use local stone to provide a sturdy construction.
3. Labor costs
Labor can represent a high proportion of total costs, so you can consider doing it yourself as much as you can. This decision will certainly affect the method of construction that you are going to.
For a good quality house of 100, first of all, you must make a budget of labor and construction costs. It may be more expensive to have a main contractor to build and manage the project, than go straight to the path of doing it yourself with just a certain help from some bricklayer pawn.
4. Be efficient with floor surface
The square meters are, of course, an important contributor to the cost of our construction, and with the help of an architect, it is worth finding intelligent ways to reduce the footprint, but still be able to build the spaces you want. However, you will find that economies of scale come into play so each additional square meter should cost a little less than the previous one.
5. Space planning to get your home at low cost
Life in open areas is increasingly popular in new homes, and rightly so. It contributes more natural light and provides a more sociable living environment. However, large unobstructed spaces can become very costly due to the additional structure (usually ceiling steels) required. There are ways around this, like adding columns to reduce steel spans. These structural columns or walls should be carefully placed to ensure that they have a minimal impact on the flow of spaces/views, etc. Again, this is where a good architect would enter advising.