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How to Choose
the Right Plan for Your New Home
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1. Choose a House Plan That
Suits Your Land
Choose a plan that fits the characteristics of your land. It's
better to make the house fit the land rather than try to make
the land fit the house. Also, the size and shape of your lot
affects the type of home you can build on the lot.
2. Be Open-minded
It's important to be open-minded when looking at houses. By
doing this, you'll learn things you never realized. Over time,
your 'ideal' home will evolve and change. If you are like most
people, you will probably buy a home that is different from what
you thought you wanted. Don't quickly discard houses. You will
have a better understanding of what you want by taking a close
look at many houses.
3. Exteriors Are Easy to
Some people will only look at a house if they like its
appearance. However, usually the house's exterior can easily be
changed. The changes to an exterior can be so dramatic that you
won't realize you are looking at the same house. To change the
exterior, you can use different windows, modify roof lines, and
change exterior details. Don't judge a home by its appearance.
It's the inside that really counts. After all, you'll spend 90%
of your time on the inside of your home.
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4. Hidden Potential
You might discard the right home because you don't see its
hidden potential. For example, say you don't like living rooms
and you avoid houses that have living rooms. However, a living
room could serve another purpose. It could become a den, a
nursery, or an additional bedroom. It could also be an excellent
dining room. Changing the location of a doorway or adding a wall
may convert a room into something you would really love.
Sometimes all you need to do is rename a room. When looking at
houses, look for the hidden potential.
5. Perfect Homes Don't Exist
Some people spend years searching for the perfect home.
However, they never find it because their perfect home is a
fantasy. It doesn't really exist. Be realistic when shopping for
a home. Ask yourself what are features you must have and
what are features you want to have. When you find a house
that meets your requirements, it may not have all of your wants.
However, if you hold on to your dream of a perfect home, you
might pass up the right house and regret it later.
The best team
to build your dream home
You need a good team to give shape to your
dream home. You have to plan well while choosing the right team, from the
architect to the carpenter
Time and resources alone do no help in the
construction of your dream home. It is a concerted effort of several people that
builds your house brick-by-brick and day-by-day.
Among the good construction
practices is planning which essentially includes budgeting and scheduling of
work. But in effect, another element is choosing the best available people right
from drawing the plan of your house to the final stages of occupying your house.
Experts at the Help Centre of
Associated Cement Companies (ACC) here say that choosing the right people for
various tasks help complete your job successfully and without much pain.
An architect is the foremost
person who gives shape to your dream house. He is the one who understands your
requirements and puts on paper a plan for your house on the land selected by
But do you need an architect?
Many people would ask. It is the architect who ensures that the plan for your
house meets the necessary guidelines and legal requirements of Government and
local bodies. Apart from that, a professional supervises the construction from
the beginning to the end. An architect is the most important person involved in
building your house, ACC experts say.
An architect helps you in the
selection of labour contractors as well as materials. Normally his/her terms of
payment are calculated either per square foot basis or a percentage of the total
The next important person in
the construction of your house is the engineer. He/she is the one who prepares
the complete construction designs for the structure from foundation to roof.
He/she is also responsible for the quality of construction. Usually an engineer
employs a work supervisor and a site supervisor to assist him and to make the
construction activities go smoothly.
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