The Pros And Cons Of Designing Your Own Home
Building a home is a long, intricate process with a series of pros and cons that need to be considered regardless of whether you're building a single-family or multi-family residency. Today, though, we thought we'd take an extra-detailed look at the potential benefits and problems that you'll encounter when designing a home for yourself, which can be both a magical experience and an absolute nightmare, depending on where in the design process you choose to look.
Pro: You're In Charge
The benefits of designing your own home simply cannot be understated. You're in charge of the entire process from start to finish, and that's something that can only be understood once you've gone through the process. You're able to decide what you pay for and what you don't, you're able to layout your home perfectly for your own needs, you're able to live in a home that is well-and-truly yours in a way that no other would have been. Your landscape is a blank canvas waiting for your brush, your home up-to-date with every applicable building code and technological advancement. When you're in charge, everything happens to your specifications, so long as your building is able to source the requisite skills and materials.
Con: You're In Charge
If you've never designed a home before, you would be amazed at the incredible speed with which personalised modifications to a home's floorplan will quickly generate extra cost for you, and that's before you consider any extra costs that your builder will try to extract from you (for instance, driveways are rarely considered 'standard' by a builder, and will cost extra to install). If you're used to trying to bargain down the price of a property purchase, you're going to find that to be less possible with draftsmen and builders, who are typically more rigid in their prices. Remember that blank canvas that is your landscape, waiting for your careful brush strokes that will reveal its inner beauty? That's actually a pretty difficult process, and unless you're really into hours upon hours of gruelling yardwork, you might want to consider outsourcing your landscaping, which is another cost for your rapidly burgeoning bottom-line. After all of that, you can't even move into the home straight-away as you would be able to with a completed home, instead needing to wait for the builder to finish their work. While this has taken an average of six to seven months in the past, in today's construction industry, there's no reliable way to tell when the work will be finished, which means you're better off simply accepting that you might need to find alternative living arrangements for quite some time.
Draft With The Best
Should you decide that the benefits outweigh the negatives and you'd like to design your own home anyway, you're going to need a draftsman you can trust, such as Go Design Solutions. To see how we can help you with all drafting in Penshurst, you can check out our portfolio, or call us on (02) 8091 0588.