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10 Things to Consider when Building a New Home

on Monday, 13 January 2014. Posted in Latest News

There are several steps involved in building your dream home. We have gathered together a list of 10 steps involved in building a new house.

Building a new house

 

1. Choosing an Architect

First of all you would consult an architect to outline your ideas on the type of house you would like to build and on the location of the site. The location of the site is important on a number of factors. Firstly you must consider whether or not your new dwelling be close to local services and amenities. Secondly is the ground suitable for a dwelling to be built on. The structure of the ground can have a bearing on the structure of the house.

2. Get Planning Permission

When you have found a suitable site and consulted the architect on the required design, you must apply for planning permission to build your house. It is useful to talk to your local planning department to find out whether or not building in a certain location will be considered for scrutiny.

3. Find qualified professionals

When planning permission is accepted, you can then look to find qualified professionals to start on the construction such as builders, carpenters, plumbers, and electricians. It is important to find the right trades people to carry out the required work that they are qualified to do.

4. Decide where to put Drains and Pipes

Deciding where to put your drains and pipes is an important step at the planning stage to prevent making changes and spending extra money later on during the course of the project. Contacting your local plumber can help you to better decide where to lay your drains and pipes.

5. Ensure your new home has DPC and a Radon Barrier

Both Damp proof course (DPC) and a radon barrier will help to ensure healthier living conditions in your new home. DPC will prevent dampness and moisture penetrating the cavity walls and entering your house. The radon barrier will help prevent harmful radon gas entering your home.

6. Choosing the best Wall Structure

You can choose between a concrete home or a timber framed home. A concrete home will have inner concrete walls while a timber framed house will have timber walls on the inside.

7.  Selecting a Water Heating System

How the water in your home will be heated is an issue that must be considered. Using renewable sources of water heating systems can save money in the future on heating bills. A system that will provide you with all year round heated water is a good solution.

8. Insulating your house

Having insulation on your house is a factor to consider for hsaving on heating costs. Insulating cavity walls, ceilings and the attic will help prevent heat from escaping from your new home.

9. Type of Windows and Doors to Install in your New Home

Windows and doors can be hard wood, PVC or aluminium. Hard wood windows and doors are reasonably sound aborbent and provide reasonable insulation however they need maintenance over years after installation. PVC window are usually the prefered type of window and door to choose for a new home because they need very little maintenance. Aluminium windows are not too common for new homes however they are available in many colours for increased aesthetics.

10. Choose a decorator

Choosing a decorator is one of the last considerations for building your new home. Selecting the right decorator will help you complete the painting tasks both internally and externally. 

Add a Comment and share with others

If you have anything else to add to the list above please leave a comment in the comment section below. Also if you know of anyone starting a new build in the near future, share this post with them on social media.

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