8 Oct 2019

Thinking of Building a House? Study the Basics First

Post by Jordan Toplen

It’s a dream of most people to build a house someday. All the places that they’ve lived so far – there’s been something not quite right about them. The structure was too big or too small. There wasn’t the correct number of rooms. The location wasn’t exactly what they wanted. And now, there is an opportunity to design and build the home of your dreams. But before you get ahead of yourself, consider some of the basics that you have to prioritize.

So what do you have to start with? First, you have to design a stable foundation. Second, you have to understand the skeletons of new houses, including physics and building materials. Third, you have to budget for the building of the home, and you have to recognize the importance of long-term economics as it relates to your finances.

The Foundation

You can’t build a strong house on a weak foundation. That’s why it’s important that you know how to level a concrete foundation. Even if you aren’t doing it yourself, you need to hire a contractor who can show you how to use the tools to make sure your concrete foundation is specifically stable and level. You don’t want to find out that your foundation is crooked after it’s already set and you’ve started putting vertical structures in place.

The Skeleton

You have your home’s design. You have the foundation set. Now it’s time to build the frame of your dream house. The two most important things you need to understand during this phase is the physics of different materials that you use and how they create the essential core of your home. Any mistakes in the structural phase, and you will be suffering the consequences for years or even decades. 

Make sure you trust your contractors to do the job right because everything that you ultimately see about your home will be held together by the things you can’t see underneath.

Budgeting and Long-Term Economics

Do you know how much it costs to build a new home? The answer depends on many variables, but the variables themselves don’t change much. There is the cost of materials. The cost of land. The cost of all of the contractors involved. The price is significant. But, once you consider that after your home is built, you should be able to sell it for more than you purchased all these individual parts for, you begin to see the economic sense.

Licenses and Permits

You must get all the correct licenses and permits before you build a house. The worst thing ever would be to have your design complete, and all of your contractors hired, only to find out that there are some zoning restrictions on the property that you bought.