House builds: How to keep your costs low

24/02/2017 /
by
Electric Radiator Solutions Team

So, you’re building your own house – or dreaming of doing so – but you don’t want your dream to break the bank. But then again, do you really want to compromise on your long term life plans for the sake of money? With these simple tips you can have the best of both worlds and can be sure that restless nights of budgeting worries will be a thing of the past.

Think ahead and go green!

Choice in building materials can make a massive impact on the cost of a new build. Opt for long-lasting, durable and sustainable materials, particularly for roofing and if you’ll be exposed to all kinds of weather conditions. This can sometimes mean larger installation prices, but by thinking ahead you will save money and avoid running into maintenance and replacement costs.

Vinyl flooring is a good option if you cannot afford hardwood flooring right away. When you come to be able to afford the flooring you originally wanted, the vinyl can be kept in place as a good underlay.

You should also consider the everyday running of the house and how costs can be saved with plumbing and heating infrastructures. By installing solar panels you can be sure that you’ll be saving on your electricity bills. Furthermore, money can be saved by utilising this energy to heat the house via efficient electric radiators. These can heat rooms individually with high precision according to your specific needs, rather than using gas central heating systems which can be wasted in some areas of the house that are naturally more insulated.

By thinking about your long term plans with the house build, you can ultimately profit if you plan to resell. Thinking about the house not only as a precious home for you and your family, but as a financial investment, can make the expenditure worthwhile. If this is a potential option for you, keep the building fairly simple and adjustable because selling to a niche market can be problematic in the future.

Look for potential in the grounds:

Troublesome plots are usually associated with high building costs. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. By purchasing a “problem lot” you can save money on the initial purchase of the land, and with an experienced, reliable contractor you can work collaboratively to create something spectacular to fit the landscape. This will give the property character and a uniqueness special to you. A trustworthy contractor is key to saving money here.

Scout out for the best plots available and if there is a plot too large for you, consider buying the plot with a close friend or family member. By splitting the land you have an ideal plot at a reasonable price, which is often cheaper than buying too much land for what you actually require. That is as long as you don’t mind having neighbours!

Innovative interiors:

Rethink your floorplans and ask, “Is this simple? Is this logical?”. A zigzag floor plan and quirky structure may seem like an appealing design option, but this is going to be costly and is all too often not even noticed in the final product. If the floors don’t match up, extra structural work has to take place which comes at a high price, so it really is beneficial to keep things simple and open plan.

By being savvy with your spaces it becomes easy to save money. Rather than building a costly, imposing garage for storage and car parking space, why not use a basement space instead? Handy tricks like space under staircases make use of structural designs which are already in place.

Does size really matter?

Unless it really is ‘cheaper by the dozen’, size costs money. So if you don’t have a huge family or absolute need for ample space in the house, keep it small! Smaller houses are cosier, homelier, and don’t have to seem cramped or unstylish inside. There are plenty of tricks you can use to make a smaller build look spacious.

Grab a can of elbow grease and upcycle!

Doing what you can yourself saves on labour costs, dramatically decreasing expenditure. Grab family or friends who are willing to help you out – it can be fun! Nowadays Youtube tutorials and DIY television programmes are readily available for beginners to learn skills for new builds. Things like installing electric radiators and heating systems don’t require as much manual labour as plumbing and gas heating usually would throughout the house, so this is definitely something to consider to reduce labour costs.

Buy and collect salvaged materials at a cheaper price, from warehouses, demolition sites and junkyards. You can usually get materials at very low cost or no cost at all. Apps such as Pinterest show you quirky and stylish ways of using such materials to upcycle into functional and decorative pieces for your new house. You just need to give a little time and love!

Using these tips will get you well on the way to a lower-cost house build that you can enjoy, especially in the knowledge that you helped create it. If you are currently in the process of a house build and the prospect of electric radiators to heat your new home has caught your attention, contact our team at Electric Radiator Solutions by phone or email.