5 Ways to Save Money on Construction

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Choosing the design and style of your new house can be the most exciting part of the home building process, but the choices that you make in your home design plans will ultimately effect the cost of the home. Our goal is to provide the most comfortable house with the lowest operating costs for the lifetime of the house.

1. Make A Detailed Budget

Talk to your builder so that you know exactly where your money is going. There are lots of details to consider when designing a home, and the cost of finishes, lighting, and materials can sneak up on first-time homebuyers. Go into the project with a clear idea of how much you can afford to spend. And once you set your budget, be sure to adjust your building plans to stick to that budget.

2. Avoid Changes

Finalize your home’s blueprints before you start budgeting. Making changes to a house that is under construction will cost you money. You don’t want to have to tear down a wall just to add a walk-in closet. Building a custom home allows buyers the luxury of designing their own home. However, if changes are made while the house is already partly built, the buyer will still have to pay for labor fees and building materials.

3. Keep it Simple

Don’t build more than you need. In order to stay on budget, build functional spaces, and beware of excess space that will cost you money. Some easy ways to cut costs are to minimize exterior corners and complicated roof lines when possible. Also, reducing the quantity of windows can help save money.

4. Know Your Building Materials

Look for durable material that will stand the test of time. You’ll save money in the long run by spending a bit more upfront for a well insulated, tightly built house. Buy low-maintenance building materials — vinyl siding and metal roofing, for example. Even if they are somewhat more expensive at installation, they will pay for themselves in the long run as you won’t have to repair, replace, or repaint.

5. Build Efficiently

There are many important decisions to make when it comes to creating a cost efficient home. First, consider the environmental factors of the area in which you live and your property. For instance, Clarkston has cold, snowy winters so your home’s design should take the natural flow of air and heat into account. This will affect the placement of specific rooms, windows, and doors, but it will ultimately save you money down the road.