Steps to Take When Building Your Own Home

(STL.News) – Building your dream home can be one of the most rewarding projects you can ever undertake.

However, starting to build a home without being fully prepared is a surefire way to attract insanity.  Yes!  That’s right.

Planning every step, analyzing budget estimates, designing house plans, getting the necessary permits…overseeing every aspect of the building project is a big responsibility that can overwhelm even the most experienced DIY enthusiasts.

The good news is, with a little help and a lot of planning, building your dream home can easily become a reality.  And we’re here to make it happen. In this article, we’ll discuss the steps to take when building your own home.

1. Choose Your Lot

If you’re looking into building your dream home, the first step in this project, which can sometimes be the most challenging is finding the perfect home site.

Finding a desirable place for your house can be a daunting task.  You’ll need to research the area well and pay attention to factors such as zoning, drainage, soil condition, availability of utilities, and building codes in that region.

Fortunately, there are sites that can help make this process easier.  For example, if you’re looking to buy a lot in Iowa, sites like Developing Iowa can help you research, identify, buy land, as well as learn more about where the neighborhoods are located.

2. Get a House Plan

You can design your own home or hire an architect. Hiring an architect is recommended as they have professional experience in house design.

Discuss your house requirements with your architect or engineer and if possible, conduct a site visit with him.  This visit is very important because the site features may affect the overall design of your house.

3. Get the Necessary Permits

Securing a building permit is a requirement for most if not all construction works.  To obtain this permit, you may need to provide detailed architectural diagrams to your state’s Department of Housing.

Depending on your state, it’s likely you’ll need the following permits to comply with local codes and zoning requirements:

  • A plumbing permit
  • An electrical permit
  • A septic tank permit
  • A mechanical (or HVAC) permit

Having your house location marked can help to facilitate the process of obtaining the above permits.

4. Choose Your Team

Now that you already have an architect, you’ll need to fill in the other project team members.  Key players will include a builder, structural engineer, surveyor, excavators, and a project manager (if you intend a professional to oversee the project).

Make sure every professional you hire is a member of a professional body and has the requisite experience.

5. Contract Signing

Make sure to get a written contract, signed and dated by all the project team members.  A building contract should lay down all the requirements and terms of the project.  A typical construction contract agreement should include:

  • Project description
  • Construction schedule
  • Construction scope
  • Payment basis
  • Contract price
  • Construction conditions, terms, and responsibilities

The contract should also lay the grounds under which the contract can be terminated or payment forfeited.

Now that you know the steps to take when planning to build your own home, why not go ahead and get things flowing?  Feel free to comment and share.