So, you want to build your own home, but you don’t want a paint-by-numbers house plan. Perhaps you’ve had a look at some options and decided that none of them are for you. The homes on the street where you currently reside are nice, but they don’t have enough personality. If you’re looking to build something with more character, you need to look further.
Find a Unique Location
You have to pick the right place to build if you want a unique home. Firstly, there could be some unhappy neighbors if you rock up on a suburban street and build something wacky. You also don’t want your unique house to be surrounded by tidy little brownstones. Finding the best location for your new home might be difficult; the best choice is often to buy land where you won’t have any close neighbors. Perhaps there might be someone just down the street, but you won’t have to cozy up to anyone. Having a lot of land can also help with this because even an immediate neighbor won’t be right next to your house.
Look Beyond the Standard House Plans
If you’ve tried to look at house plans and disliked all; don’t give up. You can find something more interesting if you look in the right places. Search for unique or unusual house plans and you could discover something you love. The important thing to remember is the plan doesn’t have to be your final home. You can use it as a starting point and make changes as you go along.
Choose the Right Architect
When you hire an architect, you need someone that will understand your vision. You have to make sure you pick an architecture firm with experience designing unique homes. You don’t want someone that does the same things over and over again. The best way to find an architect you like is to do plenty of research. Start by looking at websites and viewing portfolios to see their previous work. Making an appointment to consult on your ideas and what they can do for you is essential too. However, you don’t want to have to meet with ten different architects; concentrate on your preliminary research first, including looking at reviews.
Use Innovative Materials and Techniques
When you’re planning your build, look at the different materials and building techniques you can try. Some of them might build more eco-friendly, which helps save money don’t the road. There are some very interesting things you can do, such as building a container home or using prefabricated elements. If there are certain things you like but they’re too expensive for your budget, look at clever ways of replicating them.
You can build a unique home that you love by thinking outside of the box, but make sure you’re working with the right contractors to realize your dream.
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