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Achieving Your Dream Home: Is Building Your Own The Answer?

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Very few of us get a foot onto the property ladder with what we’d consider our ‘dream home.’ It takes time, but as our careers improve and we earn more money and the house we’re in accumulates in value, it reaches a stage where we’re ready to finally settle in our forever house. The place we want to grow old in and stay in forever- or at least the foreseeable future. But if you’re looking through property listings and nothing seems quite right, why not build your own? It’s a huge undertaking but could well be the direction for you- here’s why.

It’s cheaper than you might think

It’s easy to assume that building a house from scratch will be far more expensive than purchasing something that already exist, but actually that’s not the case. It can actually work out much cheaper for a number of reasons. First of all, you don’t have to spend money rectifying existing problems- and when you renovate an old house you just don’t know what you’re going to get. You might spend thousands fixing structural damage, previous owners DIY bodge jobs, asbestos and much more. You need to rip down walls to put them up elsewhere, build extensions, attic conversions and more- all around the existing structure. When you’re building from scratch, you get to avoid all of this. You have the plans for the building prepared ahead of time, and can have it built exactly as you want it, without having to go back on yourself.

You can tailor it to exactly what you want

You might find a house to renovate that’s full of potential, but what you can do will still be limited to this structure. Sure, you can add to it and extend, re-jig the walls, change the windows, rendering and everything else- but you still have to work with what you have to begin with. When you build your own home, you can make it exactly the way you want it (as long as planning permits allow) and you can truly tailor it to your family’s needs and wishes. From the size to the layout to the windows and doors, fixtures and fittings and everything else, you’re in control right from the start. Have clear plans of how you want things to be so you don’t have to go back on yourself.

It’s something different to everyone else

Do you like owning the newest technology, the latest car and the most trendy new fashions? Then it makes sense that you’d want your house to stand out too and reflect you. A house you’ve designed yourself is different to anything else, it’s perfectly suited to you rather than being built in a generic way or with someone else in mind. Custom home builders will take every specification you have into consideration, and draw you up plans for a home that’s just for you.

Would you ever consider building your own home? If not, how would you (or did you) achieve your dream home?

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Olivia is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs. She is passionate writer, a traveler and conscious consumer, seeking healthy and sustainable products to incorporate into the lives of her family. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

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