How often have you imagined living in the beautiful homes you see in home design programs or magazines? If you’re afraid to take the plunge because of budget concerns, it may be easier to afford than you think. When working with knowledgeable home builders, you can learn when to invest in higher-quality items and when lower prices may work just as fine as the higher price tags. Read on for a few classic tips on how to create your custom home on a budget.
Invest in Quality
Whenever our available funds become tighter than we’d like, our natural response is to buy the cheapest options available to us. This is a mistake. Filling your new home with cheap products is more likely to cost you a lot more money in the long run.
That low-cost contractor is likely to cut a few corners, and those cheap roof tiles will probably need replacing in about five years. When building your custom home on a budget, do your utmost not to skimp on quality.
Engage with quality architects and designers who can help you avoid costly mistakes. In fact, it is the best professionals who lead homeowners toward money-saving resources they wouldn’t otherwise have known about.
Reduce Your Square Footage
Size is everything! Cutting the size of the home you plan to build leads to lower building costs in the long run. It’s a painful cost-saving tip to swallow but proves worth it so you can create your best home.
We suggest making use of the 80/20 rule. It helps determine whether or not you actually require that additional room, floor, or garage bay.
The 80/20 rule is: If you plan to use the space at least 80% of the time, go ahead and build it. Yet, if the space will only be used 20 percent of the time or less, leave it out. Think of things like guest rooms or extra parking bays in the garage. There is no need to accumulate more costs by building spaces you will not need.
Put The Extras On Hold
When it comes to home-building, it’s the little things that add up to high final costs. Think of the hardware on your door, those designer kitchen and bathroom faucets, eye-catching light fixtures, and so much else.
During the initial home-building phase, it’s always good to buy the basic items. This keeps the building costs low. Better yet, you can always add these extras once you’ve settled in and filled the space out. It’s not as though you’re cutting costs on the plumbing or home insulations; you’re merely putting that luxury effect on hold.
And there you have it – your ideal custom home on a budget. For any more help, feel free to get in touch. You can certainly design and build your dream home with Columbia Builders!
Design and Build Your Dream Home with Columbia Builders!
Columbia Builders is the home builder of choice in Howard County, offering homes in Ellicott City, Elkridge, Laurel, Columbia, Marriottsville, Fulton, Clarksville, Dayton, and Brookeville. No matter what the size and scope of your project, we have the skills, experience, and resources needed to bring your vision to life. We offer a level of customization that is truly unmatched and are committed to using materials and craftsmen of the highest quality, so you can trust that your new home is built to last. Columbia Builders was voted Best of Howard County 2020 for best home builder.
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