We are in love with concrete houses at the moment. Be warned, there is a lot more concrete design ideas coming your way, from walls and floors to home made concrete furniture and fixtures. Watch this space. We love love love it!Ceoec
Buying a house costs money – Lots of money. They say building a home will always cost more than you expect.Совершение бартерных операций
Building a house costs even more, far more than you expect.
That is because most people fail to do extensive research into what is involved in building a house and how much it will all cost. When budgeting for a build, most people forget to include the following…
Builders need electricity, water, and sewage while building. And the owner has to provide it. This means the owner of the house needs the power connected to the property as soon as possible before builders can get to work. Expect months of bills coming in from your building site. And no there is no way to know how much they will be before hand. Every house is different.
During the build, an owner can expect months of bills coming in from the building site, even before there is a house. These bills will be unpredictable, based on what is happening on site. Every house is different.
Most quotes for building a home, are literally only for building the home. Outside extras such as the driveway won’t be included in the building cost analysis given by the builder. This cost is covered as landscaping.
Landscaping and Retaining walls
Which brings us to landscaping and retaining walls. Retaining walls around any property are vital, especially if there has been a cut in the earth to create a slab area.
Does the council provide wheelie bins in your area? Or do you need to buy one yourself? Don’t be fooled, they are not always provided by your local council, so check it out. These bins can cost up to $600 each.
The NSW government requires new builds to comply with new regulations known as BASIX. This means extra cost to your home to make sure that it complies, which might include different windows, a rainwater tank or solar panels.
Soil Testing and Contour
Before any builder can provide a quote for a build, they need to do soil and contour tests, likely to cost in the region of $1,000 to $2,000. This is to check if the soil is rocky or sandy or looking for any issues that might make it difficult to build. If your property is on a slope, even a gentle one, it can mean a lot of extra costs such as soil excavation and retaining walls.
Modifications and Alterations
Don’t expect everything to be perfect the first time around. Many things on your home might need to be changed, as they did not fit with what you expected. This is normal and something that happens to the best of us. Anticipate a few changes and they won’t piss you off so much when they arise.
It’s hard to find really great information online about building your own home. Most information is from building companies trying to sell you their stock.
Here are three great blogs about building your own home.
I these blogs, the people who own their home have documented and shared the entire process. I thought there would be thousands of these blogs but there aren’t. It makes me think I should be doing more with this website to document our build and renovations.
A HOUSE BY THE PARK – A House By the Park was intended to be an comprehesive documentation of the entire building process. While looking online, Mike found no singular source of information online which could describe the start-to-finish process of creating a new custom home. This blog is a first hand journal of what it is like to build a home from “a guy building his first house with no clue what to do besides putting one foot before the other.”
2. BUILDING MY CASTLE – Ok so I need to say this upfront. These people are really building a castle. No joke. A couple building a castle in Tennesses. The castle is gothic-norman in style, and shoudl be highly energy efficient by the time it is completed. This blog chronicles the entire journey from the moment this couple found the land. Estimated completion date was for a summer 2015 but I believe they have gone a little over.
3. THE STRAW HOUSE BLOG – This is a comprehensive blog about building a Straw Bale, off the grid home. Off-grid means that the house is not connected to the electrical grid, water, sewer or gas mains. This home creates it’s own power with solar collectors and a wind generator.
The kitchen is the soul of the home.
While it might be seen as the place where the food is made, remember people always tend to congregate around the food. It’s where everyone pops their head in and the room that all your guests will see. Your kitchen is the place where you will spend a lot of time as a family; often the first room you step into every day.
Here are some things to consider when planning your kitchen.
Is there more than one cook in your kitchen?
Can two people use the kitchen space at once? In any kitchen, there are three places a person will stand for a long time, at the sink, at the work bench, or at the stove.
Make sure you factor in enough space for other people to get around these areas while another person is standing there, otherwise the flow of the kitchen is broken and you can only ever have one cook.
Hiding the Kitchen Sink
The sink is where all the dirty dishes will end up. The sink is messy and wet and chaotic. The best place for a sink is somewhere slightly hidden. When I say hidden, I mean hidden from guests. Try to keep the sink as far away from the dining room or dinner table as possible. try not to put the sink on an island bench and if you must, build up the benches around to shield it from the rest of the house.
The best place for a sink is somewhere slightly hidden. When I say hidden, I mean hidden from guests. Try to keep the sink as far away from the dining room or dinner table as possible. Try not to put the sink on an island bench and if you must, build up the benches around to shield it from the rest of the house.
It is where all the dirt in the kitchen will pass through. It is also where all the water from the kitchen runs through and where the most amount of spills happen. [Read more…]
THE GREEN SELF-BUILD BOOK: How to Design and Build Your Own Eco-Home (Sustainable Building)
This book includes an overview of the self-building process, case studies, and particular examples of self-building processes. It’s a good book to read at the start of your process before you have really concrete ideas of what you want. It is a broad approach to a huge subject and will help refine what you are after and help focus your ideas.
THE SOLAR HOUSE: Passive Heating and Cooling
This book is a little old, coming out in 2002, but the principals and science is still the same. The only thing that may have changed are planning laws and legislation in regards to solar panels.
Solar power has come a long way in the last 13 years, but what hasn’t changed is the building process involved in passive solar heating and cooling. This design concept is underutilised in buildings at the moment.
SMALL ECO HOUSES: Living Green in Style
Trends in environmentally friendly living as well as design aspects of small spaces. Anyone who has faced the challenges of limited living space will find inspiration in this survey of the latest trends in environmentally sensitive, small-scale residential designs. More than fifty residential spaces are profiled—from woodsy houses and repurposed barns to cool apartments and urban lofts—both inside and out
CABIN PORN: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere
This book was born from one of my favourite websites of all time, Cabin Porn. What begun as a scrapbook of amazing cabins and homemade shelters around Canada and America, quickly grew into a worldwide obsession. The images are beautiful and the book is stunning and inspiring. Check out the blog HERE.
Rammed earth homes have to one of the most gorgeous methods of construction there is. They are timeless, durable and stunning to live in, not to mention environmentally efficient and friendly. The earth comes from the construction sit itself and there are no transport costs involved.
The Rammed Earth House is an eye-opening example of how dramatic innovations frequently have their origins in the distant past. By rediscovering the most ancient of all building materials—earth—homebuilders can now create structures that set new standards for beauty, durability, and extraordinarily efficient use of natural resources.
EASY LUXURY, Darren Palmer
So it is no secret. I have become a big fan of THE BLOCK. It’s an Australian reality television series where couples compete to renovate the best apartment/house. There are a number of design challenges along the way, but mostly it comes down to style, taste, hard work and managing a renovation budget.
I was never interested in the show until we bought a home and started plans to renovate. While my Husband is a painter, I’ve never built anything before and never stepped foot on a building site, so by watching The Block, I feel like it is actually teaching me a little something about what renovating will be like (kind of).
Each week the couples must renovate, style and present a section of the house to the three interior design judges, Shaynna Blaze, Darren Palmer and Neale Whitaker.
The focus of the book is all there in the title, Easy Luxury. Easy on the budget, easy on time, easy to enjoy. ‘Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” Does luxury have to be expensive? absolutely not.
This book is about demystifying the design process. EASY LUXURY is not about telling you how to do it, instead, the book explains what makes a good design and how certain problems can be solved.
Darren’s book includes both large- scale practicalities and planning right through to the elements of design.
Darren Palmer is a highly sought after interior designer, with a number of high-profile celebrity clients. The book features images from Jennifer Hawkings and Jake Walls’ home.
It’s a practical hands on guide when you need it, a coffee table book when you’re finished (it’s full of beautiful images) – or a wonderful gift for a new home owner.
Long after you have renovated and used all the ideas you can from the book, it will still be a gorgeous book to leave around the lounge room.
This is Darren’s first design book. Buy it now through AMAZON here.