In building a custom home, there are so many things one should keep in mind. You have to think about the design, the quality, and of course, the market value of your home once it has been built.
The neighborhood or lot where you have built your home on will have a big impact on what would be the value of your property. Most of the best neighborhoods were regarded as the ‘best’ because of their favorable location. These neighborhoods usually have easy access to good schools, various business establishments, have nearby transportation, and so on.
Unfortunately, since most of these neighborhoods are sought after, most of the time, it could be difficult to find a vacant lot. So, many people decide to take the next logical step – to buy an old property, have it demolished, and build a new home on the same lot.
If you also plan to demolish an old property to construct your very own home, there are a few important things you need to know:
First of all, you have to be financially prepared because tearing down an old house and building a new one will definitely be expensive as you have to pay for professional demolition services as well.
It’s not only the added demolition fees that you need to prepare for. Before you demolish an old property you also have to have it inspected for the presence of asbestos, lead, or other harmful substances that might be released in the air upon demolition. Materials such as asbestos need to be professionally removed to ensure safety for you and your soon-to-be neighbors.
There may be trees on the property that you will need to take down and you will need to contact a tree removal company as well as the city to make sure you are allowed to take down the tree as well as secure any necessary permits. A good tree removal company can help you with the permit process.
You have secure demolition permit and check for any other requirement you need to fulfill before or during the demolition. For example, in Vancouver and Delta, the local government may require you to reuse and recycle as much construction materials as possible from the demolished property.
So you’ve found the right neighbourhood and found the lot that you like to build your dream home, congratulations! A few things you have to consider first.
There is most likely still a house or structure, or garage on your property that you have to take down. It is very important that you do this properly as there is more than likely asbestos materials in it and they need to be removed in a safe and proper manner.
You also have to employ the right people to draw and then execute the building of your home. When looking for architects and home builders, it is imperative that you talk to as many people as possible and get their feedback on different companies. A lot of online reviews can be skewed so it is important to do your due diligence and this goes further than just making sure that a company has 5 star reviews on google maps.
Word of mouth is a great way to really find out about a business because the people you talk to can give you real world examples of how companies and how people operate in the real world and also how they handle trials and tribulations when things get tricky or issues arise. (and they will)
Once you’ve found the team that you plan to work with, make sure they have outlined a plan including a timeline and a budget. This is an imperative first step. You want to know what’s supposed to be happening at all times and on what timeline and schedule and at what price. Of course everything isn’t going to go exactly as planned, as it never does, but at least if you have an outlined and detailed plan you can refer to it to try and keep the whole project from derailing.
And finally, Happy house building!
No matter how beautiful your home is, you won’t totally get to enjoy living in it if it was built on the wrong neighborhood. The location where your house stands plays a very important role in being able to live happily and contentedly.
Therefore, you have to exert effort in finding the right neighborhood to build your house in – especially if you are starting a family, or planning to live in this neighborhood for the rest of your life.
You can get in touch with real estate agents to get recommendations on the best neighborhoods to build your house in. They should be able to provide you with different options to choose from.
It’s important that you already have a solid decision on what you want your home to look like. It would be great if you already have a concrete plan before visiting a potential lot to purchase; this is because neighborhoods usually have a set regulation or restriction when it comes to building construction. You have to ensure that the design you want to be achieved for your home will be acceptable and in keeping with the standard of the neighborhood.
Of course, your personal preference will be crucial in choosing a lot, too. Do you want a quiet neighborhood, or would you rather live in a lively one? Would you like to live in a place far from the city? Or would you feel safer if it is near the city? These are just some of the questions to ask yourself.
Find out if the electric lines and plumbing will easily be installed in this lot. Check if you can have an internet connection in this location and if your mobile phone signal is reliable.
Choose a neighborhood where you can still access important establishments such as hospitals or police stations. Or, if you have children, check if there is a reputable school near where your children can go to safely.
Some of the best Vancouver neighbourhoods are Kerrisdale, Shaugnessy and Kits/ Point Grey area. My friend from Rid-Of -It Vancouver Junk Removal has suggested that the Main Street Corridor is also an up and coming great neighbourhood if you want to head east of Vancouver.
One of the best things about having your own house built is the liberty to transform any room into something that would cater to your interests or hobbies.
You can have a sunroom built if you crave a sense of openness and you find nature particularly relaxing. You can build a gym at home if you love working out, an art studio if you’re an artist, and so on.
For movie buffs, having a home theater may sound like a good idea; just imagine not having to go out and dress up to watch your favorite movies.
Just like any house additions for special rooms, a home theater calls for specific details for your viewing experience to be truly cinematic.
First and foremost, you have to keep in mind that you are trying to achieve a home theater standard that will make you feel as if you were watching in an actual movie theater – for example, you have to at least aim for a good quality of surround sound. Therefore, you have to invest in quality speakers and position them properly so you can totally enjoy while watching in your home theater.
Another thing to expect is the vibration and noise your home theater can produce which would definitely affect the adjacent rooms. Therefore, making your walls soundproof to avoid disturbance while watching a movie would be a wise move. Or you can have your home theater built in the basement instead.
Since you would be setting up a lot of electric accessories such as speakers or subwoofers, expect that there would be lots of cables and cords. You have to strategically place these cords in a safe and inconspicuous area neatly to make your home theater look great and to avoid any tripping accident.
Choose sturdy and cozy seats and make sure that they are positioned at an optimal distance from your screen so you can watch movies comfortably.
It’s common knowledge that some homeowners have some home renovations or upgrades done to have their properties updated or sometimes, repaired. But, on some occasions, renovations are done to increase a property’s resale value.
However, not every kind of renovation can actually help raise the value of your home. As a matter of fact, the renovations you need to do to your home don’t have to be big ones – they can be simple; you don’t have to turn a room into a home theater or install a swimming pool for your home value to rise.
In choosing the type of home renovation you want to have, you have to think of two things – curb appeal and serviceability.
When it comes to curbing appeal, you should take into consideration parts of your home that immediately get the attention – like your lawn, your door, or the walkway. Proper lawn maintenance or landscaping can help out a lot to make your home nicer to look at. You can clean your door or repaint it to give it a little pop, or you can have paving stones placed on your walkway to spruce it up.
Repainting your exterior and interior walls will make your home look fresher and can attract more people, too,
Another minor adjustment you can do is replacing the lights in your home. An upgrade for your dusty and old sconces will do the trick.
Serviceability, on the other hand, must not be taken for granted. For an instance, you might want to add a second living room in your home thinking it will attract buyers, but some of the tiles in your bathroom are now discolored. Instead of going to the second living room, you should pay attention to improving what you already have and not focus on the more ‘luxurious’ look all the time.
Check for anything that’s not working properly in your home and repair or replace them – faucets, light switches, creaky floorboards, and so on.
When thinking of making an addition to your home, there are numerous rooms you can consider – and one of them is a detached garage.
While some homeowners may immediately prefer an attached garage because building it is more affordable than a detached garage, a detached garage can actually offer you many extra advantages over an attached garage other than just being a safe place to park your car.
One of the most important advantages of a detached garage is that it can give you more security and protection than an attached garage. For an instance, if something bad is to happen to your detached garage, if it caught fire, for instance, the fire won’t easily reach your house because it is contained in another structure. On the other hand, if your garage is attached to your house, the fire can spread quickly and consume your home entirely in a matter of minutes. Another is having a garage will automatically increase the value of your home and increase curb appeal if planning to sell down the road.
Another advantage of a detached garage is that it gives you the freedom to turn the space beside your house to something more appealing, such as a paved patio or a veranda – which will definitely be out of the question if you used that space for an attached garage.
A detached garage can also give you more opportunities to spruce up your home even more – like adding a beautiful roofed walkway from your house to your garage. Not only would this roofed walkway be a decorative addition to your home, but it will also be beneficial (especially during a rainy weather) as you need it to get to your garage from your house.
Since a detached garage is basically a separate structure from your home, you can explore many options to make it more functional than just a garage; you can make use of the space above it and turn it into something useful. Some turn the second story of their detached garage into a place for relaxation or hanging out – like a deck or patio.