Building a new home is exciting but the planning can quickly become very stressful, especially when you need to bring the project in within a limited budget. Designing a house to be as economical as possible means considering the cost of each material you will use, as well as the cost of skilled labor to do the actual construction and finish work needed to complete the home. If you are in the planning stages of building your new home and would like to make the process as frugal as possible, here are some ideas you may want to incorporate into your new house plans.
Compress the footprint of the home
One of the first ways to save money when drawing up your house plans is to compress the footprint of the home as much as possible. Big ticket building costs, such as concrete for the foundation and the framing, sheathing, insulation, and shingles for the roof are more costly for a sprawling one-story home than for a comparably sized two- or three-story home that offers the same amount of interior square feet. Two-story homes can also offer more economy once you have moved in because they are typically easier to heat and cool than a similarly sized single-story home. The smaller footprint will also help to minimize the amount of heating and cooling ducts you need to include, offering you an additional way to save on the project costs.
Group plumbing together
Bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and garages all use water and require connections to both the water supply and the sewer system for waste water. If the home is designed so that all these rooms are located within the same general area of the home, instead of being spread out throughout the structure, the installation costs, fixtures, and materials needed for your plumbing system can be drastically reduced.
Take advantage of natural features
Another way to incorporate savings into your design, with the added bonus of reducing utility costs later, is to take advantage of natural features. For instance, if your building lot is hilly, you may want to consider building an earth berm home into the hillside. Since the walls that are built into the hill will not be exposed, they require less materials and labor to finish. Earth berm homes are also known for being very inexpensive to heat and cool, which will help to cut your utility costs throughout your ownership of the home.
To learn more about incorporating frugality into the house plans for your new home, take time to discuss your ideas and needs with a reputable new home contractor in your area.Share
30 May 2019
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