When it comes to tropical home designs, there are the great ones, and then there are the award winners. These are the tropical homes that have really forged a new path in terms of design. Put simply, they are in a league of their own. So what sets them apart? As much as we like to think it’s price, that isn’t always the case. In fact, some of the most impressive tropical home designs were built on strict budgets.
Building your own home is always an appealing prospect. And if you’ve spent the last few months scouring the property market for the home of your dreams, to no avail, you’re probably ready to give it a go! But what about the costs? You’ve probably heard that building your own home is more expensive than buying a pre-existing home. However, that simply doesn’t have to be the case. If you partner up with an experienced home builder and follow a few simple tips, your homebuilding project can be cheap. Here’s how!
Save on home building costs right from the beginning by choosing a suitable block of land
One of the great joys of building your own home is seeing a great block of land transformed into a house. But on some blocks of land, that can take a bit of extra work. That’s why you need some expert guidance. Blocks of land with tricky topography, unstable soil compositions, or steep slopes are always a challenge. To get a building project underway on one of these blocks will take a lot of preparation. It will also take some pretty technical building methods, and engineering. In other words, it will be expensive! So if you want a sure fire way to keep your home building costs to a minimum, look for a flat block of land with a workable soil composition.
Hiring local home building experts will almost always save on home building costs – here’s why
We hear it all the time: hire locally! Normally, though, we do so to support the local community. But when it comes to building a house, hiring locally can also save on home building costs. Rather than having to pay the added expenses for out of town contractors, you get skilled tradespeople from the local area. Additionally, local construction experts are familiar with local conditions. And in a place with such unique conditions as Cairns, that’s a real bonus! You also get to support local jobs and build a stronger economy for Cairns – the benefits are many and varied.
Simple saves money: a simple internal layout will always help you save on home building costs
There are lots of tricks to designing the perfect interior. But believe it or not, most of these are centred on simplicity. Generally speaking, simple is best when it comes to internal layouts. And that’s lucky, because choosing a simple internal layout will allow you to save on home building costs. Overly complicated interiors take a lot of work and planning, from a lot of skilled professionals. That is always going to mean higher costs, and it won’t always yield the benefits you were expecting.
Looking to add a few unique touches? Some will save on home building costs more than others
One of the foremost benefits of building your own home is that you get to personalise it. Whatever unique little touches you want, you can have. But some come at a higher cost than others. A great example of this is ceiling heights. The materials used in walls and ceiling generally come in standard sized sheets. So if you deviate from the standard size, then your costs will increase inordinately. That is, of course, because it will take time and skill to reshape the materials into a different and uncommon size. That doesn’t mean you can’t though – if you really want certain unique features then go for it! Just keep costs in mind when you are choosing between your options.
A bigger garage can actually help you save on home building costs – here’s how
Finally, let’s take a look at one of our niftiest tricks to save on home building costs: garages. If you build a bigger garage, you will have more storage. That means you don’t need to arrange custom cabinetry in your home’s interior – you can leave it pretty simple. It will look stunning and understated, without compromising on storage around the house. And the best part is that expanding your garage is normally cheaper than expanding your house itself.
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Your children have flown the nest, you’re finding yourself with more time on your hands, and retirement is no longer a distant memory. It’s finally your time to relax! But relaxing can be a bit of a challenge when you still have four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large yard to take care of. And now that it’s all down to you, those jobs are a little bit harder still. It’s pretty easy to see the appeal of downsizing your home! However, if you’re going to go through the process of moving again, you want everything to be perfect. That’s why we have listed a few things to keep in mind when downsizing your home.
There are few periods in your life more exciting than buying your first home. It’s the culmination of hard work, sensible saving and a long-held dream to own your own home! But there is one more step to take: the process of buying. First home buyers probably haven’t encountered the property market before. Needless to say, it can be a little daunting. But help is at hand, in the form of our list of essential information for first home buyers. It might not cover it all, but it will certainly help point you in the right direction.
In any home, the bathroom and kitchen always seem to get the most design attention. But what about the laundry? Your laundry is just as important as the bathroom or kitchen. And, like the bathroom and kitchen, it has a very important purpose! When you design a laundry, it’s vital that you do so with a view to improving its functionality, above all else. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have some fun with your designs! To help you strike the right balance, we have listed some of our favourite laundry design tips. Hopefully, they can help you make a start.
The beautiful Cairns region is one of the best places in Australia for building a beach house. You can enjoy stunning rainforest, beautiful calm seas and some of the most interesting tropical landscape in the country. But building a beach house isn’t the same as building a suburban house. Firstly, you are going to need some expert help! And secondly, you will need to think about a few things before you start your project. To help you get the ball rolling, we have made an expert guide to building a beach house. Hopefully these tips will help point you in the right direction.
Buying a house is exciting, but nothing quite matches the excitement of building a new home. It’s an opportunity for you to showcase your creativity and tailor a house to you and your lifestyle. But there are a lot of steps, which raises the question: how long does it take to build a new home?
When it comes to home maintenance, it’s easy to get caught up indoors. After all, that’s where we spend most of our time. But to make your home really shine, garden upkeep is key! Your garden stands out as much as your home itself. It’s the first thing people see from the street, and a good garden can really set you apart. So spending some time on garden upkeep is a relaxing and productive way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Are you gearing up for the next stage of your life by building a new home? It doesn’t get much more exciting than that! But it’s also a big investment. In fact, it’s probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make. But we don’t mean to scare you because it will definitely be the most rewarding! So how can you make sure that everything goes perfectly? Well, there are a few ways. Over the years, we have noticed a few of the main mistakes people make when building a new home. If you can avoid them, the world is your oyster!
Inspecting a house is the most important step of the buying process. If you are about to enter into one of the biggest investments of your life, you will want to make sure it is worth it! But how can you tell if a house is perfect for you during an inspection? Experienced homebuyers will all have advice for you, and there is likely to be a few common themes that arise. To make things a bit easier, we have collected some of these tips and put them in a list for you.