Do you have questions on how to build a home? I have answers! Many times I’m asked this question, “Where, what or how do we start planning for our new dream home? ” The answer isn’t what most people were thinking. You probably have been looking into Floor Plan Books, maybe even been driving around the community where you might want to live, perhaps raise a family, or after the children have moved on, down size into that dream home just for the two of you ( or maybe not… ). Typically you are surprised with my answer.
What most people do in their preparation before we meet is all well in good, but that’s not the beginning. The beginning is “BUDGET”. Yes budget or what I joke in saying “Spending Allocation”, they both mean the same thing; the last phrase sounds so much better. Can you guess who is the spender in our family? Yes the first thing to start with is Budget. Counting the cost. Driving in the areas you’re interested in and or looking at plan ideas is a good thing, but without a budget hopes could be dashed. The good news, with budgeting it does indeed help you get what you want and be very happy with your purchase.
My wife and I follow a simple rule because we saw it in action in our personal life’s growing up. My quote to live by is “There is no house known to man that is worth being House broke over”. We all have seen the results of that for many years. When I design a house that you will make a Home out of with all the memories that come with it, I don’t want one of those memories to be closing the door and handing off the key to the lender (if you financed it) and driving away. I know what I just said isn’t a good feeling. The Great news is if you start with a budget most likely you won’t be driving away after handing the keys back to the lender. It will be the joy of handing the key to another family who in turn will create their own memories. You will be driving to your new home, which I design for you, and it’s there with your adjusted budget new memories will be started. (Yes I have repeat Custom Home Customers. I’ve been designing custom homes for over 40 years).
Now folks, there are formulas out there to create a budget and I can sit down with you to assist in designing one. Remember “Budget” or as I like to call it ” Spending Allocation” is a Great thing. It’s in the counting of the cost that makes it so much more enjoyable. Before you think it’s only you that has to do this and other families who you might think don’t have to, those people need it more than you and I tell them that. Nobody wants to drive home to their house and be reminded they can’t go anywhere to have fun, because they are “House Broke”.
Ending, if you have read all the way thru this subject…..guess what….You’re the type of person who now gets it. If you wish, continue driving the areas (Later I’ll have a tip on that) and if you must look at plans (I personally as a professional residential designer would wish you didn’t or at least look at my Custom Designed Home Plans) go ahead and do that, but make sure you are aware of what your budget is and that you now know how to count the cost. Enjoy the drive it really is a lot of fun. Hope you enjoyed this Home Design Tip. Thank you for reading.