New Build: 7 Practical Benefits of Building Your Own Home

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Trying to decide between buying an existing house, or building your own, isn’t an easy decision to make. Every choice we make is surrounded by pros and cons which invariably delays the outcome. To help you get one step closer to your dream home, we have curated a list of 7 benefits to building new.

1. A Home for You, by You

One of the biggest benefits of building a new home is being able to create a living space that is tailor-made for you and your family now and the future. Anything is possible when you’re in control, and building a home rather than buying one means your personal style is already stamped on everything, so it will really feel like your home from the moment you move in.

Having a blank canvas means you can really think about what your lifestyle is like and build a home that meets those needs. Each family’s requirements are different – find out what’s important to you so you can work it into the design.

Constructing a new home gives you the opportunity to personalise it with modern design and cutting-edge technology. Whether it’s as simple as a walk-in wardrobe or as progressive as a home cinema, you can customise the layout and design of your home to reflect the way you want to live.

2. Energy Efficiency from the start

In today’s world, considering our individual impact on the environment is a big issue. The good news is that when it comes to creating your own property, there are many ways in which you can make it sustainable.

Deciding to build a new home from scratch means you can adopt an energy-efficient approach from day one. Implementing as many sustainable and energy-saving solutions as possible can become a major focus for the future of your build. For example, using a fabric first approach on your new build will ensure you end up with a high performing, energy-efficient home where the performance of the building envelope is maximised.

Other considerations to keep in mind when designing the layout and placement of your building include taking into the account the direction and angle of the sun throughout the year and incorporating larger windows to allow more natural light to flood in, thereby reducing the need for artificial light and hopefully providing some free heat in winter months when sun angles are lower but the risk of overheating is less likely.

You also have the option to include energy efficient appliances, solar panels, heat pumps, insulation, and LED lighting. Another benefit of building a home from the ground up is that you can insulate your roof and walls which will help to keep your house at the optimal temperature all year round. This will not only save your money on bills, but you will also be doing your bit for the environment and reducing your family’s carbon footprint.

3. Cost Effectiveness: Cheaper in the Long Run

Whilst it may in actual fact cost more to build your home from scratch (taking into consideration land and material prices, plus all the additional costs), in the long run you could save money. By starting with a fabric first approach or building to Passivhaus standards you can achieve higher energy efficiency which could ultimately lead to reduced running costs.

This combined with latest construction techniques to prevent damp and the inclusion of double glazing, draft proofing, cavity wall insulation and loft insulation all prevent heat from escaping. Whilst at the same time, reliable central heating systems generate heat as efficiently as possible. The net effect is that new builds are warmer, drier and cheaper to heat which is good for both your pocket and the environment. Fitting eco-friendly appliances and water-conserving plumbing fixtures would also help to reduce utility bills.

Compared to ownership of an older home, which often has hidden costs, your new home would require less time and money to maintain. Building a new home gives you the ability to minimize the maintenance even more due to the use of brand new energy efficient appliances and low maintenance modern materials

Less maintenance, more energy efficiency, and fewer renovations mean lower costs in the long run. A new home may cost more than a resale home upfront, but after years of homeownership, you’ll find that the investment could pay off.

4. Eco-Friendly: New Build homes have a smaller carbon footprint

A lot of architects and builders are now applying their environmental concerns into their projects, which is creating eco-friendly opportunities when it comes to new build homes.

For example, an insulated timber frame system can be built off-site with factory fitted insulation, which then leads to low-carbon construction. This type of timber frame also retains more heat through the factory fitted insulation which will help to increase the thermal efficiency of your home.

More natural methods of construction reduce the environmental footprint and can provide an array of recycling opportunities.

In today’s home-buying market, many houses are outdated when it comes to energy efficiency. Building your home from the ground up will give you the opportunity to install solar panels, and better windows and insulation, so you can save money while also doing your part to save the environment.

5 – Smarter Homes

Things are changing fast in terms of how homes operate. Not only are heating and energy technologies making our lives easier and more comfortable but innovations in lighting, security and entertainment mean smart home automation is more accessible than ever before.

The state-of-the-art technology now found in new appliances and fittings will also help you to future-proof your home. If you build your own property, you can integrate smart tech features into the very fabric of the home during the building process.

6 – Your home will be built to the latest building standards ensuring a future-proofed dwelling

Investing in a new build home will ensure it is built to a high standard. Regulations continue to evolve to guarantee homes are warmer, healthier and safer thanks to better insulation, double glazing and building standards which require the use of fire-resistant materials and electrical wiring protected by circuit breakers.

7 – Peace of Mind

Building new can give you peace of mind by knowing that your new home would be under warranty. All new homes built today are required to comply with strict guidelines and regulations. This is great if you’re building new as you can rest assured that you’ll be covered should any issues arise. All new homes are covered under The Building Act, which gives you a 10-year implied guarantee. Builders should also offer comprehensive guarantees to protect you and your home. These guarantees include a fixed build cost and even a finish date. After you move in, you’ll also be covered by a10-year weather tightness, maintenance and structural guarantee – so you can really feel secure.

In terms of finding a new home that is perfect for your lifestyle, nothing beats new home construction. It may take more time than buying a resale home, it’s certainly a lot more hassle and the costs are highly likely to escalate, but in the end it’s worth the wait. Few people get to say they helped design their own home. It’s a lot of work, but it comes with a sense of great accomplishment. There’s nothing better than getting to see your ideas and dreams come to fruition from the foundation up.

Planning (i.e. consulting with an architect) with an exact brief on what you require is an essential step to building a new home. Please download our preparation checklist for a guide to preparing to brief and meet your architect to make certain you have all the relevant information to hand in a structured format to ensure the meeting is as informative and fruitful as possible.

To find out how you can build your dream home your way, talk to one of our architects today.

 

(Note: this blog is a guide and purely advisory. It is not a legal document.)

 

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