Houses of Cards and Dealing with Budgets

Our tips on how to handle the Budget of building your new home.

Budget: it’s an ugly word to many. But to some, having a well thought out budget is like holding a good hand at cards. This is what you have got to play with and the fun is getting the very best out of it. 

Whether you are renovating an existing home or going all in and having a new house constructed, there are many aspects to consider that will affect your budget. Getting familiar with these aspects will help you save a buck and hopefully enable you to include those dreamy characteristics you always wanted for your dream home. 

So, if you’re playing, here are a few considerations to keep in mind that can greatly impact your budget.

The Planning Stage

  • Size

At the risk of stating the obvious, the size you want your house to be is going to be the biggest thing to put a dent in your budget. Making a home smaller can free up a lot more cash for the luxuries you always wanted. Likewise, simplifying your carefully planned interior design details may allow for more space to be added to your building plan. 

  • Access

One of the perks of hiring custom home builders is that they will organise all the materials needed to construct your new house. But before you kick back with a cocktail to watch your dreams unfold, consider the accessibility your property has to offer. Is there plenty of space for building materials to be stored or is your builder going to have to play Tetris to avoid disturbing neighbours and upset the flow of traffic? Limits to access equal limits in your budget. Brisbane builders will potentially pay more for a beautiful pavilion style home than in less built-up parts of the state. 

  • Shape

Custom designed modern homes in QLD come in all shapes and sizes. Designers love intersecting lines and curving walls but bricklayers, stonemasons and plasterers might feel differently. The cost of adding interesting angles and lines to your design will make a significant impact on your budget, not to mention the time it takes to build. The same can be said for rooflines. Consider the complexity of your design and if it will positively or negatively affect your budget. 

The Building Stage 

  • Materials

The materials of your dream home can sometimes feel like a non-negotiable aspect of your design. But if you are willing to wiggle then it can be a great way to save on costs. While cheaper building materials like cladding and construction timbers are out there they are not necessarily going to save you money in the long run. Consider the durability of materials and their lifespan as a way of saving big bucks. 

  • Bespoke Customs

New builds in Brisbane are featuring special details to make homes stand out. Hampton style homes are south QLD’s new favourite and part of the architectural design of these is custom skirting boards, architraves, gables, and railings. All of these finer points are amazing for infusing your home with individuality. While pairing back on these aesthetic options is usually the first recommendation when budgeting, remember that these custom features have far less of an effect on your wallet as the size and shape of your design. 

QLD home builders often offer standard plans for home design as well as customization. Standardization of building design allows some companies to provide a more accurate quote of construction costs right down to fittings and fixtures. A hot tip is to choose a few key custom features and to combine with more affordable standard options. 

Play your cards right – get in touch with O’Shea and Sons for more information about getting the most out of your budget and the most into your designer home.