5 Points to Consider Before Taking on a New Building Project

So, you’ve decided on a new building project and you can’t wait to get stuck in. Seeing a project come to life is incredibly satisfying and exciting, but it can throw up a number of pitfalls that can throw your project off schedule or incur additional costs. The key is preparation.

Here are 5 points to consider before you start your building project:

  1. Write a Plan

No project should ever be undertaken without a solid plan. Planning your project enables you agree a budget, outlay expected timings, source available materials and assess what sort of impact the work might have on day-to-day living. The more forward-thinking you are, you less likely you are to be steered off course, resulting in something you didn’t envisage. Plans can be subject to change, but it’s much better to adjust at checkpoints rather than be forced to adapt due to unforeseen events.

  1. Agree on a Design

Ensure you are clear on your ideas. Everybody’s tastes differ and your perception of the finished article might be somewhat different to that of other members of your family. Different designs might also warrant different materials. For example, if you are all about natural designs that promote sustainability or respect for the environment, you might want to consider looking at eco-friendly materials like precast concrete, bamboo and recycled steel.

  1. Consider Planning Permission and Building Regulations

Planning permission is important because it looks at the appearance and impact of your project on your neighbours. Whereas, building regulations consider the construction elements and whether these pose a risk to health and safety. Building regulations are usually required on new projects such as new builds, extensions etc as well as changes you make internally to your home. Planning permission however is not usually required for internal projects. No matter what you're undertaking, always ensure you research what’s required. Failure to get permission granted can cause you significant issues. (Read more on understanding building regulations here).

  1. Stick to Your Budget

One of the most common issues with building projects is spending more than was originally budgeted for. Sometimes this can’t be helped if your project throws up some surprises beyond your control. One thing you can control is avoiding getting carried away with spending on materials that you didn’t include in the plan. It’s easy to lose yourself in the excitement of the project and justify some lavish purchases but be careful because it can mount up.

  1. Consider an Architect

If you don’t have much experience in building projects, consider getting the expert advice of an architect. Their expertise could save you a lot of time and will help you to decide on the right design and materials that work with the rest of your home. They can also advise where you might be wasting your budget. Choose an architect that is ARB registered which means you are getting someone who is certified and has years of training and excellent vision and creativity.

Having a plan limits the things that can go wrong and makes it much more likely for your finished project to resemble what you had envisaged to begin with. Building projects can be a significant outlay so it’s important to get it right from the beginning.

For more information on your building project, get in touch with Bluelime Projects. We have an experienced architect team who can help walk you through the whole process of your new building project.

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