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It's decision time
So you've decided to build a home - great! Building your own home gives you
the advantage of getting a home that suits you & the way you live.
Now the decisions start ......... There are hundreds of decisions you will
need to make throughout this process. Firstly what section will you buy?
Then to find a plan that suits the section & your requirements.
If you go to a company like Breen Homes to design & build your home you can
be assured you have the right people on board to help with the multitude of
decisions you will need to make.
Here are a few things you will need to consider just to get you started:
How many bedrooms & bathrooms. Open plan living? Additional TV nook or
lounge? Grand entrance? Laundry inside or in the garage? Style of kitchen?
Walk in pantry? Roof type eg. Mono pitch, gable, hip or square? Types of
wall cladding outside? Heating? Tiles or other hard flooring? These are
just a few things you will need to consider!
All this & you have not even started thinking about colour, textures,
patterns, drapes etc.
So how do you go about starting & knowing what all these things mean or
how they look?
Talk to the right people - find a good company with a good reputation. Get
recommendations from other people that have built with that company - dont
be afraid to ask for references!
Make sure they have building knowledge, can interpret your ideas into
drawings, can show you a 3D image of what it will look like, have someone on
board to help with colour consulting & design, have great project managers,
awesome foreman & building crew - at Breen Homes you find all of this!
When you get this mix of experienced people together, it will make building
a new home enjoyable & fun! You will stay well informed, be given choices
of finishing details, have a home built to a high standard, on time & on
You will move in knowing you have just completed a life changing project &
best of all it will suit you & your family perfectly!!!
Building... your own home
A dream worth chasing
When contemplating your dream home it's pretty easy
to imagine one or two of the specifics you're after, but
not so straightforward to visualise the whole.
Go on: try it.
Chances are you'll get more of an
overall emotional impression of the
home you desire, with a sense of warmth,
security and relaxed comfort, maybe with a
particular image of you in your favourite chair
by the toasty fire.
I'll guarantee that pink batts, corrugated iron
and the concrete truck are nowhere to be
However, when it comes to the nitty gritty of
actually constructing a new home from
scratch, it soon becomes apparent there's a
multiplicity of choices out there.
So say you're determined to start afresh,
because you've found that stunning section
with awesome views -- what are some of the
One of the most straightforward routes to
take is to get a third-party construction
company to manage the whole process for
you, from go to whoa.
Your input here could be confined to the
pleasurable activity of selecting a template
from the catalogue and choosing the fittings.
It may not be the most economical option
however, and if finance is your driving factor,
perhaps a prefabricated unit might be the
These come in a very diverse and flexible
range of sizes and styles nowadays, and
greatly simplify and speed up the process of
creating a new home.
A similar option which has worked for many is
the transplantation of an existing house to
your section by road.
And if ecology rather than economy is your
watchword, then there are several exciting
options out there for you in today's
environmentally responsible climate.
The likelihood is that your project will become
a piecemeal self-build, as you select from a
vast palette of ingenious devices to save you
power, heat and resources, but the end results
could be impressive.
Straw bale houses are another alternative,
said to be ecologically sound and certainly a
novel approach to the housing question.
Many of you, however, are likely to be so
excited by that ''emotional impression'' of
your own private castle that you'll opt to
manage and perhaps even execute the entire
process yourself, from design to build to
finishing in your own inimitable style.
Remember: it's a dream worth chasing. Make
Consider home extensions
Does it ever feel like your home is getting a bit
Our situation in life doesn't always match
up to earlier expectations, and one area
where this is particularly true is in
regard to family size.
The best-laid plans for your nuclear family
soon go out the window when real life takes
over and, before you know it, you're at the
head of quite a tribe!
And as families grow, both in number and
age, what was perfectly adequate for a young
couple and baby suddenly feels a bit tight for
Mum's crafts, Dad's DIY, two teenagers, a
tearaway toddler, Fido and Tiddles.
But perhaps you, like your house, the suburb
and all your friends, neighbours, shops,
schools and parks that have become familiar
fixtures over the years?
Not to mention the million-dollar view.
So unless you're prepared to up sticks and
move away from all those carefully
established networks and comfortable sur-
rounds, you're left with but one option: build
Now if your kids are of an age when a
sleepout is a possibility, you might consider
converting part of an existing shed or garage
into living quarters, or possibly throwing up a
This could be a reasonably cheap and
straightforward solution to your pressing
However, your circumstances may be better
served by adding an extension to your main
Try and think creatively about the project.
Do you have a high gable?
If so, it may be possible to convert your loft
space into additional living spaces, with the
benefit of not actually changing your
The views could be even better from on high,
It may transpire that sticking another room
somewhere on the outside of your house
works best, however, and then it would pay to
get expert help, at the very least during the
An architectural designer can draw up plans
for consideration by the council's planning
department, and from which a qualified
builder can work.
Getting the professionals involved will ensure
a painless and trouble-free transition from
three to four-beds.
Then you and your brood can get on with the
pleasurable business of living in your new,
With just a little less friction.
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