Building a house can be an expensive venture.
There are however ways to save money without cutting corners, helping to keep your budget under control.
When it comes to constructing a house, you never want to scrimp on building materials or on the construction method of your build.
You want to ensure that your house is built properly, so it is important that you chose a reputable building company that uses certified and approved materials. After all, you want this house to be your home.
So, with scrimping on build quality out of the question, what ways can you save money when building a house?
Let’s explore 3 Ways to Save Money When Building a House.
3 Ways to Save Money When Building a House.
1. Build a Passive House
New homes that are built today, must be 60% more energy-efficient (versus 2005) under current regulations, which in effect means that every new dwelling built today must achieve an energy rating of A3. So if this is the standard, why not go the extra mile and strive for 90% efficiency!?
In the past, people have steered away from passive housing as it has been deemed as “too expensive” – however, this is no longer the case as a recent case study suggests that they can be cheaper to build versus the current standard. Read the article here: https://passivehouseplus.ie/magazine/new-build/the-builder-s-view-why-passive-house-doesn-t-cost-extra
The energy efficiency of a Passive House is huge with claims suggesting up to 90% in cost savings. This is partly because Passive House buildings are better insulated and much more airtight than a regular build. “Passive House” is a standard, not a building type and if done correctly, it is a fantastic investment that will save you money year after year!
2. Design and Build
Choosing to work with a contractor that offers a “Design and Build” program is a smart choice and one that can save you money. For example, at Avant-Garde Construction, we have three “Design and Build” options available to our clients.
- Choose from an extensive array of designs that need no modification. They are generous in size and offer fantastic living specifications. This option can save you thousands of Pounds versus outsourced architectural and structural designs.
- Customise one of our designs to your own specification and design ideas.
- Develop a custom design with our Architect to design the home of your dreams.
Opting for “Design and Build” can not only save you money in the short term, but the build process is also likely to be much smoother as well. Everything from start to finish is “in house” giving you the benefit of less stress as you only deal with one contractor.
3.Fixtures and Fittings
There are huge amounts of money to be saved when shopping for your kitchen units, appliances, and bathroom units. Not only do large retailers have sale and clearance events throughout the year, most are also willing to negotiate on price or throw something in for free. Catch them at the right time, and they may have an ex-display kitchen on offer too.
There is also a huge amount of ex-display kitchens and bathrooms available through online companies that offer massive savings over the RRP. Most offer nationwide delivery and a fitting service as well so this is a fantastic option if you are looking to grab a bargain.
At the end of the day, whether you choose to build a timber-framed house or traditional brick and block with or without Passive House standard, Avant-Garde Construction is here to help you every step of the way. Our Floor plans are some of the best in the industry and the quality of our work is of a very high standard.
We believe that anything is possible – It’s finding the right solution that matters most!