If you are considering building a new home for the New Year or if you are embarking on a planning a renovation in Chigwell, Loughton of Woodford the first question to ask yourself is. What is my budget? With so many design and construction considerations affecting any project it’s essential to know the opportunities and limitations early to avoid disappointment later.
Understandably some are reluctant to reveal their budgets for a number of reasons. It might be that they don’t want to stifle the designer or architects creativity by providing them with budget constraints. But of course many want the budget to be run well and hope the final construction cost, once tendered out to builders, will come in under budget. If you reveal your real budget people worry it will affect the final construction costs.
It’s a hard balance but without a budget, a designer is left sailing through open waters without a compass or a destination. Without direction, who knows where they will end up? The last outcome anyone wants is a house designed that fits the bill but is out of the price range.
Be careful not to just go for size if your budget doesn’t allow you to have a home that meets your brief, you might want to consider building a smaller or simpler house. A house designed just for the sake of being large may mean that all those interesting design details discussed at concept stage may end up being stripped away to meet the overall budget, denying you the pleasure of an amazing bespoke home just for you.