10 ways to build a new and safe home for your family that’s within your budget
Building a home would require skilled manpower and a lot of tools and construction materials. With the cost of materials becoming more expensive each year, we would like to discuss this in more detail and give some useful tips to reduce the cost price of the materials and stay within your budget when you build a new home.
House prices differ significantly per municipality
The location has a major influence on the cost price of a new-build home . Most people want to live in the city, close to friends and family or a short distance from work. But these locations can be significantly more expensive than, say, the region just outside the city center or a neighboring municipality right next to your ideal location. So be careful where you want to build. This way you can easily save several thousands or even tens of thousands of euros for the same home.
Build higher, avoid complicated constructions
A simple construction without many nooks and crannies is always a good choice. It significantly reduces contractor working hours and material use. Building a new house in height instead of width means that you need less foundation and fewer materials for your roof. Of course, this only applies if you compare homes with an equally large living area.
Compact construction = more efficient construction
By compact construction, we do not mean to live smaller. Compact construction has everything to do with the more efficient division of spaces and the search for the ideal ratio between the largest possible living area (which must be heated) and the smallest possible ‘loss area’ (through which energy can be lost, such as external walls). , ground and roofs). Orienting the living room to the south and the storage room to the north is an example of efficient construction. Other examples: a cubic house, a spiral staircase instead of a straight staircase, closed buildings, etc.
Efficient construction not only reduces the cost price of a new-build home but also results in a lower e-level and therefore a lighter energy bill.
Garage or carport outside the house
Do you want to build efficiently? In that case, do not provide a garage in the house. That takes up a lot of valuable living space. It is better to place the garage outside the house. Or opt for a carport instead of a brick garage, then you will save yourself even more costs.
Stable foundation bearing capacity
Make sure that the ground on which you build has sufficient bearing capacity. Unstable building land can lead to high costs. Are you unsure about the carrying capacity? Then perform a probe first.
Choice of materials: go for value for money
Without compromising too much on quality or personal taste, you can strive for an ideal price-quality ratio with your choice of materials. This way you can quickly save a lot of euros.
Be inspired by these examples:
- Floor covering: laminate is, per square meter, a lot cheaper than parquet.
- Interior doors: MDF weighs less on your budget than glass or oak.
- Windows and doors: PVC is cheaper than aluminum and easier to maintain than wood. In addition, it is a strong building material that insulates well.
- Kitchen: why budget yourself in a custom kitchen or in a design kitchen when a solid standard kitchen already perfectly matches your lifestyle? And granite or composite as worktop? Doesn’t have to at all. Wood, stainless steel, or bluestone cost less and can have the same character.
- Outdoor lawn: Composite mats are great choices for outdoor lawns.
Do you want to build energy-efficiently? Insulate your new home, especially the roof and walls. And make use of renewable energy sources such as solar panels, a heat pump and a solar water heater. There is of course a price tag attached to this, but it is definitely a good investment in the future. You ultimately pay less for your energy consumption, so that this investment is already earned back after a number of years (depending on the size of the investment).
Attention: make sure you don’t ‘overinvest’. Accurately calculate in advance which efforts are required to reduce your energy consumption as efficiently as possible.
Handy? Roll up your sleeves yourself
Are you handy and can you regularly free up some time to perform certain activities yourself? Then you can save a lot on the working hours of contractors. We are not talking about complex tasks such as plastering, but about certain jobs that are not difficult but still cost a lot of man hours: painting the walls and ceiling, assembling a kitchen, carrying out preparatory work, etc.
Build a key to the door
With the turnkey construction concept , 1 construction company arranges the entire construction process . Building with a turnkey construction company is synonymous with carefree construction . You have 1 point of contact, we only work with professionals who work out a proposal according to your budget and preferences.
With turnkey building, the construction period is usually also shorter because a separate contractor does not have to be contacted for every job.
Applying for grants
Anyone who builds can also claim subsidies for the construction of a new-build home. Check here whether you can get certain subsidies for energy-saving measures.