Building a house a room at a time can be very rewarding and can save you money, but it also comes with a set of challenges. If you are planning on building a house yourself and want to complete it a room at a time, forward planning, budgeting and scheduling of the building work are very important.
Create a cost budget and time schedule for the house design and construction. Building a house a room at a time can take much longer than a typical house-building project and end up being more expensive unless you carefully schedule when tradespeople, such as plumbers and electricians, will be working on your project and manage their time to be as efficient as possible.
Plan on doing a lot of the building work yourself, and engage a licensed builder to help you with difficult parts of the construction. Doing the work yourself is a good way of keeping labor costs down.
Finalize the design and obtain permits for the entire house before starting the construction work. Permitting and building a house in rooms will not be time efficient and it will cost more in permitting fees and inspections. Having the house design complete is also important so the building has a cohesive look, even though the work is being completed in stages.
If possible, complete the entire building envelope first, with walls, roof, windows and doors installed. The weatherproofing of your house is a top priority and will be more cost effective if it is done first all in one go. After a building is closed in, then you can work on the interior finishing and services at your own pace.
Complete the rooms in the order of how you will occupy them. This order is likely to be bathroom, kitchen and then either bedrooms or living spaces.
Schedule work done by tradespeople at the same time if possible. Grouping bathroom and kitchen construction together will help keep building costs down, as your plumber and electrician will be able to work efficiently on more than one room, saving time and money.