Building a house can be a time-consuming and complex process. Extensive planning and resource management is an effective way to ensure that everything you need is available, on time and on budget.
Building a house attracts many expenses over the life cycle of the project: land purchase costs, design fees, permit fees, finance costs and building costs. To cover these costs, it is essential that finances are secured before the project begins.
Before design planning can begin, a plot of land is needed. The plot must be zoned residential, meaning that it is legal to build a house on that plot, and have no other planning restrictions.
A house can be custom-designed by an architect who will provide highly-detailed plans, however this can be costly and time consuming. Alternatively, package designs can be purchased from design firms, which can provide a less expensive solution.
In almost all localities, permits to build a house will be needed from the local authorities. A full copy of the house plans will be assessed and checked against local building regulations, and alterations to the design may be required.
Once the permits and design are in order, a builder is needed to manage the actual construction of the project, coordinating materials and labor resources on-site.