Posts Tagged ‘Home building’

House hunting

Written on September 29th, 2010 by sassymomno shouts

Buying a house can definitely a test of a person’s patience. It can be both difficult and exciting at the same time. The prospect of seeing a new house can be thrilling and once you know it’s not feasible, frustration comes in. Yes, it can be a roller coaster ride.

After experiencing these kinds of setback, I have now learned to control my emotions and prevent myself from getting too excited whenever there’s a new prospect arrives.

So, what do we really look for in a house?

BUDGET – Looking for a house in the Metropolis, can be doubly hard with the high price of land here. The area per square meter can give you a heart attack. It’s probably one of the major stumbling blocks in our house hunting. Although we can easily get one outside the Metro, but both me and hubs have grown up in similar places and we would not want our children to experience the stress of commuting everyday and facing the horrible traffic.

SECURITY AND SAFETY – Although we are not looking for a gated community, yet the environment should be secure enough for our family. The environment is a very important factor in raising kids. The place should be within a residential area and most likely away from main thoroughfares or commercial area.

PARKING – Everybody knows how narrow our streets are in Manila. So we want a place where we can park without obstruction or without waking up the neighbours just to move their car so we can go out. Plus, we love to entertain and it’s easy to invite friends if they would not have to worry about where to park and the security of their vehicles.

SPACE -  The trend nowadays are high rise building and believe me we have tried living in a condominium and if it’s just me and hubs, that would definitely work but with kids, it’s kinda hard to move around.

FIXTURES – Being married to someone who is technically inclined can be an advantage as well as a disadvantage. Hubs would rather build a house from scratch since he can lessen the cost but it’s hard to find just a lot without a house. I definitely agree with him because building your own house, you can customize your space according to your needs plus you can buy the fixtures you prefer.

When looking at a condominium, house or a town house that is already built, we look at the fixtures used, if they are of good quality or not. Like if you see that they use brands like Schlage on the locks and door knobs, the contractor definitely gave quality a priority.

Oh well, as of this time we still haven’t had the luck of finding the house that we’ll call our home. I leave everything up to the LORD. I know in HIS time, he will grant us our prayers.

Building a house

Written on April 23rd, 2010 by sassymomone shout

Floor Plan
The process of building you own home could be an arduous task but exciting at the same time. Like most people you want your house to be unique but more importantly it should meet you and your family’s specific needs. A lot of things should be taken into consideration before you start building, just think of the investment you are putting into, so better be certain in all the decisions that you will make.
As I constantly accompany my husband in meeting with his clients I have learned a couple of things that helped him and the home owners build their dream homes. Most of his clients already have an idea in their mind as to what their house would look like — sometimes they would bring with them photos or magazines which inspired them.

Choose a reputable contractor/architect – Gone are the days, when you only hire carpenters to do construction. A qualified contractor/architect will be cheaper in the long run since you will avoid any rectification in the latter part. Ask around, get referrals from your friends, I am sure you will find a reputable person whom you can trust and work with.
Working on a Budget – everyone is working on a budget, the easiest way to work within it, is to separate your “needs” from your “wants”. The excitement of making your house really beautiful can truly be overwhelming but you need to control the urge. Know your priorities, the beautification process can follow once the house is built. Slowly but surely your house will be the way you want it to be.
Be involved with the design – your home is not just a place to live but it reflects your personality and style. The architect is there to put into perspective the design you have in mind. They will implement your design based on your specifications.
Ask questions. It’s your home that you are building not the architect’s home; it is your right to ask anything that bothers you. A good contractor should be willing to answer all your queries whenever possible.
Monitor the progress. It is best that you keep an eye on the construction as often as you can. This way you can catch mistakes early. Remember it is easier and cheaper to correct mistakes early on rather than wait. Call the attention of your contractor immediately.
Furniture and Fixtures – the best money saving thing can do is to not include these things in the builder’s contract but put in an allowance for installation. This way you get to choose your own lighting fixture, kitchen fixtures, faucets, toilet bowls. You can even buy things specific to your needs, like if you need a bath tub, walk in tubs, your own spa or whatever your requirements are.
Setting the time frame — Be prepared for setbacks but let your contractor know that you only tolerate minimal delays. Your contractor should have presented you a schedule in the beginning, let them know that you are monitoring this.
Soon, you will have the house that you have been dreaming of. Don’t worry if most of the furnishing are still complete, as long you have all the necessary things to make your home ready to live, that’s acceptable. You will soon be able to furnish your house one at a time.