But even in these harsh economic times, it is possible to reduce building costs – without compromising on quality and style – by adopting the following strategies:
1.) Find great prices
Rather than having your contractor purchase the required building materials, go buy them yourself. This way you will get them cheaper than if the contractor billed you for them. Most contractors usually mark up the price before billing their clients.
2.) Minimize change orders
Planning before embarking on construction can greatly reduce the number of change orders in your project. Change orders are the most common reasons a project exceeds the budget as they are not planned for in the original budgeting. Always be watchful on any changes to the original plan as you will be responsible for the extra costs unless otherwise agreed by you and your contractor.
3.) Consider size, style and shape of the house
(i) Size – Consider building a house with a depth of less than 32 feet so as to eliminate the need for specially designed trusses. It is also advisable to work with even numbers and to always have the size of your house rounded up or down to the additions of two feet. By doing this you stand a chance to reduce the amount of wasted materials.
(ii) Style – The style of your house greatly determines the cost. For example, a two-story house will cost less (per square foot) than a single-story house of similar square footage. The former will have a smaller roof and foundation. Besides, ventilation and plumbing in a two-story house tend to be more compact.
(iii) Shape – Consider minimizing corners and angles in your house as they increase the amount of materials and labour required to complete the house. If possible go for a rectangular or dome shaped house as it will cost less to build.
4.) Bargain, bargain!
It might sound lame, but this is one of the easiest ways to save cash on your project. Ask for discounts whenever you go shopping for materials. Look for stores offering annual sales and compare prices with other stores and go with the best.
Building a house, as you will realize, does not have to be so expensive. All you need to do is to think outside the box to ensure you are able to reduce building costs without compromising on the quality of your new home.