Small House Plans are best Sustainable Structures to Design and Build in 2019
Construction material cost and labor cost is increasing every year even though there is quite a slump in the construction industry for a while. With newer and advanced materials and technology being launched in the market it is quite a unique time to design and build your house. While the idea of constructing a house becomes daunting with the advent of initial budgeting, it is advisable to follow few of the steps mentioned below for achieving the best targeted results
While all the ideas of the house are on paper make a list of all the sustainable building materials which are available locally. This can be further researched along with approx. pricing, company/vendor and transport and life span of the material.
Decide the overall area of the house you actually need. Write down the area of each room and add it up. Then add an extra 10 to 20% extra area for circulation. That is the Grand Total area as your footprint for building the house.
Definitely prepare a list of all the materials you will need to build the house and also all the stages you will go through to build the house. This maybe a bit daunting task, so do consider an architect or a professional consultant like HPI to prepare a BOQ (Bill of Quantities) & WorkChart / Schedule for your house. This will help you to organise the procurement of material and labor on time before the construction begins at site and save lot of precious time and effort & practically money.
Try to choose materials which are locally available. It means, source the one's which are manufactured within your state and not coming from Italy or Australia, etc. I know it sounds unreal, but please do give us a chance and we will be glad to help. You can also help yourself by searching online & making physical trips to lanes in your city for building materials.
Make better house design layouts to allow for better light and cross-ventilation as it will reduce energy consumption costs. Along with this skylights are great opportunity to get good quality sunlight inn to avoid using light during the day & effectively reduce the energy consumption costs.