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Building an extension for my mother-in-law

I love my mother-in-law but I never planned on living with her permanently. I have been enjoying her living with us now that we have kids but I feel like we all need some extra space so I am getting a granny flat built at the back of our block. This should allow us to have some extra space to make sure everyone has the privacy that they need whilst we can still be a family. This block has some tip on the process of building a granny flat including how to choose a contractor and how to get the council approval for the build.


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Building an extension for my mother-in-law

Three Central Planning Tips for Building a Custom House

by Chloe Cooper

Building a custom home requires planning. If your design and construction plans are not detailed, the success of your project could be compromised. In simple terms, the house building process could become more expensive than expected, and the additional costs could affect your financial well-being. Also, poor planning could mean numerous delays during the construction project. The assumed timeline for completion could be adversely affected. Here are some simple planning guidelines to help you prepare for the construction of your custom home.

Budget before Designing

You should not design your house before determining the budget for the construction of the custom structure. Often, potential homeowners fantasise about their dream homes but forget the financial implications of their dreams. As a result, it is not uncommon for people to design a house they cannot afford to build. You should avoid this financial pitfall by preparing your budget before taking other action. You do not have to give up on your dream custom house. However, you should not get carried away and include all sorts of trendy features. Prioritise the important elements in your desired home and splurge on these features. You should also try to reduce the cost of non-critical elements in the house when designing to avoid going above the budget.

Enhance Land Properties

When designing your new home, you should evaluate the unique properties of your land. Then, you should create a design that enhances the unique characteristics of your lot. Often, people choose to force a specific home design on their property even when it is not suited for the terrain, environment and even the locale. Consequently, the final results are chaotic. You must avoid making this home building mistake. If you are interested in a custom home, you should take the opportunity to develop a design which takes into account the appearance of your land. Do not force a popular type of house onto your property if it does not fit. Otherwise, you will not be able to exploit the full potential of your lot.

Plan for Land Preparation

Finally, you should plan for the preparation of the lot as part of your home construction project. You cannot begin building right away if your site needs to undergo processes such as clearing, grading and levelling. Unfortunately, numerous people forget to account for this stage of building in their budget and timeline. If you do not plan for this aspect, you will end up with unexpected expenses, and your construction work will take longer than projected.