Benefits of having your own design
The major advantage in commissioning an architect and eventually building your own home is that you get a completed home that ideally meets your needs, both in terms of function and quality.
Today, most spec homes are built using builders grade products in order to minimise costs and maximise profits for both the builder and real estate agent. A spec home is built according to specifications from the contractor. Most spec homes are sold once the house is built.
As a result, the new home owner frequently winds up purchasing a home that has products installed, e.g. appliances and cabinets, that have short life expectancies. In addition, with a spec home, its pretty much what-you-see-is-what-you-get, both in terms of layout and room sizes.
You can choose the floor layout and room sizes. additionally, you have
the freedom of lot selection, home style, choosing from contemporary to
modern to victorian and traditional. You can also choose cabinet and flooring
selections, window and doors, siding material and colour and lighting,
There are also high end hardware stores in Uganda that may stock these building materials and finishes. Consequently, you should expect to spend two to three times more per square metre on construction costs when building a fully custom home.
Here, the owner gets to choose their own finish materials that reflect their tastes. As a result, building a semi-custom home provides you with the ability to select some of your homes features without blowing your home budget.
When building a semi custom home, the builder may actually present you with several house styles and floor plans to choose from. In addition, you are usually allowed to select flooring, cabinets, appliances, lighting fixtures and locations. The flexibility is offered through budget allowances.
For instance, a builder may offer you a Shs2m bathroom appliance allowance where you choose what bathroom appliances you want installed. If you decide to purchase appliances in excess of the allowance, then you pay the additional costs.
Deciding to build a custom home is not for the faint of heart. Even if you have selected a great architect and builder, you will be required to do a lot of work and make a lot of choices. Expect to spend many a day at kitchen and bath centres, flooring and lighting stores.
You will need to make decisions on many aspects of your custom home that
you would not otherwise have a chance to do if purchasing a spec home.
Article by: Joe Nuwamanya - www.monitor.co.ug