Building a house is a big project that requires months and even years of planning. For some, it’s easier to hire a project manager to oversee the project and deal with laborers directly, but other people prefer a more hands on approach and like prospect of tackling the project head on.
There is a never ending list of things to consider that professional project managers will be aware of, and for the most part, amateurs will be aware of, too. That being said, there are a handful of tasks that can easily get lost in the masses of things that need to be done. So, if you’re considering building your own house, here are three things you should remember to put on your list.
1. Building Waste
Building a house – like any home improvement or renovation project – produces masses of waste. Knowing what to do with this waste can be tricky and is something that all too slips to the bottom of the house build to-do list, but it’s an important thing to consider. Firstly, you will need to be organized and discuss with the tradespeople working on your house whether they will be supplying waste management. If not, you’ll need to think about sourcing it yourself. It’s important that you go about this in the most efficient and cost-effective way, but you will also need to think about the environmental impact and consider what can be recycled versus what can’t be re-used during your project.
A common option is to use a skip that goes to landfill, but items like wood can be recycled or donated for another use.
Whichever waste option you choose, make sure you implement it in good time to keep the building site tidy and workable for everyone.
2. Height of Utilities
When you build a house you’re likely to make it personal to you and your family, and a big part of that is considering the height of things. Unless you specify otherwise, bathroom/kitchen fitters will automatically place kitchen cabinets or showerheads at a standard height, but that might be suitable for you and your household. If you have someone over six foot, you’ll need to make a conscious effort to let the bathroom fitter know to install the showerhead higher than is normal so that everyone can use the shower with ease.
On the other hand, if you have a smaller than average person living in your house, they’ll need to be able to access things like kitchen cupboards in the same way everyone else can. This might mean letting your kitchen fitter know to put the cupboards at a slightly lower height, or to not make shelves quite as deep.
Builders are extremely talented and great at their jobs, but they don’t always look at things from a practical use point of view. Sometimes, they will set out with a goal of making something work, not taking into account the surrounding area or practical uses in everyday life.
A good example of this is doors. A builder’s goal is to make a room accessible, and whilst they might succeed in this, they might not necessarily think about real-life instances such as if two doors are open at the same time. This is something you might not necessarily think about, but that will soon make itself known following the conclusion of the project. Make sure you think about the direction of the doors and the practicality of it.
These are just three of the million things you’ll need to think about when building a house. Hopefully everything goes smoothly and you don’t forget anything too important!