Building structure can be a tedious process that could go on for months or years depending on one’s budget. Construction of a building typically starts with planning and designs by the architect through the customer’s requirements then it proceeds to financing the project until its assembled and ready for use. Most clients want to build a house that would reflect their character but within a manageable budget and yet fit their personal aesthetic requirement, this could be a difficult task to achieve without taking measures to reduce costs where necessary, that is why we’ve assembled a few tips to get you started.
Compare Proposals and Choose Wisely
Knowledge they say is electricity so therefore being informed before making any choice be it materials, styles and most notably the implementation is essential to choose wisely. To properly do this you need to receive several suggestions and quotas from various contractors and subcontractors which states their requirements for labor, supervision and materials with the price attached, this will enable you compare and contrast between them and choose wisely the one that fits into your budget and get references to be sure whomever you choose can deliver to the standard you need and to receive a well-rounded picture of the individual you are working with, this can allow you to avoid extra expenses to correct errors which could be incurred as a result of poor management by the contractor.
Improvise During Construction
There are numerous requirements and expectations which goes into a building one of which include kitchen cabinets and wardrobes, these can cost you a lot if you’re building them off-site then before installing them. However you can save a lot of money by building them on site yourself, with only minimal masonry and labor you could build a more sustainable kitchen cabinets and wardrobe then finish it with marble tiles or stone that looks amazing and would last longer than the wooden one made off-site.
Adapt Sustainable Execution
To consider one has to avoid anything that would incur unnecessary problems later on since it not only lowers the quality of the building it also affects your investment.
The execution of phases like plumbing and electrical fittings could generate faults afterwards if not handled properly, for example we have noticed that conduit system of installation of plumbing fittings can be hard to maintain if demand arises because breaking of the walls and patching it up destroys the aesthetic value of the building as well as the structural value. To avoid this however it’s ideal to adapt the duct system through planning so that supply can be made for the plumbing within the building where the pipes could pass then later can be covered with aluminum louvers, that way it’s neat and sustainable.
Building materials today are of different types and from different companies, the market is filled with substandard products due to the fact that lots of companies reproduce materials made by other companies for a cheaper price but for lesser quality, so it would benefit you to make proper enquiries for expert advice on materials from contractors in order that they can advocate quality materials for good rates. In some cases these contractors or subcontractors can get you a better deal on bulk items like timber, paint and fittings since they may have a close relationship with the traders.
In building construction materials can be salvaged and reused however possible, often materials that could be reused are wasted during stages of construction. Materials like timber which serve several function in structure like formwork, scaffoldings, bracing etc can still be reused, such as planks used as formwork for floor slab might also be refused for lintels and beams thereby saving you additional cost on purchasing extra wood. The important thing to notice is to be careful when eliminating the formwork so as to not damage them too badly.
Provide Your Own Water
A normal building construction site needs constant water for almost every activity so if you supply your own supply of water without needing to buy you will save yourself a whole lot, you can accomplish this by digging a temporal well or digging a borehole. This source of water may also benefit you in the event that you opt to mould your own masonry blocks on site, eventually it could be kept for use after the project is completed.
Security for Materials
Theft and vandalism is a frequent thing in building industry so that it would be smart to seek to secure your stuff ahead, most people build a temporal storage space with a container or built with roofing material. This will be used to store your materials till you finish the project, if however the storage isn’t serving its purpose maybe you could hire a security personnel to guard the area.