What strategies should we follow to adjust and reduce the cost of building our home?
We have summarized the 10 most important tips for building an eco-friendly eco house without sacrificing quality.
Contact the architect first
“Okay! It’s the first house I build and will probably be the last one since it’s a home for life, so I’m completely lost and I do not know where to start. ”
Many clients start by contacting the builder, this is a mistake as the builder does not Can do the architectural project and we will refer to his architect in turn with whom he probably has a commission agreed and who will absolutely be subordinated to the constructor since his work depends on him.
We need our architect to be independent and have no qualms about negotiating construction costs.
It is best to start by comparing architects, visiting two or three offices and comparing prices.
Time is money, each month a work is delayed is an additional cost to the client either because he is paying a rent from another apartment or because he cannot sell his old house to move to the new one.
To negotiate from the outset the maximum deadlines for design and construction and to define economic penalties under a signed contract, in case of delay, is key to not having surprises, and is one of the most important points to reduce the cost of building an ecological house.
Requires a closed budget before you start
As they say “the paper endured everything” but once we started the work the changes are expensive.
Thus, we must demand from our architect a document of work items (measurements) detailed to the maximum so that the construction can be done by closed price without surprises in items that had not been taken into account.
Energy efficiency is a lifelong investment
You have to be careful when assessing costs, sometimes a larger investment will now be amortized in a few years and represents an energy saving forever.
The clear example is the insulation, saving us a little money now reducing centimeters of insulation is an energy expenditure of heating for ever more. You must always consider the cost of construction and the cost of maintenance to make the right decisions.
Builds in phases
If the budget is adjusted an ideal strategy is to leave elements such as fencing the plot or building a pool for a second phase that can be contemplated in the initial project but can be built after a few years.
Use local materials
In addition to being a way to save costs, building with local materials is more consistent and sustainable.
If we are going to use wood, there are options at local sawmills building with smaller sections and solid wood lightweight framing structures. If you use brick, there are good ecological alternatives of local origin such as Cannabis pressed hemp brick.
Participate actively in the project process
Participating actively in all meetings by understanding the proposals and making coherent decisions is the best way to take control of the project and its costs.
Letting yourself be advised by good professionals, ask questions and raise doubts continuously is going to be a key factor to be satisfied with the final result.
The options of building an eco-house are many and it is important to understand and participate in the decisions that are being taken. The best way to reduce the cost of building an ecological house is to keep informed of the evolution of the project throughout its development, to avoid possible confusion or unforeseen that delay the work.
Always ask for comparatives
It is logical but not always, from the selection of the architect, to the awarding of the work to the builder through the materials or the same geotechnical study of the land, it is important always to request comparatives of the budgets that allow us to value several options and adjust when necessary.
Large houses are more expensive to build but also keep warm.
Think of flexibility of spaces
In relation to the previous point it is important to think of a house as a flexible space that throughout a life can be inhabited by a bachelor, a couple, a family with several children that when they become independent they leave again a couple of singles, etc. .
We must think of flexible spaces such as a study or reading room that is also a guest room and can be connected to a living room, an outside covered porch that in summer adds meters to our living room, etc.
Building a home for our family is a very important decision , where there will be many factors to take into account, of which in many cases we will not have much information. The best way to take these decisions and reduce construction costs is to be well informed of all the steps that we must follow from the beginning, and under the professional advice of an architect that fits our interests. Maintaining a constant dialogue with the team of architects and being well informed during the development of our project, is key to reduce costs and finish the work in the established deadlines.