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Don’t Buy, Build!

Lucy Parker 11 Aug, 2017

1.Get more home for your money

Two, four, six bedrooms, open plan or separate rooms, swimming pool or walk in wardrobe; Taking control gives your more freedom, scope and creative licence. Discuss exactly what you want with the architect, where you want it and finish with a personal touch. Building to your requirements can get more house for your money and finding the right property developer will guide you through planning, development control and create your dream home.

Entrance hallway Imperial contemporary staircase. Tanglewood by Guy Phoenix

2. Create a space that fits your lifestyle

We all have such different tastes and lifestyles and the way we use our homes differs wildly. The space we need and how we use it is such a personal thing people wanting different living spaces, bedrooms, garden layouts, ceiling heights, kitchen sizes you name it; I suppose the biggest surprise is why more people don’t build from scratch.

Your home should fit your requirements whether you want a large open plan living space to entertain guests or a gym overlooking the garden, it should be a reflection of your lifestyle and offer you the ultimate place to enjoy living.

Like so many new property developments, new builds can feel identical and you find yourself compromising on the preference of room layouts and sizes. But by building your own home, every inch of space can be designed to fit to how you function so if that means building a breakfast bar to enjoy a quick bowl of porridge every morning with your kids before school, it will actually be used every day.

Breakfast bar in designer kitchen, Fern Hill, Nottingham. By bespoke home builder, Guy Phoenix

3. Learn about the different trades

Overseeing the project will allow you to extend your knowledge across the different trades. You can have as little or as much involvement with each area as you like, so speaking and working with tradesmen will give you an insight into areas of work you may never have had the opportunity to learn about before. Whether you use the information for DIY projects or for as something as simple as knowing where the electrics run, it will definitely benefit you in the long run to dive into the range of expertise.

Builder on site

4. Add to the local community

Building a new home, especially if it resembles a project from grand designs, will offer the local area something exciting and new. A new home can create a buzz about the local community to give your new neighbours something to talk about. Everyone loves to have an opinion on a mysterious new development. And throwing a housewarming for the locals is a great way to instantly become part of the community.

5. Have a say within every detail of the process

By working alongside the architects to discuss space planning, then overseeing the construction there will be a vast amount of skills and knowledge you will pick up from site. Whether you have an interest in the construction or not, it will be invaluable to learn about all the different aspects of building a home from planning, laying the foundations, adding the water systems, as well as the internal details. By surrounding yourself with professionals who are skilled at what they do, the build will remain an exciting decision making process process.

Home furnishings, designer homewares, doorway

6. Smart home technology

Smart technology is evolving at a rapid pace which means the cost for software such as Hive are really affordable. What once was a James Bond style ‘clap and the lights come on’ party trick is in fact part of everyday life which not only means you can be more efficient with your time but most importantly efficient with your energy costs. By having full control of the lights, heating and electricity we can be more conscious about our energy usage and in result the energy bills. By having full control over which systems are integrated into your home, you can make life a little easier, so if that means being able to ask your Artificial Intelligence to play soft jazz music and dim the lights for date night, why wouldn’t you invest?

Wondering how to integrate smart technology but keep a stylish home, book a design consultation with our specialist of interior design. interiordesign@guyphoenix.com

Home hairdressing studio. Hall Drive, Nottingham by Guy Phoenix

7. Supporting local trade

Building a new home can mean all hands on deck, getting the best professionals in the area on the job. Supporting local trade is great for the local economy, especially if you’re home is a considerable size. There is something exciting about being on site with the buzz from the builders, surveyors and fitters slowly seeing each piece of the puzzle come together.  

 

8. Go green & be energy efficient

Going green isn’t just good for the environment, it can save you money! By having the latest technology combined with energy efficient fittings your home can be cost effective to run saving you pennies in the long run.  Simple changes such as using modern water systems and installing solar panels can lower your electricity and water bill giving you more money to spend on the things that matter rather than essentials. 

White house at dusk by Guy Phoenix

 

 

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