Residential Building Design Considerations To Keep Your Construction Budget Manageable

10 January 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you have been dreaming of what your forever home is going to look like and finally get the chance to engage in a custom home build, you likely have a myriad of ideas to pass on to your architect and home builder. However, while it is possible to bring your dream home into life, you need to take into account the financial burden that your ideas may bring.

If your budget is leaning towards the conservative side, you may want to prioritise function rather than form to ensure that the elements in your structure will not only pride you with comfort and energy efficiency, but that you can afford them. Here is where residential building design comes into play. This piece highlights a couple of building design considerations that you should have to keep your construction budget manageable.

Opt for a double-storey house

A misassumption a good number of individuals new to residential construction have is that constructing a sprawling bungalow will be much cheaper than having one or more additional storeys added to the structure. The reality is that a double-storey home will be more fitting for your conservative budget for a couple of reasons. First, you should note that the foundation is one of the most expensive elements of your home. Second, so is the roof.

Thus, if you are building a spacious bungalow, you will utilise more supplies for both the foundation and the roof than if you chose a double-story structure that has a smaller overall footprint. Moreover, you do not have to compromise on space in the structure since you can divide the rooms between the ground and upper floor!

Position the plumbing to one side

Not many people take the network of plumbing hardware needed for their custom home build. Instead, you may be excited about having freedom over the number of bathrooms you can have as well as the number of rooms that should be ensuite. While there is nothing wrong with multiple bathrooms in the home, you have to consider how the plumbing hardware is going to be assembled.

For instance, if you have your kitchen in one side of the house, bathrooms dotted in different areas of the home, as well as a multitude of other fixtures, then you will need a considerable amount of hardware as well as water connections. To keep your costs low, it is best to have the grid of pipes limited to one side of the structure. With the bathrooms and the kitchen aligned to one side, less hardware is needed to assemble the plumbing network.