Construction of a building typically starts with planning and designs by the architect throughout the client’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 personality but in an affordable budget and yet fit their personal aesthetic requirement, this might be a tricky task to achieve without taking steps to cut costs where necessary, that is why we have assembled a few suggestions 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 especially the execution is very important to choose wisely. To properly do this you should receive several suggestions and quotas from various contractors and subcontractors which states their requirements for labour, supervision and materials with the cost attached, this will enable you compare and contrast between them and choose wisely the one which fits into your budget and get references to be sure that whomever you choose can deliver to the standard you require and to receive a well-rounded picture of the individual you are working with, this can help you avoid extra expenses to correct errors which might be incurred as a result of poor management by the contractor.
Improvise During Construction
There are numerous requirements and expectations that goes into a building among which include kitchen cabinets and wardrobes, these can cost you a lot if you are building them off-site then before installing them. However you can save yourself a lot of money by building them on site yourself, with just minimal masonry and labour you can build a more sustainable kitchen cabinets and wardrobe then complete it with marble tiles or stones that looks amazing and would last longer than the wooden one made off-site.
Adapt Sustainable Execution
To consider one must avoid anything that would incur unnecessary trouble later on since it not only lowers the quality of the construction it also impacts your investment.
The execution of stages like plumbing and electrical fittings could generate faults later if not managed properly, for example we have noticed that conduit system of installation of plumbing fittings can be tough to maintain if need arises since breaking of the walls and patching up it destroys the aesthetic value of the building in addition to 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 pipes within the building where the pipes could pass then later can be covered with aluminum louvers, that way it’s neat and sustainable.
Seek Advice on Materials
Building materials now are of different kinds and from different companies, the industry is full of substandard products due to the fact that many businesses reproduce materials made by other companies for a cheaper price but for lesser grade, so it would benefit you to make proper enquiries for expert advice on materials from builders in order that they can advocate quality materials for great rates. In some instances these contractors or subcontractors can get you a better deal on bulk items such as lumber, paint and fittings since they might have a close relationship with the dealers.
In building construction materials can be salvaged and reused however possible, often materials that could be reused are wasted during phases of construction. Materials like lumber which serve several purpose in construction like formwork, scaffoldings, bracing etc can still be reused, for example 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 point to notice is to be careful while eliminating the formwork so as not to hurt them too badly.
Provide Your Own Water
A normal building construction site needs continuous water for virtually every action so if you supply your own supply of water without needing to buy you will save a lot, you can accomplish it by digging a temporal well or digging a borehole. This source of water may also benefit you if you opt to mould your own masonry blocks on site, eventually it may be retained for use after the job is completed.
Security for Materials
Theft and vandalism is a common thing in construction industry so it would be wise to seek to secure your materials ahead, most people build a temporal storage space with a container or constructed with roofing material. This will be used to store your materials till you complete the job, if however the storage is not serving its purpose maybe you could hire a security personnel to guard the area.