Building a home may be the most important and valuable investment that you make in your lifetime. Although you may delegate a number of services to your contractor or engineer, it is still important for you to have the best possible knowledge about the various aspects of the construction process.
If economy is your concern, you can follow these tips to help you save construction costs:
- Avoid complicated forms of shapes.
- Avoid complex system of level.
- Insist on economic structural design.
- Provide maximum possible provision for natural light and ventilation.
- Ensure efficient placement of utilities like water-supply pipes, power cables etc.
- Use fresh, sound and durable building materials.
- Engage trained manpower.
There are a few additional factors that should be considered during construction of the various rooms of the house:
- The entrance is the place to entertain visitors and should be constructed in a visually appealing manner.
- For security reasons, the entrance must be constructed in such a way that it provides adequate protection to the house.
- The entrance also needs to protect the house against inhospitable weather such as harsh sunlight and excessive rains.
- The living room should be located near to the entrance.
- The living room should preferably face the lawn, wherever possible.
- Tall windows can add a lot of visual appeal to the living room
- The kitchen must have adequate ventilation and natural sunlight.
- It should be adjoining the dining room.
- The working platform must be adequately wide and free from obstructions.
- The design should provide adequate space for appliances such as cooking range, dishwasher, chimney etc.
- The bedroom should be located away from the entrance and living room to ensure privacy.
- The bedroom should be connected with a balcony and attached bathroom, wherever possible.
- Provide adequate storage facilities in the form of almirahs and cabinets.
- The bathroom must have adequate ventilation and natural lighting.
- The bath fittings and sanitary fittings must be of a high quality to withstand regular and prolonged use.
- The bathroom floor should be 5 cm lower than the other flooring of the house.