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Building a home on a budget is not exactly a favorable position to be in, but it’s absolutely doable if you stick to strategic spending and meticulous planning before the construction and interior decoration days come. While there are affordable housing options such as shipping container homes (yes, those are a thing), or building a tiny house with plenty of modular furniture, built-in storage, and amenities stacked atop each other, those might not be the best solutions if you’re looking to build a family home.

That’s why the following tips not only focus on building safely without busting the proverbial bank but also aim to introduce the aesthetic appeal every modern homeowner is looking for. Let’s take a look at how to get the most bang for your buck and build yourself the home of your dreams.

1. Embrace the open-space mindset

The construction and interior design industries have been going crazy over the open-space floor plan, as it not only promotes freedom of movement and spaciousness throughout the household, but it also allows the creation of a beautiful, functional space the entire family will love. While some rooms such as the bathroom and the bedrooms are bound to be sectioned off for privacy, the rest of the interior will portray a harmonious synergy between different spaces.

open-space floor plan

Photo by designmilk on flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Introducing this seamless look throughout the space, from the kitchen through the dining room, all the way to the living room, you will be able to save plenty on construction materials you would have used for walls and doors. With a bit of smart layering, storage, and zoning, you can easily create a peaceful setting that enjoys plenty of natural light throughout the day.

2. Keep it simple and functional

The complex exterior design has surged in popularity over the years, as building umpteen gables along the facade with a myriad of accents is highly aesthetic and brings that upscale vibe into the mix. However, other than giving your neighbors and passersby something to look at, these features serve no other distinctive purpose. And more importantly for you, they can be extremely expensive!

house exterior

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In other words, you want to learn to love the box design that’s not only affordable but highly functional as well. This type of exterior will allow you to accessorize down the road, and even create a rooftop oasis or a green roof for added financial savings in the future. Be sure to bring this minimalist mindset into the interior as well, in order to keep the construction costs from rising.

3. Determine the exact size of every room

Speaking of minimalist interiors, one of your main priorities should be to determine the exact size of every room in square meters, in order to come up with a functional floor plan that will give every room enough space to breathe and serve its purpose in the best possible way. Fortunately, this is something you can do entirely on your own.

By simply measuring wall-to-wall distances using a laser level and then multiplying the length by the width, you can determine the square footage needed for every room. This comes especially handy when you’re renovating and restructuring the interior – for instance, to create an open-space floor plan. In any case, exact measurements are essential in every construction project.

4. Choose your materials wisely

Nowadays, there is a middleman for every occasion and every purchase. Yes, you could outsource the entire project to numerous designers, decorators, and architects, but then be prepared to pay extra for every percentage fee they take along the way. Or, you could cut out the middleman and source your materials yourself.

The key lies in contacting wholesalers and manufacturers directly, and if you can, picking up the materials yourself so that you can avoid transportation fees as well. The other thing to consider is opting for quality substitutes. For instance, hardwood flooring might be beautiful, but it’s also expensive and there really is no viable reason why you shouldn’t go for laminate instead – it can look exactly the same as hardwood, but boasts higher durability and requires minimal upkeep.

laminate flooring

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5. You can splurge, but intelligently and strategically

Following the same frugal yet rewarding mindset, there is absolutely a way to splurge on beautiful design features in the interior, but only if you do it strategically. How do you choose where to splurge? Simple, just think in focal points and accents.

A great focal point can transform the entire room from dull and unimaginative, to luxurious and upscale. So consider adding one “luxurious” feature in every room, such as a marble island in the kitchen, a freestanding bathtub in the bathroom, and a fabric bed frame in the bedroom. These are just examples, and you can create various different focal points that suit your preferences, just keep it simple.

marble kitchen island819 S 19th St, by philaLAB on flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]

Renovating or building from scratch is never really cheap. Between the expensive contractors, architects, and designers, the aspiring homeowner is oftentimes disoriented and bewildered by the expenses they have to meet until the project is finalized. However, if you introduce these simple solutions into your game plan, you can easily minimize construction costs, build the home of your dreams, and put your kids through uni.

Affordable House Remodeling: Getting More for Less   was last modified: December 4th, 2019 by Lillian Connors

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