Building a house is a big step that can be stressful. If you are planning to build a single storey house, check out our complete guide to find out the mistakes to avoid!
A list of beneficial tips before you start!
1. Don’t set a budget
The construction of a single storey house is a big project in which you will be spending a lot of money. This is why, it is preferable to consult your financial situation and to speak with a banker to know the resources from which you can benefit. Budgeting must absolutely be the first step to achieve, although it is not the most pleasant, but it is essential in order not to put yourself in danger. The bank tells you how much you can get, so you know your limits and don’t plan on building an oversized house. In the price, you must remember to take into account the notary fees, insurance costs, labor costs or those relating to the various studies.
2. Do not compare quotes
As with any repair, building a bungalow requires a lot of care. The construction of your future home requires the intervention of many professionals (electrician, plumber, house painter, …). Before agreeing to entrust your project to a professional, take the time to compare the quotes. Thus, you will be able to more easily know how to carry out the plans … Indeed, the professionals are a mine of information for your project, they will be able to advise you and help you with the plans. It is for this reason that it is necessary to know how to surround yourself with serious and qualified craftsmen!
3. Do not hire an architect
The construction of a house, even on one level, requires the realization of plans on which the professionals will rely to establish specifications. These plans must be made by an architect … The architect is used to taking into account all the technical constraints of the land and he will have a precise vision of your desires. After discussing with him, he will offer you different solutions for a house adapted to your budget, your needs and your desires! In addition, you get plans that meet current standards, so your home will be more secure and durable. Little more: you can choose the style of the architecture.
4. Neglecting the study of soils
A single-story house is made up of a foundation that must be strong to hold the weight of the whole house, not to mention yours. Who says foundations, says soil study! Why? Simply because the foundations must absolutely rest on a ground capable of supporting the house on one level. This study will reveal the composition of the soil to you and will let you know if your project is viable or not. To neglect this study is to take the risk of seeing your house collapse. And yes, a botched soil survey is often responsible for many claims … So, fourth tip: do a proper soil survey. In addition, with the soil survey, you can more easily define the location, size and shape of the house!
5. Forget to think about the orientation of the future single storey house
A field can have several orientations … There is north, south, east and west. The orientations are decisive for the composition of the plans of the house. Indeed, generally, the day part made up of the living rooms such as the kitchen and the living room generally orientates to the south, while the night part with the bedrooms and the bathroom will rather be placed in the north. The living room and the living rooms need more light, while the bedroom will be more conducive to relaxation if it has less light. Consult an architect for construction plans for your bungalow and get the most out of your land!
6. Do not properly distribute the surface and openings
Lastly, there is a tip of great importance for the future interior design. This is the distribution of the surface and especially the location of the openings. When preparing plans to build a single storey house, you need to know your needs and plan the future house accordingly. But that’s not all, you also have to determine the size and location of the different openings. So, place your windows and doors well on the construction plan to optimize as much as possible the natural light and the living space!