I have a limited budget - what is the cheapest way to build? Print
Written by Studio West Admin   
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 01:10

There are two main ways to save money when building a house:

  • Build smaller, or
  • Build it yourself (Owner Builder) 
Building Smaller 

Building smaller the first is quite common for people on large acreage properties to build a two-bedroom studio as their first house, while saving up to build their "dream house". 

This is especially common in the Shire of Mundaring where two houses are permitted on one property, provided that the requirements for ancillary accomodiation are satisfied.  Typically the requirements are such that the ancillary accomodation must be no greater than a certain distance from the main dwelling, be of no greater than a certain maximum floor area and be provided for family members only.

Owner Builder

The key to saving money when owner-building is don't build your house any bigger than you really need!  The main reason an owner builder will blow the budget is by building the house way too big.  Please - go into display homes so you can get a feel for room sizes!  Measure your furniture!  Measure the rooms in your existing house - are they too big or too small?  As a rule of thumb, it is said that in most cases an owner builder will not actually save money but will end up with a bigger house for the same money.  But the project is carefully managed, with the required time and effort an owner builder can certainly save a lot of money.


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