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Design and management tips for tight budgets

Architect Opinder Liddar shares his guidance on how to maximise your cash
This impressive timber frame home was built for £212,050 by Jonathan and Janine Bootland. The pair dedicated plenty of time to researching products and costeffective solutions in order to save money. In fact, Jonathan believes he saved £10,000s by taking this approach

If you’re creating your own home from scratch, it’s likely that you want something packed with character that stands out from the standard developer offering. However, building a bespoke property doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some key pointers to help make your house special, while maintaining control of costs.

Managing aspirations

Every budding self builder has great plans to realise their dream home. As an architect, my job is to help manage these goals. To start off, I ask clients to be ambitious with their thoughts and desires. But even at this stage, it’s important to be aware that cost restrictions and other matters like planning limitations might mean compromises have to made on some aspects. So long as the designer and client are clear about this from the start, it can make the whole process more enjoyable.

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Read this issue of Build It, which is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Design Ideas for Tight Budgets - Eco-Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid - Value-for-Money Kitchen Ideas - How to Project Manage your Self Build ...And much more!