What are single-family homes?
the right style of home for you and your family can seem like a
daunting task, but let’s start with the basics. If you prefer to
live just with your own family, a single-family house will be best for you and there are a number of options available.
While all single-family houses will be detached, the style of
building selected will all come down to personal taste, budget and
preferred location. Common incarnations of the single-family home
a single-family home
you look into the possibility of buying a new residence and decide
that it would be far better for you to commission, design and build
something totally from scratch, there are a number of things to
construction concerns. Architectural fees, design limitations and
style will all be major concerns, right at the start of a project
and you will be best to ask your project manager or design team to
explain and oversee everything for you.
efficiency. Modern construction now needs to factor in certain
levels of sustainability and socially responsible design. To this
end, new buildings, especially residential ones, need to have green
energy initiatives running throughout them. This might increase your
final spend, but in the long run, will save you money.
disaster planning. If you live in a region that is prone to natural
disasters, such as earthquakes, floods or harsh weather, your home
design will need to account for these. The structural element of
your build needs to be perfectly attuned to conditions that are
likely to be experienced on a regular basis.
legal issues will be important when building a single-family home?
you are building a new home, given that it will be detached, you
won’t have to concern yourself with liaising with a potential
neighbour, but you will still be liable for ensuring that any permits
needed are applied for and attained within good time. Building
regulations and construction standards will also need to be met and
might need to be assessed by a professional inspector. Your architect will be able to advise you as to all of these issues.
and cons of single-family houses
Any style of home will always
have advantages and disadvantages to weigh up, but in the case of
single-family homes, they are quite clearly defined. The important
thing to remember is that your list of must-haves could differ
greatly from the next family’s, in which case, what makes one home
perfect for someone will make it totally unsuitable for you. For
example, you might like the idea of a quiet detached house, but if
that is outweighed by not wanting sole responsibility for repair
bills, a single-family home might not be the right choice for you.
won’t have to deal with noisy or annoying neighbours.
will come with enough land to enjoy a private garden.
are ideal for growing families or couples with young children.
can make any adaptations that you want to, within legal confines,
without needing to liaise with a neighbour.
your budget is small, you might only be able to afford a small
efficiency can be a concern.
costs are the sole responsibility of the owner.
a single-family home
contrast to a multi-family home or an apartment, any maintenance
costs that are incurred when living in a single-family home are the
sole responsibility of the owner. With no adjoining properties, if
anything needs replacing, updating or improving, you will be fully
liable for the entire bill, which is worth thinking about. Specific
maintenance tasks to keep an eye on include:
roof and guttering.
and rear gardens.
to hire when choosing a single-family home
you have decided to build a brand new house or are planning to
restore an existing one, you will need a contingent of professionals
and tradespeople ready to help you tackle the more complex projects.
You should expect to need the following:
new builds – Architects, surveyors, project managers and
renovating - General contractors, decorators and interior designers.
extensions – Architects. General contractors and decorators.
decorating – Painters, decorators and interior designers.
hiring any professionals, always ask for references and, if possible,
see examples of their work. The homify directory is a great place to
begin your search for trusted tradespeople in your area.
you might decide that you are able to tackle most,. If not all of the
DIY tasks involved with restoring a home yourself, in which case you
can expect to save a significant proportion of your budget. We do not
recommend that you attempt specialist projects, such as roofing or
electrical work, however, as this could prove dangerous.