Basic, Yet Effective: Building a Home on a Budget
New families looking to buy their first home need space and security above all else
First time home buyers might be in for a shock the first time they head to realtor.com and see just how expensive beautiful homes can be. The inexperienced will struggle to understand why on 3,000 sq. ft. home costs $100k more than another of the exact same size. It all boils down to details. The quality of appliances, roofing, and decking are just three of the countless variables that drive up that price tag.
Location plays a huge factor as well, of course. Here in Northern Virginia a 3,000 sq. ft. home could cost you anywhere from $300,000 – $700,000. Let’s look at what a home on the low end of that spectrum would look like, and a family that might be interested in building a home on a budget.
Keeping It Simple
As luxurious as it can be to have a beautiful outdoor living space, fancy countertops, and beautifully done walls, often times practicality wins out. People who buy homes like this tend to be younger, looking for a place to live close to work and not much else. Families who are always on the move would buy a lower investment place like this.
All those family needs is a little more space to breathe. A home with a gable roof, architectural shingles, and vinyl siding would do the job perfectly . Inside, builder grade appliances, cabinets, and flooring keep things simple yet effective. Building a home on a budget like this would allow them to save hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Room to Grow
A simple home really is a blank canvas. As a family’s needs and desires change, so too can their home. If someone bought a home like this expecting to move, only to have their situation change, they could easily transform this simple home into a more luxurious one. It’s just a matter of finding the right style and going for it.