You probably have an idea of the kind of house you’d like to have. Maybe you saw a design online, on TV or on your travels. It’s time to research further and get a rough idea of what it entails to construct such a house. At this stage, you’ll want to consider your budget, expected duration of your building project, sources of funds and the people or professionals you’ll consult.
Budgeted Project Cost
It’s a good idea to have a ballpark price you expect to spend. Allow room for flexibility since, at this stage, you’ve not met the experts who will lay down the detailed costing.
Expected Project Duration
Find out how long the building project should take. This could be influenced by issues like when your current lease is expiring or your availability for supervision.
Bringing in the Experts
Hiring a professional may seem costly (which is not) and it will save you money, time and tears. When you involve a firm of professionals like Odame’s SC Estate Development, it means that you have a trusted partner who is familiar with the ins and outs of construction. You’ll need an architect to design and make the floor plans, a contractor or builder and subcontractors to do plumbing, electrical and carpentry works.
Keeping in mind your dream home idea, it is wise to consult professionals at this stage. An architect will ensure aesthetics balance with practicability and save you from design mistakes. If you have special needs like provisions for elderly or disabled family members, it’s important to mention it in your meeting with the architect. In as much as you would want to have a home that meets your family’s needs and preferences, try as much as possible for the design to be universal.
This will make it easier to find a buyer in the event you need to sell your house. Your architect will produce floor plans and drawings for the construction and even suggest a reliable contractor. If on the other hand, you engaged a firm like Odame’s SC Estate Development you have the advantage of getting a full package from design, approval and construction
APPROVALS AND PERMITS
In Ghana, the process of approval for architectural and structural plans is carried out at the district assembly where the client’s land is located or where the project will situated at. After submitting all four copies of your building plan plus your land documents to the assembly, depending on the type of project, the assembly prepares a bill to be paid by the client. Provisional building permit will be issue which construction can commence after paying the bill. Contractor must follow the Ghana Standard Building Code.
The construction works can commence after getting the approval documents. The process can be summarized as follows:
- 1. Clearing and levelling of the site
- 2. Digging and pouring in of the foundation: Here, if you’re carrying out a phased construction, you’ll prepare a foundation for the parts of the house which will be constructed in the next phase.
- 3. Walling: This involves laying the blocks for the house and basic electrical and plumbing piping.
- 4. Roofing
- 5. Finishing
The architect, the structural engineer and the client will carry out periodic inspection of the project to ensure all the works are being carried out in accordance with the architectural and structural plans.
Your architect will hand over the keys to your dream home as you and your loved ones toast to a bright future and start creating memories.