Building a home is an important investment and you need to make sure that your dream house, once constructed, lives up to your expectations. This can be achieved if you plan the construction activity properly.
You can contact a home planner, who may be an architect, engineer, or a draftsman. You should be able to give him the exact specifications and also inform him of your budget. You should give a clear-cut idea of the number of rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms, and the type of kitchen you require.
Once you have given an idea of your budget and your residential requirements, the architect would be able to come up with the initial drawings of the house. You should ensure that the plans conform to the codes and guidelines laid down by the concerned government department, in order to get your plans approved by the department. The architect would definitely keep these points in mind, but ultimately you will be answerable to the state or local authorities.
You also need to know the quality of the soil on which your house will be built. The soil may be substandard and unable to withstand the load of your building. Or, the area may receive heavy snowfall, so the soil would have to bear the load of your house, and also withstand the weight of snow.
This also means that your house should be planned according to the climatic conditions of the locality. If it is a windy area, you will need to ensure strong shutters for the windows. If the locality is prone to earthquakes, then the construction of your house should be able to withstand the quakes. Also, you must keep in mind that you will have to buy a separate insurance cover for your house, because a normal insurance policy does not cover damages caused by earthquakes.