If you are planning to build a bungalow, then the first step is to procure a good set of bungalow house plans. A bungalow is essentially a single storey house that accommodates all the living areas within the same floor. It typically has a front porch and might have a wrap around porch instead. It is made of local materials and has a simple yet elegant style. They have deeply overhanging eaves as an extension of the roof.
Fitting it to the Lot
When getting a plan for a bungalow, check if it fits into your lot. This is essential as apart from the size of your lot, there are bound to be regulations that limit the size of your home construction. These local regulations vary from place to place but need to be followed. There might be easement rules in your locality that you have to comply with.
Wells and Drains
Again before you buy a plan, check if you have space and permits for digging wells and placing drains, if the plan requires these features.
Check with an Architect
Next order a review set of plans and show these to an architect. Let the architect review the plans and okay them. This is essential to ensure that your home fits in well in the neighborhood and follows all the local rules and regulations. Always consult a local architect as they will know all the local laws and bye-laws regarding home construction in the area.
To Contract or Not
Decide now whether you will contract out the entire job or do it yourself. If you are going to use a contractor, check their credentials and ask for references. Conduct your research thoroughly and only then agree to the contract. Have everything put down in writing. Do not accept verbal assurances not backed up by paper work.
If you decide to do the contractor’s work yourself, investigate the subcontractors you will be employing. Make sure they have a mix of contract work and non-contract work. This kind of experience will go a long way in securing good quality timely work from them. Again get all agreements written down. Verbal assurances not backed by paper work mean nothing at all.
As the foundation of your home has to be strong, pay special attention to this detail. If you are contracting out only one piece of work, let it be this one. A strong foundation will help you build a great bungalow for your family and yourself.
A bungalow occupies more space than a multi-storied house. However, it is more convenient for people with disabilities or wheelchair bound people. Older people too will find a bungalow more convenient. A bungalow makes optimum use of the compact space it is built on. Nowadays there are larger bungalows with family rooms and mini gyms as well. Some large bungalows have separate wings for the bedrooms to ensure privacy as well. Most bungalows have trees planted around them and are cool and inviting homes. They have large windows that offer a great view of the outside world through the porch.
A bungalow is more expensive to build than a conventional multi-storey house as it requires more floor and roof space. Some of these costs are cut by incorporating a basement to the bungalow. However, it is the traditional bungalow that is convenient to live in and easy to maintain.
A bungalow is often the first home that an American family builds for itself. It is compact and easy to maintain, besides being a great place to entertain in. A bungalow can be designed to suit the needs of any type of family – be it very young or very old.