With the cost of building in NZ at a record high, we’ve put together a helpful guide of ten ways to make your house design more affordable.
It may appear that our Arcline Architecture pencils only sketch large, expensive homes. But actually, most of our week is spent designing New Zealand dream homes that are bespoke yet affordable.
Let’s get straight to the point:
10 Ways to Make Your House Design More Affordable
- Compress the size of your house; this is the biggest impact on build cost
- Keep the shape simple, rectangular
- Have as few external corners as possible
- Use trusses for the roof structure, and a flat ceiling
- Keep the roof style simple, no parapets or tricky junctions
- Minimise the external wall length/perimeter
- Choose joinery from a standard suite, in standard sizes
- Use economical, low maintenance cladding
- Simplify the interior fitout – only tile the floors, not the walls
- Leave the extras till later – concrete drive & pool
1. Compress the Size of Your House
2. Keep the Shape Simple
3. Have as Few External Corners as Possible
4. Use Trusses for the Roof Structure, and a Flat Ceiling
5. Keep the Roof Style Simple
6. Minimise the External Wall Length/Perimeter
7. Use Standard Joinery
8. Choose Economical, Low Maintenance Cladding
9. Simplify the Interior Fitout
10. Leave the Extras Until Later
To Conclude: 10 Ways to Make Your House Design More Affordable
We trust this guide on ways to make your house design more affordable has been an insightful and helpful read. These are only our top ten, there’s certainly many more which we haven’t covered.
If we were to pick one – it’s size. Keep the size of your home down and you’ll automatically increase the affordability. Do away with those extra spaces and rooms and see what spaces you can use for multiple activities.
And of course, if you wish to find out more information about building an affordable home, specifically designed to your site, get in touch with the Arcline Team today.