November 01, 2020
How would you describe your dream home? A luxury country home with many rooms or a mansion with a contemporary design, swimming pool and hot tub? At Dualchas, we believe perfect homes are the ones that meet your every need, create a sense of warmth and comfort and inspire a spark of joy and excitement during your day to day life. (1)
How much it costs to build your dream house can be a complicated question. Final costings vary from project to project and depend on what you hope to get from the final design. It can cost from a few hundred thousand up to a million from design to internal finishings. At Dualchas, no matter to cost, we provide the maximum value for every pound put into a project. To understand what contributes to the cost, you need to consider the following.
Location(1) can make an ordinary property an extraordinary home. This is why Dualchas has such passion for bringing the land and the living together. With designs that take influence from the landscape and environment around a site, we strongly believe it is important to build with the land and not just on top of it. For a dream home's construction costs, the location can make all the difference. For example, renovating or constructing on land you own will cut costs considerably. However, if you are looking to purchase a prime spot for your new home, this should be budgeted with the design and construction costs.
You can see many examples of this in our previous projects. While designing Cliff House in northwest Skye, we took inspiration from local agricultural buildings, which could be found cut into the landscape. We used the natural dip of the building site to create a simple but stylish that mirrored the land around it. This design also allowed us to obey restrictions that were set to the build, which were that the building must be low lying and use natural materials.
While many architects may stick to the same designs for residential property, using the same techniques and material, Dualchas approaches each project with an open mind and from a fresh perspective.
Creativity and innovation are what’s needed to raise a design from the average to the joy-inspiring. This also includes the creative use of materials that make up a home. For example, when looking to blend our designs into the surrounding landscape, choosing the right finishing and attention to detail with the material can make all the difference.
Take, for example, our build for Breanish on the isle of Lewis, where the client wanted their property to reflect the island's rugged topology and weather while remaining warm and comfortable. To achieve this, we used a rough stone retaining wall, a rain screen made with larch and grey slate tiles for the roofing, which you could find littering the environment. For the interior, the simple palette of materials was used to express the space inside the property. It also helped to focus the eye out for the viewing windows towards the distinctive landscape.
Architecture mirrors the way we live our lives, and so to live in the perfect home is to have a property that meets all your needs. This is why we design every aspect of a build around our clients, how they live and what they’ll need from their dream home.
With our Scotasay project on the Isle of Harris, for example, our designs went through some development to match the client's lifestyle. While visiting the site, we learnt that the client spent his time outdoors, working on his boats and transporting food and supplies up and down the small jetty. To match his lifestyle and improve the flow of his home, the design adapted into a series of pods linked by a top-lit corridor with service space forming a row to the rear for easier access.
Another factor to consider when thinking of your home's construction costs is for those designing it. Dualchas provide an approach to maximise your investment with us while maximising what we can achieve on a project. This means everything from materials to layouts is designed with you in mind and meets every requirement and aspect of your budget.
After knowing the costs of how much to build a new home, it can also be beneficial to know ways we can help you to reduce them. As with any design and construction project, there are always ways we can help you get the most from your budget. Working with you closely, you can see every design choice we make and work together with our team for a concept that fulfils your needs, is of the highest standard and provides maximum return for your investment.
Dualchas never lets figures on a page come before providing our clients with the best value and from achieving your perfect property, so no matter the budget, we will work to make your dream home a reality. Get in touch, and we can work with you start-to-finish for any project you have, advising you along the way on everything from how much does a house cost to build to the best ways to pair your new home with your lifestyle.