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Gatwala Commercial Hub , Faisalabad is Punjab’s biggest and Pakistan’s second largest mixed use, real estate project. It has a covered area of over 3.1 million sq. ft.

This mega project, designed and developed by Shah Nawaz Associates, is located, at the junction of Canal Expressway and Lahore Sheikhupura Road. The road in front of the GCH project, has an average traffic count of 30 vehicles per minute. become, the city’s next mega center for trade, commerce, industries as well as residential projects.

 

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Building a house on a limited budget

Own home is often seen as a dream. It happens to many people that the construction of their dream home exceeds their budget limits. That is to say; it is not within your possibilities to build now everything that you would like your new home to have. However, this dream can be achieved easily with dedication and long-term planning.

There are a lot of materials or construction techniques that are less expensive and can lower the budget by a few zeros. These tips and tricks can save money when building a house in Pakistan. Hence, it is safe to say that building a house on a limited budget is possible. 

In this blog, we bring you a selection of tips and tricks that you can use to lower the overall costs of your house.

 

  • Do your calculations:

Before starting with the purchases, it is necessary to have a detailed calculation of the materials needed and the precise quantities. This is important to avoid buying additional ones: this implies a higher cost since there is no possibility of negotiating a reasonable price per quantity. 

To save money when building a house, you must be correctly informed. Only then will you know what to expect and will be able to manage your resources better. Don’t go flat on hiring without knowing precisely what you want; this will only make you lose money.

Ideally, you should dedicate yourself to investigating the professionals who carry out this type of project, their work history, what tasks they do or what their primary obligations are. It is also necessary to find out their professional fees to handle various options, compare prices, and ultimately, make better decisions.

 

  • Professional help:

 

One of the biggest secrets we can share with you to save when building a house is that you work only with honest, trained and expert professionals. If you don’t, you will most likely end up dealing with construction errors that will make you lose a lot of money in the long run.

Honest professionals (from architect to builder) will focus on helping you and avoiding wasting your resources. This means that they will not be with you for mere financial interest since they are sincere, loyal and honest professionals.

 

  • Sign a fair contract with the construction company:

If you are determined to save money when building a house, you must be clear that the contract with the construction company can have a very profound impact on your budget. Construction accounts for the bulk of your budget since it is usually up to 80% of the total budget in most cases.

There are other residual expenses, such as geotechnical study. For this reason, you must make sure you sign a fair agreement with the construction company so that you do not end up paying more than the bill. 

For this you must let yourself be advised by the architect and the surveyor, which is convenient that they are independent of the construction company.

 

  • Use concrete blocks:

It has become one of the most preferred elements to build modern houses. On the one hand, it saves costs in covering the walls with plaster or cement, and on the other, they have become one of the essential pieces of the industrial style and even the minimalist, in some instances. In addition, it is a very durable material that does not need maintenance.

Concrete blocks are in fashion and are an excellent choice to build your house. It is a low-cost material made of cement, water, sand; it is very resistant to any environment. You, can create great architectural designs with concrete, including spiral staircases and Roman columns.

 

  • Install permanent insulation

Renewing insulation every two or three years is a big mistake because this will cost you a lot of money. Consequently, if you want to save when building a house, you should install permanent insulation from the thick work.

For example, the foundation could be covered with a special waterproofing paint and the walls with polystyrene or fibreglass.

As for the roofs could be covered with wooden or ceramic plates that overlap like tiles and that work as excellent insulating and waterproofing agents.

Ecological insulation is ideal for taking care of the environment, but we recommend opting for more affordable materials if you plan to save as much money as possible.

Trying not to put good insulation to save on the work is typical. In the long run, you will get just the opposite of what you are looking for because you will spend much more on air conditioning, in addition to unnecessarily damaging the environment.

 

  • Avoid excess walls and doors.

Excessive wall erection, as well as the extensive installation of doors in your new home, can significantly inflate your budget.

Evaluate the possibility of hiring an open concept design mainly because you could spend more time at home in the future due to the severe health crisis that we are experiencing due to Covid-19.

Avoid closed spaces by opting for constructions that offer you a greater sense of spaciousness and freedom. In this way, you will not feel trapped in your own home, and you will also save good money during the construction phase. Additionally, you will not have to carry out reforms in the future, which will also be favourable to your finances.

 

  • Foundation: 

Since this is the most basic and essential part of all construction, experts do not recommend saving it. It is better to invest in the desired amount to use a perforated foundation, where unique pillars are drilled into the ground and then filled with concrete. Then, a monolithic grating is installed above the ground. There is still a minus sign: if the soil has a different density in one place or another, there is a risk of collapse of some pillar. Therefore, soil analysis is done in advance.

There is another great option – this is a strip foundation. It has a large support area, which makes the foundation more reliable. The base will not crack as it fully settles, even with a small landing.

 

  • Choose affordable and durable materials.

Selecting affordable and durable materials is also an excellent strategy for saving money when building a home.

Make sure to choose those that fit the climatic conditions of the place where you will live to be comfortable throughout the year in your new home. Brick and concrete blocks are two great cost-cutting options, and the best part is that they are more affordable than many other building materials. Ultimately, it is not about sacrificing style, beauty and elegance when building your home with inexpensive and durable materials. Remember that you can get incredible results if you work hand in hand with height professionals.

 

  • Concrete flooring:

There is an excellent way to get a perfect floor that is decorative and inexpensive: smoothed concrete. This is wholly smoothed down to a uniform appearance. You can use it in various ways. Mix it up with some tiles for more fun touch. Another alternative is to mix the cement with coloured pigments to have a different colour. Finally, you can leave it with the base colour of the cement so that it will look perfect.

So, these are some things you need to consider if you want to build a house on a limited budget in Pakistan. Give this piece a read and try to incorporate these tips in tricks in making your house.

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