How to Build on a Budget

Bart Beasley building on a budget

The process of building your own home can be a fun, yet challenging task. With all the steps involved, it’s no surprise that prices can begin to rise, resulting in very high expenses. Research the industry. Ask questions regarding construction trends, common mistakes, and more to those with experience in this field. Planning ahead is key in order to ease some of the stress that comes with being your own construction manager, as well as help properly budget that which you expect to spend.

Hire a Structural Engineer

While this may seem counterintuitive when attempting to save money, having a professional ensure regulations and safety in the structure of your home is very important. A structural engineer can provide information on factors you may otherwise miss like specific elements that provide stability, environmental concerns, and potentially hidden expenses.

Examine Location

Certain areas may be more expensive to build homes in than others. Once you’ve chosen a location, understand the property’s boundaries, and try not to exceed them, as bigger generally means more expensive.

Eco-Friendly Energy

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy reported that over $19 billion was saved by Americans who employed energy saving measures. This can include things like rechargeable batteries, solar powered products, or the Gota Dishwasher.

Consider Prefabricated Homes

Depending on how large your desired home will be, this isn’t always the cheapest option. However, company-built prefabricated homes can already come with the benefits of energy efficient rooms, while cutting your work time in half.

Stay Organized

Setting a budget beforehand crucial. Unexpected hiccups are bound to happen, and this can lead to additional costs that you hadn’t planned for. Map out how much you plan to spend on specific items, and leave a little room for error.

In addition to organizing your finances, be sure to have a predetermined plan as to the layout of your home. Know where certain pieces of furniture will go and how big you want specific rooms. Changing your mind in the middle of the process can greatly extend your projected time of completion, which, in turn, can lead to even more expenses.

 
If you’re in the market for a new home, and building said home is the route you wish to take, managing your finances is vital. Though they are just a few of many, consider the above suggestions in order to build the home of your dreams, and not falter when prices begin to rise.

Bart Beasley Custom Builders: Longborough – Charleston Peninsula

Longborough is one of Charleston’s most recent neighborhoods, but you’d never be able to guess so by looking at the gorgeous neo-classical homes that comprise it. The neighborhood offers a Charleston experience unlike what you’d find in the lower peninsula. The flow of time is slower, there’s less hustle and bustle, and many of the homes offer a serene overlook of the serene Ashley River. Bart Beasley and Beasley Custom Builders have had the pleasure of working on a number of homes in this truly distinct neighborhood. Here’s a look at some of them:

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Recently Completed: 2809 Middle St.

I’m very pleased to announced that we recently completed yet another home. Located on the gorgeous Sullivan’s Island just outside of Charleston, 2809 Middle St. is a cozy, open home. We wanted to welcome in the surrounding environment while still giving a sense of privacy. It’s hard to figure out what the crown jewel in this home is. The pool and surrounding deck are very inviting. Then again, so is the porch. I personally how the kitchen ended up.

See for yourself!

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Bart Beasley’s Tips on Moving into Your New Home

I’m lucky to be able to build homes for people. I get to help them live in the home that best reflects and suits their needs. As much as I wish people could just start living in their new homes with no hassle what-so-ever, unfortunately there’s the whole entire moving-out and moving-in process to go through. Moving is no one’s favorite past-time, but it needs to be done. Here are some tips to make moving a bit easier:

Self-Storage

There’s a chance that everything in your old-house is not going to fit int your new house right away. In that case, self-storage is a relatively convenient way to keep your belongings secure and out of the way. Chances are you can just use the moving truck the day of or the day before to get anything you need to into storage

Here’s a list of some great self-storage options around Charleston.

Organize and Label

To save yourself some time and frustration, try to keep all of the items that are going together in the same box. Kitchen things with kitchen things. Living room things with living room things. Etc. Along those lines, make sure that all of your boxes are clearly labeled for which room their going to. If one box has some fragile things inside, be sure to make a note of that. That’ll help out both you and your family, and any professional movers that may be helping you. Some people even like to color-code their boxes with stickers and markers. Green = kitchen, etc.

Lifting Properly

When you’re younger and the body is a bit more spry it seems like the back is the strongest muscle in the body and should be used as such. Of course, as you get older you learn that this sadly is not the case. Over my years of building and fishing and moving, I can definitely say that this is not the case. Make sure to squat and use your legs when lifting. As I was taught when I was younger (and ignored until I was older), the human body is not meant to boom and crane. It can. It definitely can, but at the cost of back-pain and the possibility of a displaced disk.

Bags

Every week we accumulate a lot of bags. Plastic bags and paper bags from the grocery store, ziplock bags for snacks and to-go food, and luggage and backpacks for moving things. Moving from one home to another is the perfect opportunity to make use of all of them. You can use plastic and paper grocery bag for wrapping and padding fragile items. Ziplock back will go a long way in helping you organize small miscellaneous screws, hangers, and other odds and ends. If you have gall0n-sized bags, you can use them to hold any spare electronics cords or office supply items.

The backpacks and luggage will come in hand for your overnight bag. When you show up for your first night at your new home, you might not want to unpack everything right away. Even if you do, you might not be able to easily find everything you need (both for your first night and your first morning). Put together a First-Night bag for any essentials that you might need, including toiletries, PJs, snacks, and a fresh set of clothes for the next day.

 

I wish you the best of luck in your move, and hope you enjoy your new home, whether you end up in one that I build for you or another.

Thanks for reading,

Bart Beasley

Beasley Custom Builders: Our Process

At Beasley Custom Builders, we’re dedicated to helping you build the house of your dreams, at the most reasonable price, and as soon as possible. But how exactly do we go from an idea to reality?

In this presentation I take a look at the process of building a dream home.

Beasley Custom Builders: Our Building Process from Bart Beasley on Vimeo.

Spring into Spring with These Home Improvement Ideas

Hello all! It’s official: spring has sprung in most of the United States. Goodbye are the days of sunshine that give way to cold, ice, and even snow. Hello sunshine. Period. The spring time is a great time to act on all of those projects you’ve been thinking about doing during the winter, but had been putting off, because, well, it was the winter. Not sure where to start? Below are several ideas to help your start your spring home improvement off on the right foot:

image of cluttered desk - home improvement ideas by Bart BeasleyClear out the Clutter

Are there winter clothes that you didn’t wear once when it was cold outside? As you make the wardrobe switch from winter to spring, are you noticing some spring clothes that you never knew you had before (because you never wanted to wear them before!). If so, now’s the perfect time get rid of them. Spring’s all about beginning the new year. One way to do that is to get rid of the clutter. In addition to clothes, take an inventory of electronic goods, tools, and even food to see what you haven’t used and ask yourself the hard question of do you ever think you’ll use them? One spring my wife and I found a cornbread from three years ago. Although mix was still good, we realized that we weren’t going to use it any time soon.

Bonus: Rather than just toss out everything, see what might be suitable to donate. Chances are there’s a local charity that would be more than glad to accept any clothes, electronics, and canned goods you might be trying to rid yourself of.

Give Your Home Exterior Some TLC

Have you noticed your home’s exterior paint fading? Does it seem to just be a bit out of style? The spring’s the perfect time to repaint your home the way you want to. Even something as small as a touch-up can help stretch out the life of your siding and trim. Along those lines, wipe aways the grime that’s accumulated over the past several months by giving your home a power wash. Are your gutters in shape? They’ll need to be for spring and summer showers. Make sure they’re cleaned.

Bonus: If you’re sick of cleaning out your gutters, look into installing a LeafFilter or LeafGuard system.

image of men working on a roof fixing panels - spring home improvement ideas by Bart Beasley of CharlestonGo Green

There are a number of ways that you can cut cost, reduce your environmental footprint, and make your home more durable. One of the largest cost during the warmer months will be your AC bill. Make sure your ducts are sealed, so that no air is leaking. Install a programmable thermostat to help you regulate the temperature and your energy bill (no need to have the AC on full blast while you’re gone; it will save you money to actually leave it running at a few degrees warmer). Make sure your insulation is up to snuff to keep cool air in and warm air out (and vice versa during the winter).

Bonus: Feeling bold? This might also be the time to install those solar panels you always wanted. Check out the federal tax benefits. Your state might even have its own incentive plan.

 

These are just several ways to get your home into springtime shape. For more home improvement tips, check out BartBeasley.org.