3 Tips for Building the Perfect Exterior Building

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3 Tips for Building the Perfect Exterior Building

Building a secondary construction on your property outside of the main residence on your property can be a fantastic value addition to your real estate ownership. Not only does it provide further use and utility for your living comfort, but it also increases the desirability of your property.

That being said, an outbuilding can differ in scope and investment necessity depending on what you’re looking for. For example, if you’re building a freestanding outbuilding serving as a small living home, you may need to integrate brand new plumbing solutions for running water. If you’re simply building a beautiful shed or garden bar space, then you can limit some of the construction investment you would implement otherwise.

In this post, we’ll offer three general principles you can use for building the best exterior building you’re hoping for, no matter your final intent. Without further ado, let’s get started:

Budget Correctly

It’s common for people constructing outbuildings to assume that because this is cheaper than building a home, it can be done on a budget. But that’s not necessarily the case if you need to do it right. Moreover, foundational repair, landscaping, plumbing, and wiring if you need it—all of this takes time and money. It’s important to have contingency in your budget, and before you get a construction loan it’s essential to plan its exact constituent elements for success.

Incorporating Energy-Efficient Features

Now is a great time to see how self-sufficient you can make the building. Installing solar panels on the roof, for example, or installing features like a wood burner or important insulation can make a massive difference in how effective that might be. A system that recycles water may also allow you to more easily reduce demand on your main supply, while some might even install a smaller septic tank so the main plumbing network is less involved than it could otherwise be, even if this does need emptying from time to time. These principles are often how rural properties are built, except now you’ll have added a modern touch to proceedings.

Adhering To Local Building Codes

Unfortunately, many people think they can simply build an outbuilding on their property and that whatever they imagine goes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. Your local housing authority absolutely has to grant planning permission based on anything you hope to build, and if they find you’ve constructed anything without permission, then they’ll force you to tear it down and may even prosecute you. That’s why it’s important to be clear about local building codes, to work with an architect to design the floor plan (even if you can design and build it, they need to format your plans correctly for approval). This way, you can make certain the building is approved and legally entitled to be yours, even on your property. This can feel frustrating, but it also stops your neighbors from surprising you with a build of their own.


With this advice, you’re sure to construct the best exterior building.

This article was written by Rangeley News Hound