The vacation home is not the object of luxury out of reach for the super rich that it once was. With proper planning and budgeting, your family can have a second home in your favorite vacation destination to enjoy for generations to come. You can make your home comfortable and stylish on a budget with these simple steps.
The first step is to choose a location. Consider your family's lifestyle when choosing a place. It should be a place you have visited in the past and have enjoyed coming back time and time again. Unlike staying in hotels, it's harder to change your mind after building your new vacation home. Make sure activities that the whole family enjoys are nearby. And try to keep your home a short drive away from your main home to save time and money.
The second step is to choose a house style. The location you chose in the first step will play an important role in determining the style of home plan you choose. You probably do not want to go with log cabin house plans if the site you select is on the beach. Mixing with the environment and neighboring homes can be both a budget saver and keep you in good standing with the community.
The third step is to look for actions and semi-custom house plans that you can take at a slightly altering builder or start from. It can even be free log home plans or significantly low cost plans for a multitude of available home styles that your builder can customize for a nominal price. They are good budget savers.
The fourth step is to establish a budget. You can never run numbers too often. And when they do not add up, there is nothing wrong with saving one more year before starting your house or reconfiguring the budget to make it work. You do not want to decide on this perfect vacation home to never be able to supplement it or not have the funds to maintain it and enjoy it for many years.
The fifth step is to build and enjoy it. Be involved as much as possible in the building process to be sure you are getting exactly what you want. Ask questions whenever you do not understand something. Visit the site as often as possible to make sure everything goes as planned. This is your investment and the future retirement of your family; make sure that's what you want.