Building a house can be hard work, and you're not even the one building it. When you're living in a rental house or a relative's basement, when you're dealing with contractors whose timelines don't match up with your own, and when the weather seems to be pulling out everything it can to stop your house from being built, it can be a pretty stressful time. So to make this experience a little easier on you, try some of these ways to make building your house more memorable in a good way.
The Exciting Moment of the Housing Frame
Burying a Time Capsule Burying a time capsule on your land can be a great way to commemorate your new house. Do this before any building work has started as a celebration of your land. Just make this something small, and make sure you put in something important to everyone who is part of your household. You can include things like toys, photos, coins from your year of birth or the year your house will be built, or you can even write letters to include in the time capsule. You can choose to dig out your time capsule either once the house has finished, or to mark a special celebration like 10 years of living in your house. If you don't want to dig out your time capsule yourself, you can always leave it buried for either the next generation or the next home owners to find.
A great way to stay excited in the building process, and to make it a time you will never forget, is to make a time lapse video. This is basically a video that shows a long passing of time sped up on film. A great way to record the building of your house is to take one picture per day of the building process. You could capture some great moments, and when all of the images are put together you can view your house coming together. Obviously unless you live in the same neighbourhood as your new house it can be very inconvenient to take a picture every day. There are cameras that you can set up for taking time-lapse photography, but this can be expensive and quite complicated to set up. If you're thinking of doing this you should do a lot of research before the building starts, this way you can capture everything that happens.
Leaving Your Mark in the Foundations
When you know that your slab is going to be poured, get on over to your land to leave a lasting mark on your house. Check with your builders before you do anything, just in case it could get in the way of their building. A great way to leave your mark is by writing your name in the concrete while it is still wet, just like kids would do when new concrete is poured on the sidewalk. You could also place something like a coin in the foundations to leave your mark.
Mark the Foundations While They're Still Wet
Having a Slab Party This is a popular way to celebrate the laying of your slab. Make sure that the slab has completely dried before you contemplate this. Bring along some foldable chairs and a full esky. You can even set up a portable barbeque on the block to cook up some food. If your site has electricity bring along some music as well. You can also use this as an opportunity to invite some of your new neighbours, get everyone to gather and you can meet the people you'll be living near as well as celebrating the moment with your family.
Camping Out in the House It is a pretty exciting moment once your frame goes up. This is the moment when you can finally visualise your house. Once your frame is up take advantage of it and spend a night on your land. Make sure that you're choosing a night when the weather isn't too bad, and when your builders won't be arriving the next day. Bring along a tent that everyone can fit inside, find the biggest room in your house and set it up. You'll love spending your first night in your house, and it will make your first night sleeping there in a proper bed even sweeter.
Make building your house a better experience by focusing on the exciting milestones rather than all the stressful moments. You don't have to do all of these things to make building your house fun. Find what ever works best for you to make building your house one of life's happy moments.