If you are planning your ideal home then make sure you figure in low-cost home construction strategies in your plan. Having a good plan will not only make your ideal home nicely done but it will also help you keep the costs down.
Residential construction cost goes up depending on your materials. Make sure you have a game plan which specifies possible sources of cheap and recyclable but quality materials. Expensive does not always mean the best so make sure you choose your materials based on quality and costs and not on the name of the supplier or manufacturer alone.
Getting cheap construction materials is easy if you know the art of being a wise shopper. The first thing to do is to look for materials in garage sales; most homeowners dispense of still useful materials, sometimes new but no longer useful for them, at such cheap prices. You can also look at broken tiles along construction supply yards and buy them per kilo. Broken but colorful tiles can be designed in such as way as to give a unique or abstract pattern to a certain space.
It would be great if you can scout and buy cheap construction materials a few months before you plan to build your home. Place the materials in an unused room or enclosed lot so you will have them ready by the time you start with your construction. This is more ideal than buying them when you need them because you will have more time to scout and look for real quality but cheap materials if you are not rushing.
Keep your ear and eyes open for inventory sale or similar events because shops do offer their wares at almost 50% discount during this time. If you have enough budget, then you can scout all shops doing their inventory, opening or closing sale to get the best but quality construction materials.
Also, make your mark by doing something special for your home. Why not paint your bedroom or kitchen personally? Consider this bonding time for you and your family. Most importantly, it can keep labor costs low.
It is also a good idea to canvas construction materials prices first before you decide on where to purchase them. Purchasing all of your materials in one place can mean a big discount for you depending on how you discuss it with the manager. Most shops provide discounted packages for people who commit to buying all their materials in one shop until the construction work is completed. If they sell quality materials and they can offer you a good price then why not?
There are a lot of ways to save and keep your construction costs down. You only need a lot of creativity, determination, and willpower. Plus, of course, haggling power.