Things to Consider Before House Construction

Before you even decide to begin house construction, everything should be considered and planned. Building a house means a great commitment. It can even be life altering too. That is why you should not only consider the look of your house but how you’re going to pay for it and how it’s going to change your life.

Look and Size of the House

If you are no longer happy with your home or you feel that you need to repair the house after a natural disaster, then a construction project is at hand. While this is a big commitment on your part, it is something you must do for the safety and the happiness of the family.

Since you already have the location you can decide on how big of a construction it’s going to be. You may want to have the biggest house in the block. This may be a great idea now. However, it may be an issue if you decide to resell later on. Grander houses generally are harder to sell than moderately sized home. So, if you have plans of reselling later on, it might be a good idea to limit the construction to a certain size.

Of course, it is important that you consider the design that you want for your home before the construction. This is usually important right from the start since you would also want to live in a home that is designed according to your tastes.

Total Budget and Financing

With the general idea now in your mind, you can start to budget the cost of the construction. Aside from the lot, you would need to have the cost of the construction budgeted based on the materials and labor cost. If the total cost of the house you have in mind is too much, you would have to adjust. You would also need to find out if you can qualify for a mortgage loan. Again, if you cannot get a loan big enough for the size of the construction, you would have to make adjustments.

Hire a Contractor

The decision to hire a contractor is quite crucial to the project as well. Hiring a contractor would make the work easier and more convenient for you. However, it would cost more to hire one. Nevertheless, the contractor would know the best suppliers of materials. You may even be able to save money in total cost in the end. A contractor would also know the best people for the job so it’s really easier if you simply hire a contractor.

Time Allocated for the Project

With everything planned and laid out, you should have a reasonable estimate on how long it’s going to take the construction to finish. If you know how long it would take, it would be less stressful for you. Of course, monitoring the project from time to time is necessary too. After all, you would want to make sure that the builders are doing everything right. You would also want to protect your investment.

Genetically Modified Food – Calling All Scientists

To all scientists everywhere

I realise that the money for research comes from large companies but do you honestly think that developing a gene-modification-based solution to our problems is the long term answer? We are already releasing unknown and un-stoppable genetically modified food plants into the wild to breed with other native plants causing unknown results. As a scientist, do you not feel morally obliged to help the environment or are you just doing this as a career and for money?

Patenting of gene research

Already companies are buying up and registering patents which will stop poor countries of the world having access to its products. Any research that you as a scientist do, is probably owned by the university or lab where you do your research and as such will be sold to the highest bidder or be quickly patented by the companies with the closest links to your establishment.

Seed banks are the gold of the future

Seed banks are being bought up by a select few companies, as they know that this will become the ‘gold’ of the future and access to gene pools of native and natural untainted specimens will be the pot of gold. They do not need to distribute their genetically modified crops, because nature will do that for them. These companies only have to police and charge any farmer whose crops have become ‘tainted’ by nature with the new and patented genes. Soon, it will be a monopoly of farms owned by and run by the power hungry aggressive companies who own the patents to these crops. The small or medium-sized farmer will be gone, put out of business but the high charges levied by these companies who own the patents on the genes that the farmers had no idea they had acquired.

Perfect or cloned humans?

If you are working with animal genes rather than plant genes, I suspect that already in 2010 there are rich and powerful organisations who have access to human genetic modification or replication and a purer form of human. This is something which Hitler started in the Second World War, and may well become a reality within our lifetime but perhaps introduced through the scientific back door. Although there are guidelines in existence now, the back-door entrance provides entry without the rigid moral controls that the guidelines impose and for those with money, there is always a small gap under the door.

Money makes it possible

The problem is money. Money makes research possible. Money makes discoveries possible. The organisation that put up the funding wants a return on the money it gave for research and the result of the research, when patented, gives that return on their investment. But… who owns that company which needs a return on its investment? Why… you and I own that company through our shares and our pension fund and our life insurance.

Our responsibilities

We sit back and expect others to make decisions for us that are morally the ones we should make, but agendas of others are different, their motivation and their reason for being is different from ours. Quite often, this makes the decisions they make, not the ones we would choose, but the responsibility still remains with us. Unfortunately, however much we would like to do so, we cannot pass the buck on our responsibility and we will be judged in the future by our offspring.

We really need to wake up

Wake up and see what we are releasing into the wild and see that, once released, we cannot re-capture the natural and un-modified-by-man organisms that we once had. All the natural diversity will be controlled or killed off, leaving only a subset of possibilities which some scientist – maybe you – in a white coat believes is for the public good.

Factors Which Affect Home Construction

There are several key things to consider before house construction. These things can have a drastic impact upon the overall cost of construction as well as how quickly the project will be finished. Deciding to build a house means taking on a great commitment, and it is important to enter into it with both eyes open.

Location is crucial and should always be taken into consideration. The overall cost of the project will be heavily influenced not only by size, but by the area, which surrounds it as well. While having a huge house in a warm climate may be nice, these luxuries could quickly become a burden should the owner need to sell in a hurry.

Another element that should surely be taken into account is the environmental risk the climate will eventually pose to the structure. Every year, homes are lost due to natural disasters, disasters which tend not to discriminate against incomplete buildings. Even if the project is in a statistically safer area, the exact building location should be carefully analyzed from a geological point of view to assess any and all hazards it might present.

When someone decides on the size and location of the home, it is then time to estimate the project’s overall cost. This figure can be guessed roughly by adding the cost of construction materials along with the cost of the labor. If this figure proves to be too large to secure a loan for, then alterations must be made within the planning phase.

Although it is possible to finish the construction of a home without a contractor, this does not necessarily mean it is the best course of action. There will undoubtedly be a bit of extra cost associated with hiring a contractor, but doing so could help to avoid costly construction errors and could end up evening out altogether. Every ship sails more smoothly with a seasoned captain at the helm.

Factors that could raise or lower the overall cost as well as things that could slow down or speed up overall construction time are the things to consider before house construction. Among these factors are size, location, labor costs and materials used. When the overall plan for the home is put together, it is then time to estimate the total cost by adding material costs together with the cost of labor. Another factor to consider is whether or not to hire a contractor, which would add to the cost but would also help to ensure the whole job finishes on time and on budget.