House Buying Design

Thinking of buying a house?

What do I need to know about buying a house? What do I really need the house to be like? How practical are my needs and wants with the house I would like to buy? Where do I start? What resources do I already have? What resources do I need?
The thought of buying a house is enough to put you off buying one so how can I simplify this process into a simple checklist of bullet point questions to ask for each property we look at.
This permaculture design is going to do just that. We are not going to spend too much time looking at the financial and legal paperwork side of house buying. The focus of this design is to use the permaculture design method 'OBREDIM', Observation – Boundaries – Resources – Evaluation – Design – Implementation – Maintain to form the foundation that our House Buying design will be built upon.

Location

  • Path of the summer and winter sun
  • Does the area flood
  • It’s the house situated in a frost pocket
  • Direction of the prevailing wind
  • Any strange smells in the air
  • Views from the house and garden
 

Garden

  • Are there frost pockets in the garden
  • How overlooked is the garden
  • How much sunlight does the garden get
  • What is the current state of the garden
  • What is the quality of the soil
  • Does the garden have a lawn
  • Are there trees in the garden that create shade
  • Are there large trees which could become a problem
  • Is there a shed, what condition is it in
  • Could you add a greenhouse to the garden
  • Does the property have a hedge or fence
  • If it has a fence what is the state of the fence
  • If it has a hedge how easy will it be to cut
  • Any standing water in the garden
  • Any room for a pond
  • Ease of access to the garden
  • Chance of having a fire pit
 
 

Outside of the house

  • State of the building
  • State of the windows and doors
  • Double glazing
  • State of the guttering
  • Where are the bins kept
 

Inside the house

  • Are there any smells
  • State of decorating
  • What are the floors like – carpeted or wood
  • Any damp inside the house or possibility of damp
  • Is the kitchen up to a high standard or in need of replacing
  • State of inertia doors
  • Does it have a bath
  • How clean are the toilet and bathroom
  • Can you hear the neighbours
  • Are the floors and stairs noisy when walked on
  • Do the doors shut ok
  • Type of boiler and age
  • Central heating
  • Type of fire
  • Look over into the neighbour's gardens and access what could become a future issue
  • Are there nearby trees which could become a problem
  • Is there any running water near the house which could flood and prevent you accessing the house
  • How much room to park cars
  • If the house on a hill what is the ease of access for a car in winter
  • Is the house located on a school route
  • What actives happen locally to the house that could cause noise or parking issues

Garden

  • Shed
  • Greenhouse
  • Place to enjoy the sun
  • Place to enjoy evening sun
  • Water harvesting
  • Outside tap
  • Compost heap
  • Vegetable garden

House

  • Morning sunlight
  • Evening sunlight
  • Lots of windows

Garden

  • Can I incorporate the existing garden design into how I see the future garden
  • Do I have the resources available to create the garden of my dreams
  • What resources would we need to add to create the garden of my dreams

House

  • If we need to replace any major areas of the house – kitchen – bathroom – etc. do we have the resources available
  • What recourses would we need
  • Is the house large enough to fulfil all our needs
  • What are our needs

Garden

  • Visualise different designs for the garden
  • Visualise how you see the garden in 3 years

House

  • Visualise different designs for the house
  • Visualise how you would like to see the house in 3 years

Garden

  • How realistic are your designs for the garden
  • How realistic would it be that you could create your 3-year future garden design
  • How much time would you need to invest physically working in your garden to create it
  • Have you got the time to invest in this garden project
  • What would the finical cost be involved in creating your garden
  • Do you have the money to invest into garden

House

  • How realistic are your designs for the house
  • How realistic would it be that you could create your 3-year future house design
  • How much time would you need to invest physically working on your house design
  • Have you got the time to invest on this house project
  • What would the finical cost be involved in creating your house design
  • Do you have the money to invest in the house

Garden

  • How much time each day would I need to spend marinating the garden
 

House

  • How much time will it take to look after a house this size