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Custom cottages afford an opportunity for you to get away to your very own piece of paradise whenever the mood strikes. If you have visions of spending your weekends and holidays at your very own cottage, but you want to maintain a reasonable budget during the building process, there are some things you should avoid to keep your project’s costs from spiraling out of control:

  • Building at a remote location – Many custom cottages are built in secluded locations to provide privacy and the feeling of seclusion from the hustle and bustle of real life. However, know that the more remote your cottage’s location, the more it will cost to build, especially if the site is far away from main roads and basic utility systems.
  • Building on a rocky site—Extremely rocky sites result in higher costs, especially if you have to drill through rock to construct the foundation, basement, or septic bed. Try to pick a location for your custom cottage that is relatively flat and smooth or explore above-ground options to reduce building costs on a rocky area.
  • Extreme design dreams – When it comes to custom cottages, you want your getaway home to be unique. However, remember that the more extreme your design plans, the more your cottage will cost to build. If you are on a budget, try to strike a balance between getting what you want in terms of design and maintaining elements of a standard building plan.

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