When your house burns down, it seems like the end of the world. It feels like nothing will be the same again. There is a silver lining laying in the blackened chars of your old home, and it comes in the form of a new custom home. When your homeowner's insurance pays out on your claim, you should have more than enough to start fresh. You can rebuild, and on that note, you should know that you can accomplish all of the following.
Rebuild Your Home Exactly as It Was
If you so desire, you can rebuild your home to be exactly as it was. This provides a lot of comfort to you, since you can restore your home fully. Better still, you will probably have a lot of money leftover, since the original value of your home was less than what you had insured it for. So, you get back your house exactly as it was, plus you get more than enough extra money to buy furniture and appliances to fill it.
An architect can design your house based on all the details and your memory of it. The architect can also use the remaining foundation to get measurements of the rooms of the house and their locations. From this standpoint, the rebuilding project becomes a custom home.
Rebuild Your Home as a Duplicate, Plus One or Two Additions
You could opt to rebuild your house as a duplicate of the old one, but with a few extras. You can add an addition of a few extra rooms or add a sun room. It can be your old home, but even better. Adding these little extras to the original floor plan of your home may ease some of the sensations of loss, especially if the additions were something you had always wanted to do and never got around to doing.
Rebuild Creating an Entirely Different Home from the Ground Up
A lot of homeowners who have been through a house fire decide that they are going to rebuild by creating an entirely new home in which to build new memories. You can absolutely do that, if that is what you prefer. You can even rip the old foundation out of the ground, expand the basement and finish it, and then create all new floor plans for rooms you had always wanted. Consider it rebirth and renewal; from the charred ashes comes the phoenix.
As you begin this project, look for ideas of everything you want to include in this brand-new home. A collage of pictures from various home improvement magazines can help. Cut the pages or pictures out, and bring them with you when you meet with the architect who will design your new home from the ground up.
When the Construction Begins
See if you can hire a construction contractor that works for or with the architect designing your home (or recreating your old home's floor plans). When you can find and hire a company that has both an architect and a contractor working for them, then you will get a very cohesive working relationship among yourself, the architect, and the contractor. This will make the grieving process easier as you say goodbye to the house and belongings you lost in the fire and get closer to regaining a home you will love just as much.
As the construction begins (some of which will begin right away with the clearing away of burnt debris), you will see a transformation take place. This is often a very exciting moment for homeowners. You will see how custom house design and construction takes hold and makes a difference of your property. For more information, contact companies like Genuine Home Builders Inc.