A summer cottage is a really inexpensive house for living, and only from a certain time we began to consider it a luxury. In fact, if you recall the old days, then these are small houses that are half or three times smaller than village houses, but convenient and comfortable to live at any time of the year. Therefore, it makes sense to remember how such housing is built and equipped, and take care of the maximum comfort that is possible thanks to modern technologies and materials.
So, today we are building a small country house in which a small family can freely live. We will not address the issue of financial problems and moving to the country, but simply study the issue of the possibility of living in such a country house at our own request, but not according to circumstances.
What should be a country house
Everyone sets the basic requirements for a country house independently, depending on personal requirements. But today we are talking about how to equip a house comfortably and at the same time economically.
Believe me, this is real!
So, what is a cozy and comfortable cottage inexpensive? This is a small house in which there is everything for cooking and personal hygiene. It is warm in winter and cool in summer. Inside there is some appliances, and on the street, in the summer cottage, there is everything for a simple holiday.
It would also be nice to have a few hundred square meters of land nearby, on which you can plant vegetables and fruits for personal consumption, as well as a couple of small flower beds, say, just for the soul.
In fact, a person does not need so much to feel good. Therefore, we believe that you can do without expensive intelligent systems and automated equipment. However, now you yourself can see for yourself!
We choose the project of a country house
To reduce the cost of construction as much as possible, but not get away from its quality, you can choose an inexpensive project. There are enough of these on the Web and even among the homeowners themselves, who simply give some typical projects to their customers. But there is always a way to get a project and not order a house from builders, it's simple.
You can also create your own home project, which will be convenient for you personally according to the location of the interior. The main thing when determining the materials of construction, so that you have the opportunity to show the project to professionals, to confirm the possibility of construction.
Build size: middle ground
To build an inexpensive country house, you do not need to chase a huge area. Start from the most necessary - a couple of rooms, a kitchen, a corridor, a bathroom (if it is inside the house), a small pantry. All this can fit on about 40 square meters. It will be something like an average two-room apartment, which is quite enough for the family.
The premises themselves can be divided by area, as conveniently, if only the project passed approval.
What to build from?
Today, such buildings can be driven out of a wide variety of materials:
- Glued beams or logs are a modern return to classical construction, but it is very difficult to find a good price;
- The construction of a brick or cinder block housing may be slightly cheaper, but here it is worth considering the cost of subsequent finishing;
- You can build a house using the wireframe method, for example, from SIP panels. It will be average in price and not bad in terms of energy saving.
Any material for building a country house can be expensive and not very good, and if you study the market well, you can even get 40-60% off the standard cost. This is so, because the cost has a regional affiliation, and is also aligned by many builders under the "eminence" of their company.
Inexpensive foundation of construction
The foundation for such a house will really cost a penny. Comparatively, of course. But here it is important not only to reduce the cost of the foundation, but be sure to choose one that is suitable for your residential building.
It is necessary to consider building materials, roof, cladding, because all this gives weight to the foundation. But it is also worth turning to the study of the soil, because it is not always possible to fill the strip foundation and stop at this option. In some cases, if there are some problems with the soil, it will be necessary to use piles, and this is already an increase in the cost of the process.
Inexpensive roof and roof for a summer residence
We studied most roofing options in a thematic article earlier, and you can contact her at any time to get the necessary information.
As for the cost, today it is most profitable to install slate or decking on the roof.
There are other options, but it is always worthwhile to build on not only savings, but also to calculate in advance the possible service life. In this case, depending on the type of roof, you can pay attention to the shingles, ondulin and other types of roofs.
How to build a country house inexpensively
The answer to the question here is very simple - do-it-yourself housing! But if there is no qualification, and a house is needed in the near future, what then? Just look for an inexpensive bricklayer or team of shabashniks who will be ready to inexpensively build your home in the country.
Those who have not encountered such a question will surely assume that this is impossible, but will certainly turn out to be wrong. You just look at how many builders are looking for money today, and with the construction of your cottage at least a little, but you can earn. It remains only to determine among the total number of those who offer their candidacy who can build quality and for the price tag you are offering!
Choose a plot for a summer residence
Today in summer cooperatives there are a lot of offers. There are even absolutely cheap, if only a man took the land, and with it the obligation to pay land contributions and pay for water and other indicators of civilization.
It is very good if the site will be selected not only by cost, but also by the criteria of quality and practicality. The soil, its quality, topography, remoteness from the entrance, neighborhood or city, planting in the country, the ability to build quickly and without problems - all this is very important, but the list of requirements is far from complete. The main thing here is communications: light, water, gas, sewage. It’s good when in autonomous substations or even with centralized provision, the main thing is that there is light and water, the rest is simpler.
Choose a place for the building
The place for the construction of a country house should be on a hill so that the building is not affected by surface or groundwater. It is advisable to position the house a little off the road, from unnecessary neighborly views and road dust, and also so that the maximum windows face the sunny side, because it is very good when it is light inside the dwelling.
Further, the parameters of the location of a residential building on the site can be determined independently.
We establish the foundation
Since we will have a frame type construction, inexpensive, but very modern, we can not really deepen the foundation, because it will only be a waste of money. You can choose a simple columnar foundation or strip. Platforms and fillers are not needed here, that's for sure.
Under the frame house, the foundation can be installed independently, if there is even the slightest experience in construction. But if a construction team works in the country, let it be better engaged in this process, since the foundation of the house plays a very serious role.
The frame of the country house is being built quite simply, but strictly according to the project. It is advisable to initially provide for the connection of communications in order to hide them in the thickness of the floor and walls. Also, pay attention to the needs for facilities such as the cellar, because it can always be under the house itself.
The installation of the frame occurs in conjunction with the installation of the rafter system on the roof. If the roof of the house will be on its own project, other options are possible.
Further, everything is standard - the building frame, roof and roof, which we talked about quite a lot.
Inexpensive arrangement of a summer residence
Now we need to make sure that the arrangement does not come out more expensive than construction. Today we will not work with the interior, as well as with accessories and decor, but we will surely take care of providing comfort inside.
In terms of home improvement, all issues should be resolved with maximum practicality!
Electricity in the house
Naturally, the easiest way to provide the house with electricity is to make a wiring from the center line. But there are always options of an auxiliary nature. Of course, they can divert the budget in a negative direction, but they still need to be remembered.
Solar panels can generate electricity. In this case, it will be necessary to spend money only on the acquisition and installation. Further, you will receive electricity almost for free, however, in small quantities.
The simplest sewer in the country
Who said that providing high-quality sewage on the site is very expensive? It's just that we are used to working with septic tanks and conclusions on irrigation fields, which in the complex is decent. You can always approach the issue from the other side and, for example, build a cesspool of second-hand brick or just one concrete ring. Of course, you sometimes have to call a car to service such a local treatment plant, but you can always reduce costs by purchasing special additives for septic tanks. These are bacteria that will help ensure the decomposition of all drains and minimize the cost of cleaning the cesspool.
Inexpensive water supply of a summer residence
Water supply at a summer cottage is good, but if it is not there, several tanks will save the situation. One can be placed on the street, for summer use, and the second on the roof of the house, so that inside you can wash dishes, take a shower and so on.
If we talk about the cost of these types of collateral, then centralized water supply is always more convenient and cheaper. You pay the standard tariff for the meter and do not worry about the delivery of water, its treatment.
How to build a summer house? Selection of materials (video)
Cooking and heating
It is very important that the house is warm and also has a stove on which to cook. This can be a single structure, for example, a modern cooking stove, which will also heat the house in winter.
Just an ordinary potbelly stove, a cast-iron stove, which is installed in any room of a country house. If not, you can build a stone stove, however, the services of a stove maker can seriously hit your pocket.
So, it’s probably worth calculating how much you can save on such a construction, and is it really possible to live in a country house inexpensively.
Inexpensive life in the country: summarize
We chose an inexpensive, but decent and high-quality plot, built a simple, modern house using frame technology. Here we have almost a standard, but if we take into account the area and inexpensive construction of a house, here we are already seriously saving.
We also immediately remove from the budget expensive septic tanks, stoves, electrical appliances for heating. This gives us the opportunity not only not to spend money right away, but also not to waste money on the maintenance of such devices and systems. Of course, there are solutions that are much more practical than potbelly stoves or water tanks, but our task was to prove that life in the country can be comfortable and inexpensive. It seems to us that we did this, especially if after the construction and arrangement of the house you also tidy up and make the whole summer cottage more convenient.
We will not argue, live in the country, and even in conditions we are not used to, not everyone will. But now you will have a separate private house, albeit a small one, which is valuable real estate. But in the summer it is generally the best place to relax!