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Perhaps you have an undeveloped plot of land you feel would be ideal for multi-family housing. You could also have an existing building that you would like to convert into flats. Either way, there are several aspects involved in planning flat construction . Hiring one of the professionals in our network is the best way to ensure that no important detail is overlooked.

Considerations with new Flat Construction

If you’re planning new development, you should first check local zoning ordinances in order to make sure flat construction is allowed there. You should also think about the availability of utility lines such as electric, gas and water. The land itself should be considered since a great deal of grading or tree removal may need to be done before construction can begin.

Considerations when Converting a Building

Although it may seem as though renovating an existing building to create flats might be a relatively simple process, that’s not necessarily the case. The project can be more difficult if the building has an unusual layout. When planning flat construction, you’ll need to carefully consider the layout of the building in order to ensure each tenant has easy access, adequate living space and convenient parking.

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What Buildings can be Converted?

Buildings of all sizes can be used to create flats. Flat construction could be as simple as adding a loft over the top of a garage or remodeling an outbuilding to make guest quarters. It could also be an extensive project that involves turning a retail outlet or warehouse into private dwellings. Flat building can take place nearly anywhere, so chances are, if you have an abandoned building, it can be turned into a profitable source of income for you.

Things to ask a Contractor

Before hiring a contractor to perform flat construction, landlords need to ask a few questions. A few things you may want to ask a builder include:

  • Are you familiar with building codes?
  • Are you able to obtain the necessary permits?
  • What experience do you have with flat construction?
  • Where are some of your previous flats located?
  • Do you perform all aspects of the work (electric, plumbing, etc.) yourself?
  • Will the flats be “move-in” ready once you finish or will painting need to be done?
  • What is the typical timeframe for construction?
  • Is a guarantee on workmanship offered? If so, for how long?

It can be helpful to see a sketch of the finished product so you can better determine if it is what you have in mind. Some builders are able to provide a three-dimensional digital image, which can give you a view of your flat complex from multiple angles.

Factors that Influence the Cost

Conversions - When converting an existing building into apartments, flat construction costs are primarily based upon the size of the structure and the number of units being developed. The condition of the building also plays a role, since the bottom line will be higher if substantial repairs need to be made before construction begins. If the building already has a parking lot that is in good condition, this can reduce the cost since this aspect of the project will not need to be performed again.

New Construction - The cost of building a new flat complex also depends on the size of the building and number of units. The features that are included in each flat will also make a difference in the cost. If special drainage lines need to be added, this could increase the cost as well. Building extra facilities for tenants to enjoy such as a clubhouse or swimming pool will add to the final bill as well.

Your flat construction questions answered

What things should I consider when planning flat construction?

The existence of utility lines, safety codes, parking and access to the street, among other things.

What types of inspections will be needed once construction is finished?

Inspections are normally required on the finished structure, as well as the heating, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing systems.

How much does it cost to build a flat?

The cost of building a flat complex will depend on the number of flats that are going to be part of the complex, the number of stories and the overall square footage of the complex itself. This is best determined by a contractor.

How long does flat construction take?

This will, of course, depend on the overall size of the project. In general, a flat complex can be constructed over the course of a few months, weather permitting. Storms or extremely hot or cold weather can extend the construction time.

What is a granny flat?

A granny flat is a secondary residence that is attached to the main home and has its own separate entrance. This term may also refer to a guest cottage in the backyard or a small flat over top of a garage.

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