Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane? No, It's Your New Home Construction Eyesore

Planning for a new home is always exciting. The future is so close you can almost taste it, and you just want to be in that new house already. If you’ve found a property which is ready to go, you likely dream of sitting in that living room. And, you probably push the paperwork like there’s no tomorrow. Because, if that house sale doesn’t hurry up, it’ll feel like there really isn’t.

But, some of us decide to take the long route with new home acquisitions. We are, of course, talking about the much-dreaded project house. Whether you buy a derelict home to do up, or build from scratch, you’re going to be dreaming for a little longer before your home visions come true. But, many would say it’s worth it, given that this allows you to create the house you see when you close your eyes. Plus, many projects like these don’t take as long as we expect. Some people do take three or four years renovating, but that’s often because they’re in no rush. If you want to get things done, it’s possible to do so in as little as a year or less. You just need to keep your foot on the pedal throughout.

Of course, you may want to speed things up, but you by no means wish to bulldoze your way onto your new street. After all, if things go well, you’ll be living here your whole life. If you annoy your neighbours from the start, you’ll struggle to make this work. Applying for planning permissions and listening to neighbourly complaints will take you some way here. But, you also need to acknowledge that construction is loud. And, if there’s one thing we all hate, it’s a nosy new neighbour. What’s more, the sound of your construction is going to be a teeny bit worse than even a blaring stereo.

As if that weren’t enough, your construction project is likely going to be a bit of an eyesore for a while. And, if you’re moving into a respectable area, you can bet that’s going to set you apart from your neighbours, too. Their manicured lawns and trimmed trees won’t be able to stand up against the state your house will be in for a long time. So, you could say you’ve got a tough crowd to please. Of course, you can’t work miracles. There’s no way you can stop the eyesore altogether. But, by knowing the main culprits, you at least stand to do something to reduce the damage. So, we’re going to look at the problem areas, and suggest what you could do about them.


The scaffolding

Trying to construct a house without scaffolding is like trying to make a pie without a rolling pin. It isn’t going to happen. Even if it does, there’s no way you’ll get the crust thin enough. Or something like that… But, you get the idea. Scaffolding and home constructions are one and the same. And, there’s every chance this will be in place until the very last. But, no one appreciates the house with scaffolding stuck to it, especially not when it belongs to the new guys. Who do they think they are anyway?

Obviously, you can’t do away with scaffolding altogether. At least, not if you still want your house standing at the end of this. But, you can make efforts to reduce the damage. For one, you could stress to your construction company the importance of keeping this to a minimum. Often, there’s a habit of putting scaffolding in place and leaving it there for practical purposes. But, there’s no real need for this. If you make it clear that you only want one piece of scaffolding up at a time, they’re sure to oblige. What’s more, you could at least make efforts to reduce the visual impact of scaffolding you do have in place. Sheeting works well here. Or, you could decorate using flowers twinned around the poles to show you’re making some effort to blend in.

The heavy equipment

Heavy equipment is easily the second worst offender here. And, the bad news is that your construction site is going to need a lot of it. For one thing, your construction company are going to need to look into crane hire. Those babies are perhaps the most invasive equipment of the lot, and you can be sure they’ll make a real eyesore for the whole street to see. What’s worse, the sheer height of these babies ensures they’re visible, no matter where you try to hide them. As if that weren’t enough, there will also be a need for things like diggers, tractors, and cement mixers. It’ll be a veritable feast of ungainly equipment. And, there’s every chance your neighbours will fast lose their patience with it.

Again, you can’t do without these things. Remember; pie and rolling pin. If you want your builders to do their jobs, you need to provide them with the right equipment. But, again, you should take steps to reduce the damage here. As with scaffolding, it’s worth communicating your concerns with your construction team. There’s every chance they can focus on specific areas, and reduce the time in which equipment is necessary. Not only does this ensure things look better, but it also stands to save you money. What’s not to love? While you won’t be able to do away with the pieces altogether, this will at least go some way towards lessening the blow. It’s also worth finding out which days the most visible pieces will be in use. Then, you can give your neighbours a quick heads up. Communication is, after all, the key to not annoying the neighbours.

The building mess

We’ve all seen a construction site at some point, haven’t we? And, as a result, we all know that most of them are pretty messy. We’re talking piles of rubble, muddy trails, and general disorder. Such is the nature of building projects. And, that’s on a good day. Sometimes, your site will also have to contend with heavy dust and pallets of bricks galore. And, all this will likely be in place for the duration of the build. After all, the mud won’t have time to settle because of the constant treading of builders. And, this is not something you can reasonably ask to ‘keep to a minimum’. Instead, you have to shut up and put up.

But, what does that mean for your neighbours? Not great things, in all honesty. What’s more, mess like this often spills onto the street. There’s every chance a fair amount of that construction site mud is also going to make its way onto the road outside. And, that’s going to go down like a led balloon. In truth, the only thing you can do here is apologise in advance. It might also be worth asking to have a high, stable fence constructed around the building area. This way, you can at least reduce the view your neighbours have of the mess for the most part.

Your house itself

Even after construction is finished, your house itself could become an eyesore if you aren’t careful. Often, people build in an area with no thought to the houses around. And, in some ways, this makes sense. Isn’t building a home all about getting that dream space? BUT, no one likes the look of the angled modern construction on a street where all other houses match. If you aren’t careful, your home will become the eyesore which visitors and residents alike scorn at. And, that’s no way to make a good first impression.

The only way to rectify this is to think about the rest of the houses through the construction process. That’s not to say that you have to give up on your home dreams for the cause. More, you should do what you can to at least blend in a little. If you can’t let go of the angles in your new house, at least use the same brickwork as the rest of the street. This way, you aren’t going to stand out like a sore thumb. And, the fact that you’ve tried will go some way towards softening your neighbours. And, trust us; after all the horror you’ve exposed them to, that’s got to work in your favour.


There’s no getting past the fact that you’re going to annoy some people during your building process. After all, construction is rarely a pretty affair. And, even if you hit fast forward on this project, it stands to take a fair while. But, if you take the above steps, you at least stand to get some neighbours onside. And, if you have people fighting your corner, the haters will soon settle their fears. After all, most neighbourhoods work on democratic footing. It doesn’t matter if the busybody at the end of the road doesn’t like you, as long as you have other residents fighting your corner.


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