When you decide to take the plunge and build your dream home, you have a lot of lists to make and planning to do. You may think that you’ve thought the entire project through from start to finish, but even when you have thought through all the things that you want for your new house, you may have missed out on thinking about the things that you don’t want! When you realise you’ve not thought about what you don’t want or need, you then realise there is a lot left to think about for your new building project.
Six Simple Mistakes To Avoid When You Are Building Your Home
The two things that can kill a construction project are poor planning and a lack of budget clarity. A budget that isn’t correct for your project can lead to some disastrous mistakes and you have to set your budget by looking at your home from every angle. You need to think about aggregate pier installation, the foundations that you are planning, the depth of the walls, the insulation you want to use, the roof and the layout of the rooms. Then there’s the time you will be taking to go through this project, whether you are going to manage in your new home with your current lifestyle. You have to think about whether you plan to have a family one day, because the number of bedrooms you are building is going to directly affect that.
Take time to meet with the professionals across the industry and in the construction and architecture business. You should be excited to get to know those who want to be involved in the build and your whole project. The reason you should be interviewing and meeting the experts is because poor design choices will make your home uncomfortable, more expensive to change and potentially unhealthy. Engineers will be working alongside architects and builders to ensure that your project is completed properly from start to finish. They can guide you on the things that need to be done for your home to be successfully completed, and they can guide you on pricing so that you don’t cut unnecessary corners.
With all of this in mind, what are the six simplest mistakes you should avoid during your home building project?
Don’t Mess With… Central Air
When you plan poorly for your home, you’re likely to run into issues. This is especially true if you haven’t correctly thought out your HVAC. You need to have the models that are the right size for the house and the rooms that they are installed in, because the models that are too small will underperform, and those that are too large can lead to moisture and damp in the home – not what you want when you’ve just paid out for an entire build. Efficiency and energy-saving is key, so make sure that you are looking after your air conditioning systems properly.
Don’t Mess With…Space
You are planning to build a house, and while it all looks good on paper, you need to measure the floor you are building on correctly so that you don’t make mistakes in the size of each room. You need to have a lot of storage, but you also need to think about the sizes of the storage space that you want. Giant walk in robes are lovely, but they’re going to eat into valuable bedroom or bathroom space. Don’t underestimate how much storage space you will need, because it’ll be a guarantee that if you don’t plan correctly you will find failure in your build.
Don’t Mess With… Planning
Your lifestyle is a huge consideration when it comes to planning your new home. How long are you planning to live in this house? If you based your build on the way you live right now, you may only need a one-bedroom place with a luxury ensuite bathroom off the main bedroom. However, what’s the point in building a house that you are going to have to sell if you decide to have a family in a year? Poor planning can make for a very expensive project, so think of your life as a whole before you get planning and plan for the things you want in five or ten years, instead.
Don’t Mess With… Light
As much as possible, you should be aiming to have a lot of natural light flooding into your new house. Light is a big deal and everything from the number of light fixtures to the angle of the sunrise against the house should be considered. The main source of light should be the light outside, which is why skylights are such a great idea where you can fit them in. Add in outlets and light fixtures in every room and make sure you add enough to truly light the space up.
Don’t Mess With… Waste
That games room you always planned to have in your home is a wonderful idea; it’s really a talking point among your friends. However, if you are going to plan to build a room that will hardly be used, you’re really going to be making a very costly mistake. A room that sits empty is a room that is likened to throwing cash in a garbage disposal; it’s not being used, but you may as well do it! Right? Nope. Don’t waste the space or the cash on a ‘nice to have’ room that you’re not going to use.
Don’t Mess With… Room Placement
Some homes like to have their bathroom leading off the kitchen. Others really don’t want to have to go through the kitchen when their coffee kicks in. Think about how you would like each room laid out through the house and make your plan work for your future. Laundry rooms, for example, are popular downstairs, but an upstairs laundry room is closer to those closets!
These mistakes are best avoided when it comes to building a new home that you plan from scratch. Don’t mess with these mistakes, and you can have a project that goes off without a hitch.
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