Common Mistakes to Avoid with Your Custom-Built Home
Custom Home Mistakes to Avoid
Building a custom home requires a great deal of planning and patience. There will be challenges and with careful planning, many of them can be overcome quite easily. It is easy to forget little things and overlook a few major ones. Carefully prepare for the building process by keeping a few things in mind and not sweating the small stuff.
Custom designs require attention to detail and mistakes can be easily made. Prepare for the journey by avoiding the following most common mistakes.
Not Having a Clear Plan
This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people begin the process without a clearly defined plan. A mental plan is great but there needs to be drafts and realistic expectations in line also. Consultations with an architect and home builders can help you to create a plan that works for all parties. Create a vision board prior to the consultations to give a visual of what you are expecting from your custom design. Articulation of your dream is good but putting it into visual perspective will help also. Create a basic plan and research the amount of effort it will take to from the architect and the builder. This will give you a general idea of what to expect. It also ensures that the architect and builder know exactly what you want in your dream home. This allows them to properly execute the process and deliver the results you want in a custom-built home.
Not Considering the Amount of Available Property
This is a mistake that is often and easily caught by the architect or builder. However, it can be avoided completely with a little thought. Don’t create plans for a six-bedroom, four-bath, two-car garage home with only enough land to build a single-story, three-bedroom home. This happens more often than you think. It’s when your dreams have more acres than your property. Carefully examine your property space before purchasing it to make sure it can adequately accommodate the size home you plan to build. In some cases, it may require the purchase of a larger lot or perhaps delaying the process until you find land to accommodate the size home you wish to build. Most importantly, ensure the land is large enough to build the home before purchasing. For some this may mean constructing the new home and adding additions later.
Not Taking Space Flow into Consideration
Do you have a clear idea of how you want the rooms in the home to flow? Convenience and comfort are major factors for where each space will be positioned in the home. This is essential to the concept, especially for a two-story design. Design spaces that are handicap accessible if residents of the home or potential guests may have physical restrictions or a disability that will require handicap accessible spaces. First-floor bathrooms and hand-rails are something you should consider to effectively accommodate these instances. Take into consideration the lifestyle of those residing in the home and how room placement will affect this lifestyle. Does your teenager spend a lot of time in the bathroom? If so, a private bathroom may be best. Do you enjoy cooking while talking with your family? Consider a kitchen design that is near the family room. These are little things that make a big difference if not considered before you speak with the contractors.
Not Implementing Plans for Natural Light
This is one of the most overlooked parts of designing a custom-built home. You should take into consideration the flow of natural light into the home. This should influence the positioning of windows and other design approaches. Natural light is an efficient tool in energy-built homes. It helps to understand from which direction the sun rises, sets and shines into the home. Natural light offers health benefits, preserve energy costs, and enhance the look of the rooms in the home. Consider the number of windows that will be placed in each room and keep in mind that natural light can make smaller rooms appear larger.
The above mentioned are only a few of the most common mistakes that many home-buyers make when pursuing a custom-built home. Taking the steps to avoid these mistakes could help the entire construction process to flow smoothly. It also helps to ensure fewer delays during the entire process. Delays equate to waiting longer for move-in day and like most people, you want to be in your new home as soon as possible.
This article was originally posted on Chesapeake Energy Homes