10 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a New House.
Building a home is a tremendously exciting time for anyone. Home building is an accumulation of many hours of planning, designing, and exhaustion of resources. Many pitfalls that future homeowners face when building their home are due to poor planning and insufficient funds. Planning is everything in the home building process.
Before building anything, there is an excessive number of variables to consider, such as the space you be needing for each room, your current lifestyle compared to future lifestyle, if your family is expanding, or if you plan on entertaining guests regularly. Poor design choices can make your home an uncomfortable and unhealthy place to live.
Here are 10 mistakes to avoid when building your new home:
- Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning: When planning out the space of the room, keep in mind the ventilation of each room. Poor ventilation planning can lead to major health issues involving mold and moisture. Also, pay attention to how your house may perform in the heat of summer and the cooler winters.
- Space Planning: Unless you have a lot of space to work with, planning the area for each room is crucial when building the home. Some homeowners may believe that they need extra closet space until they notice that they could have used the extra space for the bedroom or the bathroom. Plan each room accordingly to the needs of the family and your lifestyle.
- Overall Planning: Depending on how long you plan on living in your house, the homeowner should plan as far into the future as possible. Some things to consider when designing your home would be child safety, maneuverability, storage, and possibly having fewer stairs to accommodate the elderly. Think ahead, long term, to see where you will be and what you will need from your home.
- Lighting: It is a vital to have as much natural light as possible. Each room should have a fair amount of natural light. If natural light isn’t an option then plan on having enough outlets and light fixtures for each room.
- Underutilized Rooms: Having a designated room for games, a home gym, or multipurpose room sounds great at first, but keep in mind that most of the time those rooms are unused and then become storage rooms. It is a great idea to have one multipurpose room that can transition for different uses easily such as a home office that can be used as a guestroom and a gym.
- Laundry Room: Often times the Laundry room can be found in the basement or upstairs near the bedrooms. The placement of the laundry room is a matter of preference and where would it be the most convenient for the family.
- Bedroom Placement: The placement of the bedrooms should be as far away from any area of the home that would see the most foot traffic. The master bedroom should not share a wall with the central living room or near the garage.
- Kitchen Placement: The Kitchen should be placed close to a point of entry or exit. This placement will make transferring groceries to the kitchen less of a hassle, avoiding having to walk through the entire house before arriving at the kitchen.
- Garage Placement: The garage should be placed on the main level of the house close to the kitchen. Keep in mind of the high level of foot traffic and any dirt coming off of people’s shoes.
- Doing Your Own Planning: Home designers and contractors can do much of the home planning for you, but only the homeowner can understand the needs of the family and you should design the house according to your family needs.
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