Building your own home, which you can design exactly to your specifications is a big dream and a dream that’s shared by many. It isn’t any easy dream to fulfill, however. Sure, finding a decent plot of land for sale isn’t too difficult, nor is working out what you want your home to be like, but actually bringing those ideas to fruition is another story. If you don’t get it right, you could end up wasting lots of time and money and ending up with a nightmare house instead of your dream home.
In order to avoid a nightmare outcome, here are some of the key mistakes to avoid when building your own home:
Not Paying Attention to the Little Things
When you’re building your dream home, it’s easy to get preoccupied with how many rooms you’ll have, what type of stone you’ll use to make the kitchen counters look amazing and how you’ll layout your home to maximize its potential for your family. But you shouldn’t let that stuff preoccupy you to the point that you forget the little things, like, for example, your HVAC system. This is just one example of small things that are often overlooked, and which can subsequently lead to problems with mold, inefficiency and an uncomfortable home.
Not Planning the Space Effectively
One of the best things about building your own home is that you can have total control over the layout of your home. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know how to use this power, and they end up using the space they have very inefficiently.
If you want your home to be perfect for your family’s needs, you need to think about everything you’ll do in your home, from exercising to washing, and you need to think about storage space, in particular. By doing this, you’ll be able to design a home where every room is as efficient as possible, and there is absolutely no need for it to get cluttered because there is hidden storage space at every corner. The foyer, the bathroom, the kitchen – there are no rooms that cannot have inbuilt storage closets to make life easier, so take advantage of this fact by including them in your plans.
Not Planning for the Future
A lot of people who build their own homes also make the mistake of not planning for their futures. They may be single or a married couple at present and build a house accordingly. Then, a few years down the line, when they decide to have children, they realize that they don’t have enough space or their home just isn’t appropriate for family life, Or perhaps, they don’t take into account their impending old age and create a home that would be difficult to navigate with an older body, and they have to make the heart-breaking decision of selling their dream home. Don’t be like them and think about the future during the planning stage.
Not Thinking About Lighting
There are few people who actually want to live in dark and dingy homes, but that’s exactly what could happen if you don’t think about lighting when you’re in the process of building your new home.
At the very least, your plans should include windows in every room of your home, no matter how big or small, and those windows should be as big as possible. Doors should feature glass to let as much natural light in as possible, and every room should have lots of light fittings and sockets to plug in table lamps, etc., to ensure that you don’t have to live in darkness.
Adding Rooms That Won’t Be Used
Building your own cinema room, games room or library might sound cool, and it’ll certainly impress your guests, but if you are unlikely to actually use those rooms very often, they’re a waste of space, and more importantly a waste of money. So, when you’re in the planning stage, sit down and really think about the kind of rooms that will add value to your life. Maybe an extra bathroom would do more for you than a library, or an extra bedroom would be more useful than a games room if you often have guests. Work out what will get the most use and do that, even if it isn’t as cool as some other options.
Not Putting the Bedroom in the Right Place
If you’re designing your own home, you’re probably doing it so that you can get the house of your dreams, a house that you will always feel comfortable in. You won’t totally achieve that aim if you don’t put some consideration into the location of your bedroom.
Ideally, your bedroom should be placed in a location that’s as far away from any nearby roads as possible, so that you will not be disturbed by traffic noise when you’re trying to relax. You should also try to locate it at three furthermost end of the house, away from the bathroom and other bedrooms so that you won’t be disturbed by the noise of your family members or guests. Locating it in an area where there is also pretty view would be good, although not quite as essential.
Not Choosing the Best Location for the Kitchen
The kitchen is usually the heart of most homes, which is why it’s always good to place it in a location that is easily accessible from the outside so that your guests can pop in without having to trail right through the house.
Placing your kitchen in an area close to the point of entry will also make it a lot easier for you when you’re lugging groceries from the car to the kitchen, or when you’ve been out for a walk, and you want to avoid traipsing dirt through the rest of the house before you can get to the kitchen.
Choosing a Poor Location for the Garage
Ideally, the garage should be located on your property’s main level, and it should be close to your kitchen, and if you have one, your mud room. Placing the garage in such a location will cut down on a constant stream of comings and goings from into the house from friends and family members who may be tracking dirt into your home.
Being Swayed By Someone Else
When you’re building your new home, there will be lots of contractors and architects trying to persuade you that you need a certain feature like a mud room, in your home. If you don’t believe that’s true, don’t let them sway you. You, more than anyone else. Know what you do and do not need in your home and you shouldn’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Of course, you should consider your needs carefully, but once you know what you want, don’t budge unless there is a very good reason to do so.
Not Researching Contractors
Before you start building, it is absolutely essential that you do your research on local contractors. It’s sad, but there are a lot of cowboys out there, who will charge you too much, do a shoddy job or generally mess you around. You can’t completely eliminate the chances of this happening, but you can lower the odds by doing your research, checking references, or even better, getting personal recommendations from friends and family members who have built their own homes in the past.
Have you built your own home? Did you make any mistakes along the way? Do you have any advice to offer readers embarking on their first building project?