9 Key Things to Avoid When Building Your Home
When building a new home, you must look at it from many angles and plan accordingly. The good part is there are established guidelines that you can follow to give you insights on how to make the right decisions. We have compiled the top 9 things to avoid when building a home.
Mistakes do happen even with careful preparation and planning. We can’t always account for everything and expect it to go smoothly. We can only limit mistakes but the sad part is — mistakes equates to more cost.
The same thing happens when you’re building your house. The more mistakes you commit, the more cost it incurs — in the range larger than your budget. Therefore, you’ll be forced to tap into your savings which isn’t good for you financially.
- Impulsively taking the lowest bid
While it’s a fact that you’ll be needing contractors and a home design professional to build your new house from scratch — the catch here is not all of them are competent and up to the task. So, it’s your goal to shortlist bidding contractors to your benefit. For a house design, shortlisting your contractor are based on three things:
1) Home Design and Technical Expertise
2) After-project Customer Care
3) Pricing and Rates
Compare your options and make the right choice based on above factors.
- Not having an active role during home plan design
Of course, the layout and zoning of your house matters. You wouldn’t want an inefficient home design wherein your space is poorly allocated. If you have unnecessary big kitchen, living room or bathroom, you wouldn’t have enough space for a 30 square meter bedroom and will have to settle for a smaller 24 square meter bedroom. This applies to other rooms of your preferences so be careful during this stage to prevent countless revisions on your architectural designs.
- Not taking into account your lifestyle
More often than not, your perceived dream house or what you foresee your dream house would be doesn’t always match your lifestyle. In fact, you haven’t considered yet what the future holds for you because you and your spouse are all too excited for your dream house. You’ll never know, but you might have children in the next 5 years so you must ensure that there is sufficient space once your family expands.
- Under-utilized rooms
Let’s say you want a gaming room in your house and you intend to place it on your basement. Your home design professional incorporated your new gaming room to the floor plan nicely. However, the question arises — will it be used frequently that it deserves a separate room? Will you put any gaming setups such as a billiard table?
Any room not properly utilized is already under-utilized. Hence, it’s only a matter of time that your gaming room will turn into dumping ground for storage. What might have been extra floor space for more important purposes such as a laundry room is taken away by an under-utilized room.
- Wrong placement of master bedroom
Floor plan location of a master bedroom must be located in the quietest corner of the house. Now this may seem hard to locate for a small house design but effective zoning of the kitchen, bathroom and living room can do the trick. For example, If you’re living beside a busy road, it must be located at the furthest corner of the house away from the road.
- Poorly lit homes
There should be sufficient light fixtures and strategically-placed windows to have an energy-efficient house. Big windows must be placed facing the sun during the day to provide as much as natural light to enter, potentially lowering your utility bills. Light fixtures must also be carefully planned to avoid the likelihood of rewiring due to inefficient lighting which is a nuisance.
- Not paying attention to your HVAC (Heating Ventilation & Air conditioning) System
Poor planning with regards to HVAC systems can lead to issues with moisture, molds and skyrocketing utility bills. The crucial part during this stage is finding the right system suitable for your house that is efficient. You don’t want a system that is too small that it can’t efficiently cool or heat your entire house or a system that is too big for a small house design. You should discuss your options with your home design professional and contractor on this one.
- Skipping inspection right after turnover
Prior to moving in, have a home design professional inspect the new house thoroughly. They should look for defects and poor workmanship on the part of the contractor. The last thing you want is to move in and find defects and problems on your new house. The contractor should rectify such problems in their scope of work and you need not pay them additional for the same.
- Sometimes it’s good to disagree with your designer or contractor
Yes, they are professionals on their own right and can suggest what needs to be added or replaced. You know the needs and lifestyle of your family the best so listen to your designer’s recommendations but let your decision be the final verdict. Be vigilant and trust your judgement.
Unquestionably, there are challenges to manage when building your dream home. With thorough groundwork and preparation, you can take on this project and enjoy remarkable results.