So, you are finally ready to take that big step and build your dream home. You’ve spent months, even years, planning exactly what you want your new house to have and look like and now you’re ready to discuss your preferences with architects, engineers, and home builders.
But, while it’s easy to make a list of all the things you want in one of your life’s most significant investments, have you ever considered the things you actually don’t need? A home-building project may experience some difficulties due to extremely limited budget and extremely poor planning.
If it’s your first time building a home from scratch, make sure to look at every angle to truly see what elements will work best for your property for a homefit. Consider your current and future lifestyles. Ask yourself the following question: do you frequently have guests?
Do they stay overnight most of the time? Do you enjoy hosting parties? Do you have children, or are you planning to start a family soon? Will your kids be leaving your place soon and start living on their own? Think about all these scenarios so you can perfectly plan the right home for you.
It’s a significant investment, after all. Take as much time as you need discussing all your options with professionals to make sure you won’t make any bad design choices. Here are some of the common mistakes first-time homeowners make when building their home.
Avoid the following to save costs and keep your family’s welfare a top priority:
Make sure there’s adequate light fixtures and outlets in your home, especially throughout the major areas. Also, never forget the importance of getting natural lighting into your home, so get the right size of windows depending on the room.
You’ll need as much natural light in your home as possible not only to keep the area looking its best but also for health reasons. Keep in mind that the sun should always be your primary light source. If you want to take it to the next level, you can also add some skylights.
Inadequately built HVAC system
If you don’t want to deal with moisture problems and horrible mould growth issues in a few years, prioritise your HVAC system. All these issues will not only cause a considerable damage to your property, but they can be health hazards as well.
If you get a model that is too small for your space, it won’t be enough to provide the right amount of heating and cooling in your home. This can be a huge problem during the summer when it can get really hot without a proper cooling system.
The same can happen during cold winter months when your house is in need of some warmth. But, if you get something that is too big, you end up wasting unnecessary energy. So, make sure you get the right homefit to avoid these problems.
Having too many rooms
It’s easy to get tempted to have those extra fancy rooms in your house. But, unless you genuinely need all these additional rooms, only plan to build the areas you know you and your family will actually use. Forget having a home gym if you know it will end up being a storage area for old clothes after a few months.
You don’t need a dumping place in your home, which only adds to clutter.
Remember, build only what you need.