You may picture your ideal home in your mind. You may even have a rough blueprint or imagine yourself walking through the hallways. No matter how much you have dreamed about building a new home, however, there may be some important things you’ve forgotten to consider. Here is a list of common pitfalls that first-time home builders encounter.
While you may have been thinking about your construction project for a long time, it’s possible to have thought quite a bit about your plans without actually fully planning the steps required to get you there. Poor planning can manifest in a number of ways:
- Spaces that become junk rooms when you don’t end up using them
- HVAC unit that is too small to sufficiently cool or heat your home
- HVAC unit that is too large and thus results in exorbitant energy costs
- Insufficient or overabundant storage space
- Outgrowing the home before you are ready to move
Awkward Room Placement
Many people base their room placement plans solely on form without considering the function of the space and the location that would best serve that function. For example, a kitchen that is tucked far away from the entrance closest to your vehicle may make grocery day more of a hassle than necessary. Placing the master bedroom next to the main living area may not be conducive to the most restful sleep habits. When planning room location, make sure that it looks great and works well.
Lack of Natural Light
A building without windows denies some of the basic elements needed in a home. Natural light has been linked to increases in serotonin and improvements in both comfort and productivity. Proper daylighting has financial benefits as well. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting accounts for 15 percent or more of the average electric bill. Using natural light as often as possible can significantly reduce your energy usage.
You may be tempted to yield to the suggestions of others when the home construction process gets overwhelming. Fight the urge to do this. One of the main benefits of building your own home is that you get to create exactly what you want, so don’t give up on it, even if the advice sounds good at the time. In the end, what you think of your home is the most important opinion.
Finding a location for your new home is a top priority, and Leslie the Realtor can help you find the place that meets all your needs. With 14 years of experience helping people buy and sell property, she has the knowledge and expertise to start you off on the right track.