Building A New Home: Mistakes to Avoid

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You know exactly what you want in your home, and you have thought it through. While you are clear about the things you want in your home and what you need, have you considered what you don’t need or what you do not need? Did you really think it through? While you’ve given thought to what will work, how much time have you spent thinking about what won’t?

Budgets that are too small or poorly planned can lead to inconvenient and costly mistakes. It is important to look at your new home from multiple angles when building it.

1. Take care of your HVAC system
Bad planning can result in mold growth and problems with moisture. Also, pay close attention to the dimensions of your units. If your units are too small, they will not perform well and won’t heat and cool your home efficiently. It will cost you a lot of money in the long-term if your home stays too warm during winter and too cool during summer. However, too large homes will consume too much energy.

2. Poor space planning
Space planning is essential, even if you plan to build a huge home. It is important to have ample storage. However, it is also important to consider where your storage space will be placed. Do you really need an extra-large walk-in wardrobe in your master bedroom, when it could be used to expand your master bath or bedroom? You should be careful where your closets are placed. You should have one in each bedroom as well as in the main hallway. If you have too many, the storage space can take away from your living space.

3. Poor overall planning
You should consider your lifestyle and preferences when designing your dream home. How long will you intend to stay in your home? What safety features will you need to make the home safe for your children, young and old? Perhaps you should consider what your needs will be as you get older and retire. You can look ahead to where you will be and what your home will need.

4. Poorly lit homes
The window should be equally prominent. As many windows as possible should be installed in each room. If natural light is possible, it should be the main light source. Consider adding skylights.

5. Under-utilized rooms
While the idea of building a playroom, multipurpose room, or game room in your home may sound appealing, it’s important to make sure you actually use the space. It’s not worth having a home gym that has been used only to store clothes from last year. A room can become a dump for things that are never used. If you are planning on adding a spare space, ensure that it can easily transition from one type of room to another.

6. Placement of laundry room
This is a personal choice. I have laundry rooms in the basement. The mudroom is far away from my bedrooms. They were neither ideal. The laundry room (or washer and dryer) should be located close to the bedrooms. Although I love having an upstairs laundry room, others don’t.

7. Placement of the bedroom
The bedroom should be away from noise and traffic. If you have family members who will be visiting your master bedroom, they should be far from the garage. The master bedroom should be located away from the living rooms. If your home will be on one level, then the master bedroom should be on the far side of the house.

8. Placement of your kitchen
There were two houses where the kitchen was not at the main entry point. It was difficult to transport groceries to the kitchen from my previous homes. It was terrible. It is best to place the kitchen near a garage, back entrance, or near the dining and living areas.

9. Placement of garage
It is much more convenient than the garage located on the main level near the mudroom and kitchen. My garage feels like Grand Central Station. People constantly come and go from my garage with heavy bags, large groceries, and dirty sports clothes. I prefer to keep the chaos and dirt in the kitchen and the mudroom.

10. Listen to what someone else says!
Your family is the best way to get to know you and your family’s lifestyle. Although professionals may make suggestions, they can’t tell you what you need. Only you and your family know what is best. What else should I have mentioned that you consider important in the design of your home’s overall appearance?

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