The Common Mistakes To Avoid When Building Your Very First Home

By | February 13, 2016

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The thought of building your dream home is exciting enough that you become quite prone to committing mistakes. Obviously, you home is the biggest investment you’re going to make in your life, which means you really can’t afford messing it up by making those costly mistakes. While you certainly will hire a building contractor, architect, and designer to do the dirty job for you, remember that you still have to be aware of the direction they’re going because you’re essentially the boss. So any mistake may in fact come back to hunt you.

So enough with the introduction, let’s start identifying those mistakes so that you successfully avoid them while it’s not too late.

The first two tips come from StyleatHome.com, in the article “6 Common Home Building Mistakes.” These two tips talk about the importance of hiring the right experts and avoiding the mistake of doing it on your own.

Not hiring the right experts

Architects are qualified like lawyers and doctors, they go through university, sit exams and do years of apprenticeships to gain their licenses – they are the most qualified to work on the plans for your home. Not hiring an experienced and qualified architect can cost you when the plans are not shaping up to be what you want and need. In most cases, custom-designed homes require the services of a licensed architect.

Trying to do it yourself

Going it alone and not hiring an experienced professional to project manage our build initially looks like it will save you money but could end up costing you money and be disastrous. Since you have no knowledge of the industry you could get stuck with duds, scammers and rogue tradesmen. Someone who has been in the business for several years and has weeded out the good, the bad and the ugly can help make your home build less risky.

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There’s no such thing as a perfect house, but you can build something close to it. However, there is no way for you to do that if you strongly believe that house building is as simple as fixing a roof or installing a new door. Remember that it is a whole new ball game and the only way for you to ensure success is to hire industry experts. You can’t even delegate the job to a carpenter or handyman!

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Furthermore, we came across this Real Estate web page from U.S. News talking about the things you should keep in mind even before the planning stage. In this regard, it would be a very costly mistake if you fail to think and consider these things:

Have the details in place before you start building. That means not just knowing how the floor plan will look but knowing how the rooms will be designed, says Jonathan Macias, a real estate broker and the president of the Macias Realty Group in El Segundo, California.

“Designing a house seems easy, but the amount of choices out there can be overwhelming for many. What color tile, what size, what pattern, will it match with the walls, what cabinets will go with this, what about the faucet?” Macias says. “All of these questions could be just for one small bathroom.”

In other words, you don’t want to be agonizing about how a bathroom should look and holding up your contractors.

Don’t build too big. Sure, you may have a lot of stuff, and you might look longingly at mansions and want the same thing, but if that’s the route you want to take, then think long and hard about what you’re about to do. What may be right for you now may not be right for you in 10 years, or even next year.

“I meet potential clients in my office almost weekly who tell me, “We built a 6,000 square-foot home, but now we’re dying to downsize to something smaller. Most families don’t even need 5,000 square feet, and a home as small as 2,500 or 3,000 square feet won’t feel small if it’s designed properly, says Andy Stauffer, owner of Stauffer and Sons Construction, a homebuilder in Colorado Springs.

“A larger house is just more expensive and harder to maintain and clean,” Stauffer says. “According to the National Association of Home Builders, a custom home in the USA costs an average of $105 per square foot to build. That means by eliminating even 500 square feet in a home that you don’t need, you’ll save over $50,000.”

This article, written by Geoff Williams, can be viewed through this link.

We believe that there really is nothing wrong about the plan of building a mansion or a house that’s considerably bigger than most. The important thing is that you should have planned it for at least five years already. It’s not the kind of project you think overnight and start building by morning. That’s just too dumb of you. Even the smallest home needs careful planning.

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Now at this time, let’s talk more about the specific design mistakes. Well, there actually are hundreds of them that you will potentially commit in the process of building the home, which is why it becomes more and more sensible to hire experts to take care of it for you. Well, it should make perfect sense if you at least have some clue on what to avoid.

Take this bunch of tips from the website HomeTipsforWomen.com which talks about those design errors in the article “3 Design Mistakes to Avoid When Building a House.

Design Mistakes #1: Traffic Flow

The side door is the one we use most often. It opens into a tiled space and a mudroom. The theory was that we’d come into the house, and go directly into the mudroom to shake off muddy shoes and wet gear.

Somewhere during the design process, the half bath next to the mudroom had to be extended to accommodate the washer and dryer. This moved the door to the mudroom about 18 inches to the right. Now, when you come in the door, instead of seeing a doorway inviting you into the mudroom, your path is partially blocked by a wall. It’s easier to walk into the kitchen and dump your stuff on the island (get tips on conquering clutter at home).

Design Mistake #2: Inadequate Kitchen Lighting

I love my kitchen. There are miles of counter space and lots of cabinets. Other than the oversized island being a clutter collector, it’s perfect – well almost.

There are gaps in the kitchen lighting. We were shown the plans with the lighting design, but my non-spatial brain didn’t make the connection between the end of the recessed lighting and the pendant light fixture over the table. If I’d been paying closer attention to the drawings, I would have realized that there needed to be at least 2, and probably 4 more recessed lights installed to provide adequate lighting throughout the kitchen.

Design Mistake #3: Electrical Placement

I didn’t pay enough attention to the minute details of the floor plans. Rooms were where I wanted them, windows were in the right place. We requested lots of electrical outlets and dimmers on many of the light switches. I thought we were good.

I love the look of candles in the windows at Christmastime. I wish I had ensured there was an outlet under each of the windows on the front of the house. Despite having an abundance of outlets, it is still necessary to utilize extension cords for many of the candles.

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We bet you now have some good idea on how to proceed on building your very first home. Just always be reminded that it’s not a simple project made up of two or three steps. It is complicated, tedious, long, and costly. Don’t ever think for a second that you can make one with a minimum budget. If you want to achieve the design and makeup of your dream home, plan ahead and save a lot of money!