Today’s home builder has a lot going for them. The new materials and technologies that allow for superior planning of the home may look easy, but there are things to look out for or your efforts will end up in misery.
First of all, when planning a new home, what about its size? If you only need 3600 square feet then don’t get greedy and layout a property that will be 5200 square feet. It costs more and it takes more time to maintenance. Sometimes our eyes are too big for our bellies and we end up with a sour stomach in the end. Sit down with your architect and with real home designers to pinpoint what you’ll need, not only for yourself but if you have an expanding family to look forward to. Build with just a bit of extra space and not too much. You can always add a room or two later on, but for now, you want quality control and low overhead.
The second thing to look at is orientation. Yes, there’s a great view to the south, but is it going to add to sun exposure and fighting against strong winds. This is where your weather experts come into play. If your home is going to be in an area where seasonal storms occur, you want your home-oriented to minimize wind and rain, snow, excess heat. Orienting your home’s position will save in energy costs as well. You want a home that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Planning this way avoids lots of maintenance and trouble later.
Keep your own integrity. Don’t let other people, especially friends and contractors tell you what you want. Just keep a stiff upper lip and sally forth. You know what you want, and if you’ve been smart you’ll have asked experts to know what you can get that is safe and efficient as well as aesthetic. No, you don’t need that gazebo that your mother-in-law insists, you put in and around your home what you want and what you need. If you let others dictate their desires to override yours, you’ll end up with a final home product that will only disappoint you.
Fourth is to place your key rooms in the best places possible. Kitchens aren’t a room you just slap up and hope for the best. A kitchen should be strategically placed to better its efficiency. The placement of energy for the kitchen is the key. Gas, electricity lines and pipes can undergo so much twisting and turning. You don’t want to put your kitchen in an area that requires a circus-like configuration of wires and pipes. You don’t want the kitchen directly beneath bedrooms. You’ll need proper ventilation for your kitchen and you don’t want the fumes and aromas flooding the bedrooms. Living rooms are normally near the front of the home or just recessed. This being the showcase room, one wants it placed just right. A structure of the home is important here as the living room should be the biggest room. It needs support so that its size doesn’t compromise the safety of the home’s structure via stress. This is where your architect and building inspector come into the issue. They’ll know what to do and advise you what is wise and not.
Finally, what is your budget? Do you have enough to achieve your goals? Are you moving on fumes and hoping to get the cheap deals? You never go cheap on the home you build and intend to dwell in. Safety comes first and trying to get quality with a low budget is taking, to say the least. Instead, work within your budget. Know what you can and cannot afford. Sometimes you’ll have to be creative but don’t do anything that will compromise efficiency and safety. That new fancy brick face or decorative siding may look good, but can you afford it now? You will need capital to keep the home maintained. Add to that all the excess costs can eat up a budget in no time. Be careful, yes, try to get the best price for the most quality and keep your eyes on the prize.
Planning as a home builder now means less misery down the road and greater equity in the property overall.
Picture Credit: paulbr75