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8 Things You Should Consider Before Building Your Own House

Long before you hire contractors or purchase materials, there are some important things you should consider when building your dream home. By keeping this in mind during the planning process, you can save a lot of time and money, and ensure that your finished home aligns with your initial vision.

You’ve always had the picture in your mind of your dream home. One that’s just the right size, with beautiful finishes, high-tech appliances, high ceilings, beautiful wooden floors, big windows that allow ample amounts of natural light, a chef’s kitchen, great spaces for the kids, and so on. What’s holding you back from making your dream home a reality? Chances are, you’ve heard some stories, and are preparing yourself for a long, complex, and expensive process, but with the proper planning and expectations set, you can have a fun, inspiring and exciting journey as you bring your home to life. Here are some tips to get you started.




Setting Your Budget: How much home can you build?

A major consideration before building your dream home is your budget. The outcome of your home building project is greatly dependent on how much you are willing to spend. And since it’s very likely that you will be maximizing your budget constructing your dream home, it is highly important that you know how much you can spend, and trust that you can stick within those limits. To be properly prepared with a budget in mind, consult with a construction loan officer, who will assist in pre-qualifying you for a home construction loan. Once you have a good idea of what your budget will be, consult with your prospective contractors for your new construction home, and learn as much as you can about their process. How they hit their timelines, how they analyze and develop the lot to build on, and how they plan to keep your project on budget. Some builders offer a fixed price agreement, which is a great way to know exactly what your building, what it costs, and keep it that way.



Design and Functionality: What your dream home looks like

You should know what you want in your dream house. And it is not enough that you have a clear picture of how it will look like from the outside. You should also be clear about how your home should look like inside. Do you want an open-concept house? How about a ranch-style, or modern farmhouse? Whatever your preferred design is, always take into account your lifestyle. If you ignore this part, you are likely to make design mistakes. Check the amount of storage space you need, the size of built-in closets, the number of rooms, etc.



Heating, Cooling & Indoor Air Quality: Being comfortable and energy efficient

Your home's indoor air quality affects the health, comfort, and safety of you and your family. Make sure that your home design incorporates proper layout and planning for the HVAC system. Consider energy-efficient heating and cooling systems of appropriate size for your home. Some important tools for maintaining quality indoor are that you need to have in your home as air movers dehumidifiers and air purifiers.


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Lighting: Keep it cozy and work with the sun

Choosing the right lighting can make a big difference between an average home and an extremely appealing one. When planning for your home lighting system, always take into account the height of your ceilings, the type of light bulbs you prefer, and the types of lighting suitable for each room. It's helpful to know about the latest lighting trends to create a stylish and functional lighting plan for your dream home. Also make sure to ask your builder about the placement of your home on its lot and how window placement affects the energy use, temperature, and coziness of the home.




Kitchen Design: Modern, healthy, seamless flow

The kitchen is a focal point of any house. It is also one of the most used parts of the house. When it comes to the kitchen, functionality and design should go hand in hand. It doesn’t necessarily have to be big, but it should be able to meet your needs. If you’re the type who loves cooking and entertaining, a spacious kitchen makes sense. Proper venting and low VOC finishes will help ensure your kitchen keeps your home healthy and doesn’t hurt your indoor air quality.



Outdoor Area: Landscaping and entertaining

Having an outdoor space, such as a lawn or backyard, can greatly improve the overall value of your home. When designing your home exterior, consider adding planting shrubs and flowers, adding outdoor furniture, and a patio space for barbecues and entertaining.



Bathroom Design: Classy and comforting

Determine the number of bathrooms you want in your home. Will each bedroom have its own bathroom? Have a concrete plumbing layout too in case you decide to add more bathrooms in the future. What are the kind of features you are looking for? A large soaking tub or jacuzzi, or maybe a large rain shower bathroom with unique, floor to ceiling tile? Whatever you can imagine, the master bathroom is a great spot to have some fun with your designer.



Closets and Storage Space: Optimize your living

Huge closets aren’t necessarily better than average-sized closets. It all depends on how you use the space. When you build a closet based on how much hanging space you need, even a small bedroom can look spacious and feel more functional, giving you the freedom to add more contents, such as furniture. Other spaces of the room can be optimized with some unique storage space as well, like a custom space in your basement or attic space in your garage.


Conclusion: Find the right custom home builder

Turning your dream home into reality involves a lot of money, time and effort. However, this should also be a fun and inspiring time. Your taking ideas and turning them into reality, so do your research and make sure you and your builder have a solid relationship and stay aligned throughout the process.


The key to ensuring that your new home delights you and your family is creating a concrete plan with your builder and sticking to it with confidence. Learn the ins-and-outs of their process and make sure they have the proper systems in place to avoid surprises. Hopefully, with these tips, you can achieve the home of your dreams!

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