Building a home from scratch is many people's dream; however, the reality is that the process is much more difficult than it first seems. Below are three common mistakes people make when building a home and how to avoid them:
Building an Unsalable Home
It may be a little difficult to consider the resale value of your home before you've even built it, but doing so could save you a lot of stress (and money!) down the line. It's understandable that you draw up plans for your dream home during the design of the new property, which is great! However, it's best to keep a reign on things and remember not to go completely off the rails with your design.
The reason for this is simply that obscure and bespoke homes are more difficult to sell than more traditional designs. The four-story, open plan home with suspended mezzanines may seem like a great idea right now, but will it be able to sell for a profit down the line?
Even if you are designing this to be your retirement home, chances are that it will be passed on to your descendants who will sell it at some point. Therefore, remember this during the design process of your new home. Of course, design the property around your family's wishes, but don't make rash decisions that will cost you money when it comes to selling the property. Keeping a cool head at this stage could literally save you thousands of dollars later on.
Getting the Room Placements Wrong
Designing a home may seem like a relatively easy process on the surface, but there's actually a lot of thought that goes into placing the rooms in the correct locations around the property. Whilst the specific layout of your property is entirely up to you, there are a few key things to keep in mind when drafting designs:
The kitchen should be placed near either the front or rear door, or if this isn't possible, next to the garage. This allows easy access to the area in order to drop off groceries, pick up some lunch, or welcome guests to your home at the dining table.
Your bedrooms should be situated on the side of your home opposite to the street. This ensures that you aren't awoken by noisy traffic, loud pedestrians, or other general ruckus.
Your lounge area should be situated immediately next to the front entrance, preferably directly following your reception/foyer if you have one. As this is the room that most people will spend time in, it makes sense to have it near an entrance to avoid unwanted foot traffic marching through your other rooms just to get to the television.
Taking Too Much Work On
The idea of building your own property from scratch is a particularly appealing one. The sense of achievement you will gain from constructing a home for you and your family to live in is something that can never be taken away from you. However, many times people become to obsessed with the notion of DIY construction and take on far too much work themselves.
Of course, you will want to take on work by yourself in order to speed the process along and save some money in the long run. But this doesn't mean that the entire property has to be constructed by your own bare hands. Hiring remodeling contractors to carry out the difficult tasks, such as installing the roof and constructing the support structure, will save you a great deal of stress and anxiety during the construction process.
Additionally, it's always good practice to hire an experienced general contractor to project manage the construction. Some people take this task on themselves, but often they become flustered due to inexperience and wind up hiring the wrong sub-contractors for difficult tasks. When it comes to something as important as your new home, it's best to leave the organization and delegation to a fully qualified and experienced professional like those at Century Roofing Company Inc.
The best way to handle major home renovations is to take them one step at a time. Instead of trying to change your whole home at once, start small. I started with the guest bathroom, then the guest bedroom, then moved on to my kids’ rooms, my bedroom, and the living room. Now I’m working on remodeling the kitchen. I started this blog to help other people who are attempting major home renovations. I’ll show you how to change your whole home by breaking it up into manageable chunks. Wondering which kitchen counters are right for you, or how to add more space to your bedroom? We’ll go over the pros and cons of different materials and discuss DIY renovation projects. Before you know it, you’ll have created your dream home.