Building Your First Home? Avoid The Most Common Mistakes

Posted on: 15 March 2016

Building your first new home is an exciting time. It's a chance to create just the house you want from the ground up. But it also has the potential for mistakes that can cost you in the long run. So how can a first-time builder avoid these mistakes? Here are a few handy tips to help you.

Think About Resale

While you're not likely to be planning to sell your house while still building it, it's still important to think about that possibility. The choices you make in home design can increase or decrease your home's value down the road. So be sure to choose quality materials instead of costly embellishments that may not be suitable for all tastes. A few fun features are okay, but create a basic home layout and design that's versatile and easy for other homeowners to visualize their own things in. 

Plan for Life

This home you're designing should be something you want to enjoy for many years, so plan for the future. If you have small children, think about your family's needs as they get older (for example, by considering adding extra bathrooms or mud rooms). If you are planning to retire in the house or have older parents who may be spending time there, create a simple, wide layout that's easily accessible. 

Lots of Storage

You can never have enough storage. Make sure you add storage to every room -- in the form of closets, cabinets, under-stair spaces and nooks. And include a garage large enough to have plenty of space to store less-used items. It's especially important to give attention to the amount of storage space in the kitchen to avoid clutter and ensure sufficient space to use the kitchen properly. 

Plan Your Decor

Your new house is a blank slate, but your life probably isn't. Think about what furniture or keepsakes you'll be taking with you to place in your new house, planning out how it will fit into the new rooms while those rooms are still in the planning stages. Even if you're not using existing furnishings, consider how you want major rooms laid out and how you use them. If you want a home theater system mounted on the wall, for example, consider how that system will fit and how the windows will affect it. 

By thinking ahead about how you plan to use the home both now and in the future, you can create a house you'll love for years to come. 

For custom home builders, contact a company such as Gallery Homes Ltd.