While there can be a fair amount of pressure in the custom home design process, it’s worth taking your time with the design as the decisions you make about your new home now will have a substantial impact on your comfort and the value of the property. You have to make many of the key decisions even before you begin on sketching out the design.
Custom-built homes are not like manufactured homes. You’re not given a basic floor plan with few variations in each structure.
Instead, you’ll sit down with a designer and architect and discuss every decision, both large and small, from the total square footage to the types of light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. You’ll make decisions regarding kitchen layout, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, space planning, exterior finishes, and more.
A few bad choices in this stage can make it difficult to live in peace and comfort for the
rest of your life (at least with this house). For that reason, you need to know some of the biggest mistakes people make when they design custom-built homes.
Six Major Custom Home Design Mistakes
1. Overspending the Budget
Everything in the home design process will depend on your target budget. This will be one of the first things you talk about with your contractor, and it’s vital to be realistic about it.
Don’t seek a loan that you can’t handle just because you want a better home. That will set you up for failure and a mortgage you struggle to pay.
Also, sometimes in the home building process, you’ll have everything lined up to fit within your target budget, but something new surfaces that you’ll want (or have) to pay for. If it’s a must-have, work within your existing budget to make it happen rather than adding more capital that you really can’t afford.
2. Making Major Decisions after Construction Has Begun
It’s crucial that the biggest decisions get made during the design process, before your contractor is even on site. As you build, it’s not unusual to make small changes as you go, to make the home more functional and comfortable for you.
Small things are usually easy to add, but the large decisions, such as space planning and additional square footage, are best left alone. To avoid making big decisions down the road, do your due diligence during the design process.
Speak with your architect and contractor about your plans and have them develop a 3D markup. This will display your plans in action so you know it’s what you want before proceeding, because a change late in the game could set you back thousands.
3. Cutting Corners
A quality house is one that does everything by the book. You shouldn’t try to cut corners in order to save time, and you certainly shouldn’t dodge building codes in order to reduce costs.
Building codes and processes have been put in place for the purpose of achieving efficient, safe construction. Cutting corners now could set you up for a very difficult and dangerous time in the future.
An essential piece of making things safer and easier now and in the future is to follow a realistic timeline. Don’t rush the building project and don’t always choose the cheapest option.
Give your contractors ample time to reduce the risk for mistakes. Don’t be afraid to shell out extra funds for the important features of the home, and conserve your spending on the less-important cosmetic features. It’s hard to be patient at first, but doing so will give you a long-lasting home of your dreams.
4. Thinking Short Term Only
Many people build a home that matches their current situation perfectly, but don’t anticipate the future. For example, a couple that has no children might build a two-bedroom house without planning for an expanding family.
But things change, and if you’re investing the time and money into building a custom home, you don’t want the house to be nonfunctional when your family circumstances change. Think ahead.
If you’re thinking of expanding your family, build a home in a location that’s equipped to handle the growth, and that has good schools and a low crime rate. If a parent or two might end up living with you sometime in the next ten years, take that into account as well.
Another vital consideration is the resale value of your home. If you’re building a custom house, your plan is likely to live in it for several years, but you may well be selling it eventually.
It’s a smart idea to discuss your house plans with an appraiser or experienced real estate agent who can tell you whether your home has good resale value or not.
5. Not Being Involved
Another critical mistake new home builders make is helping out with the design process of their custom home, then virtually disappearing until the project is finished. Most contractors want the homeowners to be more involved during construction. It’s always good to check in on the progress of the home and make sure you’re achieving the desired results.
At the same time, you have to place a little faith in your contractor. If you’re checking in several times a day to make sure the building process is happening just right, such micromanagement will make the situation difficult for your builder.
Stay involved, but allow enough space for the workers so they can do their job the way they know how to do it.
6. Handling All the Design Yourself
This is one of the most stressful and high-impact facets of the home construction process, though people new to the home-building process often trust themselves to handle all the design decisions.
It’s not that this is an impossible feat. People do it all the time, but they often overwork themselves in the process and make bad decisions that seemed good at the time.
It’s always wise to schedule a consultation with an interior designer. A simple consultation is often much more affordable than hiring a designer to handle the entire project.
During the session, you can ask any design questions and/or have the designer go over your plans for the home. He or she will pick out the flaws in your space planning and make suggestions for improvement.
You don’t have to accept all the advice given, but it’s important to be open-minded so you design a home that’s perfect for you and yours.
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