Posted by: Regent Homes, on September 30, 2016
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Your home is your biggest investment.” It’s true. That’s why you want to design your home right the first time! This can be particularly intimidating for people who are building their first home. However, as building professionals with years of experience, we can steer you in the right direction by sharing some of the most common mistakes people make.
1. Not Considering Their Future Lifestyle
All too often, people build a home for their current lifestyle without taking into consideration how long they plan to live in that home. For instance, you might design a perfect home for your single bachelor or bachelorette status. Yet that home probably isn’t going to fit your needs if further down the road, you get married and have children. Prior to designing your home, think about how long you imagine yourself staying there and how your life is likely to change during that timeframe.
2. Poor Room Placement
Room placement is one of the most important things to consider when building your new home. For example, you’re probably going to pull your car into your garage and head straight to the kitchen to put groceries away. With that in mind, you may want to have a mudroom located near the garage so you have a convenient place to remove your shoes and coat. Similarly, you’ll want the kitchen to be easily reached from the garage. Or, let’s say that you dread doing laundry. When building your own home, you may want to consider putting a laundry room on the 2nd floor for convenience. By thinking about how you’re most likely to use your home, you’ll do a better job determining room placement.
3. Lack of Lighting
Don’t skimp on lighting! A dimly lit home creates a cave-like interior. Instead, plan to allow plenty of natural light with windows and even skylights. Additionally, you’re going to want to have several well-placed outlets and lighting fixtures in each room, so that you have ample light throughout the house in the evening.
4. Paying No Attention to the Surrounding Aesthetic
While it may be tempting to create that 4-story purple home you’ve always dreamt of, we suggest you rein it in a little. If your house looks significantly out of place in the neighborhood, its resale value will plummet. Instead, save your sense of whimsy for interior paint colors. Those can easily be changed!
5. Not Determining Must-Haves Upfront
There are so many luxurious features you can add to your new home that it can be difficult to know where to draw the line. Some people choose to forego upgrades, thinking they’ll get around to adding them in later. Often, later never comes.
At the same time, you probably don’t want to add luxurious touches that you’re unlikely to use or appreciate. So, take some time to determine which features are must-haves and which are trivial. This upfront evaluation will prevent you from regretting your decisions later on.
Many people find that even after knowing which home building mistakes to avoid, they still want assistance. If you’re one of them, you’ve come to the right place! As a home builder and a remodeling specialist, we can help you to navigate the complexities of home building while creating a home that compliments your lifestyle and reflects your overall design aesthetic.
To get more information about building with Regent, contact us online or at 614.529.2927. We’d love to help you create your dream home!