Many families are opting to build a house themselves, rather than settle for one that doesn't ideally suit their needs. Yet, there are countless families that wish they had gone about the new home's planning process differently. It's hard to consider all the things you will want and need in your house 30 years from now. To help you avoid common planning mistakes for your new home, the following guide has been provided. Here are four planning tips that will ensure long-term satisfaction and utility from your new home.
1. Go frugal on surface materials.
Unless you're willing to spend anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 dollars more on your kitchen to have authentic granite slab and natural hardwood floors, go with composite counters like quarzite and laminate floors. It's always better to invest more in structural areas of the house, as opposed to other areas that offer no structural value, no matter what you put on it.
2. Get creative with the roofing and siding.
Roofing and siding are always huge factors in the structural integrity and resale value of a house, and thus deserve extra attention. Investing in high-profile roofing shingles and installing brick veneer for the house's siding will keep your home safe and valuable for up to 50 years.
3. Arrange room location wisely.
Planning the laundry room and bedrooms for the same floor will save you huge amounts of time in the long run. Avoid placing bedrooms next to the garage or the kitchen. Instead, place the bedrooms as closely together and to the living room as possible, as this will prevent lots of unwanted noise.
4. Anticipate future utility needs.
Perhaps when vacuuming inside your old home you wished the location of the outlets wouldn't make the task so inconvenient. Or, perhaps you would like not having your grill run out of propane gas when you have company. Take the time to plan where you want each outlet, gas hookup, spigot, phone jack, and other utility connections. Even if the extra planning amounts to placing just one extra outlet in the garage to powerwash the floor a couple of times each year, you'll be glad that you planned ahead.
There has been no better time to build a custom home than now. There are several architects that can provide affordable custom plans and even more building contractors that are willing to compete to earn your business (such as those from Genuine Home Builders Inc). Though the process will take a long time you can never be too thorough with your planning, nor can you be too involved in every step of the planning and building. After all your hard work, you will have as close to an ideally suited home as one could wish for.