Twelve Things to Consider When Building a New Home


Twelve Things to Consider When Building a New Home

Instead of buying an existing home, you’ve concluded that you want to build your next home from the ground up. This will allow you everything you want (within reason) without having to compromise or settle. That’s a bold move, and you should be applauded for it. But before you rush into it, here are a dozen aspects of the homebuilding process worth considering.

1. All of the different aspects of the job that you’ll have to consider
This sounds repetitive, but it’s a pretty good one-sentence description about the homebuilding process. You will have to constantly be making decisions, from the number of rooms to the type of trim to the insulation material. And the selections you make will all have ramifications – so you can’t take any of them lightly.

2. Your budget – and contingencies
A good rule of thumb is to plan on adding 10% to your total budget figure because of unplanned steps along the way. It’s also wise to periodically check on expenses during the building process, so you can try to save some money later in the project if need be.

3. The reputation of your homebuilder and team
This encompasses the homebuilder as well as the engineers, architects, designers, and everyone else who will be playing a role in constructing your home. Do your research. Make sure that your homebuilder has prior experience. Ask your homebuilder for references. And don’t settle for anyone you don’t feel good about.

4. Your future in the home
Are you going to have children soon? Will you want to retire in the home (or bring in parents who need more care)? Or might you sell the home after several years? These will affect the choices that must be made as your home is constructed.

5. How energy-efficiency it can be
It’s easier to make a home energy-efficient from the ground up than to retrofit it later. So if you want eco-friendly building materials, solar energy, or green roofing, consider putting them into the budget initially.

6.  How the HVAC system is configured
If you aren’t careful, rooms can be built without proper ventilation, resulting in large temperature swings. Or you may install a heater or air conditioner that’s too small and inadequate, or too big and wasteful. These mistakes are costly to fix, so consult your home builder to ensure that ventilation will be laid out properly.

7. The placement of the kitchen
Not only do you need to make your kitchen large enough and ergonomically sound, but you should also think about its position within the house. Will you have to walk a long way to move groceries from your garage? Or will kitchen appliance noises disturb a bedroom occupant?

8. The placement of the master bedroom
The place where you sleep should be your “retreat”; in other words, don’t place it next to the main living area. If you can, try and separate it from other bedrooms and the rest of the home.

9. The placement of the laundry area
This is often overlooked during the homebuilding process. But you don’t want to do laundry in a dark, dingy space (like a basement corner). And you have to decide whether you want your washer and dryer close to your bedroom for convenience.

10. Adequate storage
It’s easy, when trying to maximize living space, to forget about incorporating storage. Closets, crawl spaces, built-in shelves, and similar storage areas should be planned and built in as many rooms as needed.

11. Adequate lighting
More specifically, does each room have enough windows so as to allow natural light in? Once that question is addressed, be sure to design enough lighting fixtures required to illuminate every room sufficiently.

12. Landscaping
It’s one of the last aspects of a homebuilding project, but it shouldn’t be neglected due to lack of forethought. So don’t skimp on this step, or your home’s curb appeal and value may suffer.

Building your home is a lengthy and often arduous process. And the more preparation you do, the more likely that the project will proceed smoothly without surprises. Just consider how much you’ll enjoy your new residence once it’s finished.