Building your dream home from scratch and deciding for yourself on every little detail can be incredibly exhausting and stressful. Not to mention, the process takes longer than when you’re working with a production builder.
But, custom homes are worth it once you see it all come together and can notice little snippets of your personality shining through every corner, nook, and cranny. Of course, no one can truly warn you about the complexity of it, so here are six tips that you should keep in mind if you’re thinking of embarking on this adventure.
1. Adapt the Architect’s Plans
Whenever you buy a house or decide on building one, you’re going to inevitably work with an architect who will help materialize your vision into a real home. The architect will usually sit down and talk to you so that he or she can get a clear image of how you’d want your future home to look. Based on that discussion, they will then start working on the concept plans. After you agree on a concept the architect will proceed with construction drawings.
Of course, there will be a series of discussions between the two of you, until you both agree the project is on the right track. After everything is settled, the construction phase can finally begin.
That might be true, you’re probably saying to yourself right now, but what you’re describing is the ideal situation. What happens if I don’t quite get along with my architect and end up with a project that doesn’t entirely suit my needs?
Yes, the situation can get messy and complicated, but don’t worry. If you feel certain details don’t seem quite right for you, firmly express your concerns to the architect. If that doesn’t work, try having a talk with the engineer and the builder. While their expertise is different, they should still be able to guide you and make a few tweaks here and there if you decide together that they’re necessary.
2. The Laundry Room Is Essential
If you think about it, the laundry room is one of the most used spaces in the entire house. However, it’s also one of the spaces that get the least attention when it comes to design and integration.
Laundry rooms are usually thought of at the very end of a design process and are thus confined to the darkest corners and the smallest areas, making them lose a big part of their functionality aspect. And why would you want an unpractical, not functional laundry room?
That said, keep in mind a few things when deciding where to place your laundry room. Make sure it is not in the way of highly-circulated traffic paths in the house and that it is spacious enough to accommodate the appliances you have. It should also allow you to move with ease when doing chores.
3. Sunshine Effects
This is something that architects usually take into account before they start working on any custom homes drawings. Where the sun rises from and sets is a crucial aspect since it will influence the amount of light your spaces will be getting throughout the day. Go through this discussion with your architect to make sure everything is in order, and no detail is left unattended.
4. Indulge in Spaces That Need It
If so far you’ve struggled to save as much money as possible we applaud you. But don’t forget to treat yourself as well, after all this hard work. After all, you and your family are the ones that will be living in this house. Discuss together and decide on a few things that you think are worth splurging on, such as high-quality flooring in the living room, or high-tech appliances in the kitchen.
5. Have a Professional Electric Plan
Working closely and maintaining a good relationship with the professionals you hire to build your house is crucial. Electric plans are vital for your home, so make sure you decide details like outlet placement together with your electrician. You don’t want to be stuck running extension cords all over your house. Likewise, consider the locations of your lighting and make sure darker areas have adequate fixtures or consider switching to higher wattage light fixtures or LED lights in dark areas.
6. Document the Wiring and Piping in Your House
You never know when you’ll decide to pursue different do-it-yourself renovation projects, but you’ll need to know the location of the wiring and ductwork, so you don’t ruin everything in your home in a split second. Do yourself a favor and think ahead by documenting (either through pictures, videos, or both) the construction phase, so you’re aware of the location of wire and pipes.
Follow these tips, and you’ll feel more confident when building your dream home. As long as you do your research and are informed about every single detail or aspect of the design and construction process, you will feel like your voice will be heard better and your ideas will be integrated the way you want them to.