Planning on building a new home? With custom house building, you can design your new home to be exactly as you want it to. But as usual, the devil is in the details, and small mistakes can ruin your grand plans.
If you are a first time home builder, you should make sure you get everything right the first time around, as mistakes are costly and hard to fix. Read on to find out some of the most common custom home building mistakes.
1. Energy Inefficiency
Simply put, if your new home doesn’t have Energy Star certification, you’ll be losing a lot of money in the long run. How much, you ask? Well, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Energy Star houses may use up to 30% less energy compared to conventional houses.
Energy Star indicates that a product meets certain energy efficiency standards. It’s an indication used for most energy-hungry home appliances, including HVAC systems. However, many people don’t know you can actually get an Energy Star certification for your own home as well.
Building an Energy Star home requires advanced insulation, Energy Star appliances, efficient HVAC and expert design. In order to qualify, you need to meet all the requirements set by the EPA.
After your new house is ready, you will need to contract an independent energy rater to determine if your house qualifies for Energy Star certification.
Receiving Energy Star certification is a difficult process, but the promise of 30% less energy consumption more than makes up for the challenge. Working with a dependable green home building contractor will allow you to obtain the coveted Energy Star certification at minimum cost. Without the right builder at your side, it is likely that your home will not meet the standards, and you won’t be able to get your Energy Star certification.
2. Inadequate HVAC System
Building an energy efficient house is one thing, but making it so that it’s actually comfortable to live in is another. Poor HVAC planning can lead to all sorts of problems with air quality, too much moisture and even mold.
Standing for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, HVAC is so much more than thermal comfort. Sure, it’s important to keep your house comfortably warm, but you need to consider proper ventilation and humidity control as well.
Your HVAC system should be just the right size for the total floor space of your house. Small models will not cool or heat your home efficiently. On the other hand, an HVAC system that is too big for your house will just be wasting money and energy.
Another problem of poor HVAC planning is the unsightly wall acne. The term wall acne refers to a multitude of mismatched lights, switches, controls and keypads on a wall. You can avoid this completely with proper design.
3. Bad Space Planning and Design
Space planning is crucial regardless of the size of your new home. Even the largest homes can run out of space if you have not designed them efficiently.
Regardless of your goals, you need to plan your floor space in advance. Take your time to plan out the layout of your new home, and make sure you are not skimping on important details.
First, you need to assess how much storage space you will need in each room. You can’t just pile everything up in the garage, and even garages get full after a while! Each bedroom should have at least one closet, and bathrooms will require some kind of storage as well. Your entrance hall should have a coat closet, especially if you live in colder climates.
Your building contractor will be able to give you a 3D representation of how your house will look like. You can use that to help you plan everything to perfection.
4. Wrong Room Placement
You should always keep the bigger plan in mind. Where do you want to spend most of the time? What do you want from your new house? Where to place each room?
It is easy to get bogged down in details and forget the real issues. For example, your laundry room should be placed close to your bedrooms for convenience. Having your laundry room in the basement will waste valuable time.
You should place your bedrooms on the quietest side of your house. Ideally, that should be as far away from traffic as possible. Make sure you place bedrooms away from the garage and opposite to street view to minimize traffic noise. Ideally, bedrooms should not share walls with main living spaces.
You should position your kitchen in such a way as to make unloading groceries easy. That’s either next to the garage or the back entrance. The garage itself should be in the ground floor and neighboring your kitchen and your mudroom.
5. Underused Rooms
Do you really need a game room or that walk-in closet you saw on TV? One of the biggest mistakes is to build rooms that won’t be used much. Underused rooms will eat up your budget, lower your energy efficiency and make your house less livable.
What’s worse, underused rooms often end up becoming storage spaces for all sorts of unused junk that people tend to accumulate over the years.
6. No Long-Term Planning
Finally, keep your long-term goals in mind. This is your new home. Make sure it fits your needs now and in the future.
When designing your new house, you should think of your habits, lifestyle and future choices. Do you plan to raise kids in this house? How long do you plan to stay? Will you spend your retirement years in this house?
The above considerations, and more, will define the design of your new house. Above all, you need the place you will be spending much of your life in to be livable and safe.
Ready to Start Building a New Home?
Building your house from scratch can be a daunting task. Thankfully, you are not alone! Check out Peak One Builders, a leading luxury home building and remodeling company in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ.
We aim to make the construction or remodeling of your luxury home an enjoyable experience and hassle-free experience. Contact us today for a consultation and get started on building a new home you will be proud of!
Avoid common mistakes when building your new home by working with Peak One Builders, the best home builders in North Scottsdale! We can help bring your dreams to life. Contact us to set up a free consultation so we can discuss all of your options! Call 480-378-0611 today.
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