Building a custom dream home on your own lot can seem like a daunting task, but following a few of these tips can make the process as smooth as possible.
Have a Good Relationship with Your Builder
It’s important that you have a good working relationship with your builder. During the process of planning, breaking ground, and construction you will be working closely together, so make sure to spend time interviewing your builder and get to know them before you start to partner with them.
Plan Enough Time
The process of building a custom home may take a bit longer than you would think. When you consider that you and the builder will need to design, make key decisions on materials, survey your lot, and go through the permitting process before you even break ground; you can start to see how the time can add up.
You should allow twelve to twenty-four months for the entire process depending on the size and location of your dream home.
Think About Where Your Large Furniture Will Go
During the design process, you will want to envision where all of your large furniture will go before you get to far along in the process. Will you have adequate space for couches, beds, and exercise equipment?
Does your design allow for comfortable passage around your furniture? Will you have enough furniture to fill up the space so it doesn’t seem empty?
Plan Out Your Storage Space
How much storage space will you need? The answer will determine key aspects of your home design including the size of your closets, garage, basement, and whether or not you’ll need a shed.
Having too much storage space adds unnecessary cost and size to your project, while not having enough storage could be a problem.
Consider Where You Spend The Most Time
Where do you spend the most time in your home? In the living room? On the back patio? Would you use a workout room?
Many people build spaces in their custom homes that they never use. Think about where you spend the most time and consider putting some extra resources into those rooms.
Lighting is one of the most important contributing factors to how a custom home feels. Adequate lighting can help a room feel bigger and more inviting.
Natural lighting is preferred, so consider your window placements carefully. In areas where natural light does not reach, talk with your builder about the kinds of lights will give you the natural light you want.
When considering where your kitchen will go, think how far you will have to carry groceries.
The idea placement for a kitchen is next to the garage or front door. That way, you’ll be able to drop off your groceries without much hassle.
Master Bedroom Placement
One thing to consider when placing your master bedroom is areas in the house that produce the most noise. For example, if placed above or adjacent to the garage you could be awakened if the garage door is opened.
Similarly, you will want to have some separation from the living room such as a hallway or bathroom. That way, if you decide to go to bed early, you will not be kept up by noise in the living room.
Laundry Room Placement
Consider putting your laundry room upstairs near the master bedroom to make laundry time as simple as possible.
Even though you may not be concerned with accessibility right now, it is smart to plan for accessibility in case you or any of your family or friends have a need in the future.
Consider keeping at least one bedroom and bathroom on the main floor.
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