Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Building Your Custom Home

Planning on building a custom home? Before moving on to the building phase, it’s important to remember that there are many things that need to be taken into consideration in order to ensure that your project ends up becoming successful. Because when it comes to custom homes, poor planning and terrible budgeting can often lead to disastrous mistakes.

Having said that, here are the top 5 mistakes you need to avoid when building your custom home:

Terrible space planning

Space planning is very crucial when building a custom home, especially if you’re not building a mansion, where space isn’t an issue. We all know that having ample storage space is a necessity for every home, but you need to pay careful attention to where it’s going to be placed. Oversized walk-in closets are cool, but do you really need one when a simple closet could do the job just the same? Besides, you can just use the walk-in closet’s space to add more space to your bedroom or bathroom. The rule of thumb is to add a closet to every essential space in your home, such as bedrooms and main hallways. Adding too much storage space can take away from the living space, so refrain from building a coat closet or other storage spaces unless absolutely necessary.

Poor HVAC system planning

A custom home with a poorly planned HVAC system can suffer from mold and moisture issues, leading to serious health concerns for its occupants. That is why you should do your best to make sure that your HVAC system is well planned, even if it means spending top dollar just for an expert’s consultation. Also, it’s important to pay attention to the size and horsepower of your units. HVAC units that are too large will consume too much energy, leaving you with a larger electricity bill. Similarly, HVAC units that are too small for the space they’re trying to cool will definitely not be efficient at cooling or heating your home.

Building under-utilized rooms

Home gyms, game rooms, playrooms, and multipurpose rooms are among the most common examples of under-utilized rooms that turn into a dumping ground of stuff that are not being used. Yeah, it’s cool to have one or more of them in your home. But the problem is they often end up being unused for long periods of time, to the point that they end up being a waste of money and space. Make sure that a room will actually get used before building it. Here’s a piece of advice: if you’re going to add a spare room, make sure that it can transition well from one type of room to the next. For instance, a guest room that also doubles as an office or game room could get used more often than if it’s just one type of room.

Poor lighting

Poorly lit spaces are no fun to be in. Whether it’s a window, a light fixture, an outlet, or a skylight, there should be enough of it in your custom home. The more lighting options there are in each room, the better. If possible, make it a priority to make natural light the main source of light – and make sure to make windows as large as possible.

Bedroom placement

Bedrooms are a space for resting and relaxing. They need to be placed as far away from the noise and foot traffic as possible. If possible, place the master bedroom away from the garage and the central living areas. It’s also important to remember that the master bedroom shouldn’t share a wall with the central living area so that you won’t hear TV noises while you’re trying to rest. If your home only has one level, place the master bedroom at the end that is furthest away from your garage.

Build a mistake-free custom home today

Want to make sure that your custom home project is free of any mistakes? Let Fairbanks Custom Homes help you out. We build new homes and offer home remodeling services in the High Country communities of Boone, Blowing Rock, Asheville, Banner Elk, and the Linville, North Carolina areas.”

Jay Fairbanks

General Contractor

119 Buttercup Courts
Boone, North Carolina

Ph: 828-264-2295

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