Some mistakes are a lot more forgiving than others. Typo in a text message? No biggie — just clear it up with another text. A home design that doesn’t feel just right? Not so simple to amend.
The point is that the choices you make in your home build have far-reaching consequences. After all, it’s not exactly easy to knock down a load-bearing wall once it’s built! So it’s important to get it right on the first go.
Sure, there’s a lot riding on these decisions, but with a little knowledge working in your favor, you can easily avoid common custom home pitfalls. Here are some of the most frequent mistakes we see with custom homes — and what you can do to avoid these new home stumbling blocks.
Choosing a Location That Doesn’t Work for Your Lifestyle
No matter how gorgeous the view is, if the property you select isn’t conveniently located near your work or your child’s school—or if you don’t have ready access to grocery stores and gas stations—life in your new home just isn’t going to be as leisurely as it could be.
Before you buy, stake out your future site to get a feel for what life there will be like. Pay close attention to your site survey as well, as it provides basic information about the tree density on your property as well as your home’s orientation.
Going for the “Basic” Design
These are custom homes — they don’t have to look like every other house on the block. Many homeowners get overwhelmed by the decisions that go into the design process, which can sort of cause them to shut down. When that happens, your designer or architect can help you with recommendations. But keep in mind that those suggestions are based around the design features that work for most homeowners, not necessarily what’s just right for your household.
You’ll get the most out of your design choices if you come to the design planning process percolating with ideas. Take some time to do your research — after all, you’re going to have this home for a long time.
Not Planning for the Long Term
If you’ve opted to go the custom home route, you’re probably not looking to resell anytime soon. So why not plan your space for the future? Your needs may change a lot as your family grows — your little girl may not care as much for those princess pink bathroom tiles and be more into dating than Disney when she’s 15.
Similarly, if you plan to stay put for the long term, you’ll want a home that can accomodate you and your partner as you age. That means opting for first-floor bedrooms, wide hallways and entrances, and other architectural features that will maintain optimum comfort when you’re no spring chicken anymore!
Choosing Materials for Their Aesthetic Appeal Only
Nothing gold can stay — whether you’re talking philosophy or finishes. However, some materials definitely have a longer life expectancy than others. Take that marble countertop you’ve been obsessing over on Pinterest, for instance. It just can’t beat the stain resistance and durability of a lookalike like quartz or concrete.
What looks great now might not be as amazing five years from now, when you have to pay to have it replaced. It’s best not to get too fixated on a certain material and to carefully assess your designer’s suggestions for long-lasting materials. Unless you love home improvement projects, you probably don’t want to spend your time fixing the place up.
Adding Rooms You Don’t Need
When you’re building a home from scratch, it can be easy to get carried away with the possibilities. A game room and home theater? Why not! A gym and home spa? Add it to the plan!
However, if you’ve ever been in a home that’s too big, you know that sometimes these spaces just don’t feel as vibrant or cozy. When you work with your architect to plan your home, it’s important to think carefully about what you actually need. Otherwise, you’ll just be paying to heat and cool an empty room.
Losing Track of How You’ll Actually Use the Space
Relationship-breaking arguments have been fought purely over access to closets. While we’re sure your partnership is rock solid, a little care with your home’s design can save you a lot of frustration and potential marital strife.
Extra showers and dual bathroom sinks will make mornings a lot more pleasant all around, while room for two offices or living spaces will keep everyone happy — and out of each others’ hair!
Changing Your Mind During the Construction Phase
An adjustment during initial architectural planning takes only a few seconds. But once your home’s foundation is laid and the framing has gone up, any change you make could add days or even weeks to your building schedule. Not to mention the price!
That’s why it’s a good idea not to rush through the planning process. Instead, take decisions one at a time and carefully consider how adjustments impact your home’s appearance, its flow, and the natural light in each space. And don’t be afraid to use your designer and architect. Ask for their thoughts if you have questions. It’s their job, after all.
Choosing the Wrong Custom Home Builder
Building a custom home is a special experience — it’s not often that you get to design a space exactly to your taste. Do you really want to share the occasion with just anyone?
You want a custom home builder that is there for you when you need them to answer questions or settle a concern. A company whose reputation in the building industry speaks for itself, and that never sacrifices quality in order to save a few bucks. In other words, a builder like Paradisa Homes.
Our custom homes include top-tier features — high-performance HVAC, low-E windows and sliding glass doors, and flexible, durable design choices—to maximize both the aesthetic beauty and comfort of your new abode. We’ll work with you to design the home of your dreams. Make no mistake about it!