So, you’re finally ready to build your dream home several years after you bought that huge land for sale here on Point Cook. You have thought everything through and are now prepared to talk with engineers, architects, and builders who will help turn your vision into an actual, tangible thing.
While it is easier to figure out what exactly you need in your soon-to-be home, have you ever thought about what you don’t need? Too small a budget in addition to poor planning may cause inconvenient, disastrous mistakes in your entire home-building project.
When you’re building a new home from scratch, you have to look at every angle to see which elements will genuinely work for you. Think about your current as well as your future lifestyles. Do you often have guests coming over? Do they usually stay overnight?
How about your in-laws? Are you planning to expand your family soon? Are your children leaving your place in a few years? All of these should be taken into account when building something as significant as a home.
Take the time to discuss everything with professionals who will help you avoid making poor design choices. Here’s a list of common mistakes you should avoid to help you not only save on costs, but also keep your family’s overall well-being in top-notch condition.
There should be enough light fixtures and outlets in many areas of your home. Also, make sure you get the right size of windows. Every room in your house should have at least one in the largest extent possible. After all, you will need as much natural light as possible to pass through your windows.
It should always be your primary source of light. If you want to take it to another level, consider putting some skylights as well.
Poorly built HVAC system
If you neglect your HVAC system, expect to deal with moisture and terrible mould growth issues after some time. This will not only damage your property, but it can also lead to several health concerns. Installing a model that is too small will not provide enough cooling and heating to your home.
This will be a big problem during wintertime when your home is way too cold. This is also true even during the hot summer when it can get extremely hot without an adequate cooling system. If you go with something too big for the size of your room, you end up wasting too much energy.
Too many rooms you will rarely use
Having those extra fancy rooms may sound extremely enticing at first, such as a game room, a beauty room, or a reading room. But, unless you are actually planning to use all of these for their intended purposes, only plan to build the ones you know you’ll actually use.
You do not need a home gym if it will end up being a storage area for all your last season clothing. In many cases, these underutilised rooms end up being a dumping place for miscellaneous items at home, which can only add to clutter. So, to avoid wasting energy and other resources, build only what you need.