6 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a House (on your own)

Take time to think through the whole planning process of building a house. Think about what you really want and what you don’t need in your house. Good planning and budget can make this big investment less complicated with fewer mistakes. Think of your future lifestyle, like will your family expand or will your children leave in a few years. It’s important to consult with professionals so your home can be the most comfortable and safe space. So, these are 6 mistakes to avoid when building a house on your own.

Choosing The Wrong Heating, Ventilation, And Air Conditioning System

It’s important to pay attention to the HVAC system as you don’t want to deal with moisture and mold when you move into your house. So, talk with professionals and check what model size suits your home. If the model is too small for your house, it will underperform and won’t be effective for cooling or heating your home. Also, another good way of keeping your house warm or cool is insulation under concrete slab as it can lower energy bills and improve control over moisture. On the other hand, if the model of the HVAC is too large, then it will utilize too much energy that would be wasted.

Bad Space Planning

Don’t rush when space planning and design, as it will affect the way you’re comfortably living in your house. Think and plan how much storage space you need. Also, think if the master bedroom needs a master bath or an oversized walk-in closet. Too many closets can take away from living space, so plan wisely. Also, if you live in a cooler city and wear jackets for at least 6 months, then it might be convenient to build a closet in the foyer. But if you live in a warmer climate, then the closet in the foyer is not necessary.

Overall Planning

A house should be adjusted to your needs and your habits and lifestyle. Ask yourself questions like are you planning to live here for the rest of your life, or this is just for some period. If you have young children or are planning to start a family, think of safety features you might need to install. It’s crucial to think ahead and be aware of what you’ll be needing from this home.

Bad Lighting in the House

Consider investing in good light fixtures and putting outlets as many as you can. Also, place windows in every room as nothing can beat the natural light. Another important question is if you need windows in bathrooms, there are both pros and cons to this. If it’s possible, think of having a skylight, too.

Fun, But Not Used Rooms

Of course, everyone dreams of having a cinema or a game room or a playroom in their house. But it’s important to be realistic and think how often you are really going to use those rooms. If the home gym or playroom is only going to be used once or twice a year, then the space is wasted. Usually, those rooms become a place where you put things that never get used. It is a good idea to have a room that can easily transition from one type to another. For example, an office that can be used as a guest room is a good option.

Placement Of Bedroom, Kitchen and Laundry Room

If you want to have a good sleep every night, plan to put the bedroom as far away from the noise as possible, nor it should be above the garage. The master bedroom or any other bedroom should not be close to the central living area, as your family will spend most of the time there.

The kitchen should be placed near the garage or living room and dining room, as these are spaces that get the most traffic.

Ideally, a laundry room should be placed close to the bedroom, as you don’t want to carry heavy laundry across the whole house.

Professionals can give you great suggestions, but you and your family know the best what you need from the house.

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Mitchell Curtis is the owner and director at Watara Homes since 2015. He undertakes a wide range of renovation and extension projects in Brisbane City and Surrounds and eventually writes online about his favorite subject: home improvement.

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