Building the home of your dreams can be an exciting, exhilarating process that gives you the joy of watching your dream home come together from the bottom of the foundation to the tip of the roof. At the same time, the challenge of trying to make sure that every little thing you’d like to have inside is exactly as it should be can quickly feel overwhelming. Feeling anxious or nervous while building a custom home is entirely normal, and completely understandable.
While it is important to recognize that mistakes can happen and that forgiving yourself once you’ve realized a mistake has happed is OK, it is still a good idea to exercise caution. At Style Home Makeovers, our team of experienced professionals has spent years working with the residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area on a wide variety of challenges ranging from fireplace upgrades and room makeovers to total custom home design and construction projects. To help make the prospect of designing a custom home easier, we decided to spend a little time pointing out some common mistakes to avoid when deciding to build a custom home.
Set Clear Boundaries for Your Budget
When it comes to building a custom home, or even remodeling your existing home, setting clear limits for your budget is extremely important. Keep in mind that you will need to account for additional costs such as furnishing, cleaning, and other tasks beyond the project itself. When working with a professional design team on your project, it is important to also be completely honest about your budget constraints so that they can work with you to determine the best ways to accomplish your goals or make adjustments so you are not caught in an extremely difficult position in the end.
Some common elements that can change your projected budget unexpectedly include:
- Flooring OptionsWindow Preferences
- Cabinet Features
- Plumbing Costs
- Countertops and Surfacing Choices
Don’t Ignore the Value of Natural Lighting
The last thing anyone wants is a dark home that requires multiple light sources at any time of the day. Aside from the increased costs that come with needing your lights turned on at all times, a home without natural lighting can have a direct impact on the overall presentation and atmosphere of a space. This is why it’s important to always take the time to think about optimal window placement and styles. If you’re not sure how to handle this part, then you can always spend some time with a member of our design team to work out your options and make an informed decision you can feel comfortable with.
The Size of Your HVAC System Matters
Having a heating and cooling system that will protect your home from the outside elements is important, especially during the blistering hot days of a Texas summer. At the same time, it is also important to make sure that the system you plan to install will fit properly into the space you’ve designed. This means finding the proper balance between several concerns including energy cost, overall size, and effective heating and cooling capabilities so you can feel confident that the HVAC system you’ve added will provide effective heating and cooling throughout the interior of your home without being too big for the utility area it will be installed in.
Remember to Plan Practically for Storage
When designing a custom home, it can be extremely easy to think big, especially when it comes to storage spaces. The reality is though, that designing smart spaces can be far more effective than simply adding extra space.
Some important guidelines to consider include:
- Only add a walk-in closet if you plan to use the entire space.
- A storage area with built-in shelves can be more efficient than an open room.
- Your kitchen island can have shelves and cabinets too.
- Don’t forget about the spaces underneath the stairs.
Don’t Rush Yourself
Designing a custom home is exciting, and for many people, the desire to see the finished project as quickly as possible can be a powerful urge. Keep in mind though, that nobody is forcing you to have the project finished by a specific date. Making sure that your home is exactly the way you want is much more important than having everything finished by a certain date or time. If you have any questions or concerns, it is always best to speak with our design team, and if you want more time to make a decision, feel free to speak up so that you can always feel confident before moving forward with the project.
At Style Home Makeovers, our mission is to make sure that you are completely satisfied with the final results of every project. Feeling rushed or hurried through any part of the project will only leave you with a sour feeling later, and could even result in an outcome that you’re ultimately not happy with. If you have any questions or concerns during any phase of a project, don’t hesitate to reach out immediately so we can discuss what to do to make sure everything is taken care of the right way!