Who could resist the idea of dream house? Every step of the preparation feels special as you could put your ideas to make it. Trapped in the euphoria, it is easy to get carried away and lost in your fantasy world. When you realize that you make some mistakes, it is too late to go back. Since you still have the chance to avoid them, make sure to pay attention.
1. FORGET TO FIT THE PLAN TO YOUR LIFESTYLE
Essentially, you understand that the house is built for you and probably your small family. However, many people easily miss to consider how they and the family members will live inside the house. You might be busy to find the most affordable, most effective floor plan or most impressive design of the house. This is when you forget to put your lifestyle into consideration.
Take an example from a family of four; father, mother and two children. The father has backpain, the mother loves cooking and the two children are still students. It would be inconvenient to make a master bedroom on the second floor and make the father take the stair. A fatal mistake to build small kitchen, as the mother will have to limit her cooking passion.
One easy way to solve this problem is having a discussion with the entire family that will live in the house. Note down their preference and any physical limitation. If you cannot think of a good solution, then consult the constructor.
2. ASSUME THINGS INSTEAD OF ASKING
When people are asked to voice their opinion on their house model, many of them will be overwhelmed. They are so proud after explaining the whole patterns inside their minds. There is no opposition to this tendency, as long as the person could objectively give feedback on the draft model given by the architect or constructors.
To tell the truth, not many people understand the picture of floor plan the moment they see it. Surely, this draft could be explained easily by the constructor, but the house owner might not be able to follow. In the end, they could only assume which is which and what is what.
Here is the thing; it is normal to not understand the whole plan. All you need to do is asking for details. If you hold yourself from questioning the unfamiliar symbols, you cannot really blame the constructor for the final result. Will you sacrifice your dream house for your ego?
3. EXPERIMENT WITH ANGULAR DESIGN
Another grave mistake that many of you make is choosing angular design. It all starts from your curiosity about 101 tips to build a house. The more you read, the higher chance for you to bump into an artistic house design. When you see that the land measurement is similar, everything clicks in an instant. You then decide to use angular design.
Remember that the house will be yours. It should be built to make you feel comfortable and “at home”. By having angular design, you might waste spaces and put your room proportion to awkward angle. Plus, you will have hard time to find suitable furniture.
4. MISPLACE THE GARAGE
Since you will build small house, your first priority is putting essentials rooms in the design. They are bedroom, living room, bath room, storage, kitchen and garage. When you plan the location of the garage, make sure to put it close to the kitchen. Placing kitchen on the opposite side of the garage is not a wise decision.
There are several strong reasons for the garage placement. First of all, you need garage not only as the shelter for your vehicle. It is also a place to put down the groceries. It won’t be pleasant to carry the groceries to the faraway kitchen. Second, garage’s other nickname is second storage room. It keeps your toolbox, portable ladder, and so on.
5. MAKE THE PLAN BIGGER OR SMALLER THAN NEEDED
There is a big trap you should anticipate when you create a floor plan. The drawing you see on the paper might be bigger or smaller than your expectation. This problem is common and you should do careful planning beforehand.
See if any of these criterion fits your condition. The occupant of the house you are going to build is you and one or two other people. In this case, pets could be counted as house occupant. Then, one of the most important point that cannot be bargained is easy clean. You don’t want to spend a lot of time to clean the whole house.
Last, you have just enough to build the house. You probably still have extra money to purchase some furniture. If you agree to two or more conditions, then your dream house should be small.
Do you insist that bigger house suit you better? Check these facts first. One, you are social butterfly who occasionally invite people to come over for dinner. It doesn’t have to be holidays or special occasions, as long as you feel generous, the guests are welcome anytime. Second, there are boxes everywhere in your last house and you cannot get enough space. In fact, more boxes will come soon.
Third, you build this house to welcome new members of the family. You might move in with your spouse and plan to have children within two years. Should your future plan match to these descriptions, then go with big house plan.
6. FAIL TO PROJECT ADDITIONAL COST
Keep in mind that drawing floor plan, building the house and purchasing furniture are not the only costs. For your comfort and convenience, you will install electronic devices such as heater and air conditioning. Both will blow your electric bill if you don’t give careful thought. Do you know that the mistake begins with careless floor plan?
One simple case is the installation of huge glass window or the plan of building high ceiling. Both plans offer pretty and modern look for the house. However, they also kill you in winter and summer season. High ceiling house will require blasting heater during winter. Huge glass will trap heat during summer.
To prevent this mistake, you could explain to the constructor your reason to choose the design. Ask them for some suggestions to cut the additional costs. Listen carefully and consider to accept their ideas.