Everybody has their own idea about what makes a dream home, and for some people, making that home real means designing it from scratch. But planning an entire house isn’t an easy feat, possible for everyone, and many of the homeowners looking to build from scratch have never done so before. With so many possible pitfalls, it’s easy for things to go awry, especially if you don’t know where to start.
Luckily, our experts have a lot of experience with all aspects of home building and planning, and they had a lot of great advice when we put the question to them. Before setting about your dream home design, be sure you take a look at what our experts had to say when it comes to essential elements in any from-scratch home design. Here are some of their best comments.
What things are essential to keep in mind when building a house from scratch?
What mistakes do first-time home designers make most often?
If you could give every home designer a checklist of things to consider first, what would be on it?
Have you ever come across a particularly successful home design that surprised you? What was good about it?
How about a bad one? Any disaster stories?
When building a home from scratch, the most important thing I would think is to take your time in picking the correct GC (General Contractor). This is a daunting task!!!! Some people think that they can act as their own GC and save themselves thousands of dollars. ... But most GC’s have good working relationships with all of the trades necessary to build your home on time and on budget. That a typical homeowner does not. read more
I built a house from scratch. One of the smartest things we did was ask our interior designer to create furniture layout drawings in conjunction with our architecturals. Right away we knew if windows weren’t place well, where plugs and lights outlets should go, and lights. read more
Why? That is my first question – why. There are more than ample houses that are in desperate need of TLC and can be easily modernized or as I say “greensized” to fit the needs of the occupants. read more
When contractors develop the foundation and install vents and drains they need to have pests like mice and rats in mind. ... Doing things the right way could save you tens of thousands of dollars over your lifetime in a house if this is considered during construction or renovations of a home! read more
Above all, listen to your builder – if they need you to select appliances or lighting by a certain date, focus on getting those things done so the project isn’t delayed. If your designer, architect or builder has an idea, be sure to listen – they usually know what they’re talking about! read more