Growing up, lots of people have grand plans about their one-day dream homes, which they will build from scratch. It’s a popular fantasy because everybody has their own idea of what the perfect house will look like, and what features it has to have. Unfortunately, knowing the basics of designing a safe, practical house is a bit less common. Thus, when somebody finally has a chance to design their own home, things can get out of hand quickly. What things are essential to keep in mind when designing a house from scratch?
Why We’re Asking
While there are lots of architects and home professionals who design and build their own homes, the majority of people who are having homes built from scratch are idealistic homeowners who have never designed one before. Given how many pitfalls there are when it comes to home design, whether in roofing, electrical work, plumbing, layout, or crawl-spaces susceptible to pests among other things, it’s no surprise that first-time house designers often end up in over their heads. Our experts have seen what can happen when a design goes poorly, and they know what to avoid. With their advice, we hope to create a guide to what not to do when designing a house from scratch.
So tell us, experts:
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?
Building a house from scratch is a daunting task, even for a professional. With your advice, we hope to eliminate at least a little bit of the confusion, and prevent house-building mistakes before they happen!
Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!