One of the dreams of today’s young people is to build their first home. A house that is all theirs and listed under their name is considered a huge accomplishment.
It is one of the indicators that your life is on the right path, especially if you’re building a house using money that you have saved up and not fully sourced from a loan.
This project is an exciting undertaking because when you build, you can focus on what you truly want and need from a home. You are not just settling for a structure built by somebody who does not know you.
However, starting from scratch can also be quite overwhelming. Therefore, it is always smart to work with reputable new home builders. They will not only cater to your specific needs, but they can also educate or guide you on the project to ensure the best execution of your plans.
And speaking about your plans for your official “first” house, here are five vital considerations for such a project.
1.Quality of materials
You do not only pay attention to the quality of building material that you use because of aesthetics and durability. It is also important to opt for top quality items if you are looking for long-term value. For example, choosing hardwood floors can contribute to a high resale value. Ditto with stone counters in the kitchen.
If you are future-oriented and you actually see yourself building or moving to a different house someday, and you want to get a good return on your investment, you should make the quality of building materials for your house a priority.
2. Room placement
This is another important consideration when having a house custom built. You want to make sure that the rooms are strategically located.
As much as possible, keep bedrooms away from the street to ensure quiet and restful nights. If you have little kids, you may want the kitchen to overlook the backyard. This way, you can keep an eye on the young ones playing in the yard while going about your cooking chores or washing the dishes.
3. Energy efficiency
If long-term savings are among your goals, you should consider the different ways your home can become more energy-efficient.
Big glass sliding windows and patio doors can save you a lot of money in the long run. These allow for better natural illumination and ventilation. You can avoid turning on the lights and HVAC system often, especially if the glass elements have multiple glazing to filter UV rays.
Another energy-saving solution to look into is the Japanese clothes drying method. They install an exhaust fan in the laundry room just right above the clothing rack. This actually improves ventilation while drying the clothes.
When building a home, you cannot overlook this useful implement. The amount of storage you have at home can contribute immensely to the quality of life in your abode. Discuss this thoroughly with your contractor or builder to find areas of your home where you can install smart storage solutions.
If your home has limited space, bespoke fixtures such as window seats, room dividers, and counters can include different kinds of storage.
5. Your lifestyle
At design stage, you should already factor in the kind of life you lead. If you are single and you spend most of the time outside, it may be better for you to have a simple and smaller home. This way, you will not need to devote so much time to cleaning and maintaining your place.
On the other hand, if you have a creative lifestyle and you would rather spend more time at home entertaining friends, a more spacious home with a porch or veranda will fit your lifestyle better. Also, you may want to include smart design solutions such as convertible rooms and hideaway bars.
Clearly, when building your first home, you need to evaluate your wants and needs thoroughly. This is the best way to ensure that the residential structure you build will be of complete benefit to you.
Ben White is the Sales & Marketing Manager of Danmar Homes. He has had a passion for home construction from an early age as he grew up in construction and followed in the footsteps of his parents. At Danmar, we believe in building great homes of value for families that want to build an asset and their financial future through housing and developments.