New Home Construction - These are things to consider:
Overall General Planning
When starting your planning process there are a few thing to consider:
- Location- school district determines a large part of location selection, do you want to build in the city or county
- HOA- Home Owners Associations can either be a blessing or a curse when if comes to building a home. Check to see what the deed restrictions are for the area you want to build.
- Insurance- You will want to get multiple quotes for home owners insurance and pay attention to deductible and coverage, not just premiums. Will you be building in a flood zone? A few things to consider: trees, pool, roof (type of shingles or metal), construction materials, fencing, and more.
- Financing- Have you been pre-qualified? Your lender will more than likely require the builder to submit estimates and invoices. They will make site inspections to ensure progress. Generally you pay interest while the house is being built. Mortgage Calculator
- Permits- only required when you are building in city limits in most cases.
- Blue Prints / Floor Plans- Have you selected a floor plan? Do you need an architect or help with design? We work with a local architectural design group.
Unless you have plans to build a very large home, space planning and design is crucial. Ample storage is necessary, but pay attention to where you place your storage space. Does the master bedroom really need a large walk-in closet when the space could potentially be added to your bedroom or master bath? Pay attention to where you place your closets and openings to plan for furniture and ease of movement through the space. There should be one closet in each bedroom and in a main hallway. But too many and the storage space takes away from the living space. Do you want a coat closet in the foyer? In Texas we may only wear coats 2 months out of the year so that may not be the best use of space. Colder Climate will be a different story. Do you plan on adding a mudroom? If so there should be enough to space to add cubbies or some other similar storage area. If you clearly need more space, consider buying a larger home.
Poor planning can lead to part of your house warm while the other half is to cold. Planning your HVAC system from placement down to duct work will help your system run efficiently and save you money. The size of your unit is ultimately decided on 2 things: square footage and insulation. If you have a large house plan, multiple units may be required. If Spray Foam insulation is used you will be able to use a smaller unit. You never want a unit that doesn't cool or heat your home to your liking or a unit that pushes too much air and doesn't pull out the humidity in your home.
Planning your Lighting, Plugs, and Switches
Lights and outlets should be plentiful, turning on a light switch should never leave a room still dark. Have you ever needed an outlet an there was not one close enough. Will you need outlets in the floor? Switch placement is key, you don't want to walk across a room in the dark to get to a switch. Windows and natural light should be considered and part of the planning process.
Choosing the right flooring that will accent your wall color and cabinets will help create a welcoming feeling. Your floors will be one of the first things people see when they walk through your door. You want to consider price, look, feel, sound, durability, and placement. Flooring has come a long way in the last few years from snap together floors, laminated wood, carpet, and wood grained tile. Keeping it as simple as stained concrete is a great look as well.
Bedroom Placement and Planning
Planning bedrooms really comes down to your preference. Ideally the master bedroom so be as far way from noise. The master should be a peaceful get-a-way not near the laundry or living room. Bedrooms should be a decent size and able to be multi purpose if possible.
Garage Placement and Planning
Garage placement is usually on the front or side of the house near the laundry or mudroom. It should never be near the master bedroom. Planning your garage will help you determine the size and space you will need. The days of over sized garages are nearly extinct. When you open your car door, you should never hit a wall or another car.