Top 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a New Home

Top 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a New Home


Building a new home is an exciting opportunity! While it is the perfect chance to create something unique and tailored to your lifestyle, trying to figure everything out all at once can be incredibly overwhelming to deal with, especially when you are unfamiliar with the process. By getting a solid idea of the potential pitfalls, you can be sure to avoid following the same path.

1. Unaware of the amount of space
While home builders in Adelaide will be more than happy to talk about how much space your plans for a new house will be, you also need to keep this in mind. Knowing how much space you have and knowing how to work with that space is crucial to building a proper home. For example, you should think about how many closets you can allot room for and how many closets you absolutely need. You should think about if you can afford the space for a main entrance or if you should save as much space as possible for the most important rooms of the house. Knowing the space that you have is paramount to building a wonderful new home.

2. Improper lighting
This is another issue that happens a lot when the people building houses are inexperienced. Combining light fixtures, lamps, and natural light is important to ensure that not only is your house well-lit but that you are saving money on your energy bills as well. A poorly lit house is going to be much dimmer than comfortable, which can lead to you spending way too much money on lamps, extra-bright bulbs, and other costly choices. When you are planning to build a new house, you should talk to the home builders about the best way to utilise windows for maximum lighting within the home.

3. Inadequate planning
Another issue, especially with overly ambitious builders, is adding rooms that end up not really being used by anyone in the house. These could be rooms that were originally planned to be a playroom, a game room, or even just a room for storage. While the ideas sound nice at first, they can end up being a costly mistake when you don’t make proper use of the rooms. Instead of having this happen, you should instead focus on making sure that each room has its own crucial purpose. This can help prevent wasting money on building a room that will only end up doubling as an unorganised storage room.

4. Poor home layout
A major problem for people who are not used to building new homes is that sometimes you might not know the best location to put certain rooms. For instance, a laundry room should usually be close to the bedrooms since this is where most of the laundry will come from. Likewise, bedrooms should be far away from traffic and noise so that you can get a comfortable night’s sleep. The kitchen should be near an entrance as well as the dining or living area, so that people can easily get what they need from the kitchen without having to trek through the entire house. And, finally, the garage should be close to the kitchen if you can help it. Otherwise, you should keep the garage close to the mud room.

5. Planning short-term
Whenever you are planning on building a new home, you should always rely on what the professionals have to say. After all, these people know exactly what they are doing. They will be able to take into account typical family lifestyles so that you can plan your house accordingly. For example, you should be thinking about how long you want to stay in the home and whether or not you will be introducing new people (either young or old) into the house. Thinking ahead for the long, long term is going to do you well when you are building a new house.

6. Forgetting about the HVAC System
In order to actually live comfortably in your new house, you are going to want to make sure that you have a working HVAC system. If you do not plan with the house builders properly, then you can end up creating an environment that is teeming with mould and moisture. Not only is this dangerous for your health but it will also cost a considerable amount of money in repairs to fix. Instead, you should know the size of the HVAC unit as well as have an idea of where the unit should go for the best function in the house.

7. Not Knowing What You Want in a Home
Of course, a team of experienced and professional builders will be able to tell you all of the practical information that you will need to create the house of your dreams. However, only you know what you and your family want in a house. When you are planning to build a new home, you should keep in mind what you want, whether it’s large windows, a rustic dining area, a swimming pool etc. If there are certain features that are incredibly important for your family dynamic, then you should be sure to include them.

When you are aware of the pitfalls to avoid and if you pay attention to the details, such as the house plans and lighting, you can ensure that not only will you love the house being built, but also that you are saving money wherever you can as well.

If you would like to know more about how to avoid mistakes while building or renovating, or if you’re just looking for professional advice, contact the experienced Adelaide builders at Finch Constructions today. Simply call (08) 8295 8175 for a free quote!