10 Things to Consider when Building a New Home
There are so many things to think about when building a new home that it’s easy to get overwhelmed and to overlook small but important details. But don’t worry. We’re here to help!
Do your homework! The Construction drawings for your home are the road map that spells out every little detail of your home and how it should be built. This is what your builder will use throughout the process of building your home, so it’s important to spend some time with them or on your own going over the plans before you finish making all your selections to make sure everything is as you want it.
Switches & Electrical Outlets Take note of where the electrical outlets and light switches in the home will be located. Think about outlets for your Christmas tree, fish tank, and wall-mounted flat-screen TV. Do you want a Christmas light plug outside? Don’t forget to ask about it. We’ve even heard of home owners having electrical outlets installed in the bathroom cabinets so they never have to unplug the blow dryer. Genius! Building a home allows you to do it right the first time. It’s your chance to think of everything!
Convenient Laundry Setup Do you want your laundry room on the main floor or upstairs with the bedrooms? Will your laundry room double as a mudroom? Think about where your washer and dryer will go, where you will hang-dry clothes, where does the ironing board go?
Ample Hallway width Nice wide hallways make a home feel so welcoming. It’s amazing the difference a few inches can make! When building, consider how wide you want your hallways, but be aware that any square footage you add to your hallway will decrease your square footage elsewhere. An average hallway width is between two and a half to a little over three feet wide.
Drains that Work Well Ask your builder about their plumbing contractor. Inspect the pipes while they are exposed during building. Bring up any concerns with your builder. Check the drainage during the building process.
Outside Outlets and Faucets Think about what outlets and faucets you want outside. Do you need an outlet, or even a light switch, for your Christmas lights? Do you want an additional hose bib in your side yard? Or maybe a natural gas hook up on the back patio for your grill? Discuss options with your builder and make sure the outside set up of your home is going to work well with your lifestyle.
Ceiling Height Lofty ceilings offer a spacious feel as well as an opportunity for more windows and light! Ceiling height does as much for the open feel of a home as the square footage does.
Ample Storage Check the number of closets and cupboards. Also, consider opting for built-in bookcases and storage. Not only are built-ins functional, but they make a home look and feel more custom. Consider the square footage of walk-in closets, storage and cold storage options, and cupboard space in the kitchen and laundry room.
Splurge Wisely Make a list of your priorities. Is a white kitchen a must-have? Are you willing to install a backsplash yourself? What type of flooring is a must? Do you desperately need a few glass kitchen cupboards? Separate your list into three columns. Column 1: Must-Have; Column 2: Really Want; Column 3: Would be Nice. This way you already have in mind what you will and will not compromise on. What’s great about choosing Wieman Homes is that so many of your must-have options come standard!
Insulation It keeps us cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter. An Energy Star™ home will save you hundred of dollars per year on utilities compared to a comparably sized older home (even one that’s less than 10 years old!). Better insulation equals cooler Summers, warmer Winters and lower energy bills.
Doors Opening Correctly During the building process, take a walk through your new home and double check that the doors open the direction you want them to open. While you’re at it, you might as well make sure the light switch locations make sense too.
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