5 Things You Need to Know When Building a New Home
There are many things to put into consideration when building a new home. Budgeting is very important, as well as the overall design and functionality. Apart from the chaos of outlining and building a new home, homeowners tend to ignore some minor details. However, these minor details can haunt a homeowner in the long run if not considered. We hope you don’t fall victim to this trap.
Highlighted below are things you should consider when building a new home:
Which direction will your home face?
The direction that your home will face matters a lot. Imagine if you wake up one morning and found out that sunlight is beaming into your room. Or probably, the sun shines on your back porch at the times that you like to chill out there.
The annoyances caused by untimely sunlight can drive a homeowner insane! The good news is the sun rises and sets in the same direction every single day; therefore, the issue can be avoided easily. Ensure your new home is being built in your ideal direction.
Are you floors functionally capable?
Most of the time, flooring is considered only for its appearance and not for its functionality. If you do not consider your floor functionalities, then you will be living dangerously. “Dangerously” may not be the right word; however, you certainly don’t want one of your biggest investments to be ruined in the first few years after building a new home.
A few flooring tips:
- Do not install hardwood in bathrooms and laundry rooms.
- Install laminate hardwood or vinyl plank flooring in your living area, especially if you are working on a budget.
- If your budget is low, natural stone floors are luxurious options. Just be sure you seal a natural stone floor as most types are permeable.
- Don’t exclude less common floor types. For example, cork flooring can be great for a kitchen, as can concrete in some circumstances. One is soft and one is hard; however, they both stand up well over time.
- If you have pets, laminated, vinyl and engineered hardwood are the best options. True hardwood will scratch, but you can have it refinished if the scratching gets out of hand.
Are your ceilings high enough?
Are you ensuring you have high ceilings? Having a high ceiling is perfect for your home. Ensure you confirm with your builder to put high ceilings into consideration.
Ultimately, a home with enough space is vastly better than a home that feels cramped.
Does your home have room for growth?
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, make sure your brand-new home is designed to allow for growth. Whether you are moving in by yourself or moving in with your significant other, chances are your home occupants will expand over the next 20-30 years. Certainly, you do not want to be forced to move because of an additional family member. So, think ahead. It wouldn’t hurt to have a “guest room” or two just in case they need to move into rooms for your future kids.
For home design, construction and financial guidance, hire the services of The LaRocque Group Custom Homes.
To schedule an initial consultation, please call The LaRocque Group at 281-883-4828 serving Kingwood, Houston, and spring, Humble, and The Woodlands area.