Being able to build your own home would be a dream come true, but it can also be stressful and intimidating. It can be challenging to sort through limitless options and decide what is best and most cost efficient. To help you through this process, here are some tips to remember when building your own house.
Invest in real wood for floors
Do not feel that your money is wasted on real wooden floors. Try not to opt for engineered or wood veneer that tops a layer of plywood. Use real wood planks which you can sand and finish. These are the same as the flooring used in century-old houses. Well-maintained wooden floors not only give your home a rustic vibe, but they are also sure to be top quality.
Consider where the sun rises and sets
Find out about where the sun rises and sets in your location and orient the house around it. For instance, do not locate the room where children will stay where the sun rises early. Also consider using SIPs or structural insulated panels for your walls and roof, as these have insulating properties that keep the heat out of your interior. Things like these are permanent and cannot be easily changed, so it is essential to think about these details in advance.
Install mouldings using stock lumber
Have your contractor create moldings out of stock lumber. These installations do not usually cost much, but having them makes the biggest difference. Craftsman moldings add charm and character.
Plan the location of outlets carefully
Plan in detail on where to put the electrical outlets and discuss this with an electrician who will be able to provide helpful input on minor details such as adding outlets in the pantry for small appliances, in the garage for lighting accessories, and other places in the house.
Add a water pump in your backyard
Water pumps are especially handy if you have got a spacious yard that is suitable for some gardening or housing pets. Adding a water pump in your backyard is also an often-overlooked detail that causes a major hassle if not given attention to. Have a water pump; it will come handy while you are in the process of building the house.
Document the whole process
Take pictures and videos of everything done from start to finish. This is useful whenever you need to recall where the wiring and ductwork are located behind your walls if you want to either access or avoid it for your next renovation project. In addition to that, you get to have a souvenir for whenever you want to look back on this significant chapter in your life.
Being involved and making decisions on every aspect of the designing process makes you cherish each small detail of your home. Just do not forget to enjoy the journey of building your own home, and I guarantee that you will like the finished project.