5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Custom Building a Home


If you’re not trained in the arts of architecture or interior design, then building a custom home can be a minefield of trial and error. Building your dream home can be some people’s lifelong goal, but if executed with poor judgment and without the adequate expertise, mistakes get made and dreams become nightmares. Building a custom home is not for the faint of heart, so before you dive head first into the deep end, consider a few of the common mistakes made by those who aren’t in-the-know.

  1. Not considering room placement. The placement of all of the rooms in the house is key to creating a flowing and cohesive living experience. The atmosphere and you’re overall well-being can truly be determined by how the rooms are located in relation to each other. Keeping a toilet beside the kitchen, for example, is obviously a massive no-no. Stop and think about your lifestyle choices and what gripes you’ve had with homes in the past. It’s important to have bathrooms located by bedrooms rather than all the way across the other end of the house.
  2. Not considering your living flow. Be sure to consider the ‘flow’ of the rooms and of your connecting corridors or passage ways. When you enter the home, you don’t want to be greeted by a bedroom or bathroom. Consider all the entries and exits and how they relate to the living spaces. How you access each room is something to consider as well, whether it be with archways or doors or free flowing open planned living.
  3. Not being patient. Building your own custom home can take a long time. Rushing the process and making irrational decisions will not help speed the process up. It will only serve to hinder progress. Be sure to be patient and really consider your decisions before rushing into anything. This could save you a lot of heartache in the future. So, slow down, take your time, and make clear rational decisions based on clear judgment.
  4. Not getting involved. If you’re really looking at building a custom dream home, you need to be involved with every single decision made. Make sure you are kept in the loop when it comes to all decision-making processes and try to remain on top of your game. If big decisions are getting made without you, chances are, there are corners that are being cut and mistakes being made. Be sure to listen to the advice of professionals, but learn when to take the reigns if you need to.
  5. Not seeking professional help. Most people who want to build their custom home want to be in charge. In some cases, this means you get exactly what you want, but in most cases, it means mistakes are made and you waste valuable time and money goes down the kitchen sink. Consulting a company like Advanced HousePlans could save you a lot of unwanted drama and excess spending in the long run.

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