Designing and building a custom home is as exciting as it is daunting. Between floor plans, features, contractors and construction loans, you’ll have your hands full with a custom build. Below, we present 11 things to consider before you finalize your plan. While these items may lack the same fascination as flooring and kitchen appliances, if neglected, you’ll soon notice the faults.
1. Laundry Setup
Situate the laundry room on the same floor as the master suite for easy access. Consider a laundry chute if the two rooms end up on different levels.
2. Ceiling Height
High ceilings lend a sense of greater space, even if the rooms themselves remain fairly small.
3. Ample Storage
To keep a neat household where stored items remain out of sight until needed, build in plenty of storage space, especially in the kitchen.
4. Effective Insulation
Once the extreme weather strikes, you’ll pat yourself on the back for planning this extra expense. Nothing helps maintain a comfortable, evenly heated and cooled home as much as proper insulation.
5. Cabinet/Counter Lighting
You can never have too much kitchen lighting. Adding rows of LED lights under cabinets help during meal preparation. Attractive spot-lighting above the cabinets provides plenty of overhead illumination.
6. Shower Head Height
Installing the shower head just a few more inches higher than usual can make a huge difference in shower functionality.
7. Placement of Water Heater
The farther the water heater sits from your taps, the longer it takes for hot water to arrive. Expansive floor plans may benefit from additional heaters. Also, bear in mind that these appliances will eventually need to be replaced and should be readily accessible.
8. Irrigation System
When planning your sprinkling system, think about using drip irrigation for the non-turf landscaping plants to save water.
9. Understand Construction Financing
A construction loan that dispenses funds only as needed during the project timeline, up to a pre-established maximum, holds down your obligations to only what you actually spend. After completion, your lender usually can offer a conventional mortgage for the outstanding balance. This method is a basic guideline, though. Your contractor should already work with established lenders to help you find the right financing plan.
10. Choosing the Right Contractor
All thoughtful architectural design and financing plans can take a wrong turn if you fail to select your general contractor wisely. While experience should back up your builder, honesty and integrity are a must, no matter how long in business or big the company. The first place to start looking for the best custom home builder is the Better Business Bureau. Be sure to request references, then check up on them. Get to know your candidates and find the one with whom you feel most comfortable. Since you’ll be partners for the better part of a year, just for the build alone, and longer for the warranty period, you should enjoy the company of your contractor and the whole custom home building team.
For more information on custom home design, financing and construction, please contact us at Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling. With our construction experts and partners in design and finance, we can help you proceed smoothly from dream to happy reality.