When designing your new home, nothing should be taken for granted. That and poor planning on the budget can lead to major problems down the road.
According to freshome.com, the top 10 mistakes to avoid when building your new home are:
1. Inefficient HVAC system. Not only can that lead to poor temperature control, it also can lead to problems with moisture and mold.
2. Poor space planning. Ample storage space important, so is placement of that space. Also, anticipating where closet space will be needed, such as coat closets in the winter, avoids headaches later.
3. Poor overall planning. Depending on how long you plan to stay in the home, make sure you think ahead to future needs, such as after small children are grown.
4. Poor lighting. You can never get enough light, especially natural light. Make sure there are plenty of windows, perhaps even skylights, as well as light fixtures in every room.
5. Under-utilized rooms. Do you really need a home gym? Is that dedicated play room going to sit unused after the kids tire of toys? Flex rooms that can be used for multiple purposes will probably be better utilized.
6. Laundry room placement. Nobody wants to lug heavy hampers or laundry baskets up and down basement steps. And why put the laundry room out by the garage? Wouldn’t it be better to have it near the bedrooms, where the clothes are?
7. Bedroom placement. The purpose of a bedroom is sleep and rest. So put it as far as possible from the nosiest places in the house.
8. Kitchen placement. There is not a room in the house that gets more foot traffic than the kitchen. So it makes sense to put it near the main living area as well as near the garage or other entrance where groceries are brought into the house.
9. Garage placement. Put the garage on the end of the house where the kitchen and mudroom are located.
10. Letting someone else decide your needs. You are the best judge of what your family needs, so why let anybody else decide that for you? Design professionals should make suggestions, not decisions.