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Posted: 1 Oct

Mistakes You Want to Avoid When Building a House

Mistakes You Want to Avoid When Building a House

There are countless benefits to building a custom home, most notably that you get to control all of the details. However, if you are inexperienced in this area, you may fall into a number of common mistakes. When building a house, watch out for these common pitfalls in the planning process to give yourself the best chance of being completely satisfied with the results. Call us today for a free estimate. 

Underestimating the Costs Involved  

This is one of the most common mistakes people make when building a house. Many people begin a custom home project with lofty goals and premium fixtures in mind, only to discover that seemingly small costs can seriously add up over the course of the project. Be realistic with yourself about what you truly need and what you can only add if there is room left in your budget. Don't forget to include a cushion in your budget to allow for last-minute changes to your plans.  

Inconvenient Kitchen Placement  

Your kitchen will undoubtedly be one of the most-used rooms in your home, so you'll want it to be centrally located for easy access. It is also a good idea to place your kitchen near your main entry point, whether that is the front door or the garage. This will make your life much easier when bringing in groceries and taking out the garbage. Make sure your kitchen is close to the dining room and main living area as well, especially if you like to entertain.  

Neglecting Privacy in the Master Bedroom  

To ensure you are able to get the best possible sleep, you'll want to arrange your master bedroom in a quiet area of the house. This means placing it away from the main living area. You don't want to be sharing a wall with others who are awake when you are trying to sleep. Don't place your master bedroom over the garage either, as others coming and going at early or late hours could cause disruption.  

Too Much Storage Space  

Having plenty of storage space is great for keeping your house clutter-free, but it is possible to go overboard when building a house. Keep in mind that the more closet and storage space you include, the less living space you will have left over. Think carefully about your priorities to determine whether a huge walk-in closet is more important to you than having a spacious, comfortable bedroom. Aim for a balance between the two.  

Wasting Unused Rooms  

As you make your plans for building a house, it can be tempting to create rooms for everything you might want to do in the future. For example, a large guest suite might be a great idea if you have loved ones stay overnight frequently, but if you only host guests a few times a year, that room will go unused most of the time. The space might be better put to use as a home office or gym. Think about how you will actually use the rooms and try to make them do double-duty when possible to maximize usage.  

Get Expert Help with Building a House 

To help you avoid these common pitfalls, it helps to work with an experienced design team who can help you fine-tune your ideas for building a house. We are here to help you get the most out of your custom home. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.  


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About the Author: Elio Gabucci

Elio has been living and working in the Edmonton area since 1958. In 2000, he decided to leverage his background in construction and project management to start Meridian Master Builders and share his passion for home building with Edmonton and area residents.