Building a new home is an exciting process, but can easily become stressful if you aren’t prepared – which includes properly managing your expectations. We’ve worked with hundreds of homeowners to help bring their dream home to life, and over the years we’ve gained a lot of valuable insight about the home-building journey. The trials, the tribulations and most importantly – the successes of building a house. With that said, here are five important things you should know before building a new home.
#1. The timeline is flexible
Think of your timeline as a guide instead of something set in stone. You can estimate as best as possible, but it’s wise to factor in some extra time for delays due to weather, sourcing supplies, securing permits, scheduling conflicts with your contractor, and other “surprises.” It’s normal for new homes to take anywhere from an additional three months to a year to complete, so don’t get too caught up in adhering to a rigid timeline (trust us, it will prove better for your sanity).
#2. Design with your future in mind
Do you plan on having kids, or more kids, in the future? Do you anticipate needing extra rooms for elderly parents to live in down the road? These are just two questions you should ask yourself when designing your home. For example, young couples who plan to have children in the future need to incorporate their future family’s needs into the design process, or they’ll find themselves outgrowing their home too quickly.
#3. Plan for storage
Adequate storage space is essential to keep your home looking tidy and clutter-free. It’s easy to get swept up in the fun details of designing your master bathroom, or designing your game room, and your home’s storage space becomes an afterthought. But after speaking with many homeowners with past regrets, we know that planning for adequate storage space has to be a priority. Make sure to ask your architect to keep it top of mind when drawing up your design.
#4. Finish the home before you move in
We understand you’re eager to move into your new home, especially when the only thing left is the landscaping or some seemingly small details, but even small details can end up taking months to complete. You don’t want to be bothered by noisy and disruptive construction while you’re trying to enjoy your new home, so be patient and wait until everything is done before moving in.
#5. Invest in the fixtures before decor
The fixtures in your home will be around for years, so it’s worth investing in fixtures you love. This includes faucets, bathtubs, showers, towel rails, toilets, sconces, dishwashers, refrigerators, counter surfaces, ovens, and stove tops, just to name a few. Your decor – things like pillows, rugs, and paint colors – will likely change over the years as trends come and go, but your fixtures are meant to last.
Seth A. Leeb custom NJ home designs
If you’re ready to get started on your custom homebuilding journey, our team at Seth Leeb Architect can help you make your dream home a reality. We’ll be with you every step of the way from drawing up the initial designs to your move-in date, and we’re ready to help you get started.
For more information about what to expect when building a new home, or if you have any more questions for our residential architects, please contact our team at Seth Leeb Architect today or visit us at: https://leeb-architecture.com/