One of the problems with buying a pre-existing home is that you've got to try and find everything you want in one place. Unfortunately, that's not always easy to do, especially since everyone has their own idea of what the perfect home should have. That means you may be shopping for a home for a very long time. That is, unless you go with a custom home. One of the many benefits of designing your own home is that you get to design it your specifications, which means you can get it right the first time. Having said that, there are still a few things you'll need to consider when designing your own home. Here are three tips that will help you avoid problems now that you're going to be designing a custom home for yourself.
Choose Your Land Carefully
You may think that building the perfect home will start with the plans, but that's not actually true. When designing your own home, you should always start with the land. You're going to need land to build your home on, and you'll want to choose it carefully. First, keep in mind that your contractor will need to build on whatever land you choose, which means you should make sure it's usable land. You'll want to avoid anything that's going to increase the cost of construction, especially steep inclines or rugged terrain. You should also make sure that it's already been improved upon, meaning that the utilities have already been brought in. Having to bring in your own utility services can add quite a bit of money to the final cost of your home.
Know Where the Sun is Going to Be
Once your home is built, you won't be able to move it. With that in mind, you'll need to know where the sun is when you choose the positioning of your home on the property. The last thing you want is to have your bedrooms on the east or west side of your home. If that happens, you're going to have bedrooms that are excessively hot during the summer, and uncomfortably cold during the winter.
Get an Even Distribution of Openness and Privacy
If you're going for an open floor plan, remember that you'll still want a certain degree of privacy. In other words, it might seem nice to have the entire home centered around the family room and kitchen, but at some point, you're going to want some quiet time in your bedrooms. If everything opens up off the main living space, your privacy is going to suffer. When designing your new home, try to get an even distribution of openness and privacy and communicate that to your custom home builder.