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Shannon Carlson

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Designing Your Home

Remodeling your home or building a new one is an exciting process. Taking an idea and transforming it into something real and tangible – there is little in life that will give you the same sense of satisfaction.

However, as thrilling as the prospect may be, the reality is a little more complicated. There are hundreds of decisions and selections to make, and each one of those must be done in a specific order to avoid budget overruns and delays.

Working with a design-build firm can help you avoid many of these common mistakes. We plan meticulously, bring all parties together, and anticipate any potential problems before they become issues.

Eight Critical Home Design Mistakes to Avoid

1.     Inadequate Space Planning

Whether or not you have an open floorplan, your space should allow for the things you need. Storage is critical, as is traffic flow through the home. Visualize your lifestyle, your routine, and how you will use the house, and above all, keep it simple. Think about the space you will need to store your things, but be sure not to take away from other rooms in favor of excess storage.

2.     Bad Lighting

You can change the entire look and feel of a room by changing the lighting. If not adequately lit, even the most beautifully designed homes will seem lackluster. First and foremost, consider the natural light that you have to work with. Think about what you will be doing in each room and light it accordingly. Use ceiling lights, sconces, and lamps to light up dark corners.

3.     Designing Underutilized Rooms

You might think a playroom or a home gym is a nifty idea, but if it’s not something you are going to use, it will end up being wasted space – and often a dumping ground for other unused items.

4.     Bad Bedroom Placement

There is a right way and a wrong way to allocate bedroom space. Do yourself a favor and resist the urge to put your bedroom in a high-traffic area. For example, you shouldn’t put your bedroom above the garage. Beyond the noise of people coming in and out, if your garage is not well-insulated, you might have a hard time staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The master bedroom, especially, should be located away from the living areas of the home to ensure your rest and relaxation.

5.     No Thought Put Into Your Heating and Cooling System

Plan your HVAC system installation carefully, and you will avoid problems like moisture and mold, both of which could compromise your health and that of your loved ones. The size of your HVAC system is important as well. Too small, and it will be overworked. Too large, and you’re just wasting your money. Either way, if the unit is the wrong size for your home, it will not do its job efficiently – and you certainly won’t be getting the appropriate value from your investment.

6.     Not Thinking Ahead

When designing your new home, you need to consider your lifestyle. Think about how long you intend to stay in the house, whether you plan to have children, visitors, or grandchildren staying under your roof. Are you planning to live out your retirement years in the home? Or asking your elderly parents to move in with you? All of these scenarios, present, and future, should be considered before you start planning.

7.     Where Does the Laundry Room Go?

You can have your laundry on the main floor, in the basement, or on an upper floor, near the bedrooms. Your personal preferences will dictate this but think about the bigger picture before you commit. For example, it is probably more convenient to have the laundry close to the bedrooms because you won’t have to tote things up and down the stairs. However, if you do laundry at all hours, the noise might be disruptive.

8.     Best Kitchen Placement Options

Do you entertain and cook a lot? Do you enjoy meals with your family each night? Do you have small children to look out for? These are just some of the questions you should think about when designing your kitchen. An open-concept floorplan allows you to work in the kitchen and still keep an eye on the kids. If the garage door opens into the kitchen, it makes it easier to carry groceries inside.

Last but not least, keep in mind that this is YOUR home. You know your needs and your lifestyle better than anybody, and you shouldn’t settle for anything less than amazing. When you work with a reliable design-build company like FD Building, you can be sure we always have your comfort and needs at the forefront of everything we do.

Are you getting ready to build your dream home? We’d love to show you how we can help! Reach out today to learn more.