The Custom Home No-No’s
Your home has a special place in your heart. After all, it is the place that you can rest and enjoy your loved ones. However, because your home is such a wonderful and personal place, you want to make the right decisions when building it. Custom home building can be an incredible benefit to families, especially ones that have specific criteria they want to be fulfilled. A custom home can make any wishes or wanted features a reality. With that being said, custom homes also provide a challenge, as the infrastructure of a home can be very complex.
In this blog, we will discuss some of the major mistakes homeowners make when they build their own home. Now, of course, many of these mistakes an experienced will know to avoid. But, say your contractor doesn’t catch these problems beforehand; at least you will have the knowledge to avoid big problems and maybe even provide solutions.
Pay Attention to Your HVAC System
Poor planning can cause huge issues, but none as devastating as neglecting your HVAC system. When building your home, you need to account for your HVAC system, and even make it a priority. Without careful attention to retail, your HVAC system could result in moisture buildup and mold growth in your home. And, we don’t have to tell you that that is a bad thing! Mold can eat away at the foundation of your home and cost thousands of dollars to repair. Don’t neglect you HVAC and make sure to account for these three factors.
- What is my unit size?
- How old is my HVAC unit?
- When do I need to replace my HVAC unit?
All three of these factors are paramount to ensuring that your HVAC is functioning properly.
When it comes to HVAC, size does matter. HVAC models that are too small will be underperforming in your home and won’t function properly. This typically will mean that your home won’t be able to properly heat in the winter or stay cool in the summer. Not to mention, without a performing HVAC, moisture can build in your home and cause a mold outbreak.
Typically, if you are building your home from scratch, you should buy new appliances. But, if for some reason you HVAC isn’t new, you need to find out the age.
If your HVAC system is new when it is installed, this means you have 10-15 years before you have to replace it. If you HVAC is too old, this is one of the top reasons that it won’t perform properly. You will also be notified if your HVAC isn’t working properly when you get your bi-annual HVAC check-up. Your HVAC specialist will be able to tell you if your HVAC isn’t working properly and if it needs to be replaced early.
Placement of Your Garage
One of the worst custom home mistakes is a poor layout plan. When you are drawing up the plans for your custom home, you have to imagine yourself living in the home. For example, you wouldn’t want to build a room above or even near your garage. For one, the garage isn’t insulated, which means there is almost always a draft of cold air. This will be particularly apparent if you build a room above a garage; the floor will be freezing most days, despite the season of the year. Second, garages are annoying because they are very noisy and overused in your home. Every time someone opens or closes your garage door, you are likely to hear the screeching sounds of your door sliding open and being closed. Obviously, this is not the most ideal method of an alarm clock, which is all the most reason to make sure the rooms are as far from the garage as possible.
Placement of Your Laundry Room
Similar to our garage example, the placement of your laundry room is equally, if not a great concern. Your laundry room is almost constantly used, especially if you are a family home. A study has shown that families use their laundry room at least six hours a week — that’s almost an entire work day! That means for six hours a week, your laundry room is in a constant hum. You won’t want to sleep next to a rumbling machine every night, which is why planning to keep your laundry room away from the bedrooms is a good idea. To avoid this mistake, make sure you check your layout one, twice, even three times before you finalize it with your custom home builder.
In San Antonio, UrbanLux Home Builders are experienced builders ready to work for you. We build luxury custom homes for our clients, based on their wants and wishes. If you are looking forward to a home built for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment.