Errors to Avoid When Building a New Home


You’re going to build your dream home and you’ve thought it all through – or so you’ve thought. You know exactly what you need and want to have in your home, but have you thought about what you don’t want and what you don’t need? Have you considered the whole thing through?

You have given much thought and consideration to what will work for you, but have you taken the time to think about what won’t work? According to Windows in Calgary, these are mistakes to avoid when building your Home.

  • Pay Attention to Your HVAC System

Poor planning here can lead to issues with moisture and terrible mold growth. This can lend itself to significant health concerns. Furthermore, careful attention should be given to the size of your units. Models that are too small will be underperforming and won’t cool and heat your home efficiently. You’ll come to regret this when your house is too cold in the wintertime and not cool enough during the hot summer months. Conversely those that are too large will utilize too much energy.

  • Poor Space Planning

Windows Lifetime Warranty believes that space planning and design is crucial. Ample storage is necessary, but pay attention to where you place your storage space. Does the master bedroom need an oversized walk-in closet when space could potentially be added to your bedroom or master bath? Pay attention to where you place your cabinets.

  • Poor Overall Planning

When designing your own home, you should take your lifestyle and habits into consideration. How long do you plan on staying in this home? Will you need to accommodate safety features for new or young children? Or might you need to think of your needs later in life as you reach retirement age and beyond? Think ahead, long term, to see where you will be and what you will need from your home.

  • Poorly Lit Homes

Light fixtures and outlets should be plentiful—as should Windows in Calgary. Windows should be present in every room and as large as possible. Natural light, when possible, should be the primary source of light. Think about adding skylights as well.

  • Under-Utilized Rooms

The addition of a playroom, Windows Lifetime Warranty or multipurpose room sounds enticing but only plan to build a room that will get used. What good is a wasted home gym where the treadmill is used to hold clothes from last season? Often an unused room becomes a dumping ground to place those things that never get used. If you plan on adding a spare room, make sure that it is a room that can transition well from one type to the next.

  • Placement Of The Laundry Room

This is a very personal decision. I’ve had laundry rooms in the basement and off the mudroom far away from all the bedrooms. Neither was ideal. Placement of the laundry room, or washer and dryer, should be relatively close to the bedrooms. I love an upstairs laundry room, but many do not.

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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