Building a new home is an exciting experience. However, it is easy to get overwhelmed and overlook small, vital details. The decisions you make now will have an impact on how you live in and enjoy your home. Below are four critical things to consider when going through the planning or design process of a new home.
Switches, Lighting and Power Outlets
Make sure you indicate where you need power sockets for devices such as televisions, kitchen appliances, and tumble dryers. It is advisable to install at least one double plug in the corners of each room. To develop a warm and inviting layout, talk to the designer about the style and mood you would like to achieve. Consider putting switches or timers on outdoor outlets for decorations.
Water heater placement
The placement of a water heater depends on your floor plan, foundation type, and intended energy source. If you do not have enough space in the garage, you can consider installing them in the attic. Ensure all flammable materials are away from the heater and place it so that all panels are accessible and routine maintenance and inspections are easy.
Closet and organization
There’s nothing more beautiful than having plenty of shelves, cupboards, and wardrobes to keep your belongings well organized. Consider the square footage of cupboard space in the kitchen and laundry room, walk-in closets, and cold storage options. You can opt for built-in bookcases and storage, as they are functional and make a home look and feel more custom.
Installing a door in an awkward place can significantly reduce the functionality of a living space. Talk to your designer about the vision of every room to make sure the doors have minimal interference. Check the direction each door swings to ensure two doors on a perpendicular door do not interfere with each other.
The process of building a new house does not have to be overwhelming. Making a list of essential things to remember will help you keep on top of your budget.