Are you starting to think about building your dream home in 2014, or remodeling your current home to fit your future needs? After working with numerous homeowners, we know all too well how the exciting process can lead to homeowners making decisions that may not be practical or reasonable down the road.
We’d like to share a few important things homeowners should consider when venturing into the realm of home remodeling or building:
1. Think big picture before small details.
It is very easy to get swept up in the small design details or the aspects of the project that you are most excited about, be it the outdoor landscaping or kitchen design, which can cause you to ignore the bigger picture. Taking a step back and considering the overall design-and-build plan numerous times throughout the project will help you stay on track and keep you from getting lost in the small details.
2. Think function over fad.
Many homeowners forget that what is popular now may not be popular in a few years. Choosing the latest and greatest fads in home design always seems like the best idea at the time, but considering future trends is very important. If you see your family expanding, designs that aren’t fit for children or large families are not in your best interest – no matter how popular or visually appealing. Similarly, the latest and greatest design elements do not always perform the way you want. We’ll elaborate more on this in the future!
3. Hire the right professionals.
Choosing the right design-build firm can make a world of a difference when it comes to your custom home. As we mentioned in a past blog, take the time and research contractors that you will trust to do the best work on your project. A contractor with experience and connections in the home design and building industry can make all the difference between a good job and a great job.
If you know you’ll have trouble with one and two, a contractor will certainly help you stay on track and relieve you of the difficult project management duties that come with home building – another one of the added benefits of hiring the right professionals.
Are you finding it hard to focus on the big picture when preparing to build your dream home? Have you recently undergone a remodel and regret some of your design decisions? Let us know your experiences in the comments!