Building an Home Extension

Avoid These 4 House-Building Mistakes

People who are inexperienced in the home-building process may make several mistakes as their first home is being built. This article discusses some of the rookie mistakes that you should avoid making.

Shopping Online 

Some beginners may think that they will make significant savings if they buy the different needed materials online instead of relying on the builder to find suppliers. This approach has several pitfalls. First, you risk losing a lot of time in the process of selecting different sellers of the products that you need for the project. Secondly, you are unlikely to buy those products at the preferential rates that builders typically buy materials at because you haven't created the relationships that result in those preferential rates. You are therefore better off letting the builder link you to suppliers that are competitive and reputable.

Going for Specialty Rooms

It is wasteful to insist on having different specialty rooms, such as a music room, in your new home. Such rooms take up a lot of space that would have been devoted to other uses, such as having a bigger garden. Multi-purpose rooms are much better because they reduce the total square-footage of the house without sacrificing functionality. For instance, a multi-purpose living room can eliminate the need for a separate dining area.

Relying on Family Members Excessively

Family members can take you off course as you seek to build your dream home. This is because their suggestions may contradict what you want. You should therefore be selective regarding the kind of suggestions that you adopt from family members who aren't experts in the building process.

Putting Off Decisions

You will be required to make an input at the different stages of the home-building process. Act promptly each time your opinion is required so that unnecessary delays are avoided. For example, sit with the interior designer early enough so that you can select the finishes in time. This will give the supplier ample time to ship your order so that construction proceeds according to schedule.

Your dream home will not materialise until the entire construction project has been completed. You should therefore exercise a great deal of patience and avoid any tendency to become critical of anything that may seem to be going wrong. Maintain open communication channels with the builder so that you know what is taking place during each stage of the project. That communication will help you to avoid many of the mistakes discussed above.

About Me

Building an Home Extension

Hello, my name is Wendy and this is my construction blog. I do not work in the construction industry myself, but I have spent the last 7 months of my life with construction workers and contractors as they designed and built an extension to my property. I had always dreamed of extending my home so we could enlarge the kitchen and have an additional bedroom on the second-floor. My husband always objected, but when I won some money on the lotto, he couldn't stop me. The contractors were really great and I got a real insight into the industry so I decided to start this blog.


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