Building a custom home can be an overwhelming process to say the least. It requires extensive planning, intense decision making, and a great deal of collaboration. While the process is fun and exciting, it’s easy to get lost in the stress of it from time to time. To combat this, here are a few things we’ve learned over our years of being Kamloops home builders, that we think you should know:
1. Set a Budget
Investing in a home brings financial freedom down the road. While it’s not as fun as viewing paint swatches, setting a budget is an incredibly important step in the building process. Prior to the start date, determine what you can afford. Be brutally scrupulous with this as you don’t want to get caught in a financial bind. Consider the amenities you want installed, tax requirements, materials, labor, down payments, etc. Plan for unforeseen costs as well and set some money aside as a cushion. Discuss this budget with our custom home builders so we can devise a plan within your price range.
2. Design for Your Future
Custom homes take time, money, and commitment to build. Therefore, if you’re going through the trials of building a custom home, you’ll likely want to be there long-term. Take some time to think about your future. If you’re single, are you wanting to get married? Are kids in your future? How about pets? All these decisions affect the planning of your home. From the number of bedrooms and bathrooms to the type of flooring you use, escape from “the now” and plan long-term.
3. Leave Room for Storage
Maybe the idea of extra storage space doesn’t excite you as much as the foot-claw soaker tub. However, trust us when we say it’s an underrated commodity, especially when planning your forever home. Well-planned storage throughout your home keeps you organized and free of clutter. It also allows you to showcase your beautiful countertops without the distraction of piled up mess. Set yourself up for success with excess storage in mind.
4. Fixtures are Forever
Okay this may be a slight exaggeration as you can change your fixtures out whenever you’d like. However, why spend more money when you can get it done right the first time? Invest in high-quality fixtures to add value to your home and minimize renovation costs down the road. Embrace trends through your décor and prioritize quality and timelessness with your fixed items. As time goes on, you can make minor renovations to the finishes and colours while keeping the fixtures as they are. Freshen up your space at a fraction of the cost by getting these right the first-time round.
5. Consider Furniture Placement
When planning a custom home, ensure that it’s designed for your lifestyle. As such, if you’re moving your current furnishings into the new home, make sure there’s room for it all. If you’re wanting all new furniture, consider the measurements so you’re not kicking yourself later. All in all, you have complete freedom when it comes to custom builds. Don’t miss the opportunity to utilize the space best to your abilities.
6. Enjoy the Build
Custom homes take time, especially if you want them done right. You’re building a home that is completely unique to you, designed to your specifications and desires. It’s an exciting venture that you may only experience once in your life. Therefore, rather than getting caught up in the stress of it all, do your best to enjoy the process. Understand that as your custom home builders, we’re working hard to bring your vision to life. While we may face setbacks with bad weather or unforeseen obstacles, we’ll take them in stride to guarantee beautiful results.
7. Work With a Team You Trust
More than anything, hire a team that has your best interest at heart. Custom builds can be lengthy; you’ll be working with your hired team closely and for a significant amount of time. As your Kamloops builders, we strive to build you the home of your dreams. We’ll listen to your ideas and find ways to implement them into the planning, always with your budget in mind. To make the process as stress-free, seamless, and enjoyable as possible, every hurtle is faced with optimism and a solution. From planning to finishing, every step is taken care of with our team at Interior Elite Contracting. Get a quote today!