Building a custom home is the dream of many who want their ‘ideal’ home in the North Texas area to be perfect, but it’s all too easy to make a mistake you’ll regret later. Maybe you’ve been saving up for years and the time has finally come, or you’ve found the perfect piece of land. Whatever the case may be, there are some fairly common home design mistakes you don’t want to make! Our Flower Mound custom homebuilders have a few suggestions to help you avoid making a design decision you may regret later.
Make sure your design will suit your family and lifestyle over the years. The features you want now may not be so suitable 10 or 20 years from now as your family and life changes. For instance, you may want a fitness room now, but what will you use it for as you grow older and don’t work out as often (or at all)? Could it easily be transformed into a play room for your grandchildren? You may also want to consider how open the floor plan is and how easy it will be to navigate as you age. Two-story homes are wonderful, but consider a downstairs master suite with bathroom to make it easier on yourself when those stairs become a challenge, or for an aging parent who may live with you for a while.
What do you NOT want in your new custom home? Maybe it’s hauling laundry upstairs or the fact that the first thing visitors see when they enter the kitchen is the clutter – stacks of mail, the kids’ backpacks, car keys, loose change, etc. Whatever it is that drives you crazy, make sure your new home has features or a floor plan that suits your needs and makes those things that drive you nuts less offensive.
Pay attention to the environment and your view. Where and in which direction your home is placed on your lot can make a huge difference not only in your enjoyment of a wonderful view, but how ‘green’ or energy efficient your home is. Windows should be placed in a way that allow you to enjoy incredible views of the outdoors and natural lighting whether in the dining room, living room, or kitchen. It’s also important to keep in mind where the sun sets, as the hottest sun in the late afternoon can send temperatures indoors soaring, depending on where the sunshine comes through. Maximize the view from your favorite indoor spaces while keeping energy efficiency and waste reduction in mind.
At Bud Bartley Family of Builders we know there’s a lot to think about when building a custom home in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metro area – it’s more than a floor plan and the size of the rooms! For expert guidance and help ensuring you avoid some of the most common design mistakes, contact us today.