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3 Big Mistakes People Make When Building Their Own House

Building a house is an option that a lot of people don’t even consider but it could be the best choice for you and your family. There are a lot of different benefits to building your own home; firstly, it can be a lot cheaper than buying an existing home if you do it right. You also have complete freedom to make the house exactly as you like it so it’s really the only way to get your perfect home without making any sacrifices. On top of that, you can build the home with environmental impact in mind and fill it with lots of different energy saving features to reduce your carbon footprint. However, building a house is a big task to take on and there is a lot that could go wrong along the way. You’ll be putting everything you have into this house so it’s important that you get it right. If you’re seriously considering building your own house, these are some of the common mistakes that you need to avoid.

Unrealistic Plans For The House

When you first decide to build your own house, it’s only natural that you’ll be excited and you’ll start coming up with some ideas about the design. It’s easy to get carried away here and start designing an unrealistic house that simply can’t be built. The truth is, you don’t really know what you’re doing and while it’s important that the house includes all of the features that you want it to, you need expert guidance from the beginning. It’s important to consult experienced residential architects at the start of the process and discuss your initial ideas with them. They will be able to tell you what is possible and what isn’t so you can manage your expectations from the start. If you don’t do this, it’s likely that you’ll create a vision of the house that you want to build and then end up disappointed when you find out that it simply isn’t possible.


Not Considering The Flow Of Light

Natural light in the home is so important because if the house is dark and dingy, it’s not a very welcoming and relaxing place to spend your time. If you buy an existing property, you may have a problem with dark rooms and you’ll likely end up using mirrors and other décor tricks to solve the problem. But when you’re building your own home, you don’t need to do that because you can design it in such a way that you maximise the natural light in all spaces. When you’re coming up with different ideas, always consider the light sources and change things around if you are blocking the natural light in the home in any way.


Using Cheap Materials

If you’re building your own house because you want to save money, you might be tempted to use cheaper materials to cut costs, but that’s not actually going to save you money. The initial build might be cheaper but then you’ll end up having to do maintenance all of the time because the quality of work won’t be good. It’s best to spend more initially on good quality materials and save yourself time and money in the long term. If you want to save money, you can look into finding reclaimed materials but always consult your contractor first to see whether they think it’s a good idea.


If you can avoid these common mistakes when you’re building your own home, everything should run smoothly.


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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