Planning can be the hardest part of any task, especially when it comes to building a home. Building a home is an exciting and rewarding process, but it is also a significant commitment. And since most people only do it a time or two in their life, there are often many questions to ask and things to consider before you even get started.
You may be surprised at all the questions you have when you start to consider the options, but don’t worry. Asking the tough questions now can get you prepared for the exciting day you get to build your very own home.
How long do we want to live in the house?
Building a house is a long-term commitment and that means there are many things to consider before you break ground, like how long you plan to live there. This is important because life can change over time, and what works now may not work long term. So, ask yourself if you plan to live in the home for 2-4 years, 4-6 years or if you plan to retire in the home you are building.
What is the best location now and a few years down the road?
When choosing a location for your new home it is important to consider how the area will fit your family’s needs both now and in the future. For example, how long do you want to stay in the area? Are there certain school districts you want to live in, and will that matter four years down the road? Does your work commute weigh into the decision? These are just a few examples, but the list can be quite long depending on your situation. It is an innovative idea to locate schools, attractions, shopping districts and other places you may frequent before making a final decision.
What features are important to me right now and in the future?
You may not immediately need certain features, but building a home is all about looking into the future. Do you want a garage to protect your vehicles from the weather, or would you like one that is over sized to function as a hobby space and storage too? You might not need a spare room right now, but could you use a guest room or home office down the road? Your home’s main function might not be entertaining guests, but can you see yourself having family gatherings and holiday meals in the future?
Will the floor plan fit for as long as you live in the house?
A floor plan can make a home more or less livable depending on your circumstances. If you have teenagers, would you like to have space between their room and yours? Will stairs create mobility problems in the future or pose risk if children are in your future? If you have guests do you have enough space or facilities to host properly? A floor plan suited to your life can ensure your home fits your life, so it pays to take a little time to consider it carefully.
Nobody is more capable of understanding your family’s needs than you are, but that does not mean it is easy! Sometimes thinking ahead to anticipate life and future needs can be intimidating but do not let it overwhelm you! We go through this process all the time and are standing by to answer your questions and help you think through the possibilities.