4 Common Custom Home Design Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

September 29, 2015

Ready to start designing your custom home? It might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with mistakes that often crop up along the way. Otherwise, you could end up with issues that delay the home building process or even keep you from getting the home of your dreams. Fortunately, these problems are easily avoidable when you work closely with a builder that is happy to help you from start to finish.

Not Thinking Long-Term

Your current situation won’t necessarily last longer than a few years, so don’t build based solely on the here and now. Just because you’re fine with climbing the stairs multiple times a day now doesn’t mean you’ll feel the same way in five or ten years. Similarly, a hobby you recently picked up might not be of interest to you in even a few months, so do you really want to build a room that can only be used for one purpose? Create flexible living spaces that can change with your interests, needs, and lifestyle.

Not Allowing Enough Time for the Building Process

Even the most efficient custom home builder can’t put together a high-quality house in a few weeks or even a few months. You should have a realistic view of the timeline. Otherwise, you might move out of your old house and find yourself without a place to live while you wait for your new home to be completed. Choose a custom home builder that communicates clearly and often.

Making Decisions After Construction Begins

Try to have all decisions made during the beginning of the design process, not after construction starts. That might cause delays. You might think that changing the counter top materials halfway through the construction process won’t make a difference because they haven’t been installed yet, but construction is a domino effect. A new countertop that takes weeks to deliver can halt construction on the entire project. An efficient, process-driven builder will help you anticipate all of the choices you will need to make well in advance for a more successful build.

Not Being Involved Enough in the Process

Make sure your custom home builder knows exactly what you want out of your house. After all, building a house to your exact specifications is the whole point of getting a custom design. Being too hands-off won’t get you the results you want, so make sure you stay in close contact with your builder. If you are building from out-of-state choose a builder that offers updates that can be easily accessed from your computer or mobile device. Want to know more about how to create a successful custom home design and build process? Download our complete guide today.   Ready to get started? Contact us to schedule a free Project Analysis and tell us more about your vision for your dream home. estes-design-cta   Estes Builders is an award-winning design build firm that specializes in custom homes in Western Washington. We have earned more than 130 customer testimonials and a reputation as Western Washington’s most trusted custom home builder. We build custom homes in Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Silverdale, Port Orchard and surrounding areas. Contact us for a FREE Project Analysis to discuss your project.]]>