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3 Custom Home Design Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make

by Kuhrich on Thursday, March 6, 2014

A custom home is the best way to get every feature your heart desires in a new house; however, design flaws create some huge headaches after the home is complete. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a degree in architecture or interior design to avoid the following three disastrous design mistakes.

1. Inconvenient room placement

A master suite that sits right next to the living room may not offer suitable privacy. A kitchen that’s too far from the garage will feel like a hassle every time someone has to haul groceries from the car. Don’t allow your design sense to trample over common sense.

These placement recommendations have stood the test of time and abiding by them will never result in a bad floor plan. Don’t buy into the myth that traditional room placement is boring. You’ll be glad your kitchen is next to the garage when you lug in that heavy gallon of milk each week.

2. Crazy or futuristic homes

Don’t try to be the next Frank Lloyd Wright with your futuristic space pod of a home. You might adore the idea of a home constructed entirely of concrete, but selling the home in the future might be difficult. Plenty of fun, modern styles exist which appeal to buyers.

You might plan to live in your home forever, but you may decide to move someday. Also, consider that your new home might be just the beginning of your involvement in real estate. Your first custom home might be a jumping-off point for future designs.

3. Too many or too few rooms

Budget and location often dictate square footage. A spacious house might feel vacuous and empty if the design is too open. Conversely, a small home will feel cramped with too many walls and rooms crammed into the design.

Create a list of the rooms that are most necessary for your family’s needs like bedrooms and bathrooms. Add extra rooms or walls only if necessary. If you’ve got 1,000 square feet with which to work, don’t try to stuff five bedrooms and six baths into your new home.

Designing a home is exciting, but it’s easy to get carried away with delusions of grandeur. Focus on comfort and livability over strange and unusual and you’ll love your future home.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com