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Home Building Tips

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

HomeBuying a new home can be incredibly stressful and building a new home can be even worse if you do not hire a reputable and reliable contractor and plan the layout of your house. The best thing to do is go room-by-room in your home and work through each aspect you want in your new home. While many people don’t think about it ideas such as outlet placement, ceiling height, carpeting, stud placement, and even ventilation can mean the difference between your dream home and a nightmare. Here are a few ideas you may want to consider while planning the interior of your home.

Electrical outlets

Mapping out where to put electrical outlets is so important in any modern home. You will want to make sure there are ample outlets for your desktop, a place to charge laptops, tablets, and chargers, and you will also want to have a few for appliances, electronics and other miscellaneous gadgets. You may also want to invest in outlets that have a USB ports installed. This way you can charge your phone or tablet without desperately searching for the wall adapter.

When mapping outlet placement be sure to work with your electrician. They will be able to help you find the safest and simplest ways to place outlets and they will be more than happy to look through possible outlet options with you.

Secret rooms

While it may not seem practical, secret rooms can offer plenty of hidden storage for eyesores like Christmas decorations or out-of-season clothing. They can also provide a much-needed escape when you just want to curl up and read a book in peace and quiet. If you wanted to have secret rooms in your house be sure to tell the contractor right away. They will be able to help you find the best sort of room (for storage or a reading nook) and can work with you to budget the extra time and finances. Just be sure to have them find the perfect bookshelf!

Stud placement

Like mapping out spots for electrical outlets, finding the best places to put the studs (load bearing beams) can help keep your home safe and beautiful. Again you will want to work with your contractor or carpenter to find the best options for the room. This way you don’t have to worry about hammering through a wall the next time you want to hang a picture and they won’t have to worry about the room being unsafe.

Waste disposal

It’s not what comes to everyone’s mind but it is important. Waste disposal keeps your house clean and safe and responsible waste disposal can help save the earth. Be sure to ask your contractor what your options are for composting. They may be able to put composting bins in your yard that won’t be a major eyesore and they can even install temporary indoor composting for when it is snowing or you just don’t want to go out into the rain.

+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