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Building your first home is an exciting journey, yet it can also be overwhelming and daunting for some. We often hear stories of home builds gone wrong, or blowing out of budget as construction progresses and turns into a nightmare. However, with the right mindset and knowledge, it can be an enjoyable, stress-free and rewarding experience, giving you a custom home that is uniquely yours!

Here are 3 common mistakes to avoid when custom building:

Layout and Room Placement

With custom home building, you’re in control of the design of the entire home, creating it just the way you want. However, you need to be sure of the layout and room placements in the early stages, as fixing mistakes or making alterations during the construction phase can be challenging and costly.

This also ties in with your lifestyle and needs. Do you plan to live in the house long-term? Will you be needing rooms for children or the elderly for multi-generational living? Consider which room you’ll likely be spending most of your time and place it in a suitable location of your floorplan. Bedrooms are best placed opposite to street view and away from noises coming from the garage or outside traffic. Don’t forget a laundry room and extra storage space that can be cleverly built-in the walls within each area including bedrooms, bathrooms, and even the garage to maximise your living space.

Lighting Considerations

Many new home owners don’t realise certain areas of their home are not well lit until after they’ve moved in, which can be a source of frustration especially when rewiring and adding extra lighting can become a real hassle after your family has settled in. When custom building, it makes sense to include detailed lighting options as part of the overall design. Consider your window placements and make use of natural light for your home to open up space and provide a healthy dose of sunlight. Roof lights also brings in natural lighting, are energy efficient and can take advantage of the orientation of your home and block.

Choosing the Right Builder

Last but not least, the key to a successful and stress-free custom home build comes down to choosing the right builder for the project. Often, first home builders who don’t do sufficient research are the ones who encounter the most problems, delays and budget issues. Since the entire home is custom designed and built, be aware of builders who do not understand the fundamentals of sound design and construction, or offer an unrealistically low quote. A reputable and reliable builder will not only have many years of experience, but should also offer design and engineering options should any adjustments are necessary before construction begins.

For a high quality custom designed and built home in Brisbane, the team at SmartReno can help. We are committed to delivering premium quality workmanship & above all customer service. As specialists in custom design and construction with over 25 years of experience, we ensure your dream home project is our top priority and will be delivered to you on time and within budget.

Why not give us a call on: 0406 616 690 to start your Stress-Free custom home build today!

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