5 things nobody tells you about building your own home

Jul 6 2017, 9:11 pm

You know you’ve made it when you have your own place.

You come home in the evening and kick off your shoes. You can have two dogs and a cat, or even a mini aquarium. And you don’t have to turn the music down.

Nope, because it’s your house and that means you can do whatever you want.

But let’s rewind, because it’s the stages before you have your own place that require a lot of consideration, especially if you plan to build a new home. It’s a massive task and you need to find the right people to help you. Sure, you’d like your place to look fancy like a five-star hotel, but that does involve some planning from the ground up.

With that being said, we’ve compiled a list of important factors to think about before building your own real dream house.


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For starters, can you afford to cover the costs of building a new home? What may seem like a small-budget task could in reality end up being extremely pricey. One way to avoid overspending is to meet with a specialist contractor to have an estimate drawn up. Oh, and maybe even give yourself an extra 20% in your budget for any unforeseeable additional expenses that could arise.


There are a lot of questions around the concept of space to consider before building. If the overall design of the home won’t leave you with the extra space you’re looking for, then it may need more thought. This could be the time to think about meeting with a reliable home consultant who can manage your building project and make recommendations through each stage of construction.


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How you choose to design your home is an important feature to think about before building to help you get ahead. With a wealth of options including contemporary minimalism with curved walls or more traditional designs, you need to think about the aesthetics and how they’ll blend throughout your new home. Then you might want to consider details like drapes, vases, a sofa, and a super soft rug. You can even start to pre-order these items so you’ll be able to move them in as soon as the construction and interiors are completed.

The contractor

Chances are you’ve heard the horror stories about builders going on extended coffee breaks. And by this we mean leaving a job when it’s partially completed, with plug sockets hanging off the walls, paint chipped, and plaster unfinished. This is not what you want to experience when you build your dream home. One way to totally avoid this is by going straight to a reputable contractor with your ideas and have a thorough plan drawn up before the foundations are laid down. When you choose a contractor that focuses on high quality building from day one, you won’t have to worry about imperfections showing from the start, otherwise who knows what other problems will come up in the future.



Before construction starts and the building is underway, check with a friend to see if they will let you crash on their couch. If the project is set to take more than a few weeks then it might be a good idea to look into a short term rental unit. Luckily your contractor should be able to give you an estimated timeline of how long it will take to complete the job early in the planning stage.

Take the stress out of building a new home by meeting with a qualified home consultant. You’ll be spending many years living in the space so you want to make sure that everything is done with the utmost care and quality in the building stage. Seriously, you don’t want to see the grout in the tiles coming out every time you take a shower.

For more information and to schedule an appointment with a specialist home consultant, visit KSB Home Consulting Ltd. on Facebook or call 778-322-7824.