When building a house, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the planning and construction, the number of rooms, and the layout of the house. We sometimes forget, or put off planning, what comes after the skeleton of the house is constructed. Use this guide to help you prepare for the next stage of planning when building your new home.
You’ve planned out your home’s layout and maybe even gotten down to the small details, but have you remembered to plan out your yard as well? Make sure that your lawn is one of your planning items well before you move in. Are you going with a NZ kikuyu style lawn, or that ready to go lawn that will have a yard ready to go instantly?
Wherever your grass decisions lead you, make sure you’re also thinking about your lawn watering system too. If you aren’t willing to put too much effort into your lawn, getting a lawn irrigation system might be the best option for you. Otherwise, make sure that you make your water access points easy to get at and in areas of your yard that make sense.
Landscaping is one of those things you might think you can put off for a while when building a home. It’s definitely true that you can avoid it, but if you want your home to feel like home from day one, consider adding landscaping planning to your list of things to do while you’re building. See if your builders are able to help connect you with a landscaping company that can do things like bring in bark for landscaping and plant some basic trees and bushes to give your home some green right away.
Contemporary kitchen designing in Tauranga is one of the most important parts of your home building process. Your kitchen is a gathering place, the centre of your home, and it’s important to ensure that it is modern and fits your needs. Make sure you really invest time in looking at your design options, like a shaker style kitchen in Christchurch. You’ll also want to make sure you’re working closely with your home builder to find out which Christchurch kitchen supplier they’re working with to get the best quality and value for your money.
House insulation, in Auckland or anywhere where you’ll need it for colder days, is vital for your new home. Keep it on your list of things to review with your home builder to make sure your home will be warm enough for you and your family’s needs.
Asphalt installation is often something that’s not included in typical building contracts. Double check this with your builder, or shop around to make sure you’re getting the driveway you want. Driveways have come a long way, and can actually be a feature of your home, rather than simple black or grey asphalt. (add ideas for driveways).
Leaving space for the right furniture
When you’re planning your home’s layout, make sure you are thinking about your furniture needs in the space. For example, if you’re planning the space for a child’s room, think about what furniture they’ll need in the future. Maybe they only need a small bed now, but in the future will need a queen sized bed frame. Leave room to grow in your floor plan to make the most of your new home.
Plumbing that makes sense
Work closely with your plumbing contractor to find a layout that makes sense for you. Hopefully, once your home is built, you won’t need to bother with renovations or changing things around, but it is possible you’ll need to expand or change up a room depending on your needs. Plumbing is one of those things that is really difficult to change without hiring professional drainlayers, like these in Tauranga, so try and think ahead to mitigate the need to change your plumbing.
Roofs are incredibly expensive, and take professionals to redo. Invest some time and energy initially into making sure your new home has proper roofing for the area you live in, and has lasting quality to it, to avoid roofing pains sooner rather than later.
You might also want to consider adding different energy efficient roofing, like solar panels or skylights. Planning for this in the early build stage will allow you to get the most use out of them over time, and save you quite a bit of money.
As mentioned before, planning ahead is really important to building a new home. If you’re thinking about having a family or adding a family member, make sure that there’s room to grow in your home, even if you don’t currently have enough rooms. The floor plan should make adding an addition easy in the future, if it comes to that.
What is your plan for the future? Is this your forever home? Will you be trying to turn a profit on the home in a few years? These kinds of questions are incredibly important to consider when building a new home. If you are at a later stage in life, and plan on retiring in this home at some point, think about how it is laid out and how accessible everything is for you. If you’re younger and building a home on your own, you might want to consider how your needs may change with family or friends adding on or coming to live.
No matter how much you plan, however, life will always take you by surprise. Making your home flexible enough to accommodate these life surprises, twists and turns, will help you welcome them and continue living a happy life.
There are also plenty of resources online available to help. Try government sites like this one, or simply searching Google.