Building a custom home is the ultimate goal for many homeowners. When you are in the planning stages, this is the best time to consider your current and future needs, and how the configuration of your home can grow with you.
The efficiency of your home is not just a matter of the appliances you install later, but the way your home is configured. For example, whenever space permits, you should stick with a single-floor home. It is typically easier to heat and cool a residence when it is on one level. You should choose windows and doors that are rated to minimize energy transfer. When properly installed, this reduces the amount of heat (or cold) that is exchanged between the inside and outside of your home. Plan to have zoning in your home so different parts of the home can be controlled separately. This reduces energy consumption so you are not wasting your heating or cooling on areas of the home that are unoccupied or areas that experience differences in temperature due to direct sunlight.
Bathrooms can cause frustration in many households, so you should plan accordingly. Most homes have a master bathroom, but other bathrooms in the home might be shared among several bedrooms. Consider having more than one bedroom with a separate, private bathroom. If you have children, this may reduce tension between them, especially as they grow older and need more privacy. You might also plan for a full downstairs bathroom just in case you have overnight visitors, aging parents that move in, or someone who may experience physical limitations decades into the future. Planning for comfort and functionality now can prevent the need for an expensive extension later. Many homeowners prefer the master bathroom to have a double sink and vanity area so there is adequate space for two adults and their hygiene items.
Consider areas in your home where you can have more functional space, whether these areas turn into a home office, entertainment area, or another bedroom. The basement or attic are popular areas that double as part of the living space of a home. Instead of planning to install the water heater and furnace in the basement, or ultimately using the space to store unused items, create separate areas for appliances and storage so these items are not in the middle of the basement floor. When the time comes to use the area as a living or entertainment space, there is no need to maneuver around pipes or large appliances. Consider incorporating a secure, but discreet entrance to the basement, especially if the area will be used for gatherings or like a studio apartment.
Although your current needs and goals for your home are important, thinking ahead regarding how your needs may change can help you create a home that works well into the future.Share