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10 House Design Mistakes and How You Can Save Thousands By Avoiding Them

 

1. Starting the Build Before Locking in Your Plan

         "We just want to get it underway, so we'll fine tune it as                 we go along" 

Poor planning is the number one mistake that can cost you thousands.  If you start engaging Builders and trades they will prepare for your project as it appears on the plans they get. 

When you make a change, often you will pay for the original materials, plus the new materials, and more than double the labour as the original  has to be rectified  before the new can proceed.

 

Building Design Changes Cost you big dollarsBuilding Design Changes Cost you big dollars

 

ANTIDOTE:
Use a Building Designer who will be honest and upfront with you.

Don't be too stuck with what you have imagined, be flexible and collaborate with your Designer to save thousands.

Make sure the Building Designer can show you in 3D what your house will look like. If you have a sloping block, order a Digital Terrain Model so you can see how it will sit on the block.

 

 

 

 

2. Not Orientating Your House To Be Solar Passive

        "We just want it facing the street (or view or park)"

    This general rule must be followed if you want to maximise comfort, reduce costs and save the environment -

Living Areas to the North, Bedrooms to the South, The Western heat protected by wet areas, Garages, verandahs or awnings, or, for the best solar passive benefit - Deciduous trees.

Kitchen to the East to maximise morning sun and avoid Western facing kitchens because they will be hot to cook a roast at lunchtime or in the evening.

 

Solar Passive saves you thousands of dollarsSolar Passive saves you thousands of dollars

ANTIDOTE:
Use a Building Designer from the beginning, and ask him about the site or sites you are interested in. Often a Building Designer or Architect will be happy to consult with you on site to evaluate the potential of the sites you are interested in.

 

 

 

 

3. Too Much Floor Space

            "We want huge spaces so our home feels luxurious"

We hear this often but big spaces don't always equate to luxury.

If you upsize a 3.6m by 3.6m room to make it 4.5m x 4.5m you add a whooping 56%.

It goes from 13m2 to 20.25m2 and adds over 7 square metres of space that may rarely be used for extra furniture and may become dead space.

Often we are asked for a 3.6m wide verandah. When completed this area may make the house very dark and can become a "dumping" area for clutter.

Too much floor space may make your home feel empty and undesigned Too much floor space may make your home feel empty and undesigned

Antidote:

Consult your Building Designer to ascertain the average sizes for the spaces in your new home, and make changes judiciously.

Consider making more rooms that are multifuntional and interconnecting than a giant "barn".

 

 

 

4. Poor Material Choice

                    "We want it to look Uber-ultra-modern".

Modern finishes may be breath-taking this year, but may fix your home to the year it was built, and taking away from the value, style and resale of your home.

Don't create a home that may date quicklyDon't create a home that may date quickly

 

 

 

 

5. Too Much or Too Little Storage

                "We want stacks and stacks of storage"

                "No, I don't think my wife wants much storage"

 The storage debate may continue until the end of time. The problem is that storage and built-in joinery is expensive and often encourages clutter.

On the other hand, too little means you may end up with tall boys, cupboards, drawers, storage units and hanging rails that clutter the home and make it hard to live in.

 

Joinery and Built-in Furniture is one of the most poorly planned aspects of home design and are often left to be completed after the house buildJoinery and Built-in Furniture is one of the most poorly planned aspects of home design and are often left to be completed after the house build

 

 

 

 

6. Not Researching Your Land Before You Buy

     "I want "We love the block, we'll iron out any problems later"

                "We love having a Koala Habitat in our yard"

  Sandstone, rock, high fire ratings, easements, heritage setbacks that are twice the size of normal, Council setbacks for corners, Council zoning that may call for costly fauna and flora studies.

 

It May Not Be This Obvious That You are Buying A "Special" House BlockIt May Not Be This Obvious That You are Buying A "Special" House Block

 

ANTIDOTE:

Make your purchase "subject to zoning" and "subject to Development Application" while you do your research, or, do get the searches done to give you peace of mind.

Visit the area of the block at night, on weekends & early mornings to check for noise and other amenities.

Check for sporting fields, industrial areas, Council tips, railways.

Use Google Earth to see what's around your new home.

 

7. Making Living Spaces Too Open Plan

    "I want t""We want to be able to see the kids from the kitchen"

                    "We want to be together as a family all the time"

  Having the family room, kitchen, lounge and dining as one big area may be fine for a very young family, but as a family ages their needs change. Having the "big barn" is terrible acoustically and when privacy is needed for phone calls and face time.

Too Open a Plan may be Expensive to Heat or Cool and Dear to BuildToo Open a Plan may be Expensive to Heat or Cool and Dear to Build

 

 ANTIDOTE:

Separate areas with French doors, movable walls or cavity sliders give you versatility and function. Double glazing these can make sense of adjacent home theatres and living spaces.

Create Multi-Use Areas, combining living area/guest accommodation, combined dining/hobby room or a home theatre/day sleep area for infants.

 

 

8. Poor Kitchen Planning

     "I want t""We want a huge kitchen because we cook often"

                  "We want a small kitchen because we don't cook much"

   In the 1940's, a lot of research was done to minimise the amount of steps taken in the kitchen. Changing the layout can reduce the steps taken preparing a meal form around 475 to 80 steps. The best shape was an 'L' shape and the distance between the refrigerator, the sink and stove is ideally the same distance in an equilateral triangle. "Locking in" the kitchen with a small space to enter, or, a walk through galley kitchen will cause problems with circulation and comfort.

A building designer can give you an idea of what an average kitchen for the size of the home. You never know when you may resell the home, so try to accept a design that will be as universal as possible.

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Kitchen Planning GuideKitchen Planning Guide

 

ANTIDOTE:

If you want to have greater control over your kitchen design, give your Building Designer a rough idea of the shape and size of your kitchen and then consult a kitchen designer (usually through the company that will build your kitchen).

 

 

9. Inappropriately  Placed Rooms

                     ""It'll be handy to have a toilet of the dining room"

                    "I don't mind seeing the laundry from the lounge"

 

 Line of sight is vitally important when designing a home. [More Soon]

 

Great! I can See Where Your Toilet is!Great! I can See Where Your Toilet is!

 

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10. Not Matching House and Budget

                     ""If I can Design it on Minecraft,Surely We Can Build it"

                    "We'll worry about money when we get into the Build"

 

 Line of sight is vitally important when designing a home. [More Soon]

 

Not Matching Your  House and Your BudgetNot Matching Your House and Your Budget

 

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