5 mistakes to avoid when building your dream home

Guest Post by Hubert Dwight

gjgardner display-homesIf you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to build your dream home, this can be a wonderful experience.

However, it is common for inexperienced homeowners to make lapses in their judgment when they are making decisions that are affecting the build of their home.

Below are a few common mistakes that we recommend avoiding when you are building ‘your dream home’.

Don’t Choose The Wrong Builder

It sounds obvious, but if you start off with the wrong builder, then you are on a course for disappointment.

Make sure you do thorough research on the builder that you are considering going with.

Find out as much information about the licenses that they hold and review the work that they have conducted over the last 12 months.

Find out as much as you can about the builder’s credibility to avoid falling into the trap of some building horror stories.

Additionally, you need to ensure that the builder’s team will communicate strongly with you .

The builder needs to convey that you can have confidence during the building process.

If you feel insecure about making a decision with going with a particular builder, follow your gut feeling and don’t go with them.

Don’t Just Focus On The Cheapest Option

Just as important as not choosing the wrong builder is automatically choosing the cheapest option.

Look into the details provided with the price to avoid any surprise costs that may arise in the future.

When looking into the details, find out as much information about the quality of the materials and building work that will be conducted.

If the quote sounds too good to be true, it possibly may be.

Check the details thoroughly!

Plan The Use Of Space Well

The impacts from the way the space is being used can be challenging.

Even though it may appear to be good on paper or in the display home, when you move into the home you will notice the convenience (or inconvenience) of the layout of the home.

These may include the following:

Kitchen Location

A kitchen that is placed a long way from the front door or garage can cause an inconvenience when the household goes on its routine grocery run.

Rather than making a shorter convenient trip, the kitchen may be placed in an inconvenient location when carrying heavy bags from the garage to the kitchen.

Toilet Location

You don’t want an unwanted elephant in the room (if you catch the drift!) Research and plan the toilet  to offer people privacy and to avoid any unwanted ‘shared experience’ that the toilet may offer.

Locations of Bedrooms

This is crucial if you want to make sure you get a good night’s sleep every night. Think carefully about the placement of the bedrooms in relation to external noise.

West facing bedrooms are best avoided as they can easily overheat on summer evenings.

You may want an infants bedroom to be close to yours, while teenage children may be better at the opposite end of the house!

Plan Natural & Artificial Lighting For A Well Lit Home

There’s nothing more annoying, and depressing, than being inside a badly lit house.

Plan to make as much use of natural light as possible.

Consult with your builder about how you can use windows, shutters  to control the natural lighting of the home.

Furthermore; ensure that the internal light installation will to keep rooms well lit in the evenings.

Should you want to adjust the lighting to change the ambiance, consider installing dimmers for your lighting needs.


Hopefully, these tips will help you to avoid making mistakes during the building phase of your dream home and will allow you to move in worry free.