1.Know what you are trying to achieve with your project and make sure your Builder knows as well.

Writing down the main objectives of the project will have a major impact on your project’s result and making sure you have the correct budget to do what you need to do. Making sure the builder knows these objectives is vital. If the builder knows everything you are trying to achieve, the builder can advise you correctly on the best way to construct your project. Good communication between you and your builder is extremely important in the building process and you enjoying the building process. This simple “assignment” applies to: materials selected, the method of installation, floor plan design, lighting in the home, storage options the home owner can utilize, and many more aspects of the construction process.
“When you begin to think about what this really means to you, many different things that you had not previously considered becomes something planned for, not something to deal with later.”

2. Figure out the difference between what you want to do and the things you need to do.

This applies to how your home looks as well as how it functions

Many times home owner’s confuse or simply do not know, what is needed to be done to make their project a quality job and what they want to do. Things like space for children, storage options, and furniture requirements, as well as where to spend a little more and where not to, are good examples of this philosophy. To achieve a result that will serve you well for the life of the home/project, a good understanding of this subject is very important. An example of this is your insulation. Depending on what you are building, what you are using it for, and how you live in your home; How and what you insulate with can make a huge impact on your real satisfaction with your home or project over time. This is also an area where the installation is extremely important to how the product functions.

3. Balance your project!

Balance applies to everything about your home or project. A great example of how truly important this is, would be your cost of installation compared to the cost of ownership. Almost every single item you put in your home has options and choices. Balancing the cost of equipment and materials initially with what it will cost to own and maintain those same materials and equipment for the life of your home, is VERY important. Sometimes it is a much better idea to spend a little more initially, and pay less to own and maintain your home, sometimes it is not. Knowing the difference is important!

4. The little things

It is very important to not overlook the little things in the construction of your home. Many home owners get caught up in the “show” items on their home, however, things like where to place the bathroom vent fan and the size hose that is hooked on to the fan can have a big impact on how much you enjoy your home and how well it functions. In the case of the bathroom vent fan, the placement of it is often over looked by the builder and the home owner. Knowing the function of this item and where it should be placed will have a direct impact on how well it works at removing the steam created by your shower. Many times vent fans are put in the water closet and nowhere near the shower, where they are needed to remove steam. Steam and excessive moisture in a bathroom can cause a variety of issues. It is “little things” like this in all areas of your home that really do have a big impact on how well your home functions and how satisfied you are with what is most likely the largest single monetary investment in your life.

5. Water

Water is a huge part of a home. You need to supply it, you need to drain it, and you need to keep it out of your house, all at the same time.
-RAIN: The design of your home’s roof, what type of roofing is installed, how the gutter system is installed, and the grade of your yard, all have a huge impact on how your home will hold up over the years, not to mention the maintenance you will have to do. A home should be built in such a way that it is as easy as possible to maintain properly and deals with all of the water that Mother Nature can throw at you through the year.
-Plumbing: Other than the normal installation of water lines and drain lines, there are also other things to consider. For example: If you have a hot water line that runs 50’ through the home before it gets to the plumbing fixture, you will lose quite a bit of heat just moving the water from the hot water heater to the fixture. This means more water, more energy, and more time, to get that water at the temperature you want it when it comes out of the fixture. Simply insulating the hot water lines can make a big difference.
The noise of water draining from upstairs when someone is in the shower or flushes a toilet is something we are all familiar with. Simply using an inexpensive insulation around the drain lines can keep your home quiet and is just one more little thing that can be done to make your home a quality home and a more enjoyable place to be!

“There are many things to consider when building a home or completing a major renovation. Having a builder that you can really talk to and who really wants to make your home everything that you want it to be is a vital part of you truly being happy with your home. Communication is very important. Being realistic with your builder is also important.
Of course there are more than 5 keys to building a great home, and there is no such thing as the “perfect home” but, following these 5 ideas will certainly have a positive impact on the quality of your home and you enjoying the building process, instead of dreading it.”