The Top 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Building A Custom Home
Buying a new home can be an exciting venture, but chances are there will be some aspects that you want to change. Instead of spending time and money to fix an existing home, why not consider building a custom home in Toronto instead?
If you are considering custom building a home, Lions Den Construction has some tips that will help. We have put together a list of the top 5 mistakes you should avoid when building a home from scratch, so keep on reading to find out more.
What Exactly is a Custom Home?
The name is pretty self-explanatory, a custom home being one that is built to your specifications. Instead of a cookie-cutter design, or one that has already been lived in, a custom home will be built to specifically accommodate your needs.
Buying Your Land Without Proper Research
Purchasing the land for your home is probably the easiest part of your custom project. However, it is critical to conduct your research before considering a huge investment. Views, privacy, location, and amenities are important. However, there are fees involved with connection to municipal services and lot prep. Knowing the fees in the area is one of the most important steps before purchasing the lot. Always have a property analysis performed to ascertain the fees before settling on a final location.
Picking The Wrong Designer
Everyone has a design style in mind when they set about building a custom home. A lot of people will have their ideal design and then look for a top-rated designer. However, it is important to select a designer that has experience producing the style that you envision. A top-rated designer who specializes in modern styles will not be able to give you the best results if you are looking for a Victorian design. Make sure that when you do consider designers, you are choosing from among the top choices in your preferred style, not just top designers in Toronto.
Not Making a Budget Before Your Design
With a custom home, it is very easy to produce something out of a fairytale without paying attention to the cost. Too often homeowners will ask the contractor or designer to make something but the final result will be much different than what is expected. The main issue can be traced back to a lack of budget. Most designs take the budget and materials into account, but if you don’t start off with a budget, you will end up with something vastly different than you imagined. Alternatively, develop a realistic budget with a bit of wiggle room that will allow you to get the most out of your custom design.
Not Utilizing Eco-Friendly Building Techniques
There are a lot of ways to go about building a home, but the most effective is one that is also considered green. Contrary to widespread belief, there is very little added cost to eco-friendly building, but the savings over the long haul will add up. Using eco-HVAC, windows, and orientation for example will make your custom Toronto home more energy efficient for pennies on the dollar.
Most businesses will post glowing reviews on their own website, but that should not stop you from conducting your own research. Make a point of checking references for your builder, designer, contractor, and anyone else involved with the creation of your custom home. While you are at it, run a background check and cross-reference their qualifications to ensure you are getting the most competent professional possible to help you build your dream home.
Build The Home of Your Dreams Without Breaking The Bank
Are you seeking a reliable way to custom-build your home on a budget? If so, Lions Den Construction is here to help. We offer a range of custom home-building services at a price that you can afford. To find out more about our services or to schedule a consultation, give us a call at (416) 893-8318 now.