2 Tips for New Home Construction in Oklahoma
So you’ve decided on a new construction. Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step in creating your dream home. Before you break ground on your new home, you have many other important decisions to make, which can seem overwhelming at time. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of essential considerations. Make your home building experience easier by heeding these tips.
Plan for Energy Efficiency
Today’s homes are more energy efficient than ever, and adding some elements to your home will even qualify you for additional tax credits. It’s also wise to talk to your builders or contractors about wiring your home for automation and smart appliances.
A common mistake people make when building their homes is not efficiently planning their HVAC systems. Poor HVAC system planning can actually decrease your energy efficiency. For example, getting a model too small to adequately cool your home won’t regulate temperature effectively, but units that are too big will not only waste energy, but may cool your home too quickly to adequately reduce indoor humidity. In other words, carefully planning your HVAC system will help your wallet and the environment.
Plan for Your Future
One of the first decisions you’ll make when building a home is the floor plan. How many bedrooms do you need? How many bathrooms? How will the layout of the home be organized? The last thing you want to do is plan your perfect dream home only to find that you don’t have enough space. Before deciding on a number of rooms, decide whether you should plan for a new family member or rooms for hobbies.
On the other hand, you don’t want a house full of empty rooms. Under-utilized rooms contribute to your square footage, which will affect your property taxes. They also become a dumping ground for clutter. If you’re planning on having a spare room, make sure it transitions nicely from one use to the next – for example, a kid’s playroom could become a home gym.
It’s essential to talk through your long-term goals with your partner before beginning any project. This helps avoid unnecessary costs – or worse, a case of builder’s remorse.
Talk to your builder about your long-term goals and needs – he or she will help you create your dream home within your price range.