Is this your first time building a house? Do not panic, you are not alone. Over 1.2 million privately-owned houses were completed in the United States by the end of Jan. 2022.
While building a house can be both exciting and stressful at the same time, knowing what to consider at each stage of the building process will allow you to focus on enjoying the process of building a beautiful home.
In this article, we’ll go through all the things I consider when building a house. This will give you valuable insight into what to keep in mind when planning, designing and building a house in order to avoid costly and/or irreparable mistakes.
1. Lot orientation
Building a house in a particular direction will impact the exposure of your home to direct sunlight. Depending how far are you located from the equator, this will translate to lower heating or cooling cost, how many hours of natural light you will have on each room and how long the snow and ice will stay in your driveway.
2. Lot Slope
Pay special attention to the slope of the lot. I prefer a lot that has natural drainage and runoff from neighboring homes. Bad drainage could create issues with your new home footing and foundations, driveways and landscaping.
3. Lot Location
Consider what is currently around the lot and what will potentially be there in the future that could impact your new home view and/or the noise level.
4. Lot Shape
The lot shape will impact the style of house, and the size and shape of your yards. Keep in mind that some pie shaped lots have setback requirements which result in longer driveways.
5. Building Company or Contractor
If you aren’t building a house by yourself, make sure to research before choosing a building company/contractor. Many small companies have walked away from an unfinished house or been dissolved entirely years after, leaving you with no one to contact for warranty work.
6. Community Restrictions for building a house
Before choosing the plans for building a house, review the developer restrictions and/or local building codes because they can impact the type of house you are allowed to build in a particular area.
7. Do Not Overbuild
When building a house, make sure your new house is comparable to the value of other houses in the neighborhood and that you are not overbuilding.
8. Building Permits
Building permits are a mandatory. Performing construction work without a building permit can result in a penalty fine in the hundred of thousand of dollars in North America. The owner of a property, with the contractor’s assistance, is responsible for obtaining all required permits and licenses. It is common practice that the contractor/building company applies for and obtain any building or other permits.
9. Foundation Types
When building a house, having a Concrete slab, a Crawlspace, a Basement or a Pile (raised) foundation depends on important factors like climate, soil type and sometimes the construction standards and methods typical of a region.
Before choosing the framing method you should consider the long-term expenses associated with it. Go after one that will help your home to be more energy efficient, durable and pest-resistant.
Triple pane windows are very efficient and will have a positive impact on your heating and cooling bill. They are also the best window option to reduce outside noise. They are definitely worth the additional cost.
12. Exterior Doors
Consider Steel or Fiberglass exterior doors; they are both low maintenance. Steel is the best for security and more budget friendly than wood and fiberglass. If you are going after style, fiberglass is a great option and also number one for energy efficiency.
Take into consideration local climate when choosing your roof elevation and material to avoid damage and increase its durability.
In cold climates, spray foam insulation is ideal for your home attic and Roxul for your walls. While spray foam is the most energy efficient it could be challenging in walls. It will seal your plumbing and electrical inside the walls making repairs difficult. In a hot climate, focus on insulating your attic. There are more cons than pros from insulating the exterior walls and crawl- spaces.
Focus on durability, low maintenance, cost effectiveness and design when choosing the siding for your new home. Always keep your local climate in perspective. For example, Fiber cement siding is great in hot climates. Vinyl siding is often used when building a house in cold climates but I wouldn’t recommend them in areas prone to severe hail storms.
16. HVAC System Size
When building a house, make sure to buy the right size HVAC system or you will shorten its life, compromise the level of comfort and reduce the air quality compared to a correctly sized system.
17. HVAC System Efficiency
Go for an energy efficient HVAC system. It will be more cost effective in the long run.
18. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
A humidifier and high-efficiency air filtration system (Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) components) will considerably improve the air quality inside your home. In humid climates a dehumidifier will help eliminate unpleasant odors and make the room smell fresh.
19. HVAC System Warranty
Buy a HVAC system with good warranty, preferably transferable if there is a probability that you will sell your house in the near future.
20. Pluming Needs
When building a house, think about your indoor and outdoor plumbing needs to ensure the functionality of the plumbing system and sewer, as well as having enough outdoor faucets.
21. Centralize Plumbing System
Build a Centralize Plumbing System by installing the appliances in one place to ease future maintenance and repairs (Water Softener, Water Heater, Furnace,Sewer Connection, Sewage Ejector Pit and Sump Pump if need it)
22. Water Softener
If your water is hard, a water softener can prevent the adverse effect of hard water on pipes, dishwashers and laundry machines . Soft water reduces the loss of natural oils in your skin and hair. It won’t create unpleasant build up in your shower walls, sinks and faucets.
23. Main Water Shut-Off Valve
Make sure to create easy access to your main water shut-off valve in case of emergencies.
24. Wet Wall
Save money by having a shared wet wall (where the vent stacks, the sewer and water supply lines are). It will reduce installation materials and labor as well as easier maintenance and repair of your plumbing.
When planning, functional lighting is a must to take into account the use of each room. Combine general lighting, ambient lighting, and task lighting based on what you want the lighting to do and how much light do you need and want in each room.
26. Electrical Outlet Locations
Taking your time planning the position of your electrical outlets, when building a house, will avoid the need for using extension cords and/or power bars in the future. Do not forget the garage and the outside of your home.
27. Floor Electrical Outlet
Home offices can benefit from floor electrical outlets. It is a practical and stylish way to hide the electrical wiring.
28. Child Safe Electrical Outlets
Always use child safe electrical outlets when building a house. Even if you have no children in your house or friends with children who visit you, it is an attractive feature for selling in the future.
29. Light Switch Locations
Make sure the light switches are located at a comfortable height from the floor (standard 48 in to 52 in).
30. Generator Transfer Switch
Many people forget to pre-wiring a generator transfer switch when building a house. It is inexpensive to do and can come very handy in the future.
31. Electrical 220V Outlet
Adding a 220V outlet in the garage can be very handy in the future to use certain power tools or electric cars.
32. Holiday Electrical Outlet
Consider wiring electrical outlets under the eaves to connect the holiday lights. It will eliminate the need of long and messy extension cords.
33. Holiday Lights Switch
Install a switch inside the house that controls the outdoor roof outlets for holiday lights. Having this switch inside will allow you to turn on/off the lights without leaving the comfort of your home.
34. Extra Indoor Electrical Outlets
If you enjoy having lots of Christmas decorations inside your house, think about putting indoor electrical outlets for holiday lights over cabinets and close to the stairway.
35. Green Drywall
When building a house, use Green drywall for rooms where moisture can be an issue, especially in the bathroom. To maximize the mold resistance also use mold resistant drywall mud, also known as joint compound.
36. Cement Board
Use Cement board, also known as Wonderboard, Durock, or Hardibacker, in tubs walls, shower walls and floors. It is waterproof and will not rot or mold.
37. Ceiling Drywall
Use standard 5/8-Inch-Thick Drywall for your ceilings to avoid sagging between the joists.
38. Ceiling Height
Make your ceiling height match your personal preference when building a house. Houses with 8-9 feet ceilings feel more cozy and homey while 10 to 12 feet ceilings make the space bigger. Keep in mind that higher ceilings will add some cost and will make maintenance and repairs more difficult.
39. Color “Value” Of Wall Paint
Value refers to the lightness or darkness of a color. When deciding the paint for your walls, keep in mind that light colors can make a space feel bigger while warm colors darker colors give the impression of smaller space.
40. Save Money On Painting
Using the same wall color throughout your house will save you money. Contemplate choosing a neutral color that matches your main furniture.
41. Harmful VOCs in Flooring
Avoid flooring that can release harmful VOCs when building a house. Floorings made with formaldehyde glues or hormone disrupting vinyl.
42. Harmful Vapor And Gasses In Flooring
If you are concerned about harmful vapor or gasses coming from your flooring you should avoid synthetic carpets, vinyl and laminate flooring. Use FSC-certified solid wood, natural linoleum or tiles made in the U.S.
43. Window Sill
Weather proof Medium Density Fiberboard moldings are a very good choice for your window sills. It won’t be affected by temperature changes, and it can deal very well with moisture.
44. Window Trims
When building a house, make sure your window trims match the style of the baseboards in your house and vice-versa.
Baseboard should be tall enough but without being overpowering. As a rule of thumb, for a room that is 8 feet tall use 5-1/4 inches tall baseboards, and keep increasing the baseboard size for taller rooms.
46. Kitchen Cabinets Height
Building a house give you the chance to customize the design of your kitchen. Consider extending your kitchen cabinets to the ceiling to give your kitchen a luxury look and to create more storage space for seasonal and not too often used items. It’ll also eliminate the need for cleaning over your upper kitchen cabinets.
47. Soft-Close Hinges
Use soft-close hinges on your cabinets. They are quiet and will extend the life of your kitchen cabinets by lessen the stress on the hinges over the year.
48. Pull-Out Trash Unit
Pull-out trash unit inside the cabinetry is a must have in a kitchen for me. The double units are very handy, one bin for regular trash and one for recycling.
49. Inside Corner Cabinet
Try to avoid inside corner cabinets, they can be very difficult to use and uncomfortable. If you do, consider these three corner storage ideas: Corner drawers, Blind corner cabinet and Lazy Susan cabinet.
50. Spice Pull-Out
For people who accumulate spices consider adding a Spice Pull-Out adjacent to your cooking surface. A design with tiered shelves will allow you to organize all your spices in a way you can view all the ones you have.
51. Under Cabinet Lighting
Consider adding under cabinet lights. They improve the brightness of your kitchen and are aesthetically pleasing. Make sure the light fixture is not visible when installed.
52. Kitchen Pantry
A pantry is a must have in your kitchen. It adds storage space, a place to organize your food and have it easily accessible in one place. Design it with custom shelves and add at least one plug in to facilitate the use of countertop appliances inside your pantry.
53. Pantry Light
Have your pantry light on a motion sensor. You will be surprised how many times you might go in and out, sometimes with full hands and this simple feature will make things easier.
54. Kitchen Countertop
Countertops are a focal point in your kitchen and it will add to the overall value of your home. When choosing your countertop keep in mind how it matches your home style, the backsplash and cabinets colour. Having an island in your kitchen will maximized the use of countertops and it’s one of the best kitchen layout ideas that are trending this year.
55. Fuel Options For Cooking
Install gas and electrical options where your cooktop/ranges will go. This will give you flexibility to choose from a large variety of them. It will also be more appealing to future buyers.
Cooktops will give you the advantage of using the storage space below them but you will have to find another space in your kitchen for your built- in oven, taking more space in the kitchen overall. They are usually more expensive too.
Ranges are a single appliance installation that will sit right below your hood fan, making the elimination of food odors easier when cooking. Keep in mind that it will require bending over to use the oven.
58. Range Hoods
Range hoods could be a focus point in your kitchen so take your time to analyze style and functionality. Glass hood fans are a good option for small kitchens and islands.
59. Exterior Venting Hood Fans
Exterior venting hood fans are more efficient at removing moisture and smells from your kitchen. It will also give you more styles options to choose from.
60. Hood Fan CFMs
Choose a hood fan with adequate CFMs for your cooktop. This becomes critical when using a gas stove because of the fumes that produce when burning the gas.
61. Hood Fan Sone Level
Sone level is one of the most important factors to consider when looking for a hood fan. It is a unit of loudness.
Refrigerators could be built-in or slide-in units. Choosing one will mainly come down to your budget. Built- in units are more stylish and can even be hidden using paneling but they are more expensive and repair/replace are more complicated in the future. Slides in units can be more budget friendly and very easy to repair/replace.
63. Refrigerators Door Style
To maximize the use of space in your kitchen consider buying a french door refrigerator. The doors are shallow and will require less space when open.
64. Fridge Water Supply Line
Consider using a braided hose for your fridge water supply line. The stainless steel braid around the hose will prevent leaks by protecting the hose from being crimp or cut by sharp objects.
65. Dishwasher Location
Position your dishwashers next to your kitchen sink, modern homes have them to the left of your sink. Keep in mind the trajectory of your dirty dishes when loading them into the dishwasher.
66. Dishwasher Supply And Drain Line
Consider using high quality supply and drain lines going to and from your dishwasher as these are prone to leaks overtime.
67. Under-Mount Style Sinks
Under-mount style sinks are the trend these days. They have a more seamless look and are easier to clean. I recommend buying a good quality sink because to replace an under-mount sink the entire countertop might have to be lifted.
68. Kitchen Island Electrical Outlets
Consider adding electrical outlets to each end of your kitchen island. It will improve the functionality of your island and increase the countertop space available for electrical tools use.
Do not forget about your microwave. Make sure you create a space for it in your kitchen design. Built- in looks seamless but could be more difficult and expensive to repair/replace. Putting your microwave inside the pantry or building a shelf/slot in the cabinetry are more budget friendly options.
Consider using the same color tiles for walls and floor to make the bathroom feel more spacious, including your master bathroom shower.
71. Bathroom Door
Do not overlook the bathroom door clearing. Install a pocket door to maximize the space. Plan for it in advance, the door will go inside a wall that can not contain wiring or plumbing.
72. Epoxy Grout
Consider using Epoxy grout for the tile work in your bathroom. It is ideal for wet areas, does not crack or discolor. It is stain-proof and does not need to be sealed. It could be difficult to apply so find experienced tile installers (tile setters).
73. One Piece Shower Units
One piece shower units have no seams at all. Fewer seams mean easier cleaning and less likelihood of leaking. Prefabricated showers are easier to keep clean than ceramic tile showers, with their multitude of grout lines.
74. Adding Natural Light
Incorporate a window into the design of your master bathroom. It will bring natural light in making the space feel more open. If a window is not an option for your bathroom, contemplate a glass sliding door. It will bring light from the adjoining room.
75. Positioning The Bathtub Water Taps
When choosing the position of the bathtub water taps, think about practicalities first and if it will interfere with someone getting in and out of the tub.
76. Double Sinks
Contemplate adding two sinks to your master bathroom design. It is very desirable by homebuyers and it will add to the overall value of your home.
77. Bathroom Under-mount Sinks
Consider using a large square under-mount sinks for your bathroom vanities. They will reduce the mess of water and soap considerably. Your countertops will require less cleaning. Although, if you go for wood countertop, an over-mount sink will be a better investment because it will increase the longevity of the wood around the sink.
78. Backing For Towel Bar And Other Wall Accessories
Plan for towel bar and other wall accessories in advance. Adding backing to the frame before drywalling will save you time when installing the bathroom accessories and it will make them more sturdy. Consider adding double towel bars, they can easily accommodate more than one towel at a time.
79. Bathroom Lighting
Place lights strategically and use the warmest light possible. It’s close to natural daylight. In large bathrooms the room’s overhead fixtures do not provide enough light in the shower. If so, add a recessed can light, also known as pot light, with a watertight seal to your shower selling.
80. Bathroom Exhaust Fan
Consider buying a good quality bathroom exhaust fan for your bathroom. They are a very important part of your house’s ventilation system. Look for a fan with adequate CFMs for the size of your bathroom and a low Sone level (unit of loudness). They are crucial for removing odors, moisture and humidity that can lead to mildew and mold growth.
81. Water Closet
If you are going after a luxurious master bathroom design, think about adding a water closet. It is great for privacy and ensures that other activities in your bathroom are not disrupted when someone else needs to use the toilet. I recommend adding an exhaust fan in it to remove odors more efficiently.
82. Shower Glass
Think about buying a good quality glass for your shower. There are glasses that have special coatings to reduce soap build-up, making them easier to clean. Go with a clear glass too, it will make your bathroom feel bigger.
83. Large Windows
Take advantage of natural light as much as possible when building a house. Adding large windows to your bedroom not only enhance aesthetics. It will also bring in natural daylight which elevate energy and boost moods.
84. Electrical Outlets Close To The Bed
Add enough electrical outlets in your bedroom in a way that no matter which wall you decide to back your bed to, you will always end with plug-ins on both sides of your bed.
85. Two-Way Light Switches
Two-way light switches are very useful and will add comfort to your bedroom. Locate one at the entrance of the room and one next to your bed.
86. Ceiling Fans
Rough in for a ceiling fan in the center of the room. Many people like to have fans in their bedroom and it can be costly and messy to do it after.
87. Blackout Curtains And Blinds
Install blackout curtains with thermal lining or blackout blinds on your bedroom windows.If it is very important for people who are bothered by daylight while trying to sleep.
88. Dimmer Lights
Dimmer lights are a must in your master bedroom to control the brightness of the room. I recommend putting the side lamps on a dimer as well.
89. Master Bedroom Floors
Flooring in your master bedroom is very important. It has a physical and psychological effect on you, so make your decision personal. My choice is hardwood flooring which is a beautiful and healthy option. Then add a big area rug under your bed, big enough to cover about 2 ft on each side of the bed for comfort and noise reduction.
90. Walk-In Closets
A walk-in closet is a great addition to your master bedroom. It is very handy to locate it close to your on-suite bathroom. If you have the space think big, they are great way to storage all your off season clothes as well.
In the last few years a new trend has emerged in modern family homes. They turn part of their walk-in closet into a temporarily nursery, for the first six months of their babies. It is a fantastic idea to keep you baby close at night during the time that the risks of SIDS is high. Consider looking into the best mini cribs and best mini mattresses before purchasing them, to ensure buying the right one for your baby and the space available in your house.
91. Double And Single Hung Rods
Keep in mind your height when designing your walk-in closet. It is important to have enough space for the double and single hung rods to accommodate the length of your clothes.
92. Sliding Door For Walk-In Closet
Add a sliding door to your walk-in closet, might not be used often but you will regret not having it for when you need it.
93. Laundry Room Location
When building a house, the location of your laundry room is very important. I recommend you position your laundry room on the same floor level that you have your bedrooms. It will save you time and it will make your laundry experience less tiring by considerably reducing the distance you have to move clothes and laundry hampers around.
94. Laundry Room Sink
A sink in your laundry room is a must have. It can be used to wash delicate garments, pre-soak or remove stains from clothes, and other things you rather don’t do in your bathroom or kitchen sinks.
95. Drying Rack
A drying rack/bar is another must have in your laundry room. Think about all the clothes you own that can not go through the dryer machine.
96. Laundry Basket
Think about designating a spot for your laundry baskets. Consider how often you do laundry so you can guess the size of the laundry baskets you will need.
97. Waterproof Floors
Make sure your laundry room floor is waterproof. It is a room in your house that will be exposed to water and other liquids. Tiles are a good flooring option.
98. Floor Drain
Consider adding a floor drain to your laundry room as emergency drainage. Locate the drain close to your laundry machine and sink. Those are the two possible sources of a water leak. Plan in advance because your drain will require a primer line.
99. Laundry Room Window
If possible, consider adding a small window to your laundry room when building a house. It will let the natural light in and the room will feel more open. I like to install a window that can be opened, it gives me the option of letting the fresh air in when I am drying clothes in my drying rack/bar.
100. Laundry Room Cabinets
Create storage space for cleaning and laundry supplies. Think about having cabinets put in for a more clean and organized look. It also gives you the chance of locking away dangerous chemicals if you have kids in the house. Shelving instead will be a more budget friendly option.
101. Laundry Room Countertop
Consider adding some counter space if you have room for it. Do not add it on top of your front load washer and dryer. That will limit the kind of machines you can buy in the future.
102. Dryer Vent
Ensure that the dryer vent hose in your laundry room is rigid metal to decrease lint build-up which is a code in many areas. Lint build-up reduces airflow in the dryer ventilation system and can catch fire.
103. Mudroom Design
When building a house, consider adding a good size mudroom to your new house. It will keep your outdoor shoes, jackets/coats, backpacks, purses, and accessories organized in one area, and your house free of mud, dirt, water and snow. Think about the size of your family to determine how much room you will need. If selling the home in the future is a high possibility, making the mudroom for a family of four is a good idea.
104. Laundry Room In The Mudroom
If you decide to go with a bungalow when building a house, think about keeping your laundry machines in your mudroom. It will add functionality to it.
105. Built-In Bench With Storage
Consider adding a built-in bench with storage so you can sit to change your shoes. Having extra storage spaces in different areas in your house will keep things organized and easy to find/reach.
106. Wall Hooks
Hooks are a must have in your mudroom so leave an area in your house design for them. Do not forget to install wall backing for your hooks during the house framing stage. Plan to add a minimum of 4 strong hooks keeping in mind that your family can get bigger or future buyers might have a big family.
107. Mudroom Closet
Add a good size closet to store the outdoor shoes, jackets/coats, backpacks, purses, umbrellas, and accessories.
108. Mudroom Floors
Tile is a good choice floor for your mudroom. You want to have a tough and waterproof floor that can stand the high traffic and the mud, dirt and water that will come from your footwear.
109. Garage Size
When building a house, take your time to choose the garage size. A standard two car garage is 20’x20′ but that’s based on small vehicles, not for SUVs, pickup trucks or cars this size. Also think about the extra space to get in and out of your car comfortably. A minimum size of 24’x26′ or larger is a good garage size, to decrease the chances of your vehicle being damaged while entering your tight garage or when opening the doors of the other parked vehicle inside your garage.
110. Orientation Of The Garage
Think about the orientation of the garage with respect to the street. It is recommended to angle the garage away from the street to reduce the impact its entrance has on the street view of the house but you won’t be able to drive straight into your garage. Make sure you have enough room in your driveway to comfortably enter your garage.
111. Car Lift
Plan ahead if you are thinking about possibly adding a car lift to your garage in the future. You will need a minimum of 12 feet of ceiling height to comfortably install and work with your auto lift.
112. Garage Lighting
Lighting is very important in your garage, mainly in cold climate areas where you keep the garage door closed while inside the garage, due to the freezing temperatures outside.
113. Sensor Lights In The Garage
Sensor lights inside your garage are a must have. It is incredibly helpful and safe.
114. Floor Drain
Consider adding a drain in the garage floor to get rid of excess water from vehicles after rain and snow. It is also very handy for cleaning your garage door with water.
115. Heated Garage
Building a house in cold climate areas makes heating your garage a very attractive option. Consider in-floor heating or a gas heater which is a more budget friendly option. If you decide to go for the last one, make sure you put a natural gas line in your garage.
116. Electrical Outlets In The Garage
Add electrical outlets around your garage, minimum two per vehicle stall, one in front one in the back side.
117. Garage Windows
Keep in mind that windows can add natural light to your garage but they could also be a weak point when it comes to the security of your garage.
118. Attached Garage
Building a house with an attached garage adds comfort to your life. They will protect you from rain, snow, extreme heat and cold. Having a fire door as the door that goes from the garage to the house is a must and a safety code in many countries.
119. Dog Wash Station
If you have dogs and you’d like to bath them by yourself, think about adding a dog wash station in your garage. They are very handy and popular these days.
120. Garage Doors
Take your time choosing your garage doors. Think about the material, its durability and maintenance. Look for doors with high R-value (insulating effectiveness) mainly in cold climate areas. Focus on how strong the garage door’s springs are, how quiet is the door when opening and closing, and buy a good quality door opener.
121. Garage Door Switch
Make sure to wire the garage door opener to a wall switch. This will allow you to cut the power to the opener when you go out of town or at night time, making it unresponsive to commands from a remote or anything else.
122. Garage Water Taps
Having a hot and cold water tap in your garage can be very handy.
123. Irrigation System
Irrigation system will save you a lot of time and it will keep your lawn healthy even when you are away from home. I recommend hiring a professional to install the system. The size of your yard will dictate the amount of sprinkler heads and zones needed to efficiently water your yard. Consider adding rain sensors to the system to prevent over watering your loan and to save money by eliminating unnecessary water consumption.
124. Deck Design
When building a house, design your deck based on your family needs and what fits the design of your house. Consider partially covering your deck taking into account the sun the exposure in order to have spaces that are comfortable and usable regardless time of day or weather (rain, snow).
125. Deck Privacy Wall
Consider building a privacy wall in your deck if you have a house next door that is uncomfortably close to yours. The height of a privacy wall usually is from 4 ft to 10 ft from the surface of the deck. The wall could also be used to block wind on your deck.
126. Outside Natural Gas Line
Think about Installing a natural gas line to your deck for your BBQ. You will never run out of fuel while barbecuing and have the option of a Gas powered patio heater. It can also come very handy if you want to have an offset smoker in the future. Some of the best offset smokers in the market are powered by gas.
127. Outside Water Taps
Adding two or more outside water taps, depending on the size of your home, will eliminate the hazard of dragging a long hose around your yard when you need water on the opposite side of your yard.
128. Exterior Steel Doors
Consider installing steel doors with no glass insert or mail slot that someone can use to reach through it to unlock the door. Add security to your home by installing one of the best fingerprint door lock in the market today. They are design to be tamper-resistant, making it difficult for anyone to force their way through the door.
129. Pre-Wiring For A Security System
Considering wiring in for a security system before drywalling to avoid messy cables or having to cut into your walls for installations in the future.
130. Motion-Activated Lights
Outdoor motion-activated lights will add security to the outside of your house including when you are away from home. Many of these now include built in cameras as well.
131. Broom Closet
Don’t forget to build a broom closet close to your kitchen. It is a space to store brooms, mops, dustpans, hand-brooms, vacuum cleaner, cleaning supplies, cleaning rags, extra toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels, etc.
132. Indoor And Outdoor Speakers
Considering wiring in indoor and outdoor speakers when building a house. It will facilitate the installation of speakers system in the future. Usually this is done in the family room (TV Room), the master bedroom and the Deck. It is a must if you are planning to have a theater room in your home. Although, some of the best ultra short throw projectors in the market today feature built-in speakers, giving you the option to use them without an external sound system.
133. In-Floor Heating
In-floor heating is a highly efficient way to heat a house. In cold climates installing in-floor heating in your basement and garage will reduce the energy costs.
Think about installing a fireplace or wood stove. They can be a great backup heating solution. This considerably cheaper to do and less messy when building a house that after.
135. Half Bathrooms
Half bathrooms are a must have on the main floor of a house. It will increase the value of your home by 10% and add convenience for families in houses with more than one story and when having guests over.
136. Driveway Material
Choose a material for your driveway that is durable, provides traction and has a non-slip finish when wet. Some developer has restriction regarding the finishing of your driveway when building a house in particular areas.
137. Coat closet In Entryway
Consider building a coat closet in your entryway for visitor’s coats and shoes etc. It will keep your entry way organized when you have your family and friends over.
Building a house might feel a bit overwhelming but creating a checklist will almost eliminate the chances of missing or forgetting something important.
I hope you feel ready now to take on this exciting project. Building a house doesn’t have to be stressful, knowing what to do and expecting every step of the way will make the process enjoyable.
My last advice to you: “Always think about the resale value when building a house”. Life can be unpredictable!