You have a dream home in mind and are ready to start building it. Although you know what you want and need in your home you haven’t considered what you don’t want or don’t need. Are you sure that you have considered all aspects of the situation? Although you have thought about what you want, have you considered what might not work?

Bad planning and a small budget can lead to costly, inconvenient, and even fatal mistakes. You must consider all aspects of your home when you are planning to build a new one.

1. Your HVAC system is important.
This can cause problems with mold growth and moisture. This could lead to serious health problems. You should also pay attention to the size and shape of your units. A model that is too small won’t heat or cool your home effectively and will result in lower performance. This will be a mistake if your home gets too hot in summer and is too cold in winter. Those that are too big will use too much energy.

2. Poor space planning
Space planning and design are crucial, even if you don’t plan to build a large house. You need plenty of storage, but be careful where you put it. Is it really necessary to have a large walk-in closet in the master bedroom when you could use the space for your master bathroom or bedroom? Be mindful of where your closets are located. One should be in every bedroom, and one in the main hallway. Too many can make the living space smaller.

3. Poor overall planning
Your lifestyle and habits should be considered when designing your home. What length of time will you be living in the home? Are you able to provide safety features for young or new children? You might need to consider your future needs as you age, and when you retire. To see where you’ll be in the future and what you will require from your home, think long-term.

4. Homes that are not well lit
Outlets and light fixtures should be readily available. Windows are also important. As large as possible, windows should be in every room. You might also consider skylights.

5. Under-utilized rooms
Although the idea of adding a playroom or game room to your home sounds appealing, you should only make sure that it is actually used. A home gym that isn’t being used is just another place to store clothes. A room that isn’t being used often becomes a place to store things that don’t get used. You should consider adding a spare bedroom to your home. Make sure it can be used in a variety of situations.

6. Placement of the laundry area
This is a personal decision. I have had laundry rooms in my basement and a mudroom far from the bedrooms. Both were not ideal. The laundry room or dryer should be placed close to the bedrooms. While I like an upstairs laundry area, many people don’t.

7. Placement of the bedroom
The bedroom must be as far from traffic and noise as possible. If your family is likely to be passing through the master bedroom while you’re asleep or sleeping, it should not be located near or above the garage. The master bedroom should be kept away from the main living areas. If you have a one-level home, the master bedroom should be located at the far end of your house, away from the garage.

8. Placement of the kitchen
Two homes I lived in had kitchens that were far from the main entrance. To bring groceries in, you had to go through the house to get them into the kitchen. It was a terrible location. It should be located near the garage or back door, and near the living and dining areas.

9. Placement of the garage
It is better than the garage on the main floor, which is located near a kitchen and mudroom. My garage can often feel like Grand Central Station, with many people coming and going from the outside. I prefer that the mudroom and kitchen areas are free from chaos and dirt.

10. Let someone else tell you what you need!
It is important to know your family, your lifestyle, and your needs. While professionals can offer suggestions, they cannot give you the right advice. Only you can decide what is best for your family and you alone. What are you most concerned about in designing your home?