Use this new home building process checklist to plan your home. It is important to build the house in your mind before you hire a contractor to physically build it. Reinforce your ideas with pictures and diagrams. Have a clear picture of what you want down to the details.
Planning the New Home Building Process Checklist
New Home Building Process Checklist: Troubleshooting a Home Plan
If you are selecting a home plan on line, draw it off in your home planning journal. Try creating a version of it on inexpensive home design soft ware. Create it in a Sims game, to simulate what it would be like to live in the home. Play out different occasions and situations in your mind, to simulate holidays and parties, as well as day to day life to see what works in a home plan. Troubleshooting a floor plan and discovering that it is not right for your family, before you build it, is preferable to finding out when it is too late. Keep trying home plans till you find the right one. Below are basic guidelines for home design.
New Home Building Process Checklist: Troubleshooting a Home Plan Kitchen
• Two or three feet of counter space on each side of the sink
• Three feet of counter space on either side of the stove
• At least two feet of counter space on the open side of the refrigerator
• At least four feet of walkway between counters one opposite walls of the kitchen.
• Since counters are two feet wide, this means that the kitchen must be at least eight feet wide to have cabinets on two opposite walls.
• At least 18 inches of space on either side of the toilet
• At least a three foot by four foot floor space in front of the tub
New Home Building Process Checklist: Troubleshooting a Home Plan Living Space
• Avoid long hallways as wasted space.
• Great rooms offer a more flexible use of space, and better circulation for energy efficiency.
• Consider furniture dimensions when deciding on the size of your great room
• Insure room for traffic patterns in the great room.
• Consider the standard sizes of beds, dressers and desks when deciding on bedroom dimensions.
New Home Building Process Checklist: Building Materials
Selecting the building materials for your home is one of the most important decisions you will make. The two most important factors are energy efficiency and durability. This means that insulation and structural support are the key ingredients. It is vital to know your insulation types, and the types of materials which offer the best R-values. It’s also important to consider how a material holds up in adverse weather common to your area. If you live in an area prone to earthquakes, learn how to build an earthquake proof home. If your area has a lot of tornados or hurricanes, consider how to build a home which will stand up to these weather based challenges. Insulated concrete is one of the best materials for most adverse weather situations.
• Find information about green and organic materials.
• Learn about log construction, especially the differences between historic and modern log homes.
• Find out as much as possible about brick masonry and stone masonry.
• Research various applications of insulated concrete.
• Research insulation and know the differences between extruded polyurethane, fiberglass and closed cell insulation. Know the differences in their R-values and their prices.
• Consider R-values of all the materials you are considering.
• Learn about energy efficient windows and doors.
• Learn about different types of countertops.
• Learn about cabinetry.
New Home Building Process Checklist: Building Techniques
It is important to learn the processes by which your home will be built. It is also a good idea to be familiar with a few other techniques in order to form a comparison in your mind, and help to establish a difference in the timetable for each type of home. Materials tend to dictate the building technique. When considering various types of materials, be sure to research how each type of material is assembled on site.
• Study framing techniques using traditional stick building methods.
• Learn about modular homes and how they are constructed in factories.
• Learn how to build with structural insulated panels (SIPs.)
• Learn the difference between insulated concrete panels, insulated concrete forms, and insulated panels covered with shotcrete.
• Learn about various Ferro cement and other green building techniques.
New Home Building Process Checklist: Study Architecture
No matter what size your home is, it will fall into at least one definitive style. Consider the styles which will work best with the floor plan, materials and building techniques you have chosen. Think of how your combination of choices work together. Try drawing an elevation either on paper or by using architectural home planning software to see what your home will look like before you build.
• Learn about architectural styles.
• Learn about interior decorating and styles.
• Learn about what makes a home energy efficient.
• Study ways to use space efficiently.
New Home Building Process Checklist: Learn about Builders
Another crucial decision which will make or break your home building process is the builder you choose. There are a lot of wonderful builders out there, which will take your home building project very seriously. There are also a few who lack the expertise, or concern to build a truly excellent house for a price you can afford. Be sure that you research all of the local builders before choosing three to six who will offer bids on the job. When considering bids, don’t just choose the lowest price, consider quality, experience and ease of dealing with the builder.
• Research all the builders in your area, and be sure to include small local builders.
• Learn the differences between local builders.
• Visit open houses of homes already built by each builder.
• Take a poll of local realtors, loan officers, building inspectors and subcontractors to find. out which builders they recommend.
• Visit a home building construction site in your area if possible.
• Research home building horror stories on line, to find out what can go wrong.
• Research lemon houses in your area to find out which builders have lawsuits pending, or disgruntled clients.
New Home Building Process Checklist: Learn What Family Members Want
You will not be living in the home alone. It is vital to get your family involved in making decisions about the type of home you will build. This process can be very educational for children, who should be encouraged to mirror your research, and be informed about the building process as well. Your family’s opinions should be taken to heart, because it will be their home too.
• Ask your family members what they want from the new home.
• Ask them to gather photos or internet images of homes they like.
• Ask each of them which rooms are most important to them, and allow them input on their crucial rooms.
• Discuss the space needs of each child in their future bedroom.
• Consider how the needs of each child may change as they age and mature.
• Consider how your needs and your spouse’s needs may change over the years.
Your home building experience will be greatly enhanced by following the procedure above before visiting a contractor or home builder. It is important to have a good working knowledge of exactly what you are asking your home builder or contractor to do for you. For more information on the home building process, see other articles on this site, and download our 98 page free book. This new home building process checklist will help you to plan your home and seek out the appropriate builder for your home.