When Gambrick Construction builds your new home, you will be an active participant in all aspects of the home building process. This ensures you end up with “YOUR” dream home. Blueprints and house plans for your new home spell out every detail of how it should be built. Study the floor plan with us and think about how you will use each room in the house and what modifications you might want to make. This will save you time and money so you won’t have to change things during the construction process. If you keep some of the following things in mind while planning the construction of your new home you’ll have a better idea of what to expect once construction begins.
These are some things to consider when deciding about your options and starting a new home construction project.
- Know your numbers
- Before you start building your new home, Gambrick Construction can help you run some numbers to determine whether you can afford to build the home you want. The numbers include the costs of construction, tax benefits, funds for the down payment and slush account, and other related calculations.
Once you’ve determined you can afford to build the house you want — head to the bank to arrange for financing. Keep in mind that home construction lending is a little different than regular mortgage financing. First you’ll need a home construction line of credit that will be used to pay subcontractors and suppliers who perform work and provide supplies. Once your house is constructed, you will need a residential mortgage to pay off the construction line.
- Build with resale in mind
- No matter how much you love the house that you are building, it’s unlikely that it will be the last home you will ever own. Knowing that, you should be mindful of its potential resale value. Don’t add so many upgrades that you overprice your home for the neighborhood. And don’t choose anything too out of the ordinary. Ask yourself if the features you’re considering installing are likely going to appeal to others.
- Switches & Electrical Outlets
- Take note of where the electrical outlets and light switches in the home will be located. Building a home allows you to do it right the first time.
- Convenient Laundry Setup
- Do you want your laundry room on the main floor or upstairs with the bedrooms? Will your laundry room double as a mudroom? Do you want built-in shelving or cupboards?
- Hallway width
- Wide hallways make a home feel welcoming and just a few inches can make a big difference! When building, consider how wide you want your hallways, but be aware that any square footage you add to your hallway will decrease your square footage elsewhere. An average hallway width is from two and a half to a little over three feet wide.
- Outside Outlets and Faucets
- Think about what outlets and faucets you’d like to have outside. Do you need an outside outlet or a light switch for your Christmas lights? Do you want an additional hose bib in your side yard? Or maybe a natural gas hook up on the back patio for your grill? Discuss options with us and make sure the outside of your home is set up to work well with your lifestyle.
- Ceiling Height
- Ceiling height does as much for the open feel of a home as the square footage does. Lofty ceilings offer a spacious feel as well as an opportunity for more windows and light!
- Plenty of Storage
- Check the number and size of the closets in your house plans. Also, consider if you would like to include built-in bookcases and storage. Not only are built-ins functional, but they make a home look and feel more custom. Consider the square footage of walk-in closets and cupboard space in the kitchen and laundry room, now is the time to make changes if you need to.
- Prioritize What You Want
- Make a list of your priorities. Are wide hallways a must have? Are you in love with cherry kitchen cabinets? Is the decorative tile on the floor of your walk in shower a must have? What type of flooring have you always wanted? Do you desperately need a few glass kitchen cupboards? Separate your list into three columns. Column 1: Must-Have; Column 2: Really Want; Column 3: Would be Nice. This way you have in mind what you will and will not compromise on. Gambrick will work with you to fit in as many of your must-have options into your budget as possible!