Beginner Mistakes when Building a Custom Home

If you want to make sure that you make the most out of your custom home build, then you must set yourself up for success. Doing so ensures that you avoid some of the biggest mistakes while also taking note of any helpful hints and tips you could use to your advantage.  A reputable custom home builder will help you navigate the design process to ensure all aspects of your current, and future lifestyle are considered.

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Short-Term Thinking for Long-Term Living Solutions

If you choose to build a custom home and then live there until you retire, then you should design it with your reduced mobility in mind. Thinking ahead regarding the design and construction phase will save you a great deal of stress down the road. Some of the main design issues you need to consider include having an elevated front porch or a master bedroom on the second floor. Your home builder should help you find workarounds for design items like this.

Poor Planning with Air Conditioning, Ventilation, and Heating

Edmonton is known for its bitterly cold winters and hot summer months. You must consider heating, ventilation, and air conditioning when designing your home. If you do not properly plan out items like this, then you may find that you end up experiencing moisture issues and mould. Giving attention to the size of the furnace and air conditioning units is also very important. Models that are too small will not cool or warm your home efficiently, and models that are too big will use too much energy.

Improper Space Planning

Unless you intend to build a substantial home, you must plan as much as possible with the space you have. Design is everything here, and ample storage is necessary. Pay attention to storage where possible, too. Do you feel as though your master bedroom needs an oversized walk-in when you could be adding this square footage to your master bathroom?

Lacking Natural Light

Natural light is essential when you decide to build your home. Natural light should be your primary source of light where possible. Windows should be present in every room, and light fixtures should be plentiful. Ensuring that there is as much natural light as possible helps limit your energy consumption while making every room in your home feel bigger.

Choosing the Wrong Builder

Another mistake many people must correct when building homes is choosing the wrong builder. They go for the cheapest option rather than the best, and this is the last thing you need. If you want to do something about this, hiring someone with experience in the local area is essential. By choosing a reputable home builder, you can ensure they have a solid understanding of the local area and the weather conditions your home will face. You can also count on them to advise you according to the various house prices in the area, so you know what improvements will add value or detract.


Many things need to be considered when designing a dream home. If you want to avoid them all, then one thing you can do is hire a reputable home builder like Timber Haus!

When working with the Timber Haus team, you can feel confident knowing that we will give you all the support you need and that we will also help you with any questions you may have.

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