Building a New Home? Here are Some Important things to Consider!

If you are considering building a new home, this list will help you get your search off to a good start. You’ll want to consider numerous factors before building a new home, from the size of the house to its amenities to the location and landscaping. There are other factors that you must consider before you make your move. Look below to find out more.

Custom home in Edmonton Alberta
Custom home in Edmonton


You must look for three vital things when building a new home. They are location, location, location. Remember, you can change anything you want about your home, but you cannot change your location. When you go house hunting, you must consider how close you are to work and how the home is placed on the lot. Of course, ease of access is essential, along with traffic.

A custom builder like Timber Haus understands the Edmonton neighbourhoods and will help you choose the best neighbourhood to fit your family and lifestyle.


Another thing you must look out for when buying a new property or when getting a property designed is the site. Beyond location, you must pay much attention to the property’s positioning. If the home is on a hill, take note of whether it has a view, many stairs to climb or even a walkout basement. If your home has or will have a yard, is it suited to pets? Kids? Gardening?  If you intend to use the house over the long term, consider how your accessibility will change as you age.

Your home builder will provide insight into what to consider when choosing where to build.


Please take note of the neighbourhood, and make sure that it meets your expectations. If you want to research the area, drive around on weekdays and weekends. Drive during the day and again during the evening. Are the homes a consistent size? How would your new home fit in? Are the streets clean? You want to be sure that your new home fits the feeling of the community you choose to build.

Curb Appeal

The home you buy or design should always reflect your lifestyle and design preferences. You may not want to deal with much exterior maintenance if you live a reasonably laid-back lifestyle. Intricate features that require a lot of upkeep may not be the best option for you. Consider something simple if possible. If you are opting for a home with a lot of landscaping, then now would be the time to figure out exactly how much yard maintenance you will have to do over the years.

Floor Plan

Bigger isn’t always better. If you have a sauna or a unique feature, you may never be able to use this space for anything else. While working on your ideal floor plan, you must determine the correct home size for your needs.  Remember that extra square footage may give you the room to set up a home theatre, a craft room, or even a gym, but at the same time, you will have to pay much higher energy bills for this, and it will also take way more furniture to fill your property too. Realistically, give some serious thought to this, so you do not miss out in the future.

You want to be sure that the house you build simultaneously fits your current lifestyle needs while also being the perfect home for you and your family down the road.

Bathrooms and Bedrooms

Decide how many bathrooms and bedrooms you need. Think about who will be in your home now and who may be there in the future. Things like this will factor into your bedroom and bathroom count, so be mindful of that.  Considering the size of your current family and how frequently guests might stay over will help you determine the ideal room count for your new home.


They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Work closely with your builder to determine the perfect kitchen to suit your lifestyle. Consider storage, cooking appliances, and space if you host large groups!

Find the Perfect Builder

The Timber Haus team works closely with our clients to help design and build the perfect new home that suits your family and vision.  Contact our team today to get started on your new dream home!