It can be an exciting time to build your own home from the ground up. It gives you the option to put things into the home that would otherwise be difficult to do after it is built. Here are 3 things to consider during the home building process.
There are many different construction materials that you'll have to decide on when building a home, and now is the time to use materials that will potentially last the life of your home. Think about what kind of exterior material you want, with you selecting between brick or siding material. While brick will be the more expensive option, it will really add to the overall aesthetics of the home compared to your other options.
You should also consider what kind of materials you want on the interior walls of your home. Upgrading from drywall to plaster will cost more, but the benefits can be worth it. Plaster is a solid construction material that adds more noise dampening between rooms and better insulation. This can be a great option to put between bedrooms to help reduce noise and sleep more soundly at night.
Don't assume that you have to go with a traditional forced-air system in your new home for heating and cooling. Now is the time to make a substantial upgrade while the house is opened up during construction. In-floor radiant heat that is powered by hot water can be a very energy-efficient way to keep your home warm in the winter, but also adding a level of comfort that you won't get with a forced air-powered furnace. It's because the heat radiates from the floor and keeps you warm from your toes all the way to your head as the heat rises, and evenly distributes the heat across the surface of the floor.
You can always put carting over a floor later on, but it's tough to go back and install beautiful hardwood planks in your entire home. Use this opportunity to put something on the floors that are going to look beautiful. Even if you decide to put carpeting over some rooms of the home, like your bedroom, having the hardwood installed means that you can always rip out the carpeting and reveal those beautiful wood floors if you want to.
Reach out to your custom home builder for more ideas on what to pick when constructing your home.