Top 3 Mistakes We See Clients Make When Building Their Home

Are you contemplating doing a home remodel or are starting a new build home? Find out the top 3 mistakes people make and how to avoid them.

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When it’s time to build a home, the process can be overwhelming. It’s not easy to create something that you’ll be living in for years, but with the right help and materials, it can be done! Today we’re going to talk about three of the most common mistakes we see when building your dream home.

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1. Not Having a Plan

The most common mistake we see clients make is not having a plan. Working with an architect AND interior designer can help you create a layout that fits your needs and lifestyle. A good plan starts with knowing how many people will be living in the home and how much square footage you need (or want). It also needs to include details like where specific rooms will be located and whether they’ll be on one level or divided into multiple areas. Don’t forget about storage space or garage access—these are important considerations as well!

Remember, this isn’t just about aesthetics; having a clear vision from the get-go means fewer costly mistakes down the line.

2. Not Designing Enough Space For Storage

Most of us are guilty of not having enough storage space in our homes, and this is one of the most common mistakes we see clients make when crafting their new home.

When you’re designing your home, make sure to plan for some way to store things. This can be as simple as adding built-in cabinets. You’ll also want to consider where you will put larger items like laundry baskets and trash cans—you don’t want these cluttering up your beautiful new floor plans!

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3. Ignoring Traffic Flow

The third mistake we see is when clients ignore traffic flow. As you may know, traffic flow is the movement of people through a space, usually in relation to where they’re going and why they’re there. This can be as simple as one person walking through a doorway or as complex as multiple people trying to get into an elevator at the same time.

Traffic flow issues can arise in any project—whether it’s a new home or remodel—but working with an interior designer can help alleviate these issues and design a space and layout alongside your architect to fit your unique needs.

Conclusion

Now that we’ve gone through the three most common mistakes we see clients make when building a home, let’s take a step back and think about what you can do to avoid making them. If you don’t have any experience with home design or construction, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the information out there and just give up. But don’t! Take it one step at a time.

Start by figuring out what you want from your new space (e.g., storage for all those shoes) and how much square footage is going to go into it (e.g., 2000). Then find someone who knows what they’re doing—like us here at Stone House Collective—and let us handle the rest. We can help guide your project from start to finish so that nothing falls through the cracks because of inexperience or lack of planning.

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