The process of building a home is exciting. We dream up all the features we want to include, right down to the last detail. During the planning, though, we often find that the last detail becomes a lot more work than we are able to stomach at the time, and we realize we have to prioritize things in order to keep the project manageable.

Making choices about what to do now and what to save for later is difficult! It can be overwhelming to decide how to proceed, and the gridlock that ensues can turn a very enjoyable process into a headache.

What you need is a tool for helping you make those difficult decisions, a technique for figuring out what must be done first. Thinking of the project in a few broad areas will simplify this effort.

Safety & Security

This is the most important feature of any home. We all want to feel like our belongings, our property, and our families are safe in our dream home, so we must take these factors into consideration.

Security goes far beyond door locks and alarm systems. While these items are essential, they are not enough to fully deter safety issues. Fences are one way to enhance security by reducing the visibility of property. Carnahan-White Fence Company offers beautiful products that can increase security without detracting from the home’s beauty. Fencing will also accommodate the loyal family dog–or a canine partner for security.

You’ll also want to incorporate fire safety features like smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, and maybe even a residential sprinkler system. All of these features are much more difficult and expensive to add later on, so do them in the initial build.

Accommodations For Future Upgrades

Many homes are later expanded or extensively renovated, and sometimes the most expensive part of those processes is adding things that could have been included easily in the initial construction.

Bathrooms are a perfect example. If you decide ten years down the road to add a basement bathroom, many hours of expensive jackhammer work will be involved–unless you had the necessary drain lines installed before pouring the basement floor.

Think ahead. Everyone has a dream home idea, so decide what you can do now to make those incremental upgrades easier and cheaper later on.

Site Considerations

When we get ready to build, we start with a vacant lot. It carries all the potential in the world, and it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of building and lose track of practical considerations.

Know your lot. Ask professionals if there are termites in your area, and if there are, make sure that your home’s design keeps wooden components far away from soil. Be sure that the exterior is designed in such a way to make pesticide treatments easy to apply for exterminators.

Think about water flow. Have the home’s downspouts set up to carry water a safe distance from the house to prevent leaks, rot, and settling, and be sure to take into consideration where that water will ultimately go. Don’t divert your runoff onto a road or driveway, or onto a neighbor’s property.

Building a home creates a to-do list that can seem insurmountable. Add to that the expense of doing every single thing on the outset of the project and you’ll quickly find that you may not want to do all of it right now. As you consider the various choices on your checklist, evaluate each one in terms of its need at the present time, its cost now versus later, and its ability to enhance the safety and security of your home. With this process, it will become much easier to make those tough decisions.

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