When it comes to building a new home, there are things you want as a homeowner and things you actually need. You may be the type that loves to cuddle in front of the fireplace in the winter months with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate by your side. However, you don’t need a fireplace in your home, you just really want one.
When you are building a new home, it’s important to make out a budget and purchase or build the things you need into the home before you purchase the things you want to be in the home. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the top things and elements you need to include in your new home.
It’s extremely important for your new home to have doors and windows. You already know that. However, it is important for those doors and windows to be of good quality as well. When choosing windows and doors you want only the sturdiest, that is why it’s important to be sure to choose a reputable company in your neighborhood. For example, if you live in the Pacific Northwest, you need a company that supplies windows and doors installations in Portland to ensure the materials are installed properly and they are of the best quality possible and still within your budget. You might want to check into double glazed windows for maximum noise reduction and insulation as well.
Every home has to have appliances. At the very least you should budget for at least the basics listed below. If you have money left over in your budget for appliances, the deluxe models are energy-efficient and smart as well.
Dishwashers, microwaves, and small appliances can be bought on down the line once your home is built and you are settled.
There is nothing worse than building your own home only to find that you failed to put enough cabinets or counter space in the kitchen. Make sure to add everything from a center island with plenty of cabinets and a pantry to your home. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home as you know.
Insulation probably isn’t something you want to have in your home, but when it’s 95 degrees and sweltering outside, you will be glad you have it. When building your home, make sure that you have excellent insulation in everything from the walls to the attic. There is entry-level insulation, but you want to go with the good stuff instead.
When it comes time to decide on the type of flooring you want to put in your new home, it’s time to choose between carpeting and hardwood floors. Each has their own set of pros and cons. If you have a member of your family that has severe allergies or asthma, then hardwood flooring might be the best option for you. If not, then make sure the carpeting you choose, as well as the padding that goes underneath it, is of the best quality.
These are just a few of the elements that your new home needs to have. When you have met these needs, and see what is left of your budget, then it’s time to get the things you want for your new home. After all, who doesn’t want a fireplace during the long winter months?
Design: Mike Schaap Builders – Benchmark Wood Studio.
Photos: Ashley Avila.
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