Frequent changes in home design can be one of the most frustrating experiences for a home designer and construction company. At Murphy Construction, we take time to discover what your building preferences are in order to get the design right. Below are a few ways to limit the need for excessive design changes.
Set a Realistic Budget
If you do not set aside enough budget for the home design and construction, items and p0lans will have to be changed to try and meet the smaller amount of money available. It can be incredibly frustrating to the builder to stop what they are doing in order to wait for revised plans.
Explore the Availability and Price of Materials
You may have your heart set on a particular type of material, but low availability can drive the price up and end up costing a fortune. Make sure you check that your desired materials are readily available at a reasonable price. You may have to switch material choices to fit your budget.
Account for Needed Storage
One of the biggest complaints of homeowners and renters is a lack of adequate storage. It is easier to develop a reasonable plan for needed storage at the design stage. Having to change the plans later will cost time and money. Having to add storage down the road can also prove inconvenient and costly.
Properly Balance Sleeping and Living Areas
You may want a huge master bedroom, but you need to keep in mind that every square foot you add over standard size for a bedroom will take away from your usable living space. Make sure you keep all areas of the home in mind during the design process.
Try Not to Change Horses Mid-Stream
If you tend to be an indecisive person, lean on the expertise of a home designer and stick with the plan. Make sure you can live with the decisions before construction begins. Avoid the urge to nitpick and want to change the plans after the build begins.