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By Highmark Builders Team |

Mistakes happen, right? Well... mistakes shouldn’t happen when it comes to your new custom home. 

As home builders, we want you to build the home of your dreams. But, if you make any of these mistakes you might experience more of a home building nightmare. Do yourself a favor and look over this list of what not to do. These mistakes can apply to home remodels too.


1. Not having a big enough budget

Not only do you need to have enough money to build the home, you need money to furnish it, and money for surprise expenses or upgrades you may want. Here are some things that can throw off your budget based on the type and quantity:

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  • Flooring

  • Windows

  • Cabinets

  • Appliances

  • Mouldings

  • Plumbing Fixtures

  • Lighting Fixtures

  • Countertops

  • Mouldings and Built-ins


2. Not enough natural light

This is your chance to place windows in optimal places. You can add skylights. Customize the sizes of your windows. You don’t want a dark home. Natural light is a cheap way to light up your home.


3. Having too small or too large of an HVAC system

Know how big your systems are so they can fit in your utility room properly. Also make sure your systems can properly heat and cool your home.


4. Poor storage space planning

Everyone thinks big when creating their new custom homes. But is big really better? We recommend you only build the spaces you need. It is better to have smart spaces than just spaces.

  • Only build that walk in closet if you are going to use all of it.

  • Maybe you don’t need a mudroom and a separate coat closet, they could be put together.

  • A storage area will be more efficient with shelves and/or hooks than just an open room.

  • Your kitchen island can have cabinets or shelves to store less-used items.

  • Under the stairs is a great go-to storage space.


5. Placing your rooms in poor places

Make sure relaxing rooms are placed on the quiet parts of the lot. Don’t put your bedrooms by noisy areas of the home or by the road. You don’t want to hear the laundry machines or dishwasher why you are trying to sleep.

  • Laundry rooms should be in a central-ish location. No one likes hauling heavy hampers across the house.

  • Place your garage near the kitchen and/or mudroom, but away from bedrooms. If you plan to put something above the garage, use it for storage or as a fun space.

  • The kitchen should still be near an entrance. You don’t want to be walking throughout the whole house with the groceries.

  • It may be best to let a professional help you plan your rooms out. Find house plans you like, you can even buy them if you really like them. Otherwise, you can tweak existing house plans to fit your needs.


6. Not taking any advice from your contactor

Remember, they build houses for a living! They often have some solid advice or suggestions. You don’t have to take them, but you should definitely hear them out. They have seen the best decisions and the worst of the worst.


7. Making rooms without a purpose

Fit your custom home to your needs. Only build an exercise room if you plan to buy the equipment for it and use it! Don’t put a theater in your home unless you intend to binge watch netflix there. Don’t build rooms just to have them, fully utilize your home's space.


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8. Trying to save money by reducing quality

Don’t cut corners  and try to use cheap alternatives. Invest in the right materials right away. Your custom home should be built with durable materials:

  • Energy efficient windows

  • Energy efficient appliances

  • Granite, Quartz or other durable countertops

  • Real tile or hardwood floors

  • The best siding and roof materials

  • Custom cabinets with durable hinges.


9. Buying a lot in a poor location

You are investing a lot into your new custom home. But, that won’t matter if your home is in a horrible location. Take a look at the houses around the lot too. You don’t want to be the biggest home on the lot. This may be your forever home, but try to keep re-selling in mind. You may want to downsize once you become empty nesters.


10. Not coordinating your colors

Highmark Builders has interior designers for a reason. Your new home shouldn’t be a rainbow of colors. Your home builder can help you pick theme colors or palettes that you can play around with. While our interior designers can take your likes and style about have it flow nicely through your new home.


11. Making you home too unique to ever resell

I know you want to add your touch to the new home, but too many weird designs and rooms can hurt your home’s value in the long run. Dramatic ceilings may look elegant to you, but they really add little to your home’s value.


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12. Making decisions too quickly

There are a lot of big decision you have to make when planning and building your custom home. That being said, feel free to talk through them or even sleep on them. Make sure you and your partner can agree on a decision. Taking time to step back can relieve some stress.


13. Losing excitement during the process

The home building process can be long and tiresome process. There are a lot of choices you have to make. Just try to think of the end result: your ultimate dream home. The right home builder will take some of the pressure off of you too. They can help guide you through the process and make sure you have the best experience. We love to keep the excitement alive at Highmark! We love making one of a kind custom homes.


If you are thinking of building your own custom home, or you have any questions about the process, feel free to give us a call at (952) 882-8904.