An image of a home, with a view from the inside of the kitchen.

When you finally get the chance to design your own home, it feels like a dream come true. But, while there are so many articles and blog posts telling you what you should do, there’s not many telling you what you should not do. As custom home builders, we at Sterling Creek Builders have seen it all. While designing your own home means that you get the ultimate control over what goes on, there are some major mistakes that are commonly made that can decrease your overall happiness when it comes to your home. 

 

Skipping Out On Storage 

It’s completely understandable that you would want to spend more time designing your kitchen versus the linen closet across from your bathroom, but don’t underestimate the power of storage space. When you’re building your home, you’re most likely taking your future into consideration, especially when it comes to families. If you’re planning on having more children or wanting to host events at your home, storage is key. Increasing the amount of storage space in your home also helps increase your home’s resale value, if you decide to resell. It can also create the illusion of a bigger home. With more storage spaces, your home won’t feel as cluttered and space will appear as an open environment. Trust us, no one has ever said that their home has too much storage space, your future self will thank you later for this one. 

 

Ignoring Secondary Bedrooms 

Master bedrooms are typically the bedroom that most people spend the most time on when it comes to design. However, that does not mean that you should neglect the other bedrooms in the house. Every bedroom should be considered as a getaway, after all its the space where you come to relax and enjoy your time in. Secondary bedrooms are also important if you’re a family with children. Creating a larger environment for your children can help prolong the use of the room and ensure that they won’t grow out of the space. Small bedrooms can create award spaces or layouts and can leave your home feeling a bit unfinished or rushed. Giving secondary bedrooms more attention will really help you balance out your home and give it a more put-together look. 

 

Designing a Floor Plan Before Seeing The Land 

We all dream of what our home would look like, but if you do not have the land plot that you’ll be living on, this dream isn’t going to come true. We’ve seen people come in with a full layout of the house that they want to be designed before they’ve bought the land. Yes, it’s great to have an idea in mind of what you want, but the land plays a key role when determining the outcome of your home. The land you decide to build your home on can turn your plan up-side-down and result in a complete redesign. Save yourself some time and money by waiting to design your home until you’ve purchased and seen the land. 

 

Forgetting to Define Needs vs Wants 

Building a home is expensive, so it’s important to have a budget and stick to that. You’re going to have to make some compromises when it comes to homebuilding. Before you start building and designing your home, we recommend making a list of everything that you want in your home. Once you’ve created that list you can then start to begin to compartmentalize what your home needs are and what your home wants are. Remember that it’s okay to settle and compromise on certain aspects if it means that you’re getting the right design and sticking to your budget.  

 

Undefining Spaces 

Once you have a layout design of your home, you probably have the main spaces listed out like the kitchen, bedrooms, living rooms, etc. You also may have rooms that are empty that you think that you’ll figure out later. If you’re moving into a home and know that you want to entertain family and friends, it’s important to take the idea of concept space. This is exactly what it sounds like, you’re coming up with a concept for every space in your home. Of course, you don’t need to design a concept for every drawer, but come up with a concept for the bigger spaces. When spaces are left undefined it can lead to a messy and unorganized area that can just turn into a distraction.

Ignoring Your Designer 

It’s important to know what you want, but it is also important to listen to the people that are on this journey with you, aka your designers and builders. Of course, you have the final say and it is your home but just because you want it, doesn’t mean that it’s the best option. Listen to your builders and designers if they express a concern or if they have any suggestions. Take time to make an informed decision. When you work with us, we’re here to help guide you and give you the best home possible. Our years of experience have helped us create beautiful homes around the central Texas area. Click here to view our gallery to see some of our past projects and successes. 

 

At Sterling Creek Builders, we are confident that our experience, professionalism, and dedication to our craft allow us to be the best possible choice for your Texas home. Our results speak for themselves, so you can trust us from offering detailed estimates and timelines to building you the home of your dreams. Call us today and get started!