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If you’re thinking about building a new home, then you’ve come to the right place! At Sterling Creek Builders, we’re your number one choice when it comes to custom home builders. We’ve been in the business since 2008 and have been serving the Hill Country area since 2015. Now, it’s not our first rodeo when it comes to home building, but it’s probably yours. There is so much that goes into building and designing your first home, so we understand that it can be a bit overwhelming. In this blog post, we will be discussing some of the top helpful tips to know before you start the building process. There tend to be similar issues that arise for almost every project, and we’re here to help with that! 

 

Establish Your Vision

Your vision is one of the most important aspects when it comes to designing your home. After all, you’re designing a home because you want it to be special to you and your family. Before you go into the building process, make sure that you have somewhat of a concrete vision for your home. Of course, it’s important to be flexible, but make sure that you have some set ideas that you’re able to communicate with your builders and designers. Establishing a vision can seem like a daunting task, but remember it should be fun! Close your eyes and think about yourself living in your dream home. What do you see? How do you feel? Who’s with you? What are you doing in your home? When you envision these things, jot down a few notes in a journal so that you are able to put these visions into action. It also may be helpful to create some type of vision board with images that you’ve compiled. This way, if you’re finding it difficult to explain, you have a visual reminder! It’s also a great way to show your builders the way you want to arrange the furniture and how you want the overall aesthetic of the room to look. This can then help them help you when designing a layout for your home. 

 

Give Yourself More Time 

Everyone understands that building a home takes time, but be prepared to allow yourself more time than you think you need. There are so many things that may influence the building process that may take more time than you originally allotted for. The weather can also be something that you’re going to want to keep in mind. Luckily, in Texas, we don’t have to worry too much about cold temperatures influencing us, but we do have high humidity and heat that can cause for delays. If you’re building your home with a specific date in mind, such as hosting the family reunion or your son’s wedding, make sure that you have a backup plan. All too often many people don’t give themselves enough time and then feel frustrated when their home is not done in time. If you’re moving from a previous home and need to be out of the home by a certain date, make sure that you have backup plans for that as well. We always say the earlier the better; give yourself more time than you think you need. After all, with more time, what is the worst that can happen? You move in early? That doesn’t sound bad to us at all! 

 

Anticipate A Bigger Budget 

Just like we said to give yourself extra time, you’re going to want to give yourself a comfortable amount of wiggle room in your budget. Of course, sticking to the budget is a very important aspect financially, but there are going to be things that sneak up on you that you may not have thought about. For example, perhaps you’ve seen the silver metal hardware and want to use gold plated metal instead. Well, that change is probably going to cost you a bit more. Remember that granite countertop you wanted for the kitchen? You probably forgot to add that cost into the budget too. You also want to remember that this is your dream home that you’re building, so if you decide that you want to add more windows in the dining room, then you should do it! Once again, sticking to the budget is important, but it’s equally as important to allow yourself to be flexible when it comes to your spending. 

 

Don’t Break Ground Until Your Plan Is Final 

Once you break ground, the clock begins to tick on when your new home is going to be finished. You may start to feel pressure when it comes to your decision making. If you don’t have somewhat of a concrete plan on how you want your home to look, you may find yourself compromising on decisions. For example, that gunmetal faucet head you want is on backorder, but just to get your new home finished, you settle for one that isn’t as aesthetic. Before you break ground, make sure that all of your decisions and selections are lined up and that you’ve checked the stock and placed holds on all of these items. 

 

Don’t Forget Your Furniture 

No matter if you’re bringing your old furniture into the new home or you’re purchasing completely brand new furniture, you’re going to want to consider your furniture in your floor plan. Many times people tend to neglect the furniture or the interior design that they want to feature in the home; they just focus on the size of the room on the floor plan. You may also want to consider how your home will grow with you. If you’re a new couple that’s thinking about children or hosting family get-togethers, you may want to consider the fact that you might need to add an extra couch. However, if you don’t have the space for this in your home, it can lead to overcrowding and frustration. 

 

Remember, that building a new home should be a time full of excitement and new beginnings! It can be overwhelming, but it’s all worth it once you walk into your dream home! At Sterling Creek Builders, you can trust us to get the job done in a professional yet personal manner. From offering detailed estimates and timelines to selecting high-quality subcontracts that we trust, you’ll find that our team builds incredible relationships with our clients while simultaneously meeting their goals. We only hire the best of the best, so you can be confident that you’re working with top-notch professionals in the business. Click here to connect with us today to learn more, and get one step closer to obtaining your dream home!