What homeowners would do differently if they built again—advice from those who have already built a custom home —BYHYU 014
As we plan to build our homes, I thought it would be a good idea to scour several blogs and forums to get advice from those who have built before. I specifically wanted to find out what mistakes people had made in planning their homes—what they would do differently if they were to build again. So I’ve compiled an extensive list which details the things that homeowners would do and DID DO differently when building their second, third and even fourth houses.
Let’s learn from the experiences of others, so we won’t make similar mistakes. Now, some of what others consider “misses” won’t matter to you in the least. Some features should not be included in YOUR house plans because they won’t enhance the way you live. And many of the suggestions are pretty luxurious in nature, so they may not fit everyone’s budget or style. Take suggestions that resonate most with you and the vision you have for your home. But listen with your current AND future lifestyle in mind. Think about how you CURRENTLY live in your home AND how you might live in 5, 10 or even 20 years.
Before we get into the main topic, let’s talk about our pro terms for this week. There are 3 of them because they’re closely related and people often get them confused. They’re roofing terms. The first is:
Eave: An eave is the edge of a roof. It is the overhanging lowest part of a roof. Eaves usually project beyond the side of the house for both decorative and practical reasons. The eaves project beyond the house to direct rain water or snow away from sides of the house and larger eaves provide shade.
Two of the main parts that make up the eave are the fascia and the soffit.
Fascia: Frontward facing trim of the eave; gutters are often attached to the fascia.
Soffit: the underside of the eave—the part of the eave that faces downward. To make it easy to remember, you can relate the soffit to another S word like sidewalk. The soffit is the part of the eave that faces the sidewalk. It's not uncommon to have vents in soffits that provide ventilation to the attic.
So, our pro terms for this week are:
eave-- the edge of the the roof.
soffit--the sidewalk facing part of the eave.
fascia--front-facing/forward-facing part of the eave.
Now, let’s get to the mini lesson. Again, I’ve compiled a list of the things people wish they would have done differently when building their house. It’s their advice to those who are planning to build. Let me warn you, though, there are a lot of comments about electrical outlets. More than I ever expected. And even though it may not seem like a big deal, too few and poorly placed outlets caused quite a bit of frustration for those you have built in the past. See if any of these suggestions give you some ideas about your own house plan.
This first list is advice is about:
Electrical & Plumbing
Closets & Organization
I hope this information sparked some thoughts for you about how you actually live. What are your weekday and weekend routines? How do you entertain? Include only those things that will make living in your home more comfortable, convenient, enjoyable and economical.
Well, I got lots of great ideas for my own home design. I hope you did too. If you think some of these suggestions would be helpful for friends or family who are in the midst of designing or building a house, you can share the link to this page by text or email. You can also share the link with your Facebook or Twitter community.
Ok, let’s do a couple of quiz questions.
1. What part of the roof’s eave faces forward or frontward?
The answer is Fascia.
2. Why is creating a photo diary by taking pictures throughout your construction process a good idea?
A. It gives you a record of where wiring, pipes and other structures are just in case repairs or changes need to be made in the future.
B. It gives you proof of what materials and construction methods were utilized during construction.
C. It discourages contractors from cutting corners and using subpar materials
since they know there be a visual record of their work.
D. All of the above.
The answer is D, all of the above. A photo diary gives you evidence of work completed and materials used. You, or someone you designate, can simply go by the construction site everyday or every few days, and take pictures of the work in progress. Much of the information you capture in your photos will be hidden once the home is complete. Plan on keeping most of the photos indefinitely in case you need future repairs and if any disputes arise with your contractors.
Please remember that the purpose of this podcast is simply to educate and inform. It is not a substitute for professional advice. The information that you hear is based the only on the opinions, research and experiences of my guests and myself. That information might be incomplete and it’s subject to change, so it may not apply to your project. Always consult a professional about specific recommendations for your home.
I’m glad you joined me for this week’s episode of Build Your House Yourself University (BYHYU). I hope you come back next time.