Avoid 10 Mistakes to Build New House
1.Don’t build more than you need
You don’t want to build too much house, instead, you want your home to fit “just right.” A house that is too large will likely contain wasted space, unused space and cost more to run, heat and cool. When planning your home take careful consideration to your lifestyle. By the same token, do take time think ahead. If you plan on expanding your family or taking in elderly relatives, you will want to plan ahead and put the proper accommodations and resources into place.
2.Don’t not think ahead
Will you be living in your home in 10, 20 or 30 years? Think ahead to what your needs may be down the road. As the population ages we should take careful consideration to what our future needs and lifestyle and prepare for such.
3.Building on the wrong plot
It’s crucial to find the right lot size and location. As wonderful as it sounds to have a lovely country home in the bucolic countryside, off the beaten path, do consider building in or near town. Building on a new site can damage a peaceful ecosystem. It can disrupt the lives and dens of local wildlife and eliminate them altogether in order to bring additional lines, utilities and roads where they don’t currently exist.
4.Not going solar
No matter where you live you should build your home so that you have unobstructed solar access from 9:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. When building your home it should always have a southern exposure. By placing the front of the home due south, you will automatically lower your energy costs by 10%. Situate your home so that it is facing due south, placing the majority of the windows on the southern side, and placing overhangs or awnings to shield the sun’s hot summer rays. Use materials that will absorb and radiate the sun’s heat. One should also note that it would not be wise to have a glass wall facing due south as this will have the complete opposite effect! Plant trees near your home to offer natural shade on southern sides and take advantage of skylights (with shades) to maximize the sun’s energy.
5.Not doing your research
With all the information so readily available to us, there’s no excuse not to educate yourself as best as you can to learn about all your green building options. There is no reason, today, not to use environmentally responsible products. There are plenty of options available at every price point. When building your home you should be using toxic-free, sustainable, recycled and low voc products. Everything from the roof to the foundation, from the lighting to the floor, from insulation to paint can all be environmentally sound.
6.Not minimizing your footprint
You want to minimize your footprint as much as you possibly can, this means getting rid of all unnecessary waste including all building products and machines needed to create and run them. You want your energy consumption and waste to be as little as possible.
The greatest savings to your home will come in the form of your home’s insulation. In the US minimum insulation codes have been increased in recognition of the ability to prevent heat loss and gain via walls, windows, roof and foundation. Insulation is responsible for your building’s heat retention and loss. A well insulated building will not only save energy and resources but will cut your electrical bill substantially.
8.Poorly planned roofing
The roof protects and carries the walls and therefore when building much consideration needs to be placed upon the roof. It is important to understand how much weight the roof will need to support and the shape of the roof is vital to the home efficiency of energy. A flat roof will tend to hold and accumulate water whereas a sloped roof will not. A proper drainage system put in place will work to ensure that the roof can best protect your home in the most efficient manner possible. The roof’s insulation is integral to the building’s heating and cooling efficiency.
9. Not using energy efficient equipment
There’s no excuse not to use a high efficiency or energy efficient appliance. Consider using a tankless water heater so water will not sit around waiting to be heated. Green appliances are available in all price points and are readily available.
10. Not using environmentally friendly products
There really is no reason not to use eco-friendly products. Everything from your roofing material, building material, insulation to you your flooring, counters and cabinets should be environmentally friendly. Whether using recycled lumber, natural products such as cork, or bamboo, concrete, granite or recycled glass, everything you could possibly need or want to build your home should be eco-friendly. Your architect and builder should be better able to guide you.
Creating your dream
Do you have a plot and a bold dream to build a new house?
Building a new house is part of the great Pakistani dream. It’s about creating your dream from the ground up, choosing a floor-plan that exactly suits your family and lifestyle, and finally choosing the colors and finishes that make your new house yours.
As you get started on your journey to building a new house, here’s a few things to consider:
1. Financial plan – How much can you afford to spend on a new house? How much are you comfortable spending on a new house? Do you have your finance sorted?
2. Land – How deep and wide is your Plot? Will the house you like fit on your land? What would be the best house orientation on your land?
3. House – What do you need and want in your new house? How many bedrooms, bathrooms, living areas, car spaces do you need? What will you need in five or ten years from now?
4. Style – How do you want your house to look and feel? Have you explored our World of Style options by talking to our Interior Designers?
One of the best bits about building a new house is exploring the dream life you had in mind and seeing it start to take form. Visit our office to shortlist house details, options, Elevations and styles that inspire you. Feel free to ask us for a Architect to discover the inside story on design, style and function of your future house.
Make your decision
Where possible, We will visit your plot and discuss the possibilities. After a detailed discussion on exactly what you want in your new house we will provide you with a quote that is valid for 30 days. When you are ready, it is time to make your decision and pay your deposit.
Choose your style & finishes
Now it is up to you to make your new house to fit your personality! Our designers will provide you options, you will be able to personalize your home knowing that the best interior designers are behind your choices. Our Architects/Interior Designers will help you make choices in line with your budget and style preferences. And our specialist Electrical Consultant will give you expert advice on electrical, lighting, audio visual and security systems.
By contract signing stage you will have done all the ‘hard work’ and your contract is the formalization of all your decisions so far. You will receive the working drawings for your new house. Giving KASBAH LAND REAL ESTATE & BUILDERS the go ahead.
Site start & build
It is now time for your house to be built! Behind the scenes all the necessary materials will be ordered to meet your guaranteed site start date. During the constructions your independent building inspections are welcomed.
Move on in
And now for the most exciting bit of all! This is where your big bold dreams really come to life and you make your new house into your home. It is yours to live in and enjoy.