Homeowner Construction: Avoid These Typical Errors in Design!

Working as a Home Construction Consultant, Developer, and Construction Loan Expert has allowed me to travel the country and see many homes. When I come across a house that is so one-of-a-kind, I always think to myself, “Wow… the owner of that place will lose money when he tries to sell that house!”

When I see houses that make me think this, nine times out of 10, it’s due to a HUGE error in the house’s characteristics and design. I sincerely hope you will never join the ranks of the uninformed or the “bad design” statistics I’ve read about, so let’s get started.

First, don’t make your house so out-of-the-ordinary that no one else will want to live there.

For instance, dome-shaped or triangular all-roof homes are too unusual for my taste. For the sake of this discussion, “too unique” will be understood to mean anything that deviates so significantly from the mainstream of residential architecture that it will turn potential buyers off. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy watching series like “Hoarders,” where eccentric homeowners share their homes with the world. But most of them are reasonably well off, even those who don’t intend to make these houses their permanent residences. Those who don’t intend to be permanent residents may be in for an unpleasant awakening when it’s time to sell their homes, and they find there aren’t many interested parties.

I’ll try to explain. I see you don’t want to live in a cookie-cutter house like everyone else and prefer something a little bit out of the ordinary. As much as I enjoy developing and building residential projects that push design limits and incorporate cutting-edge amenities, there is a limit beyond which we must not go.

Second, poor landscaping is due to a landscape architect’s lack of input.

So many houses I’ve shown have had terrible exterior appeal, but you were completely blown away as you stepped inside! The first impression created by the curb appeal, or lack thereof, is usually the most lasting and decisive. That happens when you decide against hiring a professional landscape architect to draw out plans for your yard. Many families I’ve talked with regard hiring a landscape architect as an investment after viewing it as an expense. Houses with attractive landscaping and well-kept lawns sell more quickly and for higher prices than comparable properties with less desirable exteriors. More and more people are spending time outside, which has led to a boom in the landscaping industry in recent years. People spend a lot of money on landscaping and outdoor features like patios, gazebos, pools, and kitchens.

Third, making an overly simplistic and boxy design for a HUGE house.
A house’s size is no excuse for making it look bland and boxy. To emphasize the idea, I include photo examples in the workbook of my upcoming “How to Build Your Custom Dream Home for Less” Owner Builder System. When I see these enormous box-like buildings, I am always shocked to learn that the architect and owner are pleased with the result. Perhaps one’s perception of beauty is subjective, but the beholder isn’t in the market for a new home. (I stray…)

One house I saw over 30,000 square feet was built in the middle of a field and looked like an enormous tennis shoe box. The house lacked distinguishing features like gabled roofs, bay windows, brick details, or decorative molding. Four straight walls and a roof, with no landscaping to decorate it or provide visual variety.

I believe that visiting as many open houses and model homes as you can that are in the same price range as the home you’re going to build is one of the most significant parts of building your Custom Dream Home. So that you can compare what you want to develop and build to the standards and benchmarks in that price range, you now have a solid road map to follow.

To save a few dollars here and there by skimping on the material selection. One of which is terrible in business; you should always have many revenue streams, backup employees, etc. Unless we’re talking about trim, cabinetry, or other similar places, the color white is often frowned upon in custom home design. Do not try to save money using low-quality materials for your home’s countertops, floors, lighting, and other fixtures. Having a solid plan from the beginning will ensure that you get the features you desire and deserve without compromising the structural integrity of your Custom Dream Home.

A smaller, well-appointed home is often preferable to a more significant, less impressive one. I hope you’ve found this advice helpful, and I promise to keep bringing you useful information and ideas to make building your Custom Dream Home a breeze. My best wishes are with you as you construct your Custom Dream Home.

Solid surface countertops, exquisite carpets, hardwoods, tile floors, and separate showers are some of the features that, in my professional opinion, must be included in any custom-built home. When I tour a 7,000-square-foot custom home, I can’t believe the Master Bathroom has linoleum flooring and an all-white ceramic tile shower. Don’t be too serious! Unless there are medical reasons for these choices and other essential limits, you practically guarantee that you will never be able to sell your property if you make any of these material choices.

The author of the groundbreaking book “How to Build Your Custom Dream Home for Less!” is Tyron C. McDaniel. The owner-builder arrangement in real estate has been around since 1999. Tyron has helped numerous clients save thousands of dollars and make HUGE equity gains when building their Dream Homes as a Construction Loan Expert, Real Estate Agent, and Real Estate Developer. Clients from all across the country seek out Tyron for his assistance in financing and designing their custom dream homes. Go to where Tyron has posted several helpful films and other materials at no cost.

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