Design Mistakes New Homeowners Make

October 25, 2021

So you’ve bought a new home. Congratulations! This is a very special time in your life and you’re all ready to renovate the house and make it your own. While there are so many joys for new homeowners, there are also a few challenges, especially in the design process. And plenty of mistakes that first-time renovators make.

Here’s a useful guide on common design mistakes to avoid before moving into a new home.

  1. Starting Renovation Immediately

Before making any renovation plans, spend some time in your newly bought home and get acquainted with its soul and character, if possible. Know where the choke points are, so you know which areas to fix. A sound knowledge of the house will help you make informed renovation choices.

2. Not Preparing for Unexpected Costs

Set aside at least 20 per cent of the total project cost to cover surprise costs that may crop up during the construction phase. Not having enough funds can land you in trouble in case the project costs more or takes longer time than expected.

3. Expecting Everything To Go As Planned

You need to prepare yourself for unexpected events if you are renovating an older home. A smooth sailing renovation can’t always be promised, and everything might not go according to plan.

4. Choosing the Builder With the Lowest Bid

It pays to get quality work. The builder with the lowest bid is not always the best option. Get quotes from trusted builders and choose the best one based on client reviews.

5. Not Focusing on the Exterior Design As Much As the Interior Design

Prioritise the exterior of the house before the interior rooms. Make sure to build a robust building envelope before you stress too much on wall colours, carpets and furniture.

6. Making Lazy Room Planning

Sometimes new home owners start with lazy room planning by imagining furniture in a space without actually using a tape to measure space dimensions. This can result in trying to cram too much furniture into a space due to poor spatial awareness. Avoid such mistakes by spending a few extra minutes to measure the rooms accurately.

7. Buying All Furniture At Once

When you move into a new house, you’ll likely have much more space to fill than your previous house – meaning there’ll be need for more furniture. But fight the urge to buy all of your new furniture at once. Plan out your furniture needs and prioritise the essentials so you can really discover what you need and love instead of buying random items. You could even opt for custom furniture by hiring carpentry contractors from GS Building. This can save you from the headache of hunting for furniture that fits, especially so if your home has areas with non-standard dimensions.

8. Not Investing in Quality Fixtures and Frills

Invest in high quality fixtures like door hardware, faucets, tapware, kitchen cabinets, appliances that you’re going to use every day. Invest wisely, because choosing wrong materials or poor-quality materials can bite you in the long run in multiple ways.

Steering clear of these home design mistakes can save you time, money, energy and more.

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