If you’re preparing to build your first new home in Augusta, it can feel like a daunting task. There’s nothing worse than realizing shortly after you move in that you could have used an additional half bath or more storage space. When building your home, it’s only natural that you want everything to be perfect, so Keystone Homes has listed a few things to consider when working with a builder to ensure that that you build the homes of your dreams.
Insulation – Making sure that your walls are adequately insulated will help to keep you warm in the winter and cool during the summer, and it will help you save on your energy costs. Ask if an insulation inspection is scheduled before the drywall is put in place, and be sure that insulation is properly installed in the rim joists between the first and second floor, as these are some of the more commonly missed areas.
Heating and Cooling – Ventilation, air conditioning and heating are essential to the comfort of your family. By choosing a builder that installs energy-efficient equipment, you can save additional money on the energy costs in your home. Keystone Homes takes care to install the right size HVAC system in its new homes, as well as digital thermostats. This helps homeowners to maximize energy savings by moderating the indoor temperature depending on whether anyone is home.
Outlets and Cover Conduits – High definition flat screen televisions are more common than ever, and many people choose to mount them on the wall in their home. If you are concerned about having the cords hanging down your wall to the entertainment system and outlets, plan ahead to determine the best location for the cords and outlets. Talk with your home builder about installing a conduit that will let you hide the cords and cables.
Drains – Any type of plumbing issues can be a costly and annoying problem to fix, whether it be stopped-up sinks or slow-draining showers. Make sure that the plumbers working on your new home are licensed and insured, and check to make sure that the drain lines flow with gravity. Also, be sure to inspect outdoor drains and make sure that they are more than just shallow holes with drain covers on them.
Outside Outlets and Faucets – Outside outlets are handy for plugging in yard equipment, holiday lights and outdoor electronics. Plan out the number of outlets and placement of each with your builder to ensure you have easy access and enough in each outdoor area. Hose spigots should also be placed in convenient, but out-of-the-way, locations so that no one trips over loose hoses.
Bathroom Placement – Placing an additional half bathroom near an exterior door makes cleanup easy when you’ve been outside doing yard work or when the kids need a bathroom break from playing. When a half bathroom is part of the original building plans of the home, it only costs about half of what it would cost to add an additional bathroom later.
Ample Storage – Storage space is a commodity that most families quickly outgrow. While planning the construction of your new home, look for areas of framing pockets, or wasted space. These are great areas that can be turned into additional storage space just by adding a door to turn it into an additional closet. These pockets of space can usually be found between bedrooms, under stairways and in closets with vaulted ceilings.
Wide Hallways – While open floor plans have become increasingly common in new home construction, the open spaces don’t always translate to hallways and bedrooms. Most local building codes require hallways to be just three feet wide, but many new designers are opting for at least four feet, especially in larger homes. Check with your builder to see how wide the hallways will be in your new home, and consider adding additional space if needed. The additional foot of space in a hallway will allow more than one person to pass through the hall at a time, and it makes it easier to move large furniture in and out of the home.
Doors – A door that opens the wrong way can be more than just an annoyance. An incorrectly hung door can block essential components to your home, such as other doors, cabinets or the refrigerator. They can even potentially leak water or air, increasing your energy costs. If your doors aren’t hung right during construction, it can be a costly fix later on.
Laundry Room – Planning the location of your laundry room can make everyday life much easier. Placing it near the bedrooms, where most of the dirty clothes pile up, can reduce the time it takes to complete the chore. Laundry rooms need to be located near water pipes and ducts, which is why they are often found in the basement. Make sure the plumbing infrastructure in your new Augusta home will support the chosen location of your laundry room.
If you are searching for a new home builder in Augusta, visit Keystone Homes today to learn how it can build the home of your dreams.