“Nobody gets it right the first time” has become the most popular catchphrase in our current generation. And that’s completely fine as long as you’re cooking your first meal or changing the tires. But imagine doing such horrendous mistakes when building a home, it’s never going to be easy when you realize all the money you spent just, went for nothing. But don’t worry, it hasn’t happened yet and there are fool proof methods to prevent them. Just use the following steps and you should have a pretty clear idea for building your first house.

The Architect

via Boutique Homes

Architects have the tendency to impose their ideas on the customers rather than listening to what the customers really want. So it’s advisable to rather maintain the employer – employee relationship rather than a friendly one. It’s the only way to get the maximum out from your architect.

Plan Ahead

A house is not just an abode, but an investment that’s meant to last, theoretically forever. So it always helps to plan well ahead in to the future. Build the house that not just serves you but also serves the purpose long after you’re gone.

Utilize the landscape

Modern property owners don’t exactly spend a lot on maintaining or improving the landscape. But a house that just sits between concrete towers and blockades isn’t exactly going to be a great place to live in. So saving some space for future decorations around the house is not actually a bad idea.

Insist on Safety

by Jim Hammer via Flickr

A house can stand as a symbol for a lot reasons, but for you it should be the ultimate place for security. So concentrate maximum effort on making it safe, a few extra fire exits and ample ventilation can go a long way in improving the safety of the house.

Go Eco-Friendly

When building a home, most of us are inclined towards making it as valuable as possible. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to add in every go-green device that you can find. Compare the costs and go eco-friendly only if it saves you money.


The general rule of thumb would be to allocate a budget that’s only half of what you can afford, because by the time you finish the house the expected costs may be even double.


Planning for space always leads to a dilemma. When you plan for a larger house be prepared to pay a lot in mortgage payments, but plan for smaller and you would end up in a bird cage. So the general rule would be to cut back just 1 square foot of what you exactly require. It’s always good to have a pre-drawn house plan, so you can see how are you going to organize your space.


When building a multistory house, it’s always a great idea to provide bathrooms on all levels including the ground floor. You just never know when you will have visitors.

Slant Roofing


One brilliant way to guarantee long life of the house would be to provide slant roofing; this prevents leakage and water seeping through the roofs.

Always keep a watchful eye

Never for once think that the house is complete just because you have the architect’s blue prints. The best design changes are the ones that are made when the house is actually being built. So frequently visit the construction site and feel free to enforce changes.

Delane Palmer is a design student, passionate blogger, freelance writer and a contributor to several blogs. He loves all things related to design and art in general. In his free time, he enjoys music, skateboarding and spending time with his friends.

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