Buying your first brand-new home is an exciting experience! Whether you’re building an entirely custom home or purchasing a showcase home (often called a “spec” home) that’s still under construction, you have a lot of opportunities to make your new home a perfect fit for your family. To get as much of what you want in your home as possible while staying within your budget, it’s important to be aware of important decision-making deadlines. Read on to get a sense of the general progression of the construction process and what types of choices you can make at each stage to make your new home an ideal space for your family.
Electrical and Roofing
After the foundation is in place and the framing is up, builders start putting in the wiring, ductwork, and plumbing. If you’re involved at this stage, you have the opportunity to ensure that each room has sufficient electrical outlets where they will be most convenient for you and that your home is laid out to accommodate appliances and fixtures where you’d like them. You can also make sure that your home is getting a quality, energy-efficient roof, which can reduce your home costs by saving you money on utility bills year round.
Pathways, Hard Flooring, Cabinetry, and Countertops
Once the roofing, drywall, and insulation are installed, builders will begin work on exterior features like sidewalks and driveways in addition to interior trim, cabinets, countertops, and flooring. Make choices that will make your life easier, your home more comfortable, or your surroundings more aesthetically pleasing, depending on your priorities. For example, you may want the timeless beauty of hardwood flooring, the combination of style and ease of care that comes with quartz countertops, or the clean simplicity of large-format tile in bathrooms.
Getting involved in the home building process before this stage also gives you a great deal of opportunity to make sure your home accommodates your family’s needs. You can select storage solutions for your kitchen and bathrooms that accommodate the way your family lives; for example, pull-out shelves located beneath the counters provide enhanced accessibility for children or adults with limited mobility, and wide, even walkways allow easier access for wheelchairs and walkers.
HVAC and Fixtures
Next, the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems will be installed, including fixtures and vent registers. Making energy-efficient choices in HVAC equipment will save you money over the long term as well as help to keep your home more comfortable throughout the changing seasons. If you wish, you can also choose trendy features like a steam shower, freestanding tub, or modern styled lighting fixtures.
Carpet and Final Details
Finally, it’s time to put in carpeting, install details like mirrors, shower doors, and hardware, and continue exterior work such as landscaping and patios. If you want carpeting in your new home (for example, to dampen sound or provide a cushioned surface for young children), you have the opportunity to choose carpet varieties that are suited to how you intend to use each carpeted room and meet your standards for quality and style. This is also your chance to add finishing touches that reflect your personal taste.
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