3 Tips to Avoid Poor Design Choices in New Home Construction

Planning any venue—a wedding reception, work party, or even your own living room—means making difficult design choices. While fussing over napkin colors hardly seems important, the actual aesthetic appeal of an area largely contributes to the area’s functionality. The most important design choices we make, however, won’t be for a party. They’ll be for our own homes. Unfortunately, many Houston homeowners pore over options for cabinets and flooring and lighting alike and then often regret their decisions a few years later. So, how does one make accurate design decisions during new home construction? The team at Century Construction want to introduce these practical (and fun) tips to avoid falling into post-design regret.

Appoint a design team

In the initial stages of new home construction, you’ll be working closely with your contractor to draft a blueprint. The contractor has expertise in this area and will lead out in the drafting process. However, the process of interior design will rest largely on the shoulders of the new homeowner. While the contractor will assist in providing resources and direction, he may not be completely familiar with your style. The solution? Pick a pro design team. Hand select 3-5 people who know you well. Pick people that will be able to honestly say, “Those cabinets are nice, but they’re not you.” Picking elements in harmony with your personal style is the best way to avoid falling into design regret. Meet with your team regularly throughout the design process. Let them share Pinterest boards with you. Give them a sense of ownership in the project and they’ll help you pick excellent pieces. Most people will be flattered with the invitation and take it seriously.

Fall in love with expos and magazines

Good news: Houston is a big place. It has no shortage of expos, workshops, and conferences to educate and inspire people building new homes. Although these large events can sometimes be a financial trap, they often provide a wealth of options in the design process. Take pictures of everything you like. Talk to people. Ask them what their design decisions are. Find companies with styles that match what you’re looking for. Take these ideas and formulate a plan to incorporate them into your new home. Whether you decide to purchase from these expos or not, the value they create can be immeasurable. Likewise, it wouldn’t hurt to sign up for one or two interior design magazines to keep the ideas coming monthly.

Prototype anything and everything

Another excellent way to avoid tacky or unpleasing features is to test, test, test. Paint swatches of your favorite colors on the walls before you commit to a bad shade of seafoam green. Order samples of carpet and place them in different lights. Blow up pictures of cabinets and visualize them in your kitchen. Many design mistakes can be avoided by prototyping. Unsure how to prototype a certain design element you’re considering? Ask your contractor or interior designer for ideas.

Don’t rush the process

The whole point of new home construction is to design something you love. It’s okay to slow down the process, make educated decisions, and hold off on decisions you’re unsure about. If you need another week to choose between pendant or chandelier lighting, great! This process is strenuous. Because of that, many homeowners fall victim to hasty design decisions. Take your time and enjoy the process. It’s worth it!

If you’re considering new home construction, contact Century Construction in Houston. Not only are we respected as a reliable and trustworthy company, but we are intimately familiar with the design process. Our team will help you make well-thought-out design decisions that you’ll love for years to come.

Four Reasons Why Building A New Home Is A Smart Choice

now home construction houston, new home restoration houstonIf you are in the market for a home, don’t underestimate the value of choosing to build your own. There are a lot of benefits to building a new home instead of buying. Century Construction Services in Houston has been helping homeowners build their dream homes for years and understand why building a new home can be so much better for you than buying a less personal living space. Here are some great reasons to build a brand new home for your family instead of buying one. 

ABILITY TO PERSONALIZE

This is the main reason why most people choose to build a home instead of buying one. The fact that you can personalize your home to meet all your desires and preferences is a pretty great incentive. When you choose to work with us at Century Construction Services, we work alongside you to make sure that you get the home that you want. We won’t try to talk you out of your ideas, and we will always strive to emphasize what you want so that you are 150% satisfied with the end results.  

IMPROVED QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION

It is no secret that a newly constructed home will be made with better materials and constructed in improved ways. This is a huge benefit that comes along with building your own home. This improved construction will save you significant amounts of time and money in the long run since you will need to spend less effort and money on repairs. This also just allows you to feel better about your home. It is frustrating and tiring to always be concerned about finding a new problem every time you turn the corner. Building a new home eliminates much of this uncertainty.

BETTER FLOOR PLANS

New homes almost always feature open floor plans that allow families to design their home around their life, not the other way around. Instead of navigating life in a series of cramped bedrooms and never-used spaces, the modern floor plans found in new homes conform to how we live, frequently including multi-generational living spaces, spacious and open kitchens

LESS UNEXPECTED PROBLEMS

When you buy a new home, there is always the element of fear that there will be problems that you were unaware of at the time you bought it. When building a new home, however, you will be able to see the home throughout the entire construction process and know ahead of time that there won’t be any unexpected and unwanted surprises. This will bring you peace of mind.

MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT

Along with saving money on maintenance costs, new homes also reduce your utility bills by reducing the energy needed to effectively heat and cool your home. In fact, a new home is typically up to 30 percent more energy efficient than are homes built just five years ago. Even though the building may be more expensive than buying at first, this is one way that you gradually make your money back if you choose to build a new home.

If you are in the Houston area and considering buying a new home, come talk to us at Century Construction Services about the option of building and personalizing a home just for you and your family!