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.

Building A New Home: 6 Things To Think About

new home construction houston, home construction houstonBuilding a new home can be exciting with the anticipation of a home built specifically for you and to your taste. Whether it’s a starter home in Houston or your dream home somewhere nearby, building a new home is an investment. There will be stresses and struggles, but ultimately triumph when it’s all complete. Here are six things to consider when it comes to building a new home:

Hire the Right Contractor

Building a house is a commitment, not only for you but for your contractor as well. Building a home may take years to finalize. From the planning, approval, and building processes, you’ll want to pick a contractor that has your best interests in mind. Take your time to research contractors and ask for recommendations from friends, family and community members to find reputable contractors in your area. Ultimately, you’ll want to work with someone who is easy to get in touch with, transparent and organized.

Know Your Numbers

Building a home is expensive. Whether you’ve decided to renovate, add-on or build a custom or semi-custom home, the budget is important. You’ve been approved for a home loan and you may have saved (for years) in order to get to this point. Whatever your situation, it’s important that you know what you can afford. From building to furnishing there will come unexpected expenses that will cause strain on your wallet. Knowing and sticking to your budget can help alleviate stress during the building process.

Think resale

Even if you plan on building your dream home and never moving, you don’t know the future. There may come a time you decide to put your house on the market. If that time comes, you’ll want to get the most value out of your house. The number of rooms, upgrades, and amenities will all be factors when determining the value of your property. Be mindful of the upgrades you include in your home to make sure you don’t overprice your property for the neighborhood.

Planning

Once your home is complete you’ll have to live in it. It’s important that you’ve designed a home that will flow and function practically. You’ll want to be mindful of the placement of bedrooms, bathrooms, utility and laundry rooms, living spaces and the garage. You’ll want to think short-term and plan for the number of rooms you may need, as well as, think long term if you plan to retire with this property and how it can be used in your old age.

Energy Efficiency

Be mindful of the amount of light, windows, and the HVAC unit in your home. Selecting the right windows to help insulate your home to prevent leakage during the seasons can help reduce energy costs. Additionally, think about light, allow windows and natural light to be the primary tool to light your home during the day. Incorporating skylights may also be beneficial and reduce electrical costs. Picking the right size HVAC unit for your home is important, a unit too small may underperform and be inefficient at fully heat or cool your home throughout the year, and a unit too big may use too much energy.

Communicate

Building a home is stressful. Even if you have had conversations about finishing, tile, or paint colors, don’t assume everything is complete. Mistakes happen when information is miscommunicated. Be patient and be willing to explain, illustrate and reaffirm your expectations. Having a clear and open dialog with our contractor will help prevent unnecessary mistakes and save everyone time and money.

If you’re planning on building a new home, the professionals of Century Construction will be able to work with you from start to finish. With unparalleled customer service and planning, we’ll meet your needs to build the home of your dreams.

Tips For Transitioning Into A New Home

New Home Construction Houston, New Property Construction HoustonBuilding and selling a home in the same time frame can be stressful. You may find yourself juggling price negotiations, putting your realtor on speed dial, and pulling out your hair in anticipation. Although there are tools to predict the market value of your current home, securing a sale in a timely manner is never guaranteed. Thankfully, there are options available to those who are building a new home in Houston. The stress of gap time can be reduced, and you won’t even have to consider homelessness.

  1. Construction Loans

Most people aren’t able to pay for all the bells and whistles out-of-pocket. Construction loans can be used to finance the construction process of a new home without feeling financial pressure. There are two primary types of construction loans: construction-only financing and construction-to-permanent financing.  The first option typically requires payment at the end of the building process, while the second can transition into a standard mortgage payment. They typically last about 6-12 months, around the average building time for a home.

Other options include HELOC (home equity line of credit), in which the lender agrees to lend a certain amount in an agreement period, where the collateral is the equity in the home. Bridge loans, sometimes called gap financing, although becoming more uncommon, allow you to take out a short-term loan to cover the interval between building your new house and selling your old one.

  1. Rent out Current Home

If your lender permits you to keep your old home and build a new one, assuming you can handle both mortgage payments, you can rent out your home. This rental income could be used to reduce your debt-to-income ratio if you can show your lender a signed lease. In some cases, the renter will agree to pay more than what you owe on monthly mortgage payments.

If you’re grinding your teeth at the never-ending price drop of your home, renting may be a good option. Keeping the property until prime selling time can allow you to make more money in the end. This way, you won’t have to worry if your home is difficult to sell.

  1. Temporary Housing

With Hurricane Harvey in the rearview mirror, Houston is well-prepared to offer temporary housing. Whether it be a small apartment, corporate housing, or in a friends’ home, there are countless options to choose from. Storage units are available to those who don’t like the idea of endless packing and unpacking.

  1. Extended Stay Hotels

Thanks to 26 extended hotel chains in America and the many large company headquarters in Houston, there are a plethora of opportunities for this option. The average price for a studio rate is just under $40 a night, significantly cheaper than an average $165 per night for the standard hotel.

Whatever your decision may be, know that multi-tasking building and selling can be challenging and there are options to alleviate the stress of the unknown. Although the awkward transition time isn’t often ideal, the value of a brand-new home to call your own outweighs the temporary discomfort. Century Construction in Houston is well-equipped to help you answer questions, provide direction, and help you create the home of your dreams.

5 Popular Must Haves When Building The Home Of Your Dreams

New Home Construction HoustonNothing is more exciting than the prospect of building the home of your dreams. Designing the home of your dreams may not be as simple as you initially thought. The process can be overwhelming and some aspects can be overlooked in the design process. The experts at Century Construction have found that the following must-haves can often be overlooked when designing a new home.

Making sure there is enough counter space.

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to cook a meal for family or friend and running out of counter space for meal preparation. Juggling bowls and plates trying to get dinner ready is not something a homeowner wants to deal with when it is time to cook family meals. Counter space on the blueprint make look adequate, but once you add the toaster, blender, canister, tea or coffee maker, and other kitchen gadgets in you may be surprised to see just how little counter space is left for the preparation of your meals. A few ways to counteract this is to include your kitchen gadgets in the design or consider installing an island to extend available counter space.

Planning for adequate storage space.

Planning adequate storage space and cabinetry can be daunting. How much storage will you need? What kind of cabinetry will fit the design and size you need? When planning for storage decide on the cabinet’s or shelving’s function. Where do you want your dishes to go to? Should your pots and pans hang on a rack or stack on a shelf? Do you need extra storage space for extra blankets and pillows? Is there any unused space that would be perfect for small items? Do you want to devote an entire wall in your kitchen for full-height storage? You can get creative with storage space without sacrificing the desired look and feel you want for your home. If you plan on building a house with multiple floors, consider adding hidden storage space under the stairway.

Include a mud room.

If you have children and pets running in and out of the house a mudroom is a must. Create space by the back door with a small drain area and a shower nozzle, add some towel hooks and a small area for shoe storage and your set. You can even install a simple bench to make it easy to take off and put on shoes. This will help cut down on the dirt that gets tracked through the house.

Add outlets in drawers for the bathroom and under cabinets for the kitchen.

You are planning the house of your dreams, have ample outlets without ruining the beauty of the rooms. There never seems to be an outlet where you need it, adding outlets to drawers and under cabinets ensures that you will no longer have to rearrange items to reach an outlet in the kitchen. Keep the hair dryer concealed in the drawer with its own power outlet freeing up counter space and maintaining the beauty of your bathroom.

Consider installing a smart thermostat.

Having the optimal temperature of your house 24/7 feels like a luxury and is a great way to save on your power bills. Smart thermostats learn from your habits and behaviors and allow you to control the climate of your home remotely. They can even adjust the temperature based on ambient conditions such as humidity. With some smart thermostats, you can even view energy consumption in real-time.

The new construction crew at Century Construction in Houston are always available to help design and plan your next big project. Contact us to learn more.