Oct 19, 2015   Tips    4,238
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Mistakes to Avoid in Constructing a House

These days, there are lots of housing development, yet many people still prefer planning and constructing a house by themselves to satisfy their own requirement. Some of them may already own a land; some may want a unique type of house; some may want to participate in designing the house while others may just want to keep it under their budget.

But constructing a house by yourself is not always easy and the outcome may not always be as you expect if you are not cautious about the followings:

1. Designing the house without thinking about the future: as we generally live in a house for years, the house should be designed with cautions, focusing on the safety of the inhabitants. For example, if there are aged people or little children in the house, the bedroom should be on the ground floor and you should avoid building many different floor levels to lessen the risk of accident. Plus, if you want to enlarge your house in the future, you should consult with an architect and or an engineer to design your house in the way that allows you to later enlarge it.

The bedroom on the ground floor for the convenience of aged people and little children

2. Inappropriate position of the bedroom: the positions any rooms in the house should first be in line with how they are used. The bedroom should not be near any area that causes noises or smell such as the garage, the kitchen and the living room as you may have a hard time sleeping if you have your bedroom next to any of these rooms. The kitchen should be in the back of the house so that the noise and smell from cooking would not disturb people in the front of the house. Plus, in the back of the house, the smell and smoke can be released better.

Positioning the kitchen in the back of the house helps release the smell and smoke from cooking.

3. Bad water/electricity system: if the house was our body, the water/electricity system were blood vessels that flow the convenience to parts of the house. If the systems are bad, our daily lives in the house may not be as convenient nor safe. The electricity should be designed by a specialized engineer to meet the purpose of usage and the safety for the inhabitants. The washing and drain system should be specifically positioned to avoid the clocking problem or overflowing water.

The water/electricity system must be installed by specialized technicians.

4. Choosing the wrong material: the right material is not just 'beautiful' or 'cheap' but it has to be suitable for the purpose of usage and the environment around the house. Different types of materials differ in quality and durability. Houses in areas with tough climates such as areas at the seaside, areas often flooded or arid areas should specifically be made of extremely durable material that cause no shrinking and stretching problem due to the weather conditions.

Houses at the seaside are mainly made of fibrecement material.

5. Problems with contractors: this problem can be avoided in the beginning by selecting a trustworthy contractor. Consider the contractor's previous work and ask those who have used the contractor's service before. You may want to choose a contractor that has its own company and office which you know where they are located so that you can check their progress and responsibility easily in case any problem occurs. You should be cautious when making contract by doing it in a written form which covers all the conditions and payment clearly. Do not forget to go check the progress regularly so that the construction is in accordance with your expectation.

The house can be completed or not depending on the 'contractor.'

6. Careless inspection before accepting the house: before accepting the house, you should inspect every nook and corner of the house carefully, including the electricity/water/sanitary systems to avoid having problems later. If possible, you should take a specialist or an expert, or hire a professional house inspector to help you check the house. If a problem or mistake is found, you should ask the contractor to solve the problem before accepting the house.

Inspect every spot both inside and outside of the house.

Those who are planning to build a house, try to avoid these 6 mistakes so that the house is both beautiful and durable, and deserves to be your true 'life reward.'
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