Things You Should Avoid When Building a Home in BC

At Sayers Contracting, we’re big on building our customer’s dreams. As a custom home builder in the Lower Mainland, we are in the business of constructing home’s that people love and have their own fingerprint on – making it individualized in concept, style, location and a myriad of other factors.

That being said, we do have to caution those excited to build their first home, or forever home, or retirement home, on things they should avoid when building a home in BC. Not to put a damper on ideas – so to speak, but to ensure the investment is sound and well thought out from the onset.

Things You Should Avoid When Building a Home in BC

Poor Planning

It goes without saying that poor planning will lead to disaster. But there are multiple aspects to ‘poor planning’, which someone seeking to build a custom home in BC may not think about.

These include…

  • Common Flooding Areas… With high levels of rain in BC, buying the right piece of land that has the ability to absorb it, will ensure your home stays dry instead of afloat.
  • Lifestyle… Understanding what part of a home holds the most value for you is important to know. Perhaps your outdoor space is actually more important that your indoor living. Knowing this will have you focussing your budget where it matters most to you.
  • Where the Sun Rises and Sets… Perhaps an odd forethought that a lot of people don’t look into, but an important one, nonetheless. Where you want to position your kitchen or living room windows vs your bedroom windows – is important. Having a hot bedroom at the end of a summer day is not ideal, nor are high air conditioning costs to keep common areas in your home cool. So, although pretty to look at – sunrises and sunsets may not offer a longstanding appeal when it comes to warmth and cost vs a well thought out location.

Moisture and Mold – Important Building Consideration in BC

From poorly designed leaky condos, to inefficient HVAC systems – knowing your environment will play a big part in how you build your house and what you include as far as your HVAC system.

Understanding the size of the HVAC system you need to accommodate your home is vital. Whether it’s a large space that will need additional cooling, or a small space that requires the right ventilation – your HVAC system is not the right thing to get wrong.

Functional Spaces Placed in Dysfunctional Locations

As with the sun beating down into your home; having the right placement for functional spaces – such as the laundry room and your garage, are important consideration. Having to expertly maneuver your vehicle into a cockeyed garage will grow old quickly. Same goes for having to run the laundry up and down stairs to inconvenient areas – especially with a large family.

Making each space count to avoid building a home that doesn’t feel congruent with your lifestyle or overall comfort will have you appreciating your custom built home all the more. Which is something we’re here to help with when you’re ready to begin building your dreams!