Critical Pre-Construction Preparation for Custom Homes

Contractors come in handy when constructing your own custom-made home. They help guide you in putting a number of factors, such as where to construct and the best way to plan for your design, into consideration. Pre-construction preparation involves a series of steps that are taken to plan the design of your home before the actual work can begin.

Here are a few pre-construction preparation steps that a contractor will help you with.

Finding the Right Lot

Most remodelling contractors help you find a site/lot. If you already have one in mind, the first thing they do is conduct a site visit. They are the ones who place the exact location of the house you want to build on your site.

The placement is determined by taking a few aspects, like topography, drainage, accessibility and utility lines, into account.

Soil Sampling

Soil sampling involves boring at least 15 feet into the ground when possible. It's a process that involves taking samples of the soil to the lab to simulate what nature does over time.

Soil sampling is important because it determines the design of the foundation of your home. Without a good foundation, your home is likely to be subjected to multiple risk factors.

Floor Plan Design

Floor plans are essential in helping you design your furniture layout, wiring systems and much more. A good plan can create a nice flow between rooms and corridors, and generally increase the enjoyment of your home. A few characteristics of a good floor plan include:

  1. Room Flexibility. Make sure rooms can function as office spaces or bedroom spaces depending on your needs.
  2. Ideal room layout. Bedrooms should be separated from the living room or entertainment spaces. In addition, the bathroom shouldn't be near the kitchen or living room area.
  3. Size. Considering what fits in different rooms and hallways is very important. It helps determine what furniture to buy and accommodate for.

Septic System

Many contractors recommend septic systems as a way to naturally dispose and treat household water. This is because they are more economical than sewer systems.

Selection of Interior and Exterior Finishes

When it's all said and done, the last touches on your new home will determine your satisfaction with the overall design. It is important to make sure that all the finishes in and around your home feel and flow perfectly so you can be happy about the design for a good amount of time. 

For example, as far as the trim goes, you want all the moulds and baseboards to match the overall theme you wish to create for your home.

If you'd like more information, speak with a building contractor at companies like Jeffrey Hills and Associates.