The Most Common Design Errors in Home Building

There is nothing quite like having your own house build from the ground up, but this is also an enormous project and one that can cause a great deal of stress. The key is to make sure that you are using experienced and highly regarded architects and construction engineers and to be aware of what the most common issues are. Keep reading to find out what these are.

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Bad Orientation

You will want to make the most out of natural light and heat from the sun which will involve orientating your home in relation to the north – not only will this make the home much brighter, but it can also help to reduce your energy bills too. Bad orientation is also one of the most common mistakes when it comes to building a home so you always need to keep this in mind during planning.

Improper Insulation

Insulation is important for keeping the home warm during the colder months and cooler in the summer (and making your home more energy efficient), but often there are gaps when insulating a home and it only takes a small gap to render insulation obsolete. If an architect’s error is to blame for a new home’s problem, the owner may be able to make a professional negligence claim so always keep this in mind.

Small/Inadequate Windows

The importance of the windows should not be overlooked yet sometimes they are when it comes to planning. The windows are the eyes of the home and responsible for bringing in natural light, views outside and style. Small/inadequate windows are immediately noticeable and could make the home somewhere that is not comfortable and even unhealthy to live.


Inadequate Air Circulation

It is important to consider air circulation when building a new home as you will need the air to circulate effectively otherwise you could have issues such as damp, mould and condensation. Windows are obviously important but you may also need vents and extractor fans to make sure that air is circulating properly.



Lack of Storage

Storage is often something that is overlooked when it comes to the design stage and a mistake which could prove to be costly. Every homeowner needs space for storage otherwise it could make the house cramped, chaotic and untidy without any clear solution so you should always remember to check that storage has been included.

If you are planning on having your own home built then be sure to look out for these errors when using an architect and construction engineer. These are a few of the more common issues that can arise that could have a big impact on your new home so you will want to avoid these at all costs.

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