Let’s face it. Building a home is a huge project and that means you’ve got eleventy-billion decisions to make, big and small. Sometimes you have plenty of time to mull things over and other times you need to make the decision on the spot. Questioning if you made the right decision or regretting a choice you’ve made is only natural. It’s a hard job bringing a vision you had in your head to life! Remember, pretty much anything can be changed; it’s mainly a matter of how much it will cost. So here’s some tips about changing your mind.
1. Try to stick to your original plan as much as possible. Presumably you’ve invested quite a bit of time designing your home’s floorplan, and you’ve already made the hard decisions. Trust the process, unless there’s something you absolutely hate and were talked into against your better judgment. Any changes to the floorplan need to happen early, so if that large sunroom you dreamed of doesn’t seem quite as large when the slab is poured, that’s the time to make the adjustment.
2. Realize you’re going to make some mistakes. My floor outlets in the family room and sunroom are totally in the wrong spots, and it’s my fault. My original ideas of furniture placement have morphed during the process, and I’m sure will change many more times before things are finally settled.
3. Some decisions you’re not going to have a lot of options. During our electric rough-in, we had the foresight to have the internet company come out and pre-wire the house. It’s so much easier before walls and brick are up, and will eliminate unsightly wires on the exterior of our house. The only issue? Where we’re moving we have to have satellite internet, which means the satellite has to face north and be unobstructed. The front of our house faces north. So yeah, I didn’t have a lot of choices as to where that pesky little satellite could be mounted. Trust the professionals; this is the time to take their recommendations.
4. Some decisions you’re not going to have a lot of time. My least favorite part of this process so far has been having to determine quite early where light switches and outlets would go, and which switch would turn on which light, etc. How can anyone know that at that stage? Make your best guess, and do your research ahead of time to give you a better chance to make an educated guess. For example, one of my big complaints in bathrooms these days is not enough outlets. I’ve got an electric toothbrush and electric flosser, so I have to unplug one of them to use my hair dryer and then my hair straightener. And forget about having a night light, LOL. Unless . . . quad outlet, anyone?
5. Some decisions you make early will affect other decisions you didn’t consider. I am a lover of pocket doors. Regular doors take up wall and floor space whereas pocket doors slide neatly into the wall. The problem? I didn’t realize and no one explained that there’s a frame double the size of the door so the door can slide into the other half. That means everywhere I put a pocket door (and there are 13, people!), I can’t put a nail in the wall to hang anything. Here’s hoping those 3M hangers really work.
6. Some decisions you make early you’ll want to change as you get additional information. Originally I wasn’t going to have a cabinet or sink in the sunroom, but as time went on I knew I wanted it. Fortunately, we already had plumbing in that wall and just had to order an additional cabinet. Also, we weren’t going to have a door off the sunroom to the side of the house (there are French doors leading to another patio). But once we realized we would have to have a deck or something off of the door from the garage to the back, it made sense to add an additional door.
7. Some decisions you make early you’ll want to change because you’ve changed. People say, “make a decision and stick to it,” and that’s good advice in most situations. However, because we’ve been jumping on slick deals and close outs for lighting and plumbing fixtures, some of my decisions have been driven more by cost. Early in the process I bought light fixtures and recently realized that I was never in love with the one for the entryway. This past week I found one that was exactly what I was envisioning, and although now I have an extra fixture we’re not using and can’t return, that was a small price to pay.
8. Some decisions you’ll make early you’ll have to change because of cost. We considered both a 3-car garage and a large bonus room above, but both were cost-prohibitive. We elected to have an over-sized 2-car garage that gives us more than enough space, but eliminated buying that additional door. The bonus room was scrapped entirely.
9. Some decisions you make you’ll change because you forgot about something or saw something cool that you wanted to incorporate in your home. When meeting with the cabinet guy, I totally forgot to tell him we wanted a trash can cabinet, so that was an email to him requesting the addition. Then when reviewing my Houzz ideabooks, I saw an in-door spice rack and totally wanted one, causing another email to poor Tim. I’ve got another idea cooking right now, but the problem is Tim is an excellent cabinet maker but not big on technology, so when I email him, somehow he always responds to Robert. So I can’t be sneaky (not that I would, LOL). This is also a test to see if Robert is reading my blog posts. :-)
10. Listen to your friends and family. You may think you know exactly what you want, but they’ve got some good ideas, too, and maybe ones you haven’t thought of. You’d hate to finish the home and think, “Oh, I wish we’d done this,” and have your sister remind you that she suggested it months ago.
Have you built or remodeled a home? What changes did you make during the process?