Many clients who are building a home associate size with luxury, but this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, one of the most common mistakes that clients make when building a home is to build a house that’s far larger than is necessary or practical. So in today’s article from CEO Scott Binsack, a longtime builder and founder of Mansions & Estates International, we’ll explore why it’s important to avoid building a home that’s too large and how to decide upon the right square footage for your new luxury home.
What are the Disadvantages of Building a Home That’s Too Big?
There are many disadvantages when building a home that’s too large. Some of these drawbacks include:
- The home’s atmosphere may feel impersonal and “cold”;
- You’ll have significantly higher utility bills for heating and cooling;
- The home may be very difficult to sell in the future;
- You’ll pay higher-than-necessary property taxes;
- You may need to sacrifice quality or amenities in exchange for space that you’ll never use.
Building a Home – How Large is Too Large?
When building a home, you should have a defined usage or purpose for each and every room. Ideally, you should have at least a couple “spare” rooms, which are located and constructed in a way that gives you flexibility in terms of their usage.
It’s important to avoid building lots of extra rooms “just in case.” If you do not have a need for the room in the foreseeable future, then it’s best to omit it from your architectural plans. Many architects can design your home in a way that allows for easy expansion if you decide to build an addition in the future.
In short, it’s better to build an addition in the future versus being stuck with a home that’s large to the point of impracticality.
Home Square Footage vs. Quality and Luxury Features
Some clients make the mistake of opting for more square footage than they need, and this can come at the expense of construction quality and other luxurious features.
So it’s important to consider whether you may be better suited to building something slightly smaller in favor of investing those funds in luxury features and higher building quality. Remember that when it comes to selling the home in the future, it’s much easier to sell a well-built home of moderate size versus selling an enormous home that has been poorly constructed.
Building a Home and Working With the Right Architect
A talented architect can design a home to feel larger, so achieve the illusion of spaciousness using this approach rather than going big simply for the sake of building something tremendous.
The interior design can also have a big impact on how large and spacious the home feels. So hiring a talented interior designer is another trick for creating a home that feels large, without becoming impractical.
In short, really consider why you feel you need a particular square footage. Often, when a client opts for a large home simply as a status symbol (i.e. going big just for the sake of going big), they risk a situation where they end up with a home that’s great for show, but it’s not a very pleasant place to call home.
Turn to Construction Consultant Scott Binsack at Mansions & Estates International
These are just a few of the important considerations you should keep in mind when building your new luxury home. And if you’re seeking convenience, don’t forget to turn to a construction consultant like “Scott Binsack” of Mansions & Estates International. Scott will serve as a liaison between you, the client and the architect, contractor and craftsmen. Your building consultant can serve as your biggest advocate, while also ensuring that the job is completed in a manner that reflects your expectations and needs.
So if you’re ready to build a new luxury home, turn to Scott Binsack, founder and CEO of Mansions & Estates International, a firm that’s committed to providing in-depth construction consulting solutions to clients worldwide. Call 800.956.3855.