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Planning Now and Future
A Paragon Builder / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 • Posted May 10, 2013 5:49 PM

So many times when we sit down with potential customers that want to build, I can’t emphasize enough to think not only about now, but the future. Whether you are a young couple just starting off to retirees, there are many things to think about.

Let’s start with a young couple just planning to build their first home. If you are building a small 2 bedroom, 1 bath home for now and might want to expand in the next 3-5 years, be sure to tell your builder. They can include your future expansion in the plans. This could help with how the wiring, plumbing, roof lines, locations, etc could save you some money when the expansion time arrives. If you are living in the country, the septic system might need to be larger to accommodate adding another room and bathroom. Your builder can draw the now plans, with phase 2 expansion easily. And just because you are young doesn’t mean not to think about having some of those handicap features included. Larger door ways, walk in showers, are a couple things that can come in handy. Especially if you happen to break a leg and have to use a wheel chair. These things don’t cost much more, plus adds selling value too.

If you are a retiree designing your home, think about things that might help you live comfortably. Include those larger doors, walk in showers, cabinets with pull outs, porches with easy on and off access or ramps, are just a few items. Walls can be re-enforced too, for adding grab bars. Grab bars can be good for young and older generations. Do you want a guest area? This can be inside your home or a separate guest home. Do you want a garage attached for easy access into your home? Some retirees’ design their home as a second home initially and prepare for a future final move into it once they finally quit working. If you are designing it for that future move in, start with collecting all the ideas you wish you had in your current home. As we get older, the simple things mean a lot. You might want a smaller house or larger. Do you still want a dining table or just have a big bar in the kitchen and family room to eat on? Pull out cabinets would be a big help. Taller toilets should be required. The list can go on. Start making your list now. Your builder can help as well.

Whether you are doing your first home or your last, designing is the same. The more you can think about, plan for, and talk to your builder about, can save you in the long run. Planning is so critical. Don’t forget to include those workshops that might be 100 feet from the back of the house, or that future pool you want to add. All of the things you know you will want to do in the next year or so can be discussed at this point. Again, the big things to include are the electric capacity and expansion, as well as the plumbing. It does not hurt to have these items, even if you never expand.

Planning for now and future is important. Tell your builder your ideas. Discuss all possibilities up front. You will be glad you did. Happy building!

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