Things to Think About When You’re Building a Home

Building a home is a big decision; we know, we’ve been there. While it might be overwhelming at first to have to consider exactly what you need in your home now, and in the future, we’re not expecting you to be able to get there on your own. 

We spoke to our owners Val and Mike about what they recommend you think about when you’re first planning on building a home, to help you answer those initial questions. They hope these few steps will give you an idea of the key things you should be thinking about, and then they can help you with the rest.

Consider what your plans are for the future

Knowing what you would ultimately want in your home is extremely important in deciding what kind of home you should be building. Consider what your home would look like now and in five, ten, fifteen years, and so on. 

For example, are you building for the potential of an intergenerational family home? Are you building to have children? Is this home for your future, one you’ll age in, a stepping stone home, or for your current situation? 

Depending on your future plans, that changes the requirements for your house. Van Arbor Homes has houses for all walks of life and we’ll be able to answer those big questions to help you build the perfect house for you now, and in the future.

Know that design can aid you now and in the future 

Knowing how to design your home ultimately comes down to your personal preference, style, budget and your family’s future plans. 

We offer many different options and variations from two storey homes to bungalows to bi level designs. If you’re interested in learning about the differences in design, pricing and practicality of these different styles of home, check out our post on housing design!

The Fraser – 2 Storey 1,645 SQFT

“If you plan for the future growth of yourself and your family, your home can grow with you! “

Val Lowen, Owner

Houses can also be built to change in the future for room function and the potential changing of dynamics of your family. You can build in flexibility into your home with plans and different road maps on how to get there. For example, if you are going to live abroad and have family members stay with you, that is a different basement than if you aren’t planning to have any guests.

We know that it is never a waste to brainstorm future options and plan out what you could potentially want your house to be in the future. We’re here to ask the right questions to help you sketch out those plans and understand what you’re looking for. If you plan for the future growth of yourself and your family, your home can grow with you!  

Understanding the “right spending” for you

Pricing is a very intricate reflection of your needs and design. Ask yourself how much are you comfortable to spend, rather than how much can you spend, this should help you work out a budget that makes sense for you now and in the future.

From there we can find something in any price range. Lots of people can qualify for big loans, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that is what they should do or want to do with their money. Some people would rather be able to spend that money on travelling or other things. It’s about figuring out what is right for you.  

Ask yourself first what your priorities are in terms of spending, and that should give you an idea of how much you’re comfortable spending on your home vs your lifestyle or leisure time. As always, we’re here to help you answer those big questions!

And finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions!

We don’t underestimate the importance of any of these decisions, which is why we encourage conversations with experts to help you figure out what’s best for you. Our founders Mike and Val have raised a big family, lived intergenerationally, and have helped a lot of people find their home. She’s on hand to answer your questions and figure out exactly what suits you. 

It all starts with a conversation, and we’re here to help.

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