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Owner’s Guide: What’s Structurally Important When Building a Home?

Are you in the process of building your home? You probably know what you want your new home to look like, but you may have no idea about the structural side of your build. While a good builder will be able to handle the structural side of things, it’s still important for homeowners to know what to look for structurally when building a home. Let us take you through the structural basics of any house.

What To Look For Structurally When Building a Home

The Foundations

Having a structurally sound home oftentimes comes down to the foundations. Is the base and frame of your house high quality and well made? This will come down to using the right materials, ensuring a structural engineer has approved the plans, and having them made well by certified and qualified builders who know what they’re doing. The foundations and framework aren’t something that can be thrown up on the fly or DIY’d on a whim, so make sure you know for certain that the bones of your build will support your completed house.

Floors

Uneven flooring is something that may be difficult to see with the naked eye, but you will definitely notice it once you live in the space. No matter what type of flooring you choose, the easiest way to make sure it’s laid evenly is by getting it professionally installed. While you can DIY vinyl or laminate flooring over a well-laid slab, hardwood and tiling are generally best left to the professionals if you’re after an even finish.

Roofs

Your roof is what does the heavy lifting in terms of keeping you and your family sheltered from wind rain and sun, all year long. With such a crucial role, you want to ensure that your roof will stand up to all weather conditions. Ensure that your roof is well fitted and sealed from the get-go to avoid leaks.

Plumbing and Wet Areas

When a bathroom or wet area isn’t done properly, it shows. As bathrooms and other wet areas are usually tiled, going back in to fix plumbing can be a costly exercise. When building your home, ensure that you get the plumbing and sealing done right the first time to save you headaches and money in the long run.

Accessibility

Your entire home can be structurally perfect, but how will anyone know if you can’t access certain areas of your home to check? Having full accessibility is important for two reasons. First, it gives you peace of mind, allowing you to check up on the structural quality of your home. Second, it allows for more accurate building and pest inspections, ensuring that no gaps in the report appear that could drive down the price of your home.

Consider accessibility when building, landscaping, and living in your home. Your first step should be to ensure that you can easily access the roof when needed. Don’t put garden beds or plant anything up against the house as it not only puts you at risk of termite damage but also prevents you from accurately viewing your home’s foundations. In your building plans, try to ensure that there is no exterior wall of your home that sits directly up against the earth, opting for a retaining wall so that your full exteriors can be inspected.

Run-Off and Guttering

Wet conditions can be a structure’s worst nightmare, which is why it’s so important to make sure your property has proper drainage to control any run-off. The last thing you want is for water to flow underneath your house every time it rains. This could stay wet, build up, and expose your home to excessive damp conditions which will likely deteriorate your home over time.

There are plenty of things to keep in mind when building your home, but the number one thing we would suggest you do before anything else is ensuring you have a registered, qualified builder on the job. It’s your builder’s job to know what is structurally important throughout your build, along with every detail of the building process. To get a qualified builder on your side, Contact Us, or check out our Blog for more building tips.

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