When you’re working on custom home plans in Oklahoma, it’s important to make sure all the construction and execution that results from those plans is up to snuff. After all, if you’re building your own home, you may as well make sure the workmanship is of impeccable quality so every element of your home can stay in excellent condition for many years to come.
A large part of this is making sure you choose high-quality materials. There is very much a “buyer beware” philosophy that applies to any sort of construction with regard to the materials you choose. The thickness of the boards, the type of wood, whether you opt for steel or fiberglass—all of these are issues that will influence the overall quality of workmanship you get out of your project in your home.
Here are just a few examples of some of the ways you can pretty clearly identify what is and what is not high-quality new home construction:
The surfaces are going to be among the first things you notice when you walk into a home, and they also get very heavy usage, so it’s important to make sure you go with high-quality materials that will stand the test of time. For example, going with granite or quartz countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms versus cheap laminate can make a big difference. Hardwood and stone floors provide the best longevity, but if you do opt for laminate, make sure you go with flooring that is at least 12 mm thick rather than thin sheet vinyl.
- Finished-off areas:
You can really tell a construction team put a lot of effort into its work when certain areas of the home are finished off. Garage interiors being insulated, drywalled, taped and mudded, especially when connected to the home, is a huge benefit that is indicative of an overall high quality of work. All closet and pantry interiors should be finished as well. There should be clean seams and edges on exterior siding—the presence of gaps and poor cuts shows shoddy workmanship. Finally, having finished pine soffits on patios goes a long way toward a better appearance.
It’s often the little details that separate average work from excellent work in a new home. Check the crown molding, base trim, window casings and chair rails, for example. High-quality materials and intricate routing and workmanship is indicative of excellent construction. Having high-quality interior doors is also a benefit. While most interior doors are hollow core these days (otherwise they’d be too heavy), there are certainly degrees of quality to consider.
The construction team should offer craftsmanship warranties and other quality guarantees to protect the work done on your home. Ask also about mechanical and systems warranties and structural warranties.
For more information about how you can tell the difference between average and excellent construction in a new home, reach out to Perry House Plans. We’re known for our custom home plans in Oklahoma and would love to work with you soon!