Top 6 Things to Consider When Building Your New Home

Building your new home isn’t something to undergo lightly. You’re considering making an investment that will eventually provide you with happy memories and a great location. When building your new home, there are a number of things you’ll want to take into consideration and McKinley Beach has outlined the top 6, just for you:


The first step, before you do anything else, is to set your goals for building your new home. You’ll want to consider all facets of what your new home will mean to you whether it’s based in practicality or emotional need. Ideally you want to fuse both the practical and emotional to create the most well-rounded experience possible. Architects refer to your goal creation as a ‘program’. This refers to your wish list, your ideals, your plans, etc. Take the time to really consider what you want to achieve. Are your goals attainable? What will your budget be? What do you want your home to look like? Do you have a backup plan? These are all questions you’ll want to ask yourself while creating your goals.


A major part of your initial planning and goal-setting has to be your budget. The budget not only defines your home location and size, it can also have implications on the cost of running your home which will inevitably affect your future month to month budget. Once you establish your overall budget you can start breaking it down into the project details; landscaping, building materials, construction costs, furniture, decor, taxes, permits, etc. There are different budgeting programs you can use for housing projects or you can simply use a spreadsheet program like Excel to easily keep track of everything as you continue through the process.


Are you looking for something with a lakeview? Prefer to be within walking distance of shops and stores, or maybe you prefer the quiet tranquility of nature? In the end you want to choose the best location for you! Look around, take in the different options, and decide on your ideal location. (We’d be remiss not to mention that the McKinley Beach location offers unparalleled lake views along with a natural setting and yet is located only a short 10-15 minute drive from the downtown core. In case you’re looking for that ideal spot 🙂


Your builder will be your single most important element during your new home building experience and can make it or break it, literally. You want to find a builder that is in line with the style you’re looking for and someone who can guide you through the process and cater to your design needs. McKinley Beach has a selection of hand-picked builders who were chosen for their experience, skill, and style. You can see examples of a great builder’s profile HERE.


Sadly, there’s no such thing as a flawless plan but it’s definitely what you want to shoot for. Planning out your building process, with the input from your building team, will save you a lot of headaches. Take the goals you originally created and incorporate them into your plan. Don’t leave anything to chance or regret. If there’s something you want to include in your plan, then make sure it’s included. Remember, this is your plan, it can be changed along the way if necessary.


Owning a home isn’t just the walls, windows, furniture, curtains, etc. Whether you’re building to become part of the McKinley Beach community or your sights are set elsewhere, your home is a place for experiences and stories. All the time, money, and planning that goes into building your home should always result in one thing: a place to call your own.

Wherever you are, wherever your perfect home ends up being, enjoy it! Live your true life story!