New construction mistakes – choices I wish I hadn’t made

new construction mistakes

It’s been a year since we moved into our new home and we love it! It may still be mostly empty and in need of some serious decoration, but I’m hoping to get to that more this year. It took us a year full of agonizing over decisions and determining what we wanted, needed, and could live without. There are so many choices to be made when you build a home, so I thought I would share some of the decisions I made, that I wish I hadn’t, to hopefully help someone else with their new construction choices.

I found this Hundi Lantern at Pottery Barn and loved it, it is beautiful. I thought oh, it will be perfect in the foyer. Our foyer is two-story and I have no idea how I was planning to clean this light. It only took me about a week to realize this light was a big mistake. I mean, like duh. You cannot, not even with an extendable cleaning device, clean this light. It’s currently dusty, has a few dead bugs in the bottom and makes me angry every time I look at it. FAIL. If I’m being honest, I kind of regret the two story foyer in general. I plan to just replace the light, with an open lantern or chandelier instead; something I can just shake an extendable duster at.

Oh how I agonized over our kitchen backsplash. We built our home on a cost plus model, so every decision we made, big or small, mattered to the budget. From the very beginning I wanted a small marble herringbone backsplash. However, I also wanted to finish the bonus room and put recessed lighting throughout the house. So, I had to cut a little bit other places to make all of that happen. When we went to choose tile, that lovely little marble backsplash I wanted, wasn’t in our budget so I had to improvise.

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