The building aspects
List your must have features and a feature wish list
Use an architect to design the floor plan.
Go through the floor plan. If there is a display home that you like the layout visit it.
Know which built in appliances you want and specify them in the contract.
Use quality fittings and fixtures the extra cost is saved through reduced replacements, repairs and maintenance.
Examine The Natural Light & Window Sizes (Consider Views) and window facing for better solar lighting.
Include Energy Efficient Features.
Plan both indoor and outdoor living spaces and how they work together.
Include extra power points.
Don't build the most expensive house on your street
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