• Tim Kraemer

Common Architectural Construction Errors




There are so many details that come together in a construction project. It is vital that all of these details are being looked at from many points of the view. From the general contractor, to the electrician, the homeowner to the architect everyone should be review the details of the project and making sure everything will line up to be function as well as aesthetically pleasing. Below you will find 5 common architectural construction errors to be on the lookout for in your next construction project.


Mistake #1: Inadequate venting. Both crawlspaces and attics need proper venting to prevent mold growth. Often times during construction these vents get overlooked or improperly placed. The size of the space will determine how many vents your building will need. Make sure the soffit vents, ridge vents and mechanical vents are all in proper quantities and properly placed.


Mistake #2: Inadequate insulation. Gaps here and there in insulation are not good. Insulation should be continuous and tight. Making sure the insulation gets installed properly will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.


Mistake #3: Ceiling framing and lighting. Framing and lighting can run into each other if overlooked. For example, if you want recessed lighting down the middle of a hallway, you won’t want the framers to install a rafter down the center of the hall. Framers don’t always take into consideration the coordination of lighting during installation.


Mistake #4: Door and window framing. Place a door or window close to the corner of a room or hallway and then add trim and you might just be left with a tiny space of wall which is too thin to paint. These are fine design details that need to be thought through during the design and building process.


Mistake #5: Homeowners buying items that won’t work. Don’t get overexcited about your project and buy materials or appliances on a whim. Details such as sizing and insulation specification will only allow for certain products to work throughout your home.


These common mistakes can be avoided by using a reputable general contractor for your next construction project. The general contractor will be the one to take care of all of these little details so you won’t have to worry so much about your project.


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