You've decided to build your home from scratch! Congrats! Designing and building your own home is a great way to get exactly what you want. But heed these common mistake people make when building their own home, so you can get into your dream house with little fuss and no muss.
You've picked your color, but how many gallons will you need for your room? Calculate the wall area of the room; you'll need one gallon for 450 square feet. To determine the wall area, multiply the height of each wall by its width (don't subtract for doors and windows unless they take up more than half the wall); total the figures for the walls. Add 10 percent for future touch-ups. For two coats, double the number.
Use foam gaskets to seal electrical boxes - According to energy experts, electrical boxes that hold switches or outlets are major sources of heat loss. Foam gaskets ($3 for a pack of 12 at home centers) won’t completely seal the boxes, but they’ll help. They’re quick to install— just take off the cover plate, stick the gasket over the box, then put the plate back on.