If you are lucky enough to be able to design your dream home, you will absolutely want to get it right first time. You will most likely already have some idea about what you want in your home and how you envision it to be when it is complete, but it is a massive project, and sometimes a couple of tips go a long way.
This piece will take a look at some of the things that are worth considering when you are designing your new home!
• Develop Your Design Brief
Developing your design brief is a must to make sure everything possible is covered in your new project. You will find that it will most likely change as you move through ideas, speak to contractors, and make any budget alterations, but this will be your primary reference. You might decide you want one more bedroom than you originally planned, or to think about how you can maximize the natural light, where you want your windows to face, or if it will be an open plan design. All of this will go into your design brief, and will change as you change your mind.
• Hire Trusted Contractors
Building a home is a massive project, and a lot can weigh on it, not only financially, but emotionally too. Do not rush into finding just anyone who can do the jobs for you, make sure to vet any companies you are interested in and see their qualifications and reviews before meeting. Word of mouth can also be particularly useful here as well.
It can be tempting to opt for someone who says they are able to do everything, but stick to those who are well known in their profession. For example, if you want a specific roof and have an idea about how you would love for it to look, you will want someone to tell you if and how you can make that happen, what the potential problems might be and what the alternatives are.
Or you might already be renovating a home that has a roof you love, but you want to know if it is safe. Someone who specializes in roof repair will be able to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision, and can help if something goes wrong.
• Understand the Area
Understanding the area is crucial to your placement and design of your new home. You will want to know where your parking can go, make sure the tree placement is taken into consideration, along with the sunlight, if there is anything around that cannot be moved such as bodies of water, or how much space you will have or are allowed between neighboring houses. All of this will need to be worked out prior to starting the build, as you do not want to begin only to find out you are in a tough spot you cannot work around.
Designing or renovating a house can be an exciting time, but putting these important steps in place before diving into anything can save a lot of heartache and money!