Planning to design your new home to match your personality? A design that is a perfect reflection of your tastes and also gels well with your budget may be quite challenging, but not impossible.
Following are some brilliant tips to get you going.
1. Sincerely do your homework
There are different house styles, so you have many interior and exterior home designs to choose from. If you find a home appealing, look carefully to identify exactly what characteristic appealed to you. Make a note and if possible draw a quick sketch so that the idea can be implemented later, even if you are hiring a professional.
2. Create your list
It is important to start with the fundamentals such as the number of bathrooms or bedrooms, porch or deck styles, type of formal dining room, the number of family spaces, garage size, and so on. Once you are done with this basic list, you can plan for each item individually and incorporate more features as required. In your list, you may also include supplementary features such as phone connections, audio wiring, and the like.
3. Check the local zoning laws carefully
From yard fencing to house framing, everything is affected in some way or the other by zoning laws. So check carefully to see what types of zoning laws prevail in your community. It can save you from future legal issues.
4. Take care of your budget
After making your list, you must go for a comparison with your budget. First time home designers or home builders might find it difficult to adjust all the required features to fit within their budget. To tackle this problem, you can make some investment in some of the software available for home design. Such software includes an estimator, from which you can gauge the running costs while your home is being designed.
5. Create a design suitable for your plot
Every land or plot has its distinct properties, along with its challenges and assets, which you must keep in mind. It would be wise to use the existing grades to get favorable results. For instance, if you have a plot that has a sharp slope towards the side, instead of going for a conventional back door you can think about a walk-out side basement door.
If you go along with what your land has to offer, a considerable portion of your excavating cost is saved, and you retain a large portion of the natural features of your plot.
Also, try to position bedrooms and bathrooms at the ground level towards the back end of the house. Design fences, foliage and windows in such a manner that it enhances privacy and beauty.
6. Efficiently utilize the space
While making the floor plan, always ensure a logical flow of everything. For example, you need to design all plumbing features to be in a single area, create isolated bedrooms to bring down noise, place light switches according to traffic flow, and so on.
7. Consider interior design
While developing the floor plan, rope furniture into the blueprint so that you can have an idea of how everything will fit together. This can be done by using magazine clippings, graph paper or even certain home design software. Also, take note of aspects like flooring choices, paint, and lighting arrangements.
Remember, your interior decor must make all the activities which you are planning to do in the home convenient.
As you consider these tips for a fabulous home design, also note the position of the sun to make the design perfect. Natural light paves the way for energy conservation, so go green by placing windows in the right position so that natural light can come in.
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