If you’re building your dream home, you’ve probably dreamt of what your new home will look like countless times. You want every detail to be perfect, but you are not sure where to start. Here are 9 tips and tricks for the beginning stages of home design:
- Get Inspired: Picture what kind of home you’d want if money weren’t an object to come up with a basic vision. Think about what it is about the way they look that appeals to you.
- Look through architecture publications: You’ll get a good overview of current design trends by pouring over domestic architecture photobooks or home design magazines at the bookstore. You might see yourself living in a European-influenced cottage, or gravitate towards something more sleek, modern, and minimalistic.
- When you see a home that catches your eye, take photographs from as many angles as you can. You’ll be able to take in more of the subtle nuances by examining a picture at your own leisure than you could with a hurried walk-through. Photos also make great reference materials when you get into the specifics of piecing together your own home.
- Draw up a reasonable budget: Ask yourself, “how much house can I actually afford?’ This will help you arrive at a realistic figure and bring your vision into clearer focus.
- It might be helpful to meet with a certified financial planner who can go over the provisions of your budget with you and explain potential curveballs.
- Keep a design notebook: You can use the pages to paste photos, keep track of calculations, collect contact information, along with various other important details associated with your project. Make sure it is a bound notebook so that you will work more efficiently than digging through reams of loose paper.
- Consider your needs: Consider space, privacy, and outline the number, ages, and relationships of the people who will be sharing the home.
- Make a list of essential features: Get as specific as you please, the more information you can hand off to your contractors, the closer your finished home will be to your original vision.
- Sketch out a rough floor plan: Focus on completing one level at a time. When you’re done with the downstairs, you can move on to plotting the upper floors. Keep your needs in mind and try to devise a configuration that promotes both comfort and convenience.
By this time you are ready to consult with your home builder or architect to discuss the possibilities. Check out our 5 Tips to Negotiating with your Home Builder for what to expect during the negotiation phase.