New Home – Designing Yours

In this article we’re going to discuss the painstaking process of designing your new dream home.

After you’ve selected the site you want to build on, which can be hard enough by itself, next comes the process of actually designing what you want your home to look like. The experts say that you shouldn’t get a fixed idea in your head of what you want your home to look like because a lot of the final look will depend on the surrounding terrain and the restrictions that you may have to work under.

The actual design process involves more talking than doing. At this stage you’ll make evaluations of the home’s floor plan. Maybe you’ll review some preliminary designs and prepare some drawings and specifications for the actual building of your home.

The first thing that you have to understand when designing your new home is that you have to design it within the budget that you’ve been allowed. You may want that 20 room mansion but if your budget only allows for a 6 room ranch then that’s what you have to keep your design down to. Being realistic about what you can actually do is the first step.

Unfortunately, it’s not the overblown plans that become a problem. The problems begin when designers try to stretch their plans just a little. Soon, your $150,000 home has become a $175,000 home and that extra $25,000 isn’t going to magically fall from the sky. This is a very common pitfall that designers get trapped in which is why it is always a good idea to underestimate your plans. Chances are, things are going to cost more than you originally thought anyway, especially with materials costs rising all the time.

On the other side of the coin, many designers try to cut corners on materials and supplies. This is also not a good idea. The last thing you want to do is design a home that is going to fall apart on you. Design the home to last and be safe, even if it means you have to do without that indoor pool.

There are four things a designer need to keep in mind when designing a home that is going to end up being a place where you’re going to want to live. The first is structural integrity. The last thing you want is the house to collapse around you. Build it to last. The second thing is how the home is actually going to look. You want the appearance to be such that people will enjoy looking at it both on the inside and outside each day. So get that more expensive paneling. Don’t skimp. The third is actual design errors. You want to minimize these as much as possible. If there is a flaw in the design that could set the actual construction, not to mention your budget, back a ways. And finally there are the change orders. By carefully designing the home you will have less of these which also add to the cost.

By doing all of the above you can be assured of a home that is well designed and most likely will be built to last.