How to Budget Your New Home Designs

You want a new home design but you have no idea if you can afford it or not. There are lots of options to choose from, yet you want the home design that suits your taste and of course your wallet. If you want to have some ideas, you need to check out some home design and house builder sites that provide amazing listing of new home designs and styles to get the house design of your dreams.

The first thing you need to do is estimate your house, meet up with the home builders who make houses that are similar in size, quality, and features to the home you want. Home builders will tell you how much per square foot they frequently charge for home structure. They can also give you an approximate idea of what your dream home might cost. Ask them if they have already some price lists, this will both lessen the waste of time.

Expect some features to cost more like new furniture, new paints, new landscape and etc. The most costly areas in building a home are regularly the bathrooms and the kitchen. The number of windows and the size and quality of windows can also change the charge. Vaulted ceilings and high roof pitches can increase the cost of a home design. When you want to use other homes to calculate an estimate, be sure the home has the same style and features of the home you plan to build.

According to About.com, “the cost per square foot is often higher for a small home than that of a larger home. When building a larger home, the cost of expensive items (such as a furnace or kitchen) is spread over more square footage. Consequently, a larger home may have a lower square footage cost than a smaller home. Also, it usually costs less to build a two-story home when compared to a one-story home that has the same square footage. This is because a two-story home will have a smaller roof and foundation. Plumbing and ventilation are more compact in two-story homes.”

Check all the sizes of your house, from the living area, dining, kitchen and bathroom. Have your home size rounded up or down to increments of two feet. This reduces wasted materials. Also, the shape of your home is important, better yet take a picture all the different sides of your house. In this way, house builders will have a draft beforehand before the ocular.

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.

3 Tips To Use When Meeting With Your New Home Designer

Meeting your new home designer is the first step you can take in your journey of building a custom designed home. It’s exciting – are you excited? You should be! This is your chance to relay all of the exciting ideas you have about your dream home. This meeting is all about you you you. So how can you have a really successful meeting and give yourself the best opportunity for your home design to be as close to what you wanted, the first time round.

Tip 1 – Be Yourself

I know some of you are thinking, “who else would I be”? But you would be surprised at how many people sit in their design meeting acting like they’re attending a funeral instead of taking one of the most exciting steps life has to offer. Relax. Great home designers know what it’s like to bring your dreams to the table, they are tasked with the responsibility of delivering it.

If this is the first time you’ll be building a million dollar home, don’t think you have to act like a millionaire (or what you think millionaires might be like – some people will be surprised to find out they’re often very common). If you are yourself the home designer will get to know you, and more about what you’re like which will give them the best opportunity to putting your personality into your new house.

Tip 2 – Be Brutally Honest

If you like sex in the hallway, then tell us and we’ll make sure that hallway is the best damned hallway to have sex in. You need to be brutally honest with your lifestyle and what is most important to you. Communicating your lifestyle is the biggest challenge for most people as they may not want to draw attention to aspects of their life or perhaps they think something may just be common sense. Don’t assume that the person sitting across the table thinks like you, walks like you, talks like you or has the same values. If you love teddy bears and need additional room in the bedroom for your 101 teddies, then say it. If you’re sporty and want a gym with mirrors on the walls, then say it. If you’re an enthusiast photographer and will use one of the bedrooms as a dark room then say it.

All of the above are examples that I’ve come across during my time as a custom home builder. What’s more, the items that were being discussed had to be coaxed out of the home buyers over time. More importantly, we modified the design to suit which gave them a far better outcome than they would have got had they not told us. We changed window heights in the hallway (in fact, we did a lot of adjustments through the entire house!). We created teddy niches in the bedroom, we removed skirting boards in the gym and added a TV and power outlet point in one corner at 2.0m high and we switched the window in the dark room to the south side of the house to avoid the sun but still give enough ventilation.

Tip 3 – Enjoy The Process

Remember this is your time, relax and enjoy yourself. Make jokes and get to know the people sitting opposite you on the table. You’ll find the more comfortable you feel with your designer, the more information will flow during your design brief and the better your home will be.

If you’re using a custom home builder and are looking to ensure you have the best home design suited to your needs you should follow these three tips. Your new home designer will appreciate how much easier you made the meeting and love the fact that they’ll have the best opportunity to make you happy first time around.