Home Design Can Be Very Gratifying

If you have purchased a lot and are planning on having a new home built on this parcel of land then you are in for some very exciting moments and frustrating ones as well. One of the first things you are going to have to determine is the home design itself as this is the starting point.
 
Perhaps you have contemplated this aspect of your new home by doing your home design before you even bought your lot. Then at least you have an idea of how much land you need to be comparable with the design that you planned.
 
Therefore, now that you have your concept or your rough draft on paper of your home it now has to be professionally done so that it can be passed by the planning offices of the area that you are going to be living in. Many building codes that have to be followed and you really need to have a drawing done professionally by an architect to get it passed swiftly. They are very familiar with the building codes and the drawing they will produce for you is called a blueprint.

 
Therefore, this means you have to sit down with the architect and tell him exactly what you want or if you have a good sketch, you could give them that as well. He will advise you as to what is feasible and what is not.
 
When you are planning your new home design, you have to take into consideration not only all the costs that are in front of you that you understand but the hidden costs as well. For example, you have to consider that you are going to need your water supply so you may need a well dug if you are outside of city limits. You may need a septic system that will have to be put in place. If your lot is not accessible to hydro, you are going to have to have electrical lines brought in. If you are not having a basement under your new home then you are going to have to have a foundation.

 
Therefore, as you can see there are many aspects besides the actual building of the home and the materials. Then you have to consider whom are you going to get to build the home unless it is going to be a family venture.
 
During this time if you do not have living quarters then you are going to have to consider some mode of living on your new property while the new home is being built. Ideally a trailer is suitable for this and works quite conveniently provided that ongoing work is taking place on your home and you won’t have to live this way for too long a period.

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.

Kitchens and Baths Receiving More Attention in New Home Design

At the height of the housing downturn the most impacted areas in new home design were also once the most lucrative: kitchens and baths. For several years new home owners passed on popular and expensive add-ons to their kitchens and bathrooms such as water filtration systems, large pantry areas and natural wood cabinets. However, a recently published A.I.A Home Design Trends Survey indicates these functions and more might see a comeback.

Renovation and remodeling contractors want to make the most of a renewed interest in these once popular amenities. Homeowners who passed on the functions to save money during construction are now more interested in having it installed after the fact. Meanwhile, some architects report an upward trend in the kitchen space requested by customers during the design of their new homes. What might it mean for renovation and remodeling contractors? More business.

The area that received the most attention was the kitchen. 22 percent of respondents in the A.I.A report said the size of the kitchen is increasing in new home design and construction. The rediscovered focus on size opens up the possibility of remodeling and addition work that can be done in this popular and lucrative sector. The dominant feature requested for new kitchens are renewable materials. Almost half of the surveyed architects said that materials such as bamboo, cork and concrete are becoming increasingly popular.

Bathrooms are a different story. The report suggests their size and quantity is remaining stable but with an added emphasis on accessibility of design. The trend towards more accessible, safer bathrooms has long been anticipated by contractors as current generations choose to stay in their homes into old age. Doorless showers and handheld shower heads are a popular addition to customer bathrooms.

Contractors are already beginning to mount advertising campaigns aimed at these unique customers. It remains to be seen if homes constructed in the residential downturn will become the latest, hottest market.

Overall, the report indicates a trend of stabilization in the design of kitchens and bathrooms with notable upticks in certain areas. Savvy renovation and remodeling contractors are cashing in on the number of households that renounced popular features during the downturn. Meanwhile, others expect more remodeling and addition options as the size of kitchen and bath design continues to increase in new home construction.

Check out the AIA’s full fourth quarter of 2010 Home Design Trends Survey Report.

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.