How to Design Your Own Home
Designing a home can be a pretty intensive process. There are many different factors to consider that most people who have not designed a home before are not likely to think about. For this reason, if you want to design your own home, it can be beneficial to come up with many of the concepts and main priorities and take your ideas to a professional home designer, like the ones at Stattonrock Design+Build, so that they can help turn your dream into a practical reality.
Steps for Designing Your Own Home
Designing your own home can be exciting, but there are many complicated elements that most people are unaware of. If you are hoping to design your own home, it can be helpful to keep the following steps in mind:
Before beginning your home designs, it can be useful to start by finding other homes and design elements that inspire you. These can be found by visiting friends’ houses, remembering elements from past houses that have made an impact on you, and looking at homes online. Assemble a portfolio of images that you can draw inspiration from when compiling your own designs.
Set a Budget
Setting a realistic budget is incredibly important. This budget should be comprehensive and include land acquisition and preparation and all components of the build, including permit acquisitions, material costs, trades fees, and more. For the sake of keeping the budget contained and paying less in the long run, it can be extremely beneficial to hire a custom home builder who handles the entire build process in-house.
Make a List of Essentials
Knowing what kind of elements of your home are absolutely essential can help you to know what you will need to factor into your home design. Take stock of the rooms that you will need, including bedrooms, bathrooms, entertainment areas, utility rooms, and common spaces. Think about the different elements of each room that are important. These could include walk-in closets, specific appliances, tubs, seating areas, and more.
Begin Sketching a Design
Using grid paper, begin sketching out the design of your home. Begin with the priority rooms that are central to the rest of the home’s design, such as the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom.
Assemble a Portfolio of Design Elements
Keep track of different design elements that resonate with you. These could include paint swatches, flooring samples, moulding samples, cabinet and countertop ideas, and anything else that will be included in your home. These samples will help in the later stages of your home’s build.
Finalize Your Plans
If you have not already, now is the time to contact a custom home design-builder. While you can work with an architect at this point, it can save you time and money to work with a builder who also does home design in-house. They will help you to render your designs in a digital home design system and get started on the building process.
How Can a Design-Builder Help You Design Your Own Home?
Design-builders have a wealth of experience in designing homes and applying those designs to a building project. For this reason, they can help to ensure that the design you use is practical and they can help to catch problems before they occur. Professional home designers will also be able to help you make important decisions about vital factors for the home such as which materials to use, how to best space out rooms and design elements, and what kind of floorplans are most conducive to the type of space you are trying to create.
If you are interested in finding out more about how to design your own home, or to learn more about the services offered by Stattonrock Design + Build, please contact us and we will be sure to get back to you with the information you need.