Custom design; tips for designing your dream home

Building your own home from scratch is exciting, but if you mess up during the planning stage, you will have a house you don’t want to live in. You have your expectations and ambitions of what you want your home to be like, which makes it vital that you think clearly and realistically about the project you are about to undertake. All the planning, designing, and construction can be overwhelming, but with these few tips, the process won’t be as daunting as you first thought.

1. Have a budget

Money is a crucial factor in any project, but where designing your home is a concern, you must get it right. You might have an idea of what you want in mind, but as you calculate how much it’s going to cost, you realize that you will either have to add money to cover all the costs or adjust your expectations. Define your needs, wants, and must-haves against your budget and see what you can cover. If you can’t have certain things now, is there a way you can have them later?

2.  Trust the process

You will need help from a professional design team, architect, and building team. You need to trust them and have open communication. Ask questions where you are not sure, and guide them if you feel they are veering off course. Trusting your building team is like trusting your real estate agent to find you a house you will love and be comfortable in, or the stress-free house moving tips from your favorite moving company. Just like moving, you need to accept that delays can happen, and your deadlines might not be met. But remaining flexible and preparing adequately will keep you relaxed and focused on finding solutions so you can get back on track.

Be on the same page in regards to the design, timelines, and constructions, and trust that your team will deliver. Refrain from micromanaging everything, so your team has enough flexibility to be creative and relaxed to do their jobs right. It helps to work with an experienced team, so you are not worried about everything they are doing. 

3. Choose a house plan

Before you get all excited in selecting a design, first settle on the property you plan to build on because the structure of your house must conform to the building site. If you start with the design, you might be disappointed when you have to change some of your favorite aspects to adapt to your lot’s characteristics. Consider if your lot is on a natural slope, the weather patterns in the area, site accessibility, and any zoning restrictions your local authority may have.

Once that’s out of the way, choose your architecture style, general layout, and include aspects of your personal style. If you plan to get a family, consider how many bedrooms you’ll need so everyone is comfortable, including your parents when they come visiting. If you plan to sell later, think of including aspects that will make your home better suited for the market, such as enough baths, large airy kitchens, among other aspects.

4. Provide enough information 

Whether you plan to be actively involved in the building process or not, it’s important to ensure your architect understands your needs. Providing as much information as you can will go a long way in ensuring your custom design is everything you envisioned. Draw up a sketch and share it with your architect. It doesn’t matter if you can draw or not as long as the drawing portrays your idea. If you want to be a little fancy, figure out how to use one of the numerous sketch tools online and build a 3D design. Pinterest has tons of ideas you can look at to find something that matches what you have in mind. Remain open-minded, however, because your architect might have to change the concept a bit to make it buildable.  

5.  Remain calm 

Designing and building a custom home can take a toll on your health. You may find that you’re always stressed and anxious throughout the progress, and that’s expected. Remain calm by adopting healthy habits such as jogging, walking, meditating, or going for a massage. The more relaxed you are, the easier it will be to deal with all the questions and frustrations that might arise. If you are frustrated, you will project it on your team and jeopardize everything. 

Designing your dream home is fun, but if you are not careful, you will hate the process and become overwhelmed. Follow these tips to keep things moving in the right direction.

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