In all of life, there are a few goals that the majority of us shoot for. Most of us aim to graduate college, get married, have kids, and hopefully own our own home. With that said, if there is anything more gratifying than owning your own home, it’s knowing you designed it.
Every nook and cranny was designed with you and your family in mind. Unlike cookie-cutter homes, you have the opportunity to add or take away any ideas you deem necessary. Below are some things to keep in mind while you’re in the process.
A lot of times, when people think about designing or building a home, they get overwhelmed by all that’s involved. Rightly so. There is quite a lengthy process involved. However, as with anything, you must find a way to take things one step at a time.
When most start out designing their home, they are under the impression that a good drafting program is a good place to start. This might actually be a little too much. We encourage you to start simple. Instead of a computer, start with a sheet of paper and pencil.
Sit down with anyone else involved and discuss what everyone wants and needs in the home. Write down all the ideas presented. Then, on another sheet of paper, or a few, draw out what you would like each room to look like.
Add furniture to the rooms, if you like. Having everything on paper will allow you to erase and re-think as much as you would like to before you take your plans to the next level.
Hire A Reputable Home Designer
After you have decided on what you are looking for in your custom home, it’s time to bring in some help. There are a lot of things in this process that you can accomplish on your own, but unless you are a certified architect, creating the blueprints that will someday be your house is not one of them.
You will need to hire a reputable home designer. Your designer can take the ideas that you have written down and drawn out and create a blueprint that is readable by the construction crew. Make sure they have experience. Don’t be afraid to ask for examples of prior work and about how they price their work.
Make sure that you have an amicable relationship, as well. There will almost definitely be times in the journey where you, your designer, and building team don’t see eye to eye. You need people who genuinely have your best interest in mind and understand your vision.
Consider the Future
One thing in life that is rarely ever certain is the future. However, it’s insanity not to at least attempt to prepare for it. Ask yourself a few questions. If you are single, do you plan to get married? Do you see yourself having children down the road?
Do you or your spouse (if you have on) have aging parents that you may need to take care of later in life? Are there any plans in your future for an at home business? There are things that you need to consider before finalizing the floor plans for your custom home.
Make sure to express these concerns to your designer. He/She will then be able to work in extra rooms or bathrooms into the existing schematics in a way that keeps the vision of your home intact while providing for the future.
Designing your own home is quite an exciting adventure. Use these tips to make sure it is a satisfying one.