Have you recently acquired a site for your dream house, but are still wondering how you will start building on it? Are you planning to build a spec house? Or would you like to customise your new home?
This article can help you in designing your custom-built home. Read on.
Tip #1: Sketch a design
On sketching a design, you don’t need to be an architect or engineer, nor do you need special software to do it.
All you need to do is grab a paper and pen and list down the house features that are important to you such as the following:
- Number and style of bedrooms
- Number and style of bathrooms
- Size of living room
- Design of the kitchen
- Garage or deck
After listing down your desired house features, you can start sketching your house plan. While sketching, a new idea may pop up in your mind, just note it down then add it when you revise your design. One thing to remember: don’t forget to include the size of your family in your things to consider.
Tip #2: Consider the future
When you’re done sketching your ideal house plan, try considering the future. If you’re a couple that’s just starting a family, you may be planning to have kids. Or do you have aging parents that might soon live with you? These are just some of the future things that you need to consider.
If you have any of these plans, then you need to ensure that your custom-built home’s design can accommodate it. You might need to install extra rooms for your future kids or your parents when they age.
Tip #3: Maximise lot area
If you’re one of the property owners who already know where your new home site is located and how the area looks, then do your best to maximise this space.
For example, if your lot is located beside a natural landscape, you can put your bedrooms towards its direction. This way, you’ll have a mesmerising view every morning. That sounds good, right? If you’re unsure on how you can maximise your lot area, you can consult an expert custom-built home designer to assist you.
Tip #4: Consider convenience and functionality
Once you’re done implementing the important features and plans of your customised home, then you can now visualise how you and your family will flow in it. Try answering a few questions to see if your design is convenient and functional for your family.
- Are the bedroom sizes enough for each family members?
- Can your living and dining room accommodate your whole family?
- Do your hallways have proper widths to pass through?
These are just some of the things that can help you with checking if your design is convenient and functional.
Tip #5: Assess the light source
Have you ever felt sad, sleepy, or lethargic during cloudy days or whenever there’s lack of natural light in your home? If yes, then you could be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is not unusual by the way.
If you are experiencing SAD, then it would be best for you to assess the light source in your design and location. It’ll be smart to place your bedrooms in the east to ensure that it gets enough sunlight in the morning, thus, helps you get enough light to feel energised.
Another tip to maximise the natural light source in your custom-built home is to add some skylights in certain parts of your room. For example, if you’re always in the kitchen or living room, installing skylights in these areas will reduce the use of artificial light.
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