Things to Consider When Designing Your New Home

Designing your own house comes with lots of challenges, but with proper preparation you can avoid many of the common pitfalls. The last thing you want is unwelcome surprises during your build, like mistakes or oversights, just because you forgot to consider some important factors.

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Here are some basic aspects you’ll need to consider during the design process to avoid them.

Size

You’ll need to consider matters of size. How big do you want your home to be, and how big do you need it to be? It might be a dream to have a grandiose mansion, but do you really need to spend the money on a huge house if you don’t need all that room? Will a huge home end up being too much work to maintain? And conversely, if you want to scale the build down to save on costs or maintenance, is the house realistically going to be big enough for you and your family? Will there be room for more kids if that’s in your plan? Will you be struggling to squeeze an office in with a nursery? Deciding on a set of floor plans early on in the process is vital to keeping your project on target in terms of cost and time frame.

Power

When designing your home, think of the power requirements of running it and explore options for power sources. Will you install solar panels? If you’re going to power your house with solar, will you need back-up sources for extra energy? Will you heat your water or power your stove with electricity or gas? And how can you save money on power? Will you install double glazing and insulation, or have a fireplace instead of radiators, or ceiling fans instead of air conditioning? Once you’re moved in, the energy requirements and costs of powering your home will be something you have to live with henceforth, so it’s important to plan.

Maintenance

Consider the maintenance requirements of the home you’re designing and what you’re willing to do. For example, if you’re designing your retirement home, is it going to cause accessibility problems later in life (stairs, for example, may become a challenge). If you’ve made your home out of wood, are you prepared to spend money on regular termite checks? Or if you don’t want to install security screens for aesthetic purposes, are you prepared to possibly spend a bit more on your insurance each year? How about high ceilings and windows – are you able to get high enough to safely clean then? All these things should be considered if you want your new home to be practical to maintain.

Location

Where would you like to build your home? What are your preferences – do you want to see the water, or live in a gated community, or somewhere where you can’t hear your neighbours? Do you need to be close to schools or hospitals? Will the commute to and from work be too hard to maintain? Determine all of your needs and requirements so that you can choose the right place to build your own home. From there, the design of your home will have to fit in with the location – for example, if you’re right on the ocean front you might have to consider rust-proof construction materials, or if you’ve chosen a steep block with a great view the angle of the ground might require you to alter your whole house design accordingly.

Materials

You’ll also have to decide on your construction materials. Will you go for higher quality or lower price, durability or aesthetic, local or imported, sustainable or sought-after? Have clear priorities and decide on construction materials that will satisfy them.

If you’re coming into the build with well-considered house designs then you’ll have set yourself up for success. Thorough research and planning go a long way, so try to leave no stone unturned when you design your next home.

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