When making a home design decision, you are most likely to find trouble locating an existing structure that matches the mental depiction of your dream home. Well, you are not alone. Almost every potential homeowner encounters this challenge. Luckily, we are here so that we can help you come up with the home of your dreams. By presenting to you the crucial things you may need to consider, we’ll help you navigate the process of designing your home.
Seek the services of a specialized architect.
A home design project ought to be one whose realization results in years of fulfillment. There is no better way to make sure this is achieved than involving an architect in the process of designing your home.
The presence of an architect in the process will make it more successful and cost-effective as compared to the absence of one. The success will come about as a result of you and the architecture playing your parts in the project. If you know what you want, you, pretty much have played your part. The rest is the architect who is tasked with implementing your design objectives and helping you navigate the design tricks.
Draft a rough floor plan.
This will elevate your ideas into practical action plans. For instance, suppose you want a three-bedroomed house with two bathrooms, an open kitchen and a living room that incorporates the dining and entertainment areas.
The starting point of your sketch should be cutting out the essential areas. For instance, on the right-wing of the house, you can have two of the bedrooms on one side of the hallway with an adjoining bath, then have the third bedroom on the other end with a master bath. You can have the entryway opening onto the great room in the middle. The kitchen, laundry room and access to the garage can be blocked out on the left-wing of the house. When you start by blocking out the core areas of your house, you can easily move them around until you achieve the layout you envisioned.
Once you have the floor plan in place, think about the outer frame of your structure. Put into consideration the conventions associated with each style of the structure. Unique protocols govern different home designs such as craftsman styles, split-levels, Colonials, and geodesic domes. For this reason, your floor plan should be one that conforms to the rules of the outer frame that you select.
Produce a floor layout.
This procedure can be undertaken with the use of a computer program through which you can design rooms, walls, and windows in a professional appearance. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that a computer program and vision have limited capabilities in terms of how far you can go with the implementation of your home design project.
Figure 1: Floor Plan Layout.
You need to engage an architect who will come up with a practical design that incorporates the considerations of practical issues such as structural integrity, flood planes, drainage, gradient, and other details.
Understand the consequences of mistakes in every phase of the project. You can afford to make mistakes during the vision phase because they will cost you nothing. However, errors in the design phase may delay your project, and you may want to avoid them. The building phase is the worst stage to make a mistake because they will extensively stretch your budget.
Hiring the professionals at the right time to take over your project is a significant step towards the realization of your dream. Assigning the rest of the design work to a designer with experience allows them to work together with the architect and contractor to make the project a success.
After creating the concept, driving the dream, doing all the legwork to find the property, focusing your design goals, you certainly have the finer details of what you expect. As such, you need to sit back and concentrate on the more important task of overseeing the home of your dreams being constructed.