Excitement surrounds beginning the process of building a new home for yourself and your family. Especially if you’ve spent years in dwellings that provided a roof over your head but didn’t allow you to utilize the space as desired. Or perhaps you’re a young family wanting to build the first home you will own, with those inherent challenges of changing family needs.
You probably have many ideas and dreams for this new accommodation, but you may not have the skills required to create the plans for the home that will suit your needs. When you face this situation, you will discover that finding a home designer to help make the actual floor plans for your new home will give you the peace of mind you want at this crucial stage in preparation for building the house.
When you meet with your home designer, consider keeping four ideas in mind so that you can communicate your desires to the designer and enable the designer to catch your vision and provide the information needed to create a successful floor plan for you.
1. List Specific Areas You Do Not Like in Your Current Home
After living in one or more homes or apartments before building your new residence, you undoubtedly have a list of areas in your current home that do not work as well as you would like. Before you meet with the designer, walk around your present home and look at areas where you constantly have to adjust how you use the space.
For example, the kitchen does not have enough open space for easy movement. Another might include a bathroom with inadequate storage. List these and bring them to the meeting to share so that the designer can begin to understand possible changes that could work well in your new home.
2. List How You Want To Use the Space in the New Home
Before the meeting with the home designer, who will guide you through the custom home building process, also make a list of all the ways you want to use the areas of your new home. To allow space for all the critical activities, your designer needs this essential information to design the home of your dreams.
3. Bring Inspirational Visuals With You
Your home designer will appreciate that you have taken the time to collect some photos, magazine clippings and other visuals to show some ideas of how you would like the new home to appear. Pictures can provide an opportunity for the designer to ask questions about what appeals to you in the photos, which helps in the design process, so you end with a home you love.
4. Know Your Affordability Parameters
The designer will need to know what your budget range consists of for the custom home building. Keeping costs in mind will directly impact materials used in the design’s construction phase, as well as layout options that align with your guidelines for affordability.
When you bring these four key information pieces with you that the home designer will want to know, you allow your designer to understand what you want in your new construction. Gaining this insight helps the designer create a floor plan that will please you for many years.