Before you start designing your custom home you need to have a vision! This will become the foundation for your design and the final result that will, ultimately, become your new home. So, what is the type of custom home that you envision and how do you go about expanding this idea into an actual design?
Let’s start with the basics!
Inspiration and research
You probably have a rough idea about what you imagine your perfect home to look like but to start getting a proper design in place you need to do your research. Luckily, there is a HUGE resource you can use called the Internet! With millions of designs and features to inspire you.
If there are certain features that you particularly like and want to incorporate into your custom home save them and create a folder or mood board you can refer back to. This will help organise your thoughts and keep everything together for when you are ready to plan the layout of your new custom home.
Refine the Plan
The next stage of designing your custom homes is refining your ideas and planning the home’s layout. Take the features you like and make a list of the must haves and the ones that you can do without. Maybe a third option called budget pending, that you are happy to leave if you must but if budget allows would like incorporated into the design. This will give you a clear idea of what your needs are and will give you a bit of discipline so you don’t go over what you can afford.
Your builder will then have a better idea of what you are after, maybe you can’t fit the butler’s pantry in but your builder has an option for additional storage in the kitchen or laundry.
Consult and finalise with a custom builder
Once you have your plan list you and your builder can design a rough floorplan of your new custom home. This allows you to determine where you want certain rooms and how you want your design and overall house to flow. Your builder will also be able to considering ways to cut costs for plumbing and power or make the home more energy efficient.
Your builder will be able to tell you everything you need to know about building your custom home as well as features that will and won’t work in your design.
At this appointment you can also discuss budget, materials, colour choice and so that you and your custom builder are both on the same page when the time comes to start the most exciting project of your life!
So what are you waiting for? Start collecting your ideas and we look forward to turning the dream house you envision into a reality.