When most people think of home design they conjure up images of HGTV and picking out pretty furniture and accent pieces. How fun to look at all of the cool kitchen and bathroom fixtures and picking out the tile and countertops. However, there are many steps to take before we even get to that point.
Whether you are building new or you are updating your existing home, it is important to know what you need as well as what you want. What will work best for you and your family and what is your budget. However, many people have trouble visualizing what the space will look like. If you are building new it is a little easier to design what you want. When you are remodeling and renovating, there are usually some things you need to take into account to keep your budget on track and make things easier. Plumbing, electrical, and HVAC are those behind the scenes types of items you don’t necessarily think about when you decide that all you need to do is tear a wall down.
That is why it is important to consult a professional. Not only will you need them for your official construction drawings for permitting and building, their expertise will pay dividends. This is actually the best part of my job. I love talking with my clients and hearing their vision then going back to my computer and making it come to life.
There are so many design and drafting programs now to work with. I personally use AutoCAD Architecture. The 3D capabilities are amazing and it really allows me to show my clients what their home will look like when it is built. Although floor plans lay everything out, it still can be hard for some people to visualize the end result and is nice to have the option of 3D.
Once you have decided on an architect/design professional, it is time to think about what your must haves are for your home. A good way to do this is to make a list. Start with the exterior and work your way in. Do you prefer a one-story or two? Do you have a certain design style you prefer, such as craftsman, mid-century, or traditional? Once you have that out of the way, it is time to move inside and think about each room. How many rooms? Do you want a split layout, where the master is on one side of the house and the remaining bedrooms are on the other side? Do you want open concept or a more traditional, more compartmentalized layout?
It is important to think how your home will work for you today and in the future. If you are not planning for this to be your forever home, then you really need to be more neutral in your decisions to help you with the resale of your home. With that being said, whatever you decide, be true to you and what you want. Do not be persuaded by fads and opinions of others. This is your home. Make it yours.
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