When designing a custom home for you and your family, there is a huge variety of options to choose from, which can be exciting but also sometimes overwhelming. One of the most important parts of your design is deciding on a floor plan for your property, so here are a few tips on settling on a final design for this.
Of course, it is important to find both a good architect and a good custom home builder, both of which will be able to provide you with advice tailored to your specific needs and tastes. Discovering your own needs and preferences first, however, can help both with the conception of the design and also in the finalization of all the details.
The first thing that you should do is to think about your specific needs when designing the floor plan of the home. This can be a lengthy and difficult process, so the best thing to do is break your brainstorming down into several steps.
You can start by thinking about how many rooms you need, the size of the rooms and where they should be positioned in relation to each other. Without settling on any specifics, you will be able to get a broad idea of what you need, and then be able to play around with the final design.
It is important to consider the future of your home too; many people who design custom homes forget that their family might expand, or that their home will need to be adapted for any aging individuals living in the property.
If you are part of an expanding family, think about having extra bedrooms in place for new family members. You may also need to have spare rooms in place for guests that come on a frequent basis. For those with potential decreased mobility, having space to install mobility equipment can be an important consideration to make.
Space is also a big factor. You may require a large master bedroom or a large living area, or instead prefer living in smaller-sized, cozier place. In regards to room positioning, you many want all the bedrooms to be close together, or have children’s bedrooms placed far from the adults’ ones. Think carefully about all of these different factors.
It is important to remember that, when building custom homes, budget is often the only real limit that you have, but that this will come in to play sooner or later and you will need to compromise. If you enjoy having a lot of space and want a big home, then you may need to compromise on some things elsewhere, such as decoration and finishes.
On the other hand, you may want to spend your money on finishing the interior of your property with luxurious and high quality furnishings. Make sure that you account for these in your design and build budget, and be prepared that layout-wise you may have to compromise on the perfect interior space.
Another important aspect of your home layout is where all your items of furniture will go, as well as appliances such as washing machines, stoves, sinks, bathtubs and much more. If you are struggling to imagine what each room should look like, look through home design magazines to get an idea of what your ideal living room, bathroom or bedroom will look like.
This can help you narrow down a few ideas to work with when you are putting your plan together. You may see a stunning open kitchen/dining room space that you want to replicate and then find it much easier to place all your other rooms around this one centerpiece.
These are just a few tips to help design your new property. Do not forget, however, that there are many professionals specialising in custom homes – from architects to custom home builders – who are knowledgeable and eager to help you in your choices and decisions.