02 Jun 2017

Choosing the Right Design for Your New Home

Building your own home is a very exciting but challenging experience. The excitement lies in the fact that your home is going to be completely unique, no one else will have the same floorplan as you neither will anyone have lived in it before you. You can create your dream home from the ground up and live happily ever after. Here are some tips on how you can choose the right design for your new home.

Determine Your Budget
Before the planning phase you should have a good idea of what you can afford to spend. If you can get your hands on a builder’s brochure it will give you a basic idea of the floor plan. Typically, the more you want to alter the design the more you should expect to pay. If you are on a tight budget, you might want to hunt around and look at different house styles until you find the one that you like and doesn’t need that much altering.

You can also pay for a custom service which means that you can either request them to completely design you a new home, or you can request that significant changes are made to one of their pre-existing designs.

Where do you want to build?

Location is an essential component of the building process. If you have a number of design ideas you should ask the builder which one is going to work best on the land that you have purchased. Project homes are designed for gently sloping or flat land, if your block has a unique design, this is a very important question to ask. A design that fits in well with your block will be cheaper to build.

What you want and don’t want

Evaluate your current home and decide what you like and what you don’t like. You should make two lists, one of all the features that you must have in your home, and one with all the features that don’t work for you in the home you are living in now.

How will it fit in with your lifestyle?

Your wish list should be a reflection of your lifestyle and what you want in terms of practicality and layout. Do you have guests often? Do you love having pool parties and outdoor barbeques? Do you prefer to snuggle up and watch a movie in a home theatre?