Building a new home is an exciting experience that is both enjoyable and stressful at the same time. While the customized option of building your own home allows you to create the home of your dreams, if you do not consider basic design elements, you may be unhappy with your design a few years down the road. If you are creating your own home design plans, it is important to consider every aspect of how you will use your home to create a personalizes space that will meet all of your needs without causing quirky design flaws that will prevent you from enjoying your new home.
Implement the following must-have features in your home design to avoid future home headaches:
Design your home with use in mind. Avoid getting swept up into too-trendy designs or too many cost-cutting features. These can lead to a home that is poorly designed and will make you unhappy with your home. For every room, make sure that you add enough insulation for your region. Insulation will cut down on expensive heating and cooling bills and make your home more comfortable. Make sure you install a HVAC system that will meet your needs. The unit should be able to provide cost-effective heating and cooling throughout the year. Allow enough lighting in every room. Poorly lit rooms can feel depressing, and make you enjoy your home less. In the initial design for your home, make sure you have enough outlets in every room and that the doors will open the right way so they will not hit other doors or walls.
The living areas should be open and inviting. Think about how you like to use a living space. If you like a living space that is connected to eating areas, try a more open design. However, if you prefer clearly-defined spaces, you may want to separate your living and dining areas. Make sure you have a place somewhere nearby that is a designated laundry area. Laundry can quickly overtake a home, and a large laundry room can help prevent whole-house clutter.
Your kitchen should have enough storage space for all of your items and have designated prep, cooking, and eating areas. Some people find that multiple sinks or even multiple cooking areas make a kitchen more enjoyable to use.
The bedrooms should have enough light in them to look cheery while maintaining privacy. They should also have enough storage and closet space for toys, clothing, and other household items.
The bathroom should be a haven of relaxation. Put in plenty of bright light and mirrors as well as storage space. Consider the use of bathroom wall tiles to deter the growth of mold and bacteria in your bathroom from excessive moisture.
The best way to avoid major design flaws in any home design is to work with an architect that is familiar with creating home designs. Working with an architect along with the above advice will help you create a home that is a haven of rest rather than a nightmare.
This is a guest post by Lindsey Mcmahon, a part-time guest-blogger and a full-time private tour organizer. She currently works for DTW, which is a marketplace for quality developers and companies.