3 Things to Consider When You Design Your Own Home
Designing your own home allows you to enjoy a fully customized space that will accommodate your family, making it a great option for many homeowners. As you begin the design process, it is easy to get caught up in all the details and lose sight of the bigger picture. Before you start agonizing over the perfect bathroom tile or how big the kitchen island should be, take the time to consider these three important factors in designing a new home:
1. What is Your Lifestyle
The number one factor you want to take into consideration when designing your own home is your lifestyle. This will dictate how you use your space and the types of spaces that will best serve your family. Perhaps you grew up in homes where there was a formal dining room that was rarely used. While this might be a traditional use of space, it isn’t necessarily the best use of space for your family. If you have a family that needs to quickly grab breakfast and get to the school bus and work on time, a more functional solution might be a breakfast nook directly attached to the kitchen.
Another popular option for families is a built-in mudroom. This provides a designated space for everyone to neatly put away their jackets, bookbags, shoes and other essential items. You won’t have to spend time rushing around the house trying to find a lost shoe right when you are supposed to be heading out the door.
Open gathering space, mudrooms, extensive laundry rooms, game rooms, multi-purpose workspaces, private retreats and other “life zones” can truly turn your home into a functional space that meets the needs of your individual family. Don’t feel tied to traditional layouts. Think about what works best for you and get innovative with how you utilize your space.
2. How Will Your Needs Change Over Time?
You are designing a home for now and for the future. If you spend the next few decades living in your home, how will your needs change and will your home be able to adapt with you? With some planning, you can design a new home that is flexible and will be able to grow with you and continue to meet your needs.
For example, let’s say that you have young children in the home right now. They need bedroom, bathroom and storage space. Once they move out, you will be able to repurpose their space. There is no need to hang onto the playroom if you are an empty nester. Think about how you will want to use that space in the future. A playroom could be transformed into a library or media room. Looking ahead can help you prepare that space for transitions so that you don’t have to invest in remodels in the years to come.
Planning a flexible space may also mean thinking about aging in place. If you plan on staying in the home for a long time, you want to be able to safely stay as you age. In that case you will want to design your home with a mobility friendly floor plan that is free of barriers. Again, thinking about how your needs will change over time will help create a custom home that is flexible, scalable and adaptable.
3. Who Do You Want to Work With?
Choosing the right designer and builder can make all the difference when it comes to building a new home. Take your time to research the reputation of different builders, talk to homeowners who have worked with them in the past and take a close look at their projects. You want an experienced professional who can provide the right guidance and support throughout every phase of the design and build process. Using a qualified new home builder to build a home that meets all your current and future needs can be a smooth and rewarding process.
While designing your own home requires a lot of decision making, start by considering your lifestyle, how your needs will change over time and who is the best designer for your project. Tackling these larger issues can help set you up for success. Once these factors are addressed, you will find that the rest of the smaller details tend to fall into place much easier.
Contributed to Your Home blog by Amy Blitchok
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