10 Steps for Designing Your Own Home

Have you wondered what it would be like to design a home? Just think of how wonderful it would be to live in a new house that you created. A home built with your family and lifestyle in mind. From getting inspiration to choosing a builder, we’ve broken it down to ten easy steps to build a home. Read on to discover how you can design the home of your dreams.


1.    Inspiration

Who doesn't love getting inspired? Whether it's starting a new business or moving across the country, or building a home, it's fun to dream and create a bright future. And when it comes to designing a home, there's so much inspiration at your fingertips. From HGTV to magazines like House Beautiful and Better Homes & Gardens, inspiration can come from so many areas, including the homes of your friends and family.


2.    Visit model homes

One of the top suggestions for designing your own home is to visit model homes. Prominent builders, like Pulte Homes, know how to design a home and have top designers creating the latest trends in new construction. You'll see designs like large open gathering rooms and owners' suites, as well as flexible spaces for a home office or guest room. And if a finished basement is on your list, get ideas on how to design yours.


3.  Check out communities

Building a home doesn't only have to do with the floor plan and exterior elevations; it also has to do with the neighborhood and city. You'll want to pick a location that has consistently well-built homes. When you drive down the streets, get a feel of what it would be like to live there. Is it a pleasant drive? Are homes well-kept? These are essential things to consider.


4.  Set your budget

Once you've visited model homes and checked out multiple builders, you can set your budget. Even though you may have visited open houses with a higher price tag than you can afford, it was still good to see what's out there. Plus, often you can get some great ideas of higher-priced designs that you could modify to fit into your budget.


5.  Set priorities

Sit down with your family and list the most important rooms and must-haves. Maybe a home office is at the top of your list, and if you have kids at home or even visiting grandchildren having a home theater could be an exciting option. No doubt, you'll have ideas on what you want for a designing the perfect kitchen. If you're a gourmet cook, consider a large walk-in pantry.


6.  Pick your builder

Once you have your list and have visited open houses, you can feel confident about picking a builder. Make sure they have a good reputation and stand behind their work. Before you make your final decision, ask them about their builder's warranty.


7.  Select your lot

If you haven't already picked out the exact lot you want, it's time to go on another tour to see what your builder has available. Do you want a corner lot, one near the water, or an end unit townhome? Make sure you view all the possibilities so you can feel confident you have chosen the perfect spot for building a home.


8.  Review floor plan design

You've made such good progress, and now you get to check out all the floor plans. Since you visited model homes and you have your lot, you'll have an idea of whether you want a single level ranch style or a two-story house. Make sure you pick a plan that includes the size of the garage you want. And with any builder, they're more than happy to make changes on the basic floor plan design if there's something else that you want. For example, if you need a large upstairs super laundry or additional storage in the garage or basement.


9.  List upgrades

Once you have the basics picked out, you can decide on any changes you’ll need to design a home of your dreams. Larger builders include many items you think would be considered upgrades. That's because they have enormous buying power and can pass along the savings to you. When you're deciding, you might want to discuss options that would increase the energy efficiency of your home because that will save you money every month. And be sure to check out any Smart Home features.


10.  Follow through to completion

You're close to the end of the initial steps to build a home. But smart homebuyers follow the process through every step of the way to make sure the final product is what they want. And once in a while, you might make some changes along the way – for example, you might decide to upgrade to granite countertops instead of adding different window coverings. Throughout the process, it's vital to remain in close communication with your builder, so you get the home of your dreams.


Now that you know the ten steps to design a home, you're probably ready to start shopping. For more inspiration, take a look at some of our top kitchen designs.



Contributed to Your Home blog by Carol Youmans

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Published 1.29.2020

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