House design tips

From our years of experience designing homes, we would like to share some helpful tips when designing your dream home. We hope the following will help you in the quest for your perfect home.

1. The most important tip is to design your house for how you live in it and how you will use it. I have clients ask my opinion and input about what they are designing. I always answer that you are the one living in the house and you need to make work it for your lifestyle. For example, an empty nest couple may not need 5 bedrooms to live in, but they may have specific uses in mind for those spaces such as hobby room, exercise room, guest room, Christmas room, etc. It just depends on your needs and wants.

2. Go out and look at different styles of houses. You need to decide what type of house you like. Do you want a one-story house or a two-story house? Do you want a Craftsman with a big front porch or would you like a Federal style with a smaller front porch with more symmetry? Perhaps take pictures of the design elements that you find attractive.

3. Make a list of your wants and needs. This includes kitchen size, bedroom and bath count, additional rooms like a study or game room. When it comes time to create the design, you can decide which rooms are critical and which are not as important. Sometimes in the design process a few things need to be sacrificed due to cost or lot size.

4. Verify your prospective home site’s size including all easement and building lines. This is a very important criteria because your home design must fit within the confines of the lot you choose. When selecting your lot, think about the style of house and if the lot will accommodate the plan design.

5. As part of your research, tour open houses, model homes, and home design stores in order to get ideas on how you want your new home to be finished out.

6. Don’t forget about the sun. When designing your house, think about the placement of the house on the lot and which windows are facing south and west. The amount of energy lost in windows is very high and some of this can be reduced if it is addressed at the design stage.