There is nothing like designing your dream home and watching the ideas you have carried around in your head take shape. However, there are a few pitfalls to watch out for and features to consider as you move forward with this project.
Boost your budget
Renovations have been known to go over budget, and this is true even if you are building your home from scratch. No matter how carefully you plan, you are most likely to encounter unexpected costs. Make space in your budget for other costs so that they can be easily managed without major sources of stress. Also, look at the value of your future home and think about home remodeling ideas that will increase equity. Since you are starting from scratch, you have a blank board today to make decisions that will benefit your bank account tomorrow.
Give your architect visuals
When you work closely with an architect, provide them with plenty of pictures so they can get an idea of the look they want. The more you give them, the easier it is for them to find a design that suits your needs. It’s not a bad idea to create an empowering vision board and spend some time collecting photos of rooms and houses that you like. There are online sites to help you with this, and lots of photos can help an architect get a feel for the range of your tastes. There are also free tools that you can use to create buildings online. Your architect may not be able to accurately recreate your ideas in reality, but they can come close.
Consider an elevator
If you’re building a house with more than one floor, an elevator could be an impressive and useful architectural feature. These look great as part of a home and are also handy for older adults or those with mobility issues. As you or a family member gets older, a wonderful household elevator can make it possible to stay home and move around freely.
Think about storage and maintenance
Two big potential mistakes are running out of storage space and not thinking about how difficult it could be to clean and maintain some rooms. For the former, think of creative built-in solutions that offer you plenty of storage space throughout the house. When it comes to maintenance and cleaning, things like lights in high ceilings can make both difficult. That doesn’t mean that if you love high ceilings, you should go without high ceilings, but you should think about strategies that could make cleaning up easier.
Look at your furniture
In addition, you should think about how well your existing furniture will fit into the house in terms of both size and design. Also consider if there are any areas that are difficult to move furniture in due to tight corners, stairs, or a similar combination of potential obstacles. If your design means you will mostly have to buy new furniture, make sure you budget for it. You may want to speak to both an interior designer and your architect about what type of furniture would complement your other choices.