Everyone dreams of someday building their own dream home. Not with their own hands, but being able to design a home with the exact specifications that you want, and where every single room is laid out perfectly in the exact design that you want, is a dream that many people share. The idea of getting to handpick absolutely everything for your dream home can easily get overwhelming, though. You’d hate to make the wrong decision and end up regretting it for years to come, and the sheer amount of decisions that have to be made during the construction and planning of your home can feel crushing and make the job seem impossible. One of the easiest ways to figure out what you want is to break it down into simpler steps, and handle things one at a time.
Start from the outside in
Take everything one room at a time. Focus on just the kitchen first. What kind of flooring would you like? What about counter-tops? Which way do you want the windows facing? Do you want an island? Do you want a gas or electric stove-top? A great idea when you’re thinking up your dream home, is to visit model homes or a local parade of homes, to get inspiration and figure out what you really love. Take every room in a similar matter. Don’t be afraid to get creative and start big. You can always scale it down if you think a room is too busy or has too many features, but you’d hate to build the room and then realize it’s missing a key architectural feature, such as a fireplace.
Select the layout
One huge advantage to building your own home is that you can pick the layout to ensure that each room has optimal natural lighting. If you hate sunlight streaming into the kitchen or dining room during breakfast, then make sure that the windows face a different direction! Don’t let a single design aspect that you dislike or hate make it into the final plans for your dream home. Again, go through your plans room by room to make the project seem less overwhelming.
Understanding exterior design styles
If you’ve ever entered a home that you loved, but you hated the way it looks from the outside, you understand the importance of choosing a good exterior design. Don’t let yourself make the mistake of assuming that the exterior of your home will naturally be your ideal. There are a lot of different exterior design styles to choose from! Brush up on the styles outlined in this post, and then discuss with your builder how to make your favorite one a reality for your dream home. A few to choose between are farmhouse, Tudor, colonial, Victorian, and ramblers.
Deciding on landscaping
A lot of people neglect to think about their plans for landscaping when designing a home. Although they have a home that they love, their landscaping is non-existent, and instead their home sits on a dirt lot that isn’t very appealing to look at. There are a lot of landscaping designs for you to consider, so let yourself have some fun with it. Just like with the interior of your home, take it one section at a time. Plan the landscaping for your front yard, and then plan the landscaping for your backyard. If you’re wanting to add an area on your patio for a grill, why not take it a step further and add an entire outdoor kitchen, complete with granite counter-tops and an eating area. Just make sure that you understand the benefits and maintenance needs of any feature that you decide to add.
Understanding property values
The chances of you ever wanting to leave your dream home are slim, but you never know exactly what’s waiting for you down the road. In the event that you do end up moving away from your dream home, it’ll be important to understand what the decisions you’re making during the construction of your home do to affect the property value of your home. One thing a lot of people don’t consider when thinking about property values, is their landscaping. As we mentioned above, a well-thought-out landscape design can greatly increase the value of your home, and your quality of life while living there.