Why helping to Design before Building your Dream Home is such a pleasure

A Happy and Healthy Home to live in, is one where every room is designed to YOUR lifestyle, YOUR idea’s, YOUR budget but also aesthetically pleasing and in balance, with use of a colour scheme that is YOU, situated on the block of land fully taking in consideration all aspects of the block.

Even when you don’t know where to start, designing a house is a process, and with the right guidance you can help to create exactly what you want.

The design and build process can be taken in little steps and with use of 3D

CAD drawings programs, you are able to visualize before it is build.

 

 

Lots of questions need be asked and that will give the understanding of who you are and how you prefer to live in your home.

“We are all individuals and so should our houses be!”

Some of the questions;

 

– What is the function of this home. Are you planning to sell it in a couple of years time or is it a home that you are planning to grow old in. Plan for the present and the future.

– How many rooms would you prefer and what are the functions of these rooms. Maybe multi functional rooms can be incorporate?

– We would like to get to know you but it is important that you get to know us as well. Building has to be based on trust and knowing that we are there to help to get the best possible outcome, one that we both can be proud of.

– We can help to “ Inspect “ the ground you want to build on and the rules that come with it. There are laws and codes that your house will have to meet. Doing it before you purchase, will help to prevent from unexpected surprises!

(like Flood level requirements)

–  We will work with a fixed price contract but it is always good to have a bit of money for unexpected or desired expenses. Along the build there are always the….”I would love to if I could : )”

– Don’t forget about landscaping. Building your house is the main project. But have an idea of what you would like the entire lot to look like.

– Create a list of what you want and how bad you want it but when we are at the stage of picking materials and colours, we will be able to show you all different designs as well. There are that many options these days to create a certain look…….

Working with an Interior Designer at no extra cost will give you the benefit of not only getting it right, but also the info of the newest materials and techniques.

 

The Smaller Details That Are Still Super Important

Basics

  • The width of your hallways  (height and light will change the feel of these)
  • Electrical switches and outlets
  • Ceiling heights
  • The way your doors swing
  • Do you want Energy Star certifications?

  • Check any underground pipes
  • The lightening of your home, both natural and artificial
  • Make sure you have enough storage for everything. TIP: This is your chance for custom storage!

Bedrooms

  • Are your bedrooms away from noisy areas?
  • Place enough outlets in the room
  • Avoid the Western side of the house for these rooms

Living Room

  • Will the living room be open to the kitchen?
  • Have an idea of your entertainment system setup
  • Is there a playroom for the kids?
  • Work and play space for adults

Mudroom/Entryway

  • Where is your mudroom or entryway?
  • Washer and dryer placement
  • Chandelier
  • Double Doors?
  • Do you want a calendar/desk/organization station?
  • Utility room space

Closets

  • Do you have enough storage space?
  • Consider the lightening in your closet. TIP: Motion sensor lights are awesome.
  • Outlets
  • Built-in storage racks
  • What are the closets used for in each room TIP: Cleaning items closet?

Bath

  • Outlets in your cabinets

  • What type of finishes do you want
  • Flooring
  • Efficient toilet and appliances
  • Consider your shower head height

Outdoor

  • Grill placement
  • Outdoor speakers
  • Where are sidewalks, porches, decks, or patios?
  • Outlets and faucets
  • What type of outdoor lightening do you want? TIP: Don’t forget motion sensors here too!
  • Furniture
  • An irrigation system
  • Where is your garage? Can it withstand high traffic?
  • Backyard cinema

 

Kitchen

  • Big appliances placement
  • Do you want an island? Will storage be in it?

  • Materials and finishes you want
  • Fridge in the cabinets or jutting out?
  • Charging hub for phones and tablets
  • Pantry space
  • Size of your dining table
  • Radio, TV, speakers
  • Installing lights under cabinets to light up your counters
  • Is the kitchen near the entrance? Think about bringing in the groceries!

Other

  • Safety features for children
  • Plan out an area for pet things
  • Dimmer switches
  • Under stairs storage

We hope this checklist made you think more about your home’s design : )