Custom Home Designing

FOR DO-IT-YOURSELFERS

Getting Started with the Design Process

Owning and possibly designing a custom home is a dream many current and hopeful homeowners have. Being able to choose the layout of your home is very appealing, especially if you don’t like the layout of your current home. If you’ve made the rewarding decision to custom design your next home, here are a few things you should keep in mind before you get started.

What Are Your Home Design Goals?

If you’re planning to design your own home, you should first decide what your primary goals are. Do you want to have more room for your growing family? Are you interested in saving money by incorporating energy-friendly components into your home? Do you want to have enough open spaces for entertaining? Once you figure out your most important design goals, you’ll have an easier time creating your custom home.

You Need the Right Place to Build

Finding the right lot in the right area to build a custom home is very important. Before you choose a lot for your home, check the soil. Not all soil is created equal, and some types are more likely to shift than others. To avoid future unpleasantries like foundation cracks and unwanted settling, make sure the soil can support a home. You can consult with a professional geologist for expert advice on this matter.

Consider Hiring a Design Firm

If you’re uncertain about your ability to design your own custom home, consider hiring a professional design firm. There are many interior design firms you can choose from, so do your research and select one that has experience designing the type of home you want. It’s also wise to select a firm that has a large portfolio of pictures from their completed projects for you to view online.

It’s Time to Get Started

Once you have completed the layout of your home design goals, found the ideal location, and hired a design firm (if you don’t want to go the DIY design route), you’re ready to take the next steps in the home-building process. Choose a builder that shares your vision and can get your home completed by your desired deadline, then get started on your dream home!