If you are lucky enough to be able to build your own home, then there is no reason why you should not design your own home too. Many people dislike the existing houses that are for sale, or the models that real estate agents show when you want to have a construction company build a house for you. Instead, here are some things you can do to design your own home:
Do Your Research
Nothing is possible without a basic knowledge of how everything happens where. If you want to design your own house, then you have to look through some magazines, read a few blogs and websites and maybe talk to some people. Figure out what types of materials and styles of houses go best with the land you have bought and see if your dream house can be incorporated into that. Make some early sketches to keep you focused, but be open to other ideas as well. Pull different elements from different houses you see in magazines, but bear in mind that they may not always go perfectly together.
Consult an Expert
Once you have some basic ideas in your head, call in an architect to do the actual drawings for you. If he/ she is good at their job, they will make sure that the best architectural visualisation that finally comes up on the computer screen is exactly, or close to, what you had in mind.
This 3D model will enable to look at your dream house from every angle and help you see what works and what doesn’t. The architectural visualization needs to be done before the plans are finalized so that all parties agree on the finished product before the plans land in the builders’ hands. Remember that this is your project throughout, so push the architect to compromise on your side of the fence as much as possible.
Be Open to Changes
Did you imagine long French windows and white picket fence in your dream home? The weather of your locale may not allow for French windows or white picket fences, in which case those elements have to be replaced with something else or scrapped altogether. Holding on fiercely to the initial drawings made by the architect is futile and wastes time, especially since the architect may not realize that some of the elements in the plans cannot be realized practically. Adding things that don’t work practically will only undermine the strength and longevity of the house, so be open to changes that will definitely occur as the construction carries on.