Is your lifetime dream to design that custom home? Do you want to design a home that stands out from the rest in the neighbourhood? Want to make as much use of the house space as much as possible?
Building you own home is one of the biggest decisions and investments in your life, especially if it is long-term. Every homeowner has different tastes in home design. In this informational lesson, you can learn how to get started on your own without hiring an architect or before you decide to hire one.
As time consuming it may be, you shall get the results you want with less headaches. Planning is usually hard work and very few people want to invest in the time it takes. But imagine the rewards when it comes to cutting costs, at least in the preliminary stage.
To accommodate these tastes, you need to take the time using the following tips to maximize the finished result of your dream home.
Use Your Lot Space Wisely
Over the years, by-laws have changed to allow more floor area on your lot depending on the size. Using every square foot provides you a bigger home, but the appearance and aesthetics may be an eyesore. You have limited room to play with on a narrow lot, but can have an appealing house. A peaked roof house on a narrow lot is more attractive than a house with a flat roof, which would make it look too bulky. If you have a larger, wider lot, a combination of flat and sloped roofs would do the trick. If portions of the house have different numbers of storeys, a roof-type combination would stylize a house further.
Gather A Streetscape
Heading out to sketch the front facades of each home on your block will determine how your new home will impact your neighbourhood. Remember that new construction also affects the neighbourhood, not just your immediate neighbours. Even if your design looks divine it may not necessarily fit in with the other homes. Having an exact design with your neighbours is not always ideal either. For the least impact, occasional intermittent matches with each alternate home would be impressive.
Draft A Few Sample Plans
By putting together different layouts of plans, can give you an idea of how the end result will look like. If you have some skills in computer drafting, in which most are now user-friendly, it can help you mix and match floor plans. Keep each floor and elevation sample on separate files, so you can test which floors are compatible with each other layer upon layer.
Build A Few Models
This can take the most time, but guaranteed it will be fun. Here is your chance to be back in arts and crafts again when you were a child. You can find in any library or bookstore instructional books on how to construct different models to get a feel on how your house will look like. Collecting materials to build models is fairly cheap and easy, including cardboard paper, glue, and stones. A good way to save time is to build each floor and exterior wall elevation separately to test the finished result to reflect what you have on your sample plans, instead of completing an intact finished model. Think of a Lego set you put together with prebuilt components and then take apart to leave room for other parts. (A Lego set! Now there’s an idea to toy around with to build a house, pun intended).
Prepare a specifically itemized chart of finish materials you want involved for the interior and exterior, and include unit pricing for each. Collecting samples and their respective prices can help you determine the budget for your new home. As you build various sample models with component parts, you can keep cost records of different layouts and arrangements, and the most economical designs.