How to Choose the Best Home Design for You
Once you have found that perfect plot of land in a great neighbourhood, it's time to start thinking about building your home. When building a home from the ground up, you are in a unique position to be able to create your dream home.
Your builder will likely have several different home designs for you to choose from, or you can opt for a custom build. Building a custom home, however, is typically significantly more expensive, so here we'll discuss how you can decide on a pre-designed home that is perfect for your needs.
Know Your Budget
In some neighbourhoods, particularly those in gated communities and those with a body corporate, there are restrictions on the style of homes that can be built. For example, if the rest of the neighbourhood is filled with traditionally styled homes, that modern masterpiece that you love will probably not be allowed. Similarly, a neighbourhood of one-story homes would likely not appreciate a towering three-story home in their midst. Know the rules of your neighbourhood before you start looking at home plans so that you don't get your heart set on something that will not be allowed.
Consider the Layout of Your Land
You'll also need to take into consideration the shape and orientation of your land plot, particularly if it is unusually shaped. A house that is wide in the front would not be a good fit for a narrow plot of land. Take into account any incline on your property as well. Hills can affect the design of the home. If your property is on a steep hill, you'll need to choose from very different options for home design than you would with a plot that is flat.
Look at what is going on around your land as well. Is there a particular angle that offers a beautiful view? You may want to choose a design option that has a veranda so that you can sit outside and enjoy it. Think about which way your windows will face too, as this will affect the amount of natural light that can enter the house.
Develop a Timeline
Think about how long you plan on living in your new home. If you're like most people who build their own homes, you likely intend to make this your forever home. If that is the case, you'll need to consider not just your needs now, but those in the future as well. Do you plan to have children? Will your elderly parents need to move in with you at some point? These are important factors to keep in mind. If this will be your forever home, you'll likely want to splurge on some upgrades as well.
If, on the other hand, this is a starter home and you plan to sell it in the future, you can focus more on your short-term needs. Resist the urge to spend too much money on upgrades, as you will not be spending enough time in the house to make them truly worth the added expense.
Identify Your Priorities
This is where it comes down to the details of what is important to you in a house. How many bedrooms do you need? Would you like to have a home office? Do you need walk-in closets or ensuite bathrooms? One story or two? Let your builder know the specific requirements you have for your floor plan. This will enable them to more easily identify plans they offer that meet your needs. Remember to incorporate all of the above factors as well when making your decision.
Have Multiple Options
Even if you think you have found the perfect home design, it is always a good idea to have at least a couple of backup options. Once your site is inspected, you may find that your first choice just doesn't quite fit in the space or that certain easements on your property would prohibit the build. Having backups can save you from having to start your search from scratch.
Once you have settled on your final choice, it's time to start building. Before you know it, you'll be living in the home of your dreams!
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