Designing your own custom home means getting the ultimate control over your home. Whether your wishlist is a mile long or you want to downsize, the design process should give exactly what you want. Of course, if this is your first time designing a custom home, Your Enthusiasm may outweigh the experience and lead to major mistakes. As years of fun and your investment are at stake, it is important that you do not get carried away by the excitement of designing your own place. Be on the lookout for these common design mistakes that almost everyone makes the first time.
Skip the storage
It is understandable that you are more enthusiastic about your dream bathroom than a linen closet. But do not underestimate the power of cabinets in the design of your home. Not only will they increase the selling value of your home, but they will also help keep your centerpieces much cleaner and more organized. Think of storage as the support in your dream design and you will have a better idea of where cabinets, cabinets and compartments will come in handy.
Ignoring Secondary Spaces
When it comes to home design, the master bedrooms are definitely one of the most exciting rooms to create. You probably want a zen oasis where you can relax and really love your home. But don’t spend so much time designing the master bedroom that you forget about the secondary bedrooms altogether. If these rooms are too small, have an uncomfortable layout, or are far from a bathroom, they can negatively affect the way you live in your home. Give your rooms a little love and you will love your place even more.
Placing the Plan for the Earth
It’s good to look around and see what plans and layouts you want, but designing your dream home before you buy a lot can set you back. Things like the size and view of the lot can disrupt your plan, resulting in a complete redesign. Save yourself time and wait to start designing until you have chosen your plot and know how to position, size and plan your home.
Forgetting to define needs and desires
Unless you have an unlimited budget, you will have to compromise when working on the design of your home. Defining the difference between wants and needs can prevent you from getting carried away with all the ideas, features and finishes available for your home. Don’t know where to draw the line? Try writing down five things you would need to buy an existing home. Next, write down five things that would be nice to have. Reminding yourself that it’s okay to settle and compromise if it gives you the things you really want could be the key to sticking to your budget and finding the right design.
Forget the power
A well-designed home has what architects call ” the flow.”It’s the ease with which you can move from one room to another. It may seem like a small thing (and maybe even a bit like mumbo-jumbo architecture), but the flow really affects the way you live in your home. Think about it: if your guests have to go up a flight of stairs and down a hall to use the bathroom, could this affect enjoyment?
If your master bedroom is so close to the front of the house that you can hear all the sounds of the street, will it be just as relaxing? How are you, your family and your guests going to move and live in your house? This is an idea that definitely requires some thought.
Leave Undefined Spaces
Everyone loves an open-concept home, and why not? These homes are perfect for entertaining and just the right mix of light and casual. But when designing an open-concept space, be careful not to forget to fully define the spaces. When spaces are not defined, the end result can look messy and leave you with underused areas. Keep an open-concept home airy and casual using floors, furniture and cabinets to differentiate between the kitchen, living areas and bathroom. This way you will keep the flow and ensure that each piece really shines.
Ignore Your Designer
You know exactly what you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the best option. You’ll work with a designer to create your perfect floor plan, so it’s important to use your designer’s expertise. If he is concerned about a design element or feature of the floor plan, take the time to listen to your designer and make an informed decision. Let your designer’s years of experience and Creative Eye help you refine your plan and make sure it’s the best possible one. The design stage is perhaps one of the most enjoyable elements of building your own custom home. But don’t let your excitement come true for you. Taking a little more time to avoid mistakes and reflect will give you a place that you are proud to call home.