Everyone dreams of having a custom home. Something that was built specifically with them in mind, that caters to all of your passions, hobbies and day to day living.
Now that we’ve got you thinking about your dream home we need to remind you of some important aspects to keep in mind when planning your dream home. A custom house is not built with just a thought. It needs step-by-step in-depth planning. But don’t worry. We’ve got this!
Here are some tips to get you started.
- Simplicity Is Key
Everyone wants to live in a castle, but without the manpower to keep everything running a grandiose home can easily turn into a nightmare. Your dream home does not have to be so fancy or large that it becomes a headache to use and maintain. You can start the design process with one simple step, sketching on a piece of paper. So, take a deep breath and put all your creativity on that piece of paper. Start making the plan of your custom house with a clear idea in mind about your “needs” vs. “wants”.
- Keep the Future in Mind
You are likely not going to rebuild or renovate your home every 2 years, but your lifestyle and family members will continue to grow and change. In order to reconcile these facts you will need to keep your family’s future needs in mind when designing your home. Your home needs to remain the perfect home for your family for 15-20 years into the future. Remembering this fact when designing your home will help ensure that you are still in love with your custom home years after it has been built!
- Plan According To Your Lot
Typically you will have the land before you begin to design and build your home. In order to have the custom home that you have dreamed of it is best to plan your house according to your lot. This entails where the house sits within the lot, making sure to take advantage of natural light, views that your lot may have to offer, and any natural slope or landscaping already present.
You will need to prioritize your design ideas into two categories: “needs” vs. “wants”.
Needs are not negotiable and are requirements for your home/ lifestyle. Wants are things you’d “like to have” but aren’t completely necessary. Without prioritizing which aspects of your home are the most important it can be very easy to go over any budget. It is very helpful to sit down with your family and create a list that you can then take to your designer or architect to see what can realistically fit within your square footage. You may find that you end up with extra room for some wants!
The layout of your home depends on how your family prefers to spend their time within its walls. Customizing this aspect of your home will ensure you receive a perfect fit for the way that you live your life. Ultimately the layout of your home needs to be the most comfortable and user friendly for you and your family. No one will be able to determine the best layout better than those who will live in it!
- Importance Of Light
Light has a strong impact on everything in our life. A home should always be planned in such a way that it can provide the maximum benefits of natural light. Do you prefer to enjoy a cup of coffee in bed while watching the sun rise, and eating dinner while watching the sunset, or the morning sun in the kitchen and the evening sun in the master suite? The amount and timing of natural light changes with each lot so your home needs to be designed around how you want to use that light in your day to day life!
When designing your custom dream home you want to make sure that your vision is able to shine through to the finished product. ZED Studio Design prides itself in ensuring that your home is a reflection of you and your family. Your values and ideas are integrated, so that it truly becomes a home and not just a house. To learn more about our process and services, feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing about your dreams and desires and turning them into reality!
Tips For Designing And Planning Your Dream Custom Home
Your dream for a custom home can easily become reality. Just focus on these tips while designing your home and become the proud owner of a slice of your own heaven.