There are few things in life as exciting as having a hand in designing your own dream home. From the color of the walls, window treatments, and flooring to the coordinating appliances, landscaping, and your new front door it is exciting and thrilling to see your dream become reality. But, designing a home can also be daunting and full of anxiety if you have never looked at floor plans before. The experts at kb home builders have made designing your dream home as easy as possible and can help you get exactly what you want in your new space.
To help you in the planning stage here are 10 design tips that you need to consider and discuss with your builder.
1. What Style?
The first thing to considers is what style of home you want. Depending on where you build, you will most likely be choosing between a few different styles that your builder specializes in. This decision will help to determine the décor, colors, and landscaping of your yard so consider more than just what looks good, think about what looks right for your personal aesthetics. Some styles to choose from would be Contemporary, Victorian, Craftsman, Ranch and Cottage.
2. How Many Levels?
After you’ve decided on a style you’ll want to consider how many levels you want. This is where you can consider questions about accessibility, mobility, and multi-family living. It’s become quite common in the last few years for more than one family to inhabit the same house, if you anticipate having anyone stay for longer than a few days you might want to design a home with semi-separate spaces and multiple living areas. Be sure and study floor plans to determine which is right for your needs and style.
3. How Many Bedrooms?
This might seem like an easy question: the number of kids plus one more for parents. But this is an area you should consider carefully. Do you want your children to share a space? Do you want to have a guest room always at the ready? Would you like to have an extra room for a home office or exercise room? These questions can affect your decision.
4. A Master Suite
The addition of a master suite, with a large, private bathroom and generously sized closet has been a wonderful addition to modern home design. This element has the capacity to add value to your home if you are building with the intention to resell sometime down the road. Home buyers lean heavily towards homes with Master suites. Here are some Master Bedroom layout ideas from Pinterest.
5. Bonus Rooms
Bonus rooms tend to be additions that fit the specific lifestyle of the home owner. Do you love music and want a room dedicated to recording or listening? How about a second floor laundry room for a large family, or a mud room for a gardener, and a large pantry for a home chef? These extra rooms are things you should consider and decide upon while you are looking at floor-plans.
6. How Many Bathrooms?
The numbers of bathrooms in a home has been steadily increasing in home design over the last few decades. 2 ½ to 3 bathrooms has become the norm and your family might need more.
7. Kitchen Design
Most kitchen’s follow a basic design pattern with the refrigerator, sink, and stove in an easily accessible triangle. This is good for ergonomics, but you also need to consider your daily habits. Do you like to answer your emails in the kitchen? Then you might want a desk area. Do your children help you cook? Then you might want to have a few pull out work spaces at lower heights. Choose a design and layout that fits the way you live. You may also consider the energy efficient options that home builders like kb home offers.
8. Floor Plan
Floor plans are notoriously difficult for most people to visualize. If you find yourself struggling to get a handle on just how big a 12’x15’ space is, get out a measuring tape and measure some of the spaces you inhabit now. Measure your furniture. Unless you are planning on getting everything new, it will need to fit in the space you are designing. Take as much time as you need on this process. Better to know what you need before you commit to a floor plan.
9. Functional Flow
This is the part of house designing that requires you to consider how you actually live day-to-day. Do you eat at the table or in front of the television? Do you need wider doorways to accommodate a wheelchair? Do you like to throw parties and need a large gathering are for many friends? Consider how you live, the steps you take when performing your daily tasks, and what would make it easier for you to do them.
10. House Site
If you are designing a home within an existing subdivision you will probably have several lots to choose from, or you may have an area that you love and want to find a piece of property near it. Whatever drives your decision, consider the property, where your home will sit in relationship to other homes, what kind of view you will have, and how close you will be to the amenities and services that your family needs.
With a little pre-planning you will find that building your dream home will be an exciting, rewarding experience.