Choosing the right house design can be very daunting at times. However, this process does not have to be as challenging as it seems. There are several tips that if followed, will help you choose the right design without so much stress. Here is a look at ten tips for choosing the right house design.
1. Council Requirements
You should know the council necessities for your area to avoid disappointment. Your builder or local council can help you with this by explaining all the parameters that should be met by your home design.
It is very important that you understand your budget and stick to it. Determine how much money you can afford for the house. You should know your borrowing capacity as well as repayments. When looking at base prices of the builder, it is advisable to add an extra 20-30 percent for items like driveway, landscaping, curtains, air conditioning, fencing and floor coverings.
3. House Placement
There are several things you should consider to ensure that the house you want fits within your guidelines on the block you have chosen. Ask yourself how well the house design will fit on the block.
4. Energy Efficiency
It is important to choose a house plan that allows efficient cooling and heating as this could raise your energy bills. It is important to ensure that the family rooms and living rooms are protected from the sun during those hot summer days.
5. Lighting and Window Placement
Having adequate light getting into your house makes it feel bright, soothing and cuts the need to have the lights turned on during the day. If you do not have enough windows, your rooms will feel dull and this makes the rooms appear smaller than they actually are. However, do not have too many windows as this makes cleaning stressful and it increases the price for window coverings.
Consider how much stuff you have in your house at the moment and ascertain if it will fit in the house design you have chosen. Determine if you will have to get rid of some things or you have adequate storage space for them.
Consider if the furniture you have will fit in the new home. You should also check if it will match the new home design, wall paint color and your floor coverings. If you plan to buy several new furniture pieces, ensure this is allowed for in your budget.
Consider if the home you want fits in with the neighborhood. It is important to consider resale value when designing a new house. This is crucial as there could be changes in future causing you to relocate and sell your home.
9. Lifestyle and Happiness
When building a new home, most people want to have the demands of their lifestyle met. For example, if you entertain a great deal then the dining area will want greater attention. You should work out what you will be using your home for so that to identify the areas that will require most attention.
Ask your builder if any variations to the design can be made with slight or no cost. Inquire if the designed house can be flipped or if the plan can be rotated. Most builders are accommodating with slight changes since once it is built, making changes becomes very expensive.
About the Author
Tim uses his experience working for Perth’s premier builder with a focus on two storey home designs to write about real estate, interior design, investing and architecture.