What to Think About When Designing a Custom Home

Designing a home is a constantly evolving process. It’s taking a small idea and nurturing it into life. No two home designs are alike, and the challenge of crafting a new home design is what I find most inspiring. That being said, there’s a lot to take into account when starting the home design process. As we work together to create your dream home, it’s important to keep a few things in mind:  

Have an open mind. Home design is not a black and white process. There are no boilerplates, and there’s nothing cookie cutter about my methods. Home design is a collaborative process. It’s important to be open to discussing new design ideas and solutions with your designer so that you can have the best possible experience.  

Future living. Before you commit to a home design, think about how you’re going to be living and existing in this house on a daily basis. What are the necessary and functional features you and/or your family require in order to be happy in your home? Make a list of your priorities, and work with your builder to help figure out how to make those goals a reality.

Aesthetics. Beyond functionality, the color pallet and themes of your house are integral to your design. Many designers and builders will work with you to blend different themes together to come up with the aesthetic that speaks the most to them. They often experiment with different elements and styles to figure out the one that best complements your home. A good designer or builder will never push for the styles that are in vogue. Their mission should be to find the style that best fits your lifestyle.  

Communication. Just as everyone has their own unique style and dream for their home, we all have different communication styles and ways of interpreting our needs. Before starting drawing process, you and your designer or builder should work together to generate concepts and plans of how you want your space to look. Making sure you’re constantly on the same page should be a priority during the design phase.  

Strategy. Design isn’t just putting pen to paper, it’s a practice that requires physical interaction with your space. Walk the lot with your builder and discuss how you want elements like sunlight, views, and neighboring homes to come into play with your home design. Strategize room planning and house placement based on the spaces you need to be illuminated by the sun. Contemplate the different angles in your home, and how to best maximize their use. It’s also important to think about the privacy levels your home requires, and what design strategies can be utilized to make sure you have the privacy you need.  

Every home builder and designer interprets creativity and inspiration differently. By considering these tips, and working closely with your designer and builder, you can ensure that your custom home is perfectly designed to meet your needs.