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How to Plan a New Custom Home

How to Plan a New Custom

Planning a new custom home is exciting on many levels. To begin with, it offers homeowners the chance to make their home dreams come true. Ultimately, the time spent planning and designing before the build determines how close to that goal you come. This is not something you want to hurry through.

If you are working with a home designer, be sure to communicate your likes and dislikes openly. The more upfront you are about the unique needs and wants of your family, the closer the finished product will match your vision.

Fortunately, we have a list of important steps on how to plan a new custom home.

How to Plan a New Custom Home

1. Know what to avoid. Part of sound planning is knowing what not to do. And so, do not plan without a budget in mind and do not purchase a lot before confirming servicing and site preparation costs. Moreover, avoid leaving out energy-efficient design in your custom-built home because you think it’s too expensive. Not only does building green save money in energy costs over time but designs such as eco-friendly heating systems and roof overhangs do not cost much extra. In fact, you’ll save big time in future heating and cooling bills.


2. Start at the beginning. You do not require fancy design software to design a custom home; all you need is a vision. Start sketching on paper your ideal custom home plan. Draw up detailed lists of features you wish to have in each room. Leave room to add on more ideas as you go. Print off photos and collect ideas from magazines in a folder. Gather color swatches for paint, carpets, countertops, and building materials. This is an excellent resource for your designer. Your files also equip you with your color and design choices for construction.


3. Incorporate lot characteristics into your home plan. Take note of landscaping, existing trees, potential views, and slopes. Ideally, you want your home built to blend in with existing natural features to maximize the lot. Furthermore, consider the costs of designing the home on a sloped or flat property.


4. Take note of important functionalities for each room of the home. A well-thought-out design with an open floor plan allows for flow from room to room and to outdoor living spaces. If you plan on outdoor entertaining, a kitchen located near the entryway is essential. Also think about rooms that require noise reduction, such as bedrooms, and rooms conveniently located for study or laundry.


5. Spend time selecting lighting throughout the custom home. Good lighting in a home affects everything and everyone inside. For example, if you can incorporate skylights into a dark bathroom or kitchen, it can significantly affect everyone’s mood. This also reduces lighting costs during the day. Choose appropriate light fixtures that go with the entire home design. Carefully appointed lighting not only facilitates comfort but also brings the entire design together. Lastly, task lighting in the kitchen and other workspaces make living more comfortable for every family member.


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