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Designing Your Home From Scratch? Here’s Where to Start

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It's exciting creating your new home from scratch. But, it's also a little overwhelming, especially if you don't know where to begin or how to start tackling all of the long-term dreams and goals you have for this dream house. But by creating practical plans for the short-term – that you can realistically achieve over time – you can come up with an amazing home design within your means that meets all of your needs. Here are a few of the basics we recommend you begin with.  

The Floor Plan

Floor plans are about thinking like a designer. It will result in the layout of your house and ultimately how you move through it while designing a blueprint that is meant to reflect who you are as an individual.

  • Budget- A budget will most likely dictate many things about your floor plan. When a project is being drawn up, it is good to know how you intend to divide your funds into items that are ‘must-haves' and ones considered ‘nice-to-haves.' This will make things much clearer for you as a client on what you feel has to be there regardless of price and what extras you can let go of if cost becomes an issue.
  • Orientation- The Sun is one of the most important things to consider with your floor plan. Houses usually have living rooms facing north because it's best to capture as much natural light as possible, reduce heating costs, and improve air quality. However, if you have a beautiful view facing south, that is worth compromising that typical design orientation. Ensure you know what is important to have in your house (i.e., whether it's a house & land package or a design & build).
  • Lifestyle- It's important to take a careful look at your neighbors. Do they like to make a lot of noise? If so, you might want to reconsider your home plans as you will be constantly distracted by the noise. You also would not want a neighbor with loud, obnoxious children running around creating havoc all over the place when all you want is some peace!

The Details

Details are all about personalization. They are the smaller design choices you need to make, which will provide the look and feel of your home by adding elements of style and flair to your kitchen, which may not be common in mass-produced kitchens that appear similar to one another. This is since these details have less impact than other things like general kitchen design. 

  • High & Low Maintenance- But before you rush in to choose the first thing that catches your eye, there are some important considerations to be made because if you've got toddlers running around or friends and family who don't care about keeping their shoes on at the door, think about low maintenance finishes – like surfaces that can easily be wiped clean and hardwearing materials that won't need much protecting from bumps and scrapes.
  • Think About The Future- Don't forget to install a place to charge electric cars and solar panels for your roof. Also, invest in electric heaters if your room climate control tends to malfunction often and other future-proofing devices like the ones mentioned. 

Choosing The Right Builder To Work With

You may feel a bit uneasy now and then, but your worries can dissipate once you're working with an experienced team of builders and designers who have gone through this same process many times before. But the overall success of this building journey can come down to choosing the right company to work with. To do so, you need someone reputable in the market – yes – but more than that, it's all about a team who won't try to stuff your ideas into a “box” made up of their own pre-set solutions.

Keen to find out how our Show home Wellington is different from the rest? Give us a call today. 

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