While your future home should be unique to your goals and dreams, there are some common steps which must be taken to enable you to start an investigation that you will help you design your ideal home. To take much of the overwhelm out of the entire designing process, read our guide and follow these tips to get ahead of the game.
Research should always be your first starting point
Never jump into a project without doing the preliminary research as it can often lead to bad judgement and overspending. Take the time to consider your current circumstances, what it is you like and dislike, and come up with a starting budget. Your initial budget will help you determine what you can and can’t have in the early stages. Seek out professionals and learn as much as you can before you make your next move.
Select a trusted and professional designer to work with
Finding a designer that is in sync with your goals is paramount to the success of your home building project. You may need to speak to a few architects or designers before you find one that suits you. Consider this is time well spent, however long it may take. Make sure that any professionals you speak to are registered and hold the necessary qualifications. Check references and look over past plans to see whether they are skilled in your particular choice of style or design.
Visit the site with your designer of choice
It is one thing viewing a property online but a whole other thing in its entirety to visit a piece of land in real life. By seeing the site, it will help you better understand orientation, solar access, views, drainage, overshadowing, access and services. A concept plan will usually be done after the initial visit and the designer will present you with design solutions to maximise the opportunities the site presents. Make sure you ask a lot of questions at this early stage. A smart design, despite the designer’s fees, can end up saving you a lot of money in construction costs and energy expenses.
Shore up the costs of the project
As you start to finalise certain aspects, it will become clear what the actual costs of the building project are likely to be. Discussions with builders may even take place at this point in time. These discussions will help you determine a design that works within the confines of your budget although it is always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to budgeting and building costs. Concept designs will then be created which you can discuss with your designer and amend or subsequently approve.
Finalise the design and lock in the details
At some point, you will have to commit to your said design and be ready to move forward. Additional changes or concepts may need to be created depending on what comes to light. However, note at this late stage in the process these amendments may incur extra fees. Walk back through the process and consider whether all the things you were hoping to achieve have been ticked off the list, budget depending. Visit the site and visualise it in its entirety if necessary. While you may have to sacrifice some of your wishlist to be happy, make sure you are satisfied with the overall design including both interior design and outdoor landscaping before you proceed any further.
Seek appropriate local council approval for the build
Any necessary council approvals should be sought at this time. In most cases, your designer or architect will be fully up to date with building requirements and it should be no more than one more step in the process to completion. Once approval has been given then the documents will be finalised in order that the building can begin. A builder may have been recommended by your architect or designer throughout the process or you may have taken the time to source one independently. Either way, you should have all the relevant documentation ready to hand over to mark the end of the design phase and the beginning of the construction phase.