An Affordable Shortcut to Designing Your Dream Home

36You have likely been making mental notes for years. Every book or magazine that you read and each home that you visit has become a source for pieces to the puzzle that can become your new home.

You don’t know a thing about architecture, designing or drafting but that shouldn’t stop you from taking the dream house that you have pictured in your head and making it a reality.

There are two ways that you can approach the creation of new house plans from which a builder can work:

1. Hire an architect

2. Make alterations to an existing house plan

There are many benefits to working directly with an architect. You will be able to sit down with an experienced designer and review, very specifically, all of the ideas and requirements for the home that you have in mind. The architect can give suggestions and help you to avoid problems that you may not have anticipated. However, be prepared to pay handsomely for this service. A good architect does not come cheap.

An economical compromise is to modify existing new house plans. There are hundreds of publications and websites that specialize in developing house plans that are available for purchase. These packaged plans are designed by professional architects and are available in a variety of styles, sizes and price-ranges. In many cases, you can visit a website and enter the various criteria for the home that you desire and an internal search engine will match your specs with plans in inventory.

You should be looking for companies that will allow you to modify existing house plans. Not all of them will. When you find one that has a large enough inventory of plans, take the specifications that you have developed for the house that you want to build and use the site’s search engine to find compatible designs. You will likely be indicating basics such as:

– Style of home (Colonial, Ranch, Mediterranean, Cape Cod, etc.)

– Square footage

– Number of bedrooms

– Number of bathrooms

– Garage

– Type of foundation

While it is unlikely that a plan will be just what you were looking for (though you never know), you may find one that is generally suitable if some modifications can be made to match your specific requirements. For an additional fee, the company will allow you to present written alterations to the existing plan. These changes will then be presented to a staff architect who will incorporate the modifications as requested.

Common modifications include:

– Changing the foundation

– Adding or enlarging a garage

– Reconfiguring a bathroom or kitchen

– Adding to or reducing the size of rooms

Typically, you can make the changes right on the house plan. Written explanations are requested along with the design to insure accuracy. The altered plans are then submitted and an estimate is prepared by the design firm and returned to the customer. Once satisfied, the customer will receive a complete set of blueprints to forward to the builder.

While you may not be able to claim that you personally designed your own home, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that the finished product has your personal touch. And you will be able to afford a few more amenities with the money you saved on an expensive architect.

Contemporary Home Builders

35Are you getting excited about building your dream house? Want to make the process easy and stress-free? Why not hire contemporary home builders and avail yourself a number of home designs that not only suit your budget but also fulfill all your specifications!

When you think of building a new abode or renovating the existing one, the first thing that strikes your mind is how to get it done. No doubt, you’ll be thinking of carrying out the complete process on your own as there’s nothing more special than decorating or renovating your home with your own efforts and creativity. Once you finally decide to work on your own and manage your finances accordingly, you must never look back or feel depressed at any instant of time as this will break you from inside and will tear you apart thereafter. If in case, you feel like you are not made for this task, you must hire an expert who will build your dream home based upon your specifications and will carry out all the necessary tasks effortlessly.

Your specifications may include factors like:

• Total number of rooms to be included
• Type of furniture to be used
• Type of doors and windows
• Colour of the walls
• Floor ideas
• Different kitchen designs
• Type of lighting to be used
• Carpet colour for your living room
• Bathroom style
• Bedroom design
• Roofing system

These are some things that you must include in your ‘To-Do’ list while narrating your specifications to the builder you hired. Before hiring a builder, it is important that you find out what exactly you want, i.e. what kind of house you are about to build. Once you decide on what home design to choose, you can move on to the next big step, i.e. setting a specific budget. Make sure the design you choose fulfills all your expectations and suits your budget plan too. Moreover, you must choose the right professional who not only carry out the process meticulously but also make sure that your house plan works best for you in the best possible fashion.

Once you give your best shot in order to kick off the renovation process in a well-organized fashion, you must pay attention to certain factors that can play a great part in making the process go a lot more fluently. This is where the importance of an experienced professional come into the picture, so it is important that you pick a perfect consultant or architect to take care of the complete designing process, seek other professional advice as required, take care of the future trends and pick a design accordingly, make a list of all the things that are involved in the process of home renovation, and more.

Building Your Dream Home

34Architectural design is a very specific discipline. There are many companies that specialise in creating home designs and plans for building new homes, but not all of them are going to necessarily meet your the needs. You need to realise that you are the creator of your own home building destiny. You have to find the designers that you like best based on the sample designs that they have. While price does matter to a degree, it shouldn’t be the only factor that affects your final decision. Instead, you should focus on choosing quality design first and then narrow down your options based on the budget that you have.

Architectural design is very open and varied no matter where you look. Every designer has their own style and is able to work with you to create the best home that you could possibly imagine. When you build a home, you want to make sure that it’s exactly what you want. Buying an existing home allows you to make certain concessions and compromises because it’s already built and you can always renovate it later. However, when you are starting from scratch, you need to make sure that you get the home of your dreams because it’s what you deserve. Good designers will understand this and will work with you to determine what is best for your needs.

Architectural design affords you the chance to see a variety of different styles of homes by designers from all over the region where you live. New Zealand has many great home designers that you can work with, so it’s really just a matter of taking the time to look and find the home designer that you want to work with. Think about your favourite styles, how big of a home you want, and the budget that you have to work with. Using a combination of these elements, you can come up with the right designer and the perfect home design for your new home.

Professional architectural design needs to be a part of your plans for building your dream home. You need to make sure that you choose the most qualified and experienced designer that you can afford. In total, you really just need to take the time to process your options, figure out what you want and need, and then make the decisions that best suit you and your new home.

Designing and Building a Dream Home

33In general, custom homes are more expensive than using existing blueprints or buying a home that’s already built and upgrading it.

There are many factors that go into each project, however, so one shouldn’t completely write off the possibility without doing a little research. Still, custom home builders’ blueprints are likely thousands of dollars more expensive in most cases.

Land Costs and More

Once the costs of the land are added in, one will really see the price skyrocket. Of course it depends on the place and realtor involved. Just like buying an existing home land price depends on how long it’s been on the market, the seller and any negotiations. Next there will be land surveys, building permits, and the costs of architects or custom home builders, interior design, building materials and more. These costs can quickly get out of hand if one doesn’t have a great budget and stick to it.

Due to the fact there will be hidden costs and surprises, it’s advised that those delving into custom home builders should set aside about 10 percent of the overall planned cost for emergencies.

Be Patient

These homes are a project that requires tolerance and patience beyond measure. It can take up to a year for the perfect, custom home to come to life. Don’t expect everything to work out as its planned on paper; things such as materials arriving late or damaged, utility hook ups having issues and the like should be taken into consideration. It doesn’t mean it will happen but to be ready for the worst and hope for the best is smart.

Making Decisions

Decisions will be plenty! What part of custom homes do the future owners do themselves, and which will be done by the home builders? Other questions include:

  • How many bedrooms and baths?
  • How many floors?
  • Paint colors
  • Flooring choices
  • Kitchen appliances, cabinets, countertops and even knob styles
  • Where will light switches be located?
  • Fans, HVAC, solar power or all three?

As anyone can see this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to decisions. Those building homes should be ready to answer these and more and be ready to handle the stress of decision-making through the entire process. The best custom homes builders will get to know the buyers and get a sense of their style and tastes to help them out. They’ll offer samples of everything from plumbing fixtures to lighting and guide them to the best choices.

Do Some Research

When using a home builder, one can research candidates through the National Association of Home Builders, U.S. Green Building Council, Better Business Bureau and of course via online blogs and forums. It’s also wise to ask friends and family as well as coworkers if they’ve heard of any good builders or the builder in question.

It’s also okay to ask for referrals from a builder of custom homes. Check the referrals on their website but also speak directly to people who have had a home designed and built by them; this allows for questions that pertain to the unique situation, and helps immensely.

For those that decide These homes are too expensive, there’s always the option of semi-custom homes. This includes choosing a plan that’s already drawn up and change it a bit to meet personal desires. Regardless, custom home can definitely meet one’s needs in many ways that buying pre-owned doesn’t.

Design Your Dream Home With Mobile Home Remodeling Supplies

32Mobile homes are becoming increasingly popular among those who want to invest in their own property, but are on a strict budget.

Just because you do not own a site built home does not mean that you cannot enjoy the luxuries that you would expect to be able to enjoy when owning your own home.

We take a look at the top 5 ways that you can remodel your mobile home on a budget

1. Change your wooden panelling

Traditional wood panelling looks very dated and can make your mobile home look dark and gloomy. Mobile living has moved on a great deal from the 1970s and your decoration should too. If you are on a budget, you can simply give your panelling a lick of paint or strip it and treat it so that you bring out the natural grains that will look more attractive. If you have money to invest into your home you can remove the panelling altogether and replace with a dry wall.

2. Remove Walls

Most mobile home owners crave space and can often feel a little cramped when indoors for long periods. By removing walls and creating an open space you can breathe a little fresh air into your home. Mobile homes do not usually have load bearing walls so you should not have any problems removing.

3. Add a screened-in porch

If you have enough space, a screened-in porch can really open up your home and give you a nice outdoor living space. Porches are relatively inexpensive and can offer a new living space that will also add value to your home. Imagine all of the parties that you can host during the summer months, you will be the talk of the neighborhood.

4. Update plumbing

While you cannot see the effects of installing new plumbing, you will definitely feel them. Stepping into a hot shower and being able to wash your dishes in warm water seem like small luxuries in a standard home, but are lifesavers when traveling about. Electrical boilers are a must for some and even changing tap faucets or replacing leaking pipes will make a huge difference when it comes to motivating yourself to continue living in a mobile home.

5. Update fixtures

Updating your fixtures and fittings as and when you have spare cash will improve the aesthetics of your mobile home and will offer a fresh look when you feel that it is looking a little tired. A simple change of door knobs or curtains can bring your decorations up to date and take you out of your time warp. If you have a lot of spare cash you can look to completely update your pantry area and storage so that you enjoy spending time in your home just as much as the places where your home takes you.