Designing Your Forever Home


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Designing your own home is a dream that many people have. If you are lucky enough to have that dream turn into reality then there are a few things that you should know before starting your venture. Lucky for you we have done some research and listed below a few top tips to get you started on your new home designs.

Budget, Budget, Budget

Budgeting is an obvious step you have to take when designing your home. Ensure you are as thorough with you budgeting as you can be and leave some wiggle room for any unplanned issues that might incur. 

As well as budgeting for the actual build of the property, remember to include a budget for the interior design and furniture. It is something that people tend to forget about when budgeting. You should include the following in your budget also:

  • Site Surveys
  • Insurance
  • Local authority fees
  • Landscaping
  • Connections to water mains, electricity and sewage

Incorporate Natural Light

Ensuring your property has plenty of natural light can be beneficial to the overall feel of your home. If you are finding it a struggle fitting windows into your aesthetic then think about installing a roof light, they provide a great source of natural light in hard to reach areas. Do keep in mind the maintenance of cleaning these windows, you will need to have easy access to the roof and a large ladder to clean the inside.

Think About The Future

When designing your home think about what might happen in the future. Are you planning on having children, will you need to accommodate aging family members, or in the worst-case scenario would your home be able to be easily adapted in the case someone in the home becomes disabled. Although some of these factors are more likely than others it is always better to implement the what-ifs into your design, after all this will be your forever home. 

Consider The Flow Of Rooms

Think about how you use your home, you want the rooms in your house to flow. For example, you wouldn’t position the master bedroom next to the living area and the kitchen at the other end of the home. Group your living and sleeping areas into two separate sections of the house. This means that you can entertain in the living area away from the sleeping area, resulting in reducing the amount of noise travelling whilst someone is trying to sleep. You should also consider open-plan rooms, this makes your home flow more freely, giving the illusion of a bigger space. It also allows the light to spread throughout your home more naturally.

Design Inside and Outside

When designing your home, don’t neglect the outside. You want to give the wow factor inside and outside your home. Plan for landscaping your front and rear garden, this will complete the overall feel of the property. Hire a professional landscaper to help show you how to use your outdoor space.

Looking for a smaller project? Then check out our 5 Easy Ways to Transform any Space.

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