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Home Design Tips and Ideas

Whether you’re designing your dream home, or maximizing the space you already have-you can always use a few great home design tips. Maximizing the features within your home can make fashion meet function, and ideal combination for any homeowner!

Homecoming

The garage is important for numerous reasons, not only is it extra storage, a workspace, but it also hold all of the precious cargo-like your vehicle. Create a wide garage-this will save you from future headaches. The standard spec garages are not wide enough. When determining how many cars you’ll be fitting in to your garage, make sure that you space the door to the interior of the home at least 5-feet away from where you will be parking your car-there is nothing like inching your way inside with an arm full of groceries.

Self storage

Make sure your home has plenty of storage. You can create extra attic storage by ordering storage trusses that will not only save you money, but provide room for all of the things you’re not using on a daily basis. Interior storage is detrimental to staying organized, and making your home look beautiful. Within your kitchen, make sure you have distance between your cabinets and your island-this needs to be a minimum of 42 inches so you can move around (it is also imperative for entertaining in this space). Another maximum use of space is that of wine storage, particularly if you intend to entertain in your home. A build in wine storage cabinet not only maximizes the flavor of your wine, but can become a great conversation piece. When delving in to home design makes sure you’re incorporating fashion and function to truly maximize your budget.

Sensible showers

To accommodate all types of guests make sure your showers are a minimum of 36 inches wide. This will ensure a comfortable entry as well as exit. The more spacious the spaces, the more comfortable your space will be for all who dwell here. Next, make sure you’ve got great shower heads. Some experts recommend installing two faucets as opposed to purchasing the more expensive versions. This will allow the heads to hit you from different sides. On that note, make sure you’ve got a great hot water heater, for these purposes and depending upon how many you plan on accommodating-make sure it is extra large. This keeps it coming no matter what-nothing like getting a splash of cold water when someone is making a cup of tea downstairs!

These are just a few home design tips to help begin the thought process. There are so many home design ideas and consulting with a professional will allow these to surface. As technology advances, we’re finding more use for docking stations and spaces for electrical devices as well as minimizing old ways of installation that we no longer need. Consult with a professional to get more hints, tips and tricks!

What Is Involved In Getting Custom Home Design Plans?

The first order of business is purchasing a lot. A truly custom home design is specifically designed for the lot it sits on. Please read EzineArticles online article “Buying a Lot to Get a Custom Home Designed” for what to consider. A survey will be needed before the custom home design can begin. If it is an older property there should be one in the closing documents.

Now there is some home design homework to do even before purchasing a lot. You have to know what you desire in the home and what the footage goal is to know what size the lot has to be.

This homework is the first step in the house design. No matter how talented the designer they are dependent on you for it to be a custom design with communication being the key. So do not be shy about providing whatever you have accumulated or generated whether it be pictures, notes, spreadsheets or anything else that helps present what you want. Whether you provide a lot of material or none at all though it is the designers responsibility to discuss anything relevant to the project.

The initial design conference meeting(s) will be to completely define your dream home.

The footage will determine the cost more than anything else and should be the first consideration. How many stories and what exterior style and finish material needs to be defined. Each room should be discussed to determine the size, raised ceilings, flooring or any other features. The first factor in determining room locations is what view they will have. If there is a stunning rear view only so many rooms can take advantage of then these rooms need to be defined. A stairs if any often has expectations that go with it whether it is the railing, finish or location. If it is viewed as more of a functional need then a location requiring less expense in finishing than a foyer might be considered. Will the house be open concept so that the family room, breakfast and kitchen are open to each other. All aspects of the kitchen should be defined. Especially if there will be an island and all appliances and their locations. It is often helpful to know what the current kitchen cabinet footage is to ensure equal or greater cabinet footage. Does there need to be a private desk area off the kitchen for paying bills. Would a backpack, hobby or sports storage area with cabinets off the garage be helpful. All features of the utility room including a built in ironing board need to be considered. If there is a pool does there need to be a pool bath or can the powder room be located near the rear. Is the master bath to be more functional or luxurious or something in between. How many bathrooms. Will there be a game room, study, hobby room or other rooms not considered a given. Are art niches or ledges desired. This is a minimum necessary to start a design drawing.

If the due diligence has not been this thorough then there is a good chance you will not get your dream home design. No matter how creative it is if it is not what you imagined then it is a failed design. I am not suggesting taking away creative freedom only that any expectations have to be communicated. Make sure the designer is asking all the right questions or make sure you volunteer them. Alternatively just consider another designer because it is hard to correct a design that heads down the wrong path.

Only when the scope of the design has been completely defined should the design drawing begin. The primary goal should be to meet the design criteria in the most space efficient way possible while being creative.

The next meeting will be to review the preliminary design which typically consist of the floor plans without all the construction details, the front elevation and the plot plan showing the house located on the lot.

This is the first time to really know if you are on the same page as your designer. That is why the due diligence was so critical. Hopefully any revisions will be minimal but most importantly none will cause a compromise to the design. Sometimes even with all the necessary communication the design is still not what was expected. Unfortunately this is often do to the designer substituting their preferences. That is another reason to define what is expected. If it was discussed there is no excuse that it was never communicated. Stand your ground even if it means starting the design over.

A designer has a responsibility to a client to inform them if they think they are making a mistake. Once the client knows why you are concerned hopefully they will agree. It is never acceptable to just ignore a clients wishes or substitute your own preferences.

This preliminary design meeting is also the time to discuss in depth details like lighting, cabinet styles and finishes if it has not been done. If the revisions are such that it would be prudent to review the preliminary again once they are done that would be the next step. If any revisions are minor then the design is ready to be finalized.

The next meeting will be to review the finalized drawings. Expect to see floor plans with the electrical outlets and switches or separate electrical plans, interior elevations (cabinet and other views), exterior elevations, cross sections if necessary (always on two or three story), form plan, roof plan and plot plan. The plans need to meet the appropriate codes, ordinances and subdivision restrictions where it will be built.

Once any revisions are completed construction sets can be run. Additionally the foundation and structural should be engineered.

So to review the design process since it might seem intimidating or overwhelming, design conference meeting(s), preliminary design meeting, finalized design meeting and construction sets. Seems less so hopefully. Primarily it is that there are so many decisions to make. So do yourself a favor and do your homework so you have fewer to make all at once. Also plan ahead and allow a proper amount of time for the design process. It can vary considerably based on the designer and the market but two months at a minimum and preferably three months. The most stress comes from waiting until you are ready to move to start the process and then being anxious throughout. When someone says “I wish I had considered” it is usually because there was not proper time for discussion or review. Most people hope to live in and enjoy their dream home for the rest of their lives so devote the short time necessary through the design process to help that happen.

Accessorize Home Furnishings

Add a personal touch as you accessorize your home, bringing in items that reflect your interests, personality, and hobbies. Carefully chosen accessories bring warmth, character and feel to each room in your home.

An important consideration when using items to accessorize home interiors is that they have a purpose for being in a particular room. Use accessories to enhance or balance a rooms color scheme, to accentuate the theme of a room, or to add height or dimension to an area.

Plan your room before you start to accessorize home furnishings, as this process will really highlight the style of a particular room. Make a note of the colors of the accessories that you will look for and make a list of the items that you need to complete the task. Rugs, pillows, drapes and decor should be on your shopping list and you will need to consider sizes, textures and shapes.

Numerous items can be used to accessorize home spaces that are in out of the way areas, such as a dark corner. For example, a basket, a tall vase, a piece of pottery or a light colored decorative chair.

There are a multitude of places to search for the perfect item to accessorize home bedrooms, living rooms and other areas. Start by searching online stores, your area discount outlets and your friendly arts and crafts store. An antique shop is normally a good place to look for that special accessory.

Theres no need to spend a lot of money to accessorize home design. There are inexpensive ways to accent a room. A decorative mirror is a great way to add some style to a room and also works well to create dimension or make a small area look larger. Another low cost accent is to bring a bit of nature indoors with fresh flower and greenery creations placed in decorative vases. Use several vases of varying heights to create an interesting grouping.

Achieve balance when trying to accessorize home furnishings, by paying particular attention to the color scheme. Bring in at least three accents in the same color and create a look of harmony. Create balance by setting different heights for the accents — for example on an end table, coffee table or shelf.

When you accessorize home rooms, add accents that reflect the usage of the space. A family room is an ideal place to use artwork as an accessory. You can inexpensively add photo collages of different sizes and shapes over a sofa or fireplace. In a more formal living room, consider adding an artistic looking candle or floral arrangement, wire sculptures, or other interesting pieces.