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Home Design Secrets – Ask Your Self One More Question After the Plans Are Complete

Here’s some questions you need to ask yourself, you designed the house, it looks good, makes sense and now you’re ready to build. Are you really done? Is everything really how you want it? Can you clearly see how the home is going to function? And last but not least, have you allowed any money in your budget for changes.

The elevations usually give you an idea of what the exterior of the house is going to look like in most homeowners can get a pretty good idea about the exterior and even some of the interior sections of the home.

You’ve probably spent enough time working with the architect and may be the contractor and you could even be totally done, with this part of the planning. Let’s just start building the home, between the architect, the engineer and your local building department, you’ve had it and would like to start the project.

I know what you’re thinking, I know where you’ve been, now I want you to focus on my original question. Can you clearly see how the home is going to look?

Make sure, and I mean make sure that you have a good idea, what your home is going to look like. After the home planner, architect and home designer have given you your plans and they are now complete, spend at least one hour each night, examining the plans and make sure that you are comfortable with the layout, each room, exterior and interior design.

Any changes that you need to make now are going to save you lots of money in the future, even though they could delay the job for you few more months. This is very important and you really need to examine the plans, thoroughly.

Happy home building and I hope this helps, because I have saved homeowners thousands of dollars, simply by asking the question, are you really sure that this is what you want.

Textured Ceilings – What Makes This a Popular Home Design?

There are people who do not want their ceilings to look entirely bare. Good thing is there are ways for us to design our ceilings. Modern home interior designers have come up with a textured ceiling design. Some people think that ceilings with textures are really expensive to make and is very unmanageable. However, they are actually just very easy to install. These days, there are available texture designs that are very easy to install.

Advantages of textured ceiling:

· It can hide holes and imperfections on the ceiling.

· It helps conceal the leakage and cracks without being obvious.

· It makes the whole room more attractive.

· It looks more elegant than the bare ceiling.

· It gives the ceiling a three-dimensional look.

There are so many designs available for different kinds of room ceilings. There is what we call the “Roller Sheetrock Design” which is a form of mud that is used to add texture on the ceiling. It is made up of Sheetrock mud that is mixed with water, and then applied onto the ceiling. One can create different stroke patterns by using this material. Another is the “Knockdown Sheetrock Design” where in the Sheetrock mud is used like the latter one, but here, the consistency of the mud is thinner. A crow’s foot stomp brush is used instead of the roller.

The most common of the ceiling designs is the “Wooden Design” where in the wooden furniture in the room is completed with the wood designs in the ceiling. This one is perfect for a room where we use a majority of wooden furniture.

Another one is the “Trowel-on Design”. In this design, the texturing material is applied by the use of a standard trowel. It will create a plaster-like look into the texturing material.

Rooms where texturing of the ceiling can be applied:

· Office cabins

· Hotels and restaurants

· Showrooms

· Conference rooms

Creating a textured ceiling can be a very attractive design for our rooms. It will recreate a unique look for the whole room. The ceiling is one of the areas that are given much attention when someone enters the room, and having it textured is an advantage. It creates a vintage look, with a modern touch depending on what kind of material you are going o us.

If you will choose the material that is durable, it will last longer. That way, it can stay on the ceiling for years without having to change it often. The paint will then depend on your choice of color. Some people likes to keep the wooden furnish for their ceilings. It creates a shabby look for the room and it will be more elegant to the eye.

Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Software

The magazine staff and editors of Better Homes and Gardens have come with a design solution for the intrepid homeowner wanting to realize his/her dream house. The Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite 8.0 is the latest edition of that effort that started years back and has become popular among American novice designers and even professional architects and home builders.

Getting to see your dream house with uncanny 3D realism on your PC has never been as easy with a software application tool that can make just about anyone a home designer. You just need to make sure your desktop or laptop PC is powerful enough to render 3D modeling. Not to worry, the software package comes with the recommended PC configuration you need.

Indulge your Imagination

The Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite 8.0 gives reign to your innate design skills the better for you to visualize your dream home on the PC. But even people without artistic talent can to it.

  • Automatic Designing Tools. The Suite has 5,000 competent and easy to use building blocks and tools to simplify getting your design looking real. For starters, you design your lot and backyard terrain with the Automatic Build Terrain and Terrain Perimeter tool that can be aided with a GPS terrain elevation data. Add pools and other landscaping details like fences and driveways from its landscaping library. Generate house roofs, ceiling beams, floor patterns, dormers, stairs, framing and house foundation automatically.
  • Design Templates. There are over 1,500 sample house floor plans as well as a Design Inspiration Gallery with photos by house designs categorized by type that can inspire you with your own unique design ideas. It has a library of home-style templates you can start with or create own customized house designs. There’s also the House Wizard that can automatically generate a house design for you based on information you supply.
  • Design Libraries. There are over 6000 design elements like furniture and electric fixtures, windows and doors, wall paper and floor designs and appliance, just to mention some, in its built-in library that you can just drag and drop on your design work area, or you can design your own. There’s even a Plant Encyclopedia on the side containing 1,500 popular plant species you can learn about that’s suitable in your country as indoor plant ornament in your design.
  • Online Advice. You can get free online design expertise from the Design Planning Center of Better Homes and Gardens as well as download additional design elements from the Home Designer website.
  • 3D Rendering and Virtual Tours. Once you’re done with hour house and interior designing, remodeling, landscaping, and floor planning, go into 3D simulation of light and shadows and a virtual walk-through of your dream house.
  • Project Cost Estimating. Once you’re happy with the look of your new house complete with interiors and landscaping, the Suite will estimate the cost of making your design happen, generating a spreadsheet where you also get material estimates on how much lumber and concrete is needed which creates the basis for the costing.