What questions to ask before designing a house? We often receive phone calls from homeowners looking for information about what to expect when designing their new dream home or renovating their current one. Before we can start sketching your gourmet kitchen or new master suite, we need to gather some information.
Ready to design your dream home? Start by answering these questions:
What's on your wish list? For example, do you visualize high ceilings, a grand entryway, a master bedroom on the first floor, a large pantry, open concept, playroom... Whatever elements you dream of including in your ideal home, now is the time to get them down.
Do any accessibility requirements need to be accommodated in the new design? You might want to include wide corridors and ramps and zero-step entryways as elements of 'universal design' for your own comfort or perhaps, if you have elderly relatives that will be visiting regularly.
Approximately, how many square feet do you need? Is your family complete? Will you be wanting an extra bedroom for later additions? What about family rooms and outdoor space?
How many bedrooms & bathrooms, cars in the garage, people seated in the dining room, bar stools at the kitchen island?
Which architectural style and types of materials do you prefer?
Do you have a property survey? How large is the property and where is it located?
Are there site features that will affect house placement? (i.e. trees, topography, views, water features, utility easements)
Are there restrictions on what can be built from your homeowners association, historic district design guidelines, city zoning, deed restrictions, etc.?
What is your budget and do you have financing?
How long do you plan to own this home?
These questions are just to get the conversation started. The plan for your dream home is not something you can just pick out of a book and expect a perfect fit. A well-designed home is the result of many careful decisions made.
If you need help answering these questions or just need someone to bounce ideas around with, please call us at 214.751.2304. Alternatively, you might fill in some details on our contact form and then we can chat about your requirements later.