What to Think About Before You Design Your Own Home
You’re thinking of starting a new home design project, but you’re not quite sure where to start. Are you wondering, “How long does it take to build a house?” or curious about “How much does it cost to build a house?”? In Episode 89 of The Architecture Happy Hour podcast, co-hosts and residential architects, Laura Davis and Holly Hall roll out the first episode in their new Home Design Series, talking about the 7 Essentials for Starting Your Home Renovation or New Home Design Project. Join Laura and Holly as they talk about the 7 things you absolutely need and the questions you need to ask when you’re starting a new home design project.
In this Episode:
The 7 Essentials for Starting Your Home Renovation or New Home Design Project
WHAT would be included in your ideal home?
- What’s on your wish list?
- What will your dream home look like?
- What types of rooms do you need?
- What kind of home style you prefer? Traditional, modern, farmhouse?
WHERE is the location for your ideal home?
- Where are you wanting to do this renovation?
- What do you need to know about local zoning regulations?
- Does your home owner’s association have restrictions or design guidelines?
WHEN is the best time to remodel your house?
- How long does it take to build a house?
- What is a typical design and construction timeline?
- Do you have life or family events we need to work around?
WHY do you want to do this home design project?
- What is the goal of the project?
- How can your home support your lifestyle?
- Is this a short term investment or your forever home?
WHO will be living in the home?
- Who is involved in building a house?
- Who will live in the house?
- Will you be doing much entertaining?
- Do you have kids or grandkids that need a playroom or space to run around?
- Do any of the residents have mobility issues; do you need to plan for aging-in-place?
- Who are the decision makers?
HOW will your dream home become a reality?
- How will this project be managed?
- How much does it cost to build a house?
- Do you have a home building budget?
- How do I know if I’m going to overbuild for my neighborhood?
TEAM members to make the project a success?
- Do I have a good realtor to advise me on home values and neighborhoods?
- Should I be my own general contractor?
- Do I need an architect or an interior designer to create floor plans?
- What other consultants will I need for my home build project?
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