If you want to design your next home but don’t know where to start or what to include, Wooddale Builders is here to help. Our design and build professionals have dedicated their careers to conceptualizing luxury homes for our clients, and there’s a lot to consider. Whether you’re just getting started or already have ideas in mind, check out these tips for creating your custom home.
Start Plainly Planning
Get your thoughts on paper. Jot down ideas for designing any part of your home, from the simplest concept to the most detailed feature. Even if you never implement some or any of your ideas, at least you’ll have them written down for reference. You know some things you want, so be sure to make note of those to ensure they’re included in your design. Separate the wants from the must-haves from the dreams and prioritize your needs from there.
Consider Your Surroundings
Be sure to take advantage of the property where you’re creating your custom home. Does it have amazing views? If so, be sure to position your home and windows to maximize perspective. Consider the terrain when determining the home’s entry points or how many stories to include. Maybe a walk-out lower level or an elevated porch will work for you. Think how the location can benefit your home’s viewpoint and functionality.
There likely are elements that you may not need today but will be handy at some point. If you’re planning on having children or think you may be a caregiver for an aging parent or relative, take those accommodations into consideration when creating your custom home. Determine a spot for a nursery or rooms for the kids. Where would you put an in-laws’ suite and what features would it entail? Perhaps you’re working from home or are starting your own business and need a designated office space in a quiet part of the house. Ask your future self what he or she would like in a home and add those ideas to the mix.
Flow and Functionality
Think about how many rooms you’d like and how you’d like them situated. Which rooms make the most sense next to one another? How important is accessibility and how will the layout affect foot traffic? Figure out if you’d like an open floor plan or compartmentalized areas for sleeping, eating, and gathering. You might want the primary bedroom suite in its own section of the home for more privacy. For a multi-level home, determine what type of design makes the most sense for the flow and functionality you seek.
Personalize Your Space
One of the most important aspects to creating your custom home is to make it yours. That means adding elements of yourself into the design. If you’re a collector, consider adding display areas to show off your collections. Maybe you’re in a band or compose music and need a special, soundproof area for creating and recording songs. If you enjoy tinkering, building, or crafting, be sure to include a space for your hobbies and lifestyle. Are you a bookworm? Design a custom bookshelf and reading nook. An athlete? Maybe a home gym is what you need. An artist? How about your own studio space? The sky is the limit when it comes to your hobbies, so get creative and personalize your space.
Turn to the Professionals
There are no wrong answers to your home design. But determining what will work best for you and your family – now and in the future – will go a long way toward creating your custom home. If you have all the ideas but still need help putting things in place, Wooddale Builders can assist. Our award-winning team will work with you from concept to completion to ensure your luxury custom home is exactly how you envisioned. Contact us today to get started on your project and experience the Wooddale difference for yourself.