This is it! You have worked hard for years, sacrificed a few vacations here and there, and scrimped your way in order to save enough money for your dream home.

And now the fruits of all your labor are ready for the picking. You are ready to build your dream house.

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Before jumping in and calling your designer, these 6 tips might be useful in helping you and your designer achieve the house that you’ve long been dreaming of.

Bring Out Your Pencil And Draw Away

Draw your ideas. Create rough sketches of how you want your house to look like.

List down all the features you want to be included in your dream home.

Brainstorm with your architect/designer.

Simply start by drawing everything that’s on your head on paper, no need for those high-tech design software yet.

Think Ahead

In planning your dream house, you have to think of the future.

Do you plan to have a big family?  

If so, then having more rooms would ideal.

Are you thinking of accommodating family members in your home?

Having a room on the first floor would be perfect for your aging parents.

Incorporating your future plans in the planning stages of design will prove to be very convenient.

Maximize Your Lot

If you already have a location for your dream home, it would be ideal if we make optimal use of its topography, its size, and its best features.

For instance, windows should face the best views of the house.

If your location has a lot of naturescape, then maximize the view by building your living room facing it so the family can enjoy the view.

The topography of the lot is also critical in designing your house since steep slopes and uneven terrain require a different design than flat lots.

Prioritize The Features

Don’t get caught up with all the latest fancies in designing your home, otherwise, you will end up exceeding your budget.

Prioritize which features are the most important and stick to it. It is best to choose practicality over luxury.

Function And Flow

In deciding the locations of the rooms of the house, function and flow should be considered.

For instance, it is recommended that rooms be placed away from the communal areas of the house to reduce noise.

An open floor plan that provides easy flow from the kitchen to the dining room and into the living room are suitable for families that like to gather in the kitchen.

Let There Be Light

Lighting is one of the most overlooked aspects of the designing process, but it is one of the most important.

Lighting also plays a vital role in the placement of rooms in the design of your home, for instance, you have to face the dining nook in the east if you want to enjoy the morning sun while eating your breakfast.

In designing your dream home, you need to start simple.

It is also important to take your time.

As you work with your home designer, be upfront on what you like and don’t like rather than remodeling your home later.