Getting to own a home is an integral part of the American dream and one of the best parts of most folks’ lives.
If you ever have the chance to design your own home, then you truly get to live the dream, as you not only have a place to call your own, but you also have the opportunity to make it your own space.
Keep reading to learn 6 tips for designing a new home provided by the top Naples architects, and see if you can apply them to your next project.
1) Know your budget: You probably have some upper limit as to what you can realistically afford in terms of building a new home. Try to keep your designs and aspirations under that limit.
2) Blow your budget: On the other hand, designing a home within your practical budget might leave off too many things that you want or need, so maybe you should just swing for the fences in terms of design. An initial design that does include all you want might be something you do figure out how to finance, be it a higher-paying job, different mortgage, or even selling your current home for more than you thought. At the very least, the architect can redo a second design that keeps most of what you want just in a scaled-down fashion.
3) Think ahead: Is this going to be your forever home? If you plan on living long enough to have possibly bad knees, steep staircases and upstair bathrooms might not be for you.
4) Keep monthly bills in mind: Bigger homes are often thought of as better, but they tend to come with bigger bills. Even after your mortgage is paid off, many decades from now, you’re still going to have homeowner’s insurance, maintenance costs, and utility bills for water, power, Internet, phone, and television.
5) Remember that family sizes change: One of the biggest decisions involved in any home is the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. If you’re part of a married couple with kids right now, you’re likely looking for as many bedrooms as you can find. If you’re yet to have kids, you might only be planning on one or two. If you’re retired or empty-nesting and downsizing, you might want fewer bedrooms. Consider what current bedrooms might turn into in the future, as well as how many bedrooms you might need then that you don’t now.
6) Don’t forget the exterior: Many families designing a new home only focus on things like floor plans, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and entertainment areas. This is why it is often recommended to hire a professional home designer. So don’t forget the outside of the home, with things like decks, porches, garages, patios, and even swimming pools.