Designing A Home: When To Get Help

Posted on: 9 June 2015

Many families dream of planning their own homes. While the design aspects can be fun and accessible to many people, there is some specialized knowledge that comes from experience. When you are planning your home, be sure to consider whether you should bring in a professional to deal with the following home planning issues. 

Zoning Laws

If you are building a home in a primarily residential area, then this shouldn't be a problem for you. However, if you are doing anything unique, like building in a mixed-use area or building an accessory dwelling unit, be sure to consult the law first. 

Allocating Space

When you only have so much budget, you will need to be careful about how you plan each room of your house. A kitchen that's too large will take away needed space from your child's bedroom. 

In order to think about planning your space, don't only think about what your needs are now— think about how your family might grow and want to use a space differently. The building process should be about your present family, but also your future family. If you are planning to sell the house one day, you may also want to consider how a typical family uses their space, by looking at square footage for typical kitchens, living rooms, et cetera. This is where a home planning consultant can come in to help you. 

Lighting Design

One thing that can be tricky to do on your own is the lighting design for your home. You want to make sure that each area is well-lit, and this can be hard to visualize without seeing the lights in action. There are also several modern lighting techniques to consider, such as day-lighting and natural lighting, that can save you money and also have benefits for your health. You may want to speak with a professional lighting designer to take a look at your space. 

What's in Style

This may not be a concern for you if you plan to own the property for the rest of your life. But if you plan to resell the property in the near future, you may consider putting in a feature that will give your property a higher resale value. Maybe you don't care about a patio, garden, or pool, but some of these features will bring in a lot more money than they cost to build. A real estate agent or home planner can help you evaluate these choices. 

As you can see, home planning can be a complex task with many considerations. Before you embark on the major financial decision of building a home, be sure to cover all your bases and consult a professional when needed.


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