The concept of designing your home is not new, but there are only a few people who really get the ultimate chance of converting their dreams into a reality by designing their own home. However, if you consider yourself a lucky person who comes under the category of designing, styling and building your own home, then you have to make sure that you have ample time to think, design, plan as well as a good sum of money to transform your dream home into a reality.
In most of the situations, the services of the architect are availed, but for an average owner builder, it can be an expensive exercise. The other suitable possibility is to hire a building designer, also known as draftsman, who is entitled to deliver the same services as that of the architect but at a low price tag.
The Beginning Stage – List out the Vital Factors for your Home Design
In the first stage of designing your home, the owner builder has to design the basic outline of what he actually wants on the site. The whole process must not necessarily be a professional one but should be based on mere sketching and important pointers that will be handy and useful in the next stage of designing your home. Start making a list or design brief of important points that cannot be ignored and after that note down the points that you consider as less important but would be good if incorporated in the house plan. In the important points list, the number of rooms, function of each room and other mandatory details should be mentioned. Such rooms might include bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and others.
In the other list of less-important factors, add all those extra items like guest room, office room, entertainment area or others that you wish to include, but are restricted by the size of the house, landscape or budget.
The Intermediate Step – Sketching the Floor Plan
This step does not require any talent of drawing or sketching for the owner builder. All it requires are a pen and paper and then start making circles or squares to determine the positioning of the room where you actually want the new rooms to be located on a scaled site plan. The locations need not to be perfect or in great shape, but create a basic outline of the idea on which the building would be based upon. Keep in mind when designing each room natural light & ventilation, northerly access to living rooms, area and functionality. It is the lifestyle of the person or family that impacts upon the variations of designing your home. It helps to focus on the rooms like the living room or kitchen where the maximum amount of time is spent. Keeping in mind the usage and importance of each room, allocate the space accordingly. The less important rooms can take lesser space depending on how much space is required to operate the room or function properly in that room. Do not forget to add the mandatory items like stairs and corridors in the floor plan in your home plan.
Take Your Rough Plan to a Building Designer
Once the owner builder is done with the sketching stage of building of home, the next stage is to consult a building designer and hire his professional services. Building designers will create a standardized plan with all the professionalism just like an architect. It is vital for the owner builder to know the interior and exterior architecture of the potential house so that the exact look can be achieved by a building designer.
There are chances that your rough idea might come across some changes so that you can get the best choice for your home. A talented building designer has the skill to draw each and every aspect of the home to perfection. In constructing the best dream home, an owner builder has to collaborate with the building designer to attain the best long-term results.