• Alair Homes
  • May 30, 2017

6 Steps to Drawing a Design Plan For Your Home

Designing a home is one of the most complex and fulfilling tasks a person can do in life. While it is easy to imagine the perfect dream home, it does take a great deal of planning and consideration to make it a reality. The professionals at Alair Homes suggest six important steps to take when creating a home design.

Create a List of Characteristics

The first stage of shifting a design from imagination to real life is making of list of “likes.” Likes are the characteristics and elements of the house that will be built. Homeowners can do this by using images on a collaborative website that allows the whole family to be involved.

Examine the Current Home

The primary motivation for designing a new home is the need to live differently. To accomplish this, the current mode of living must be examined. Identifying likes and dislikes, favorite rooms, form, flow, and function will help create the foundation for the new design.

Choose the New Spaces

In a home design, the most difficult phase is choosing the rooms to be included. This stage comes with uncertainty. Therefore many changes and adjustments are to be expected. Budgetary concerns are not the focus at this point. It is more about getting the ideas down on paper.

Analyze the Room List

Once the list of rooms is complete, each one should be carefully analyzed in regard to use. Aspects to consider are light, furniture, privacy, and specific activities. It is important to compare this list with the current home list to ensure seldom-used rooms are not being replicated.

Establish Priorities and Goals

Now, it is time to look at the whole project. As with any large undertaking, clear goals must be established from the beginning. This aids in the decision-making process as the work progresses and will serve as a reality check if difficult choices must be made. The goals should serve the values of the final design.

Finalize the Plan and Correct Mistakes

The last stage of the design process contains an overview of all the rooms, what they will contain, and how they will feel when in use. Common errors are placing too much focus on aesthetics instead of functionality, not considering the opinions of everyone involved, and not seeing the project as a whole. Another trap is trying to keep up with trends. It is a better use of time to stay with the project’s specific needs.

A home design is a document meant to pull together the different aspects of building a dream house. The document serves as a place to write ideas down, think about them, and then apply them as necessary. It also acts as a base for making decisions as the project moves along. Using the steps above will ensure a positive home creation experience.

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