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Hiring a Home Designer

It is finally the time you have been looking forward to. You have given it quite a bit of thought and planning, made all the sketches and gathered photos and are now are ready to build your new home. The problem is that most builders will not work from sketches and photos. And to aggravate the matter, not only does your local building inspector require specific technical working drawings, but so does the subdivision planning review board.

The solution is to hire a home designer. These professionals are trained to take your ideas and hopes and put them to a working drawing. Not only drawing the plan, but also helping you to put the right design elements into your home to give it a beauty and charm that reflects your personality and taste. A home designer, also known as an architectural designer, is trained with the skills needed to make sure your home meets codes and is functional.

Once you have found a designer, there are several things you will want to discuss with him or her. The first is your budget. An experienced designer will know how to keep you within your spending limits. I personally have met with clients that had elaborate kitchen designs which went well beyond the expected amount of money allowed for its construction. The solution was that we found a cabinet builder who made the same type of cabinets the clients were wanting at a fraction of the cost that the national brand asked for theirs.

Another thing would be your sketches of the proposed layout of the home. Some people do not realize that the single line drawings they made of their plan will loose four inches or better when the wall thicknesses are properly drawn. Space, among many other things is sometimes misunderstood or improperly account for.

For instance, you may be expecting a ten foot by ten foot room but after the wall thickness is added, the room ends up something like nine feet four inches by nine feet eight inches. The designer will posses the skill to gain this lost area back to the planned size but rest assured, it will be at the cost of some other room or area of the home. Make sure to spend time discussing the layout so that you are happy with the finished product and its dimensions.

There are many other things that will be involved in the final design of your home that I am sure your designer will mention. Always try to be available to your designer should they have questions as this will make things flow more smoothly to a finished product.

Kit Home Designs

Many design features need to be taken into consideration when looking at home design. Kit homes make the process easier with layouts you can customise and advice to help you make informed decisions.

Here are ten design tips that you can get started on when looking making decisions:

1. Good Preparation Is The Key To Being Satisfied

This is possibly the most important factor in any build. Doing your homework and really exploring all options is a key factor in a more relaxed and productive home build. Kit houses have a variety of options at your fingertips but you also have the opportunity to change the layout to suit the way your family functions.

2. Think Ahead For Future Needs

Try to think ahead to how your needs might change in the future. Perhaps you could consider a two bedroom home that can be added to as the family grows. You might want o add on a decking area later for outdoor living, perhaps the kids will leave home and give you options with empty bedrooms. You may even have an elderly relative move in with you and need a granny flat space, or teenagers retreat.

Whatever your needs, you can design things for the future and kit homes make that very easy to do.

3. Which Rooms In Your Home Are Key Areas For Your Family

The way we use our indoor and outdoor space has changed a great deal as core family values change. Think about where you will spend the most time, where you’d like your relaxation place to be where the majority of entertaining will be done.

4. List The ‘Deal Breakers’ You Can’t Live Without And Those You Just Won’t Have

Every person has a list of things built over years of living in various homes that they can’t live without, and those they can’t live with. Work out your deal breakers and those of the other family members and see if you can get everyone happy on at least one area.

5. Plan Outdoor Areas For Maximum Advantage

Outdoor entertaining is a major factor for most homes today. Outdoor areas can be an extension of indoor living and is often included in initial design. A nice outdoor area can be excellent for relaxation and just fun family BBQ dinners. If you can’t afford to add it right ways discuss provisions for adding it later when the budget allows.

6. Consider Work Areas And Lighting

This is not only practical but can save you energy. By using lighting to maximize work areas, places to read or do craft, computer activities and even highlight artwork you can really add a lot of character and user-friendly aspects to your home.

7. How Can You Be More Energy Efficient And Go Greener

Look at ways that energy efficiency is worked into kit home designs and see where you can take that a step further. This not only helps to lower your carbon footprint but it will save you money on energy usage costs. Water saving is another area you can add in at design stage.

8. Look For Clever Ways To Get More Storage Areas

Make the most of clever storage places that can be worked into good design. There is no need to have wasted space in modern design. Kitchens can make use of hard to reach corners and high overhead cupboard space. Discuss these new design factors with your kit home company.

9. The Changing Role Of Kitchens In The Family Home

Kitchens are no longer a hidden room where Mum disappears for a few hours and then comes out offering edible delights for meals. Modern families spend a lot of time in the kitchen and it is the hub of the home in many cases thanks to open plan living. Think about how you use your kitchen space.

10. Bathrooms That Just Work

This could be the next important room of the house. As with kitchens think about how you use this room and design accordingly. Private bathrooms now give you the luxury of having your very own just the way you want it.

Round Home Designs

The home you live in is a reflection of the individual that you are. And yet home builders erect thousands of homes in a single neighborhood that all look the same. This is what we have become accustomed to; but it doesn’t have to be this way everywhere. If you are looking for an energy efficient alternative to the standard home design, you may be intrigued by the yurt.

The yurt has been around for centuries, and is most well-known as the cloth sided portable dwelling used by nomads who travelled through steppes bounded by mountainous peaks in all four seasons of the year. The yurt dwelling is a roundhome that was developed to get these nomadic people through the harshest of conditions. Although portable, their dwellings kept them warm and also paid tribute to their strong belief in the sacredness of nature and spirit as a whole.

This is actually one of the best things about the yurt: its rich history. The very shape of this roundhome is essential in acknowledging the connection between man and nature, and between all men in general. While those living in round houses do not necessarily feel this acknowledgment on a conscious level day in and day out; it is there at all times, giving a relaxation and peace through its inherent nature.

The roundhome is a fairly new invention into modern culture, and yet it is catching on quite well because of the ‘green’ movement. Living green means using less energy and building homes made from renewal or specially harvested resources. The roundhome in and of itself is a huge energy saver thanks to its unique design.

Think living in a round house would limit your capabilities to live very comfortably? Check out some of these design descriptions and see for yourself that a round house can actually treat you and your family to the ultimate living experience.

Some round house designs are small and ideal for a studio of some sort. Measuring only a few hundred square feet, a wood sided yurt can be used in the backyard as a yoga studio, an art studio or even a reading room. However, this is only just the beginning of the design options that are available with an energy efficient round house.

Although affordability is a big draw when it comes to owning this type of a home, that does not in any way mean that building a round home or purchasing a prefabricated round home does will be small and cramped. No, round homes, even when prefabricated, feature everything you would expect from a custom built home.

For the growing or established family who needs more space, pre-designed round homes can feature up to 4 bedrooms and a few thousand square feet of overall living space. Some of the family homes developed feature single stories with bedroom flanking a wide open living space. Other homes feature bedrooms on one level and living space on another. This type of design is one of the most popular, since it is so open and allows in so much light.