Finding the home that meets and exceeds your expectations is a dream come true. Building that home precisely the way you envision is infinitesimally more exciting and satisfying. Make sketches, draw floor plans and perhaps consult with an architect. There are many aspects of the new home requiring consideration. Ideas may change again and again before making a final decision.
Building websites and magazines provide the opportunity of viewing many different types of homes. Plans provide the size and square footage of the completed project. While scanning through the various architectural styles, take into consideration the size and location of the potential building site. Some of the many types of home styles include:
* Cape Cod * Georgian * NeoClassical
* Colonial * Gothic Revival * New American
* Dutch * Greek Revival * Plantation
* European * Italianate * Queen Anne
* French Country * Mediterranean * Tudor
After getting a general idea of the architectural style, prospective owners then decide upon specific features of the home they plan on building. Do you desire a cabin, a chalet or a cottage? Choose from single-level ranch, split-level or two story designs. Some prefer the rustic look of log cabins while others opt for prestigious multi-level sprawling mansions. Attached or detached garages and which way the home faces are other considerations. If you are unsure about the design of your new home, you may to consult a custom design service or an architect.
Determine the number of rooms in the home, their location and function. Decide where and how many bedrooms the home requires along with the number and locations of bathrooms. Choose the location for the laundry room, maybe add a sun room or an enclosed front or back porch.
Determine the ceiling heights in the home. Will the entry area and living room feature extremely tall ceilings or be the location for rooms on two levels? Adjust drawings or plans for bathroom and kitchen layouts, entry and hallways.
The vast number of building materials available provides exterior and interior aesthetic value along with the potential for being eco-friendly. Depending on the architectural style and design, home exteriors might feature logs, timbers and concrete. Brick, steel and glass are other options along with rock and stone. Interiors might also feature any of these materials in addition to plaster board.
Compare differences between types of insulation materials and whether or not the home will have solar panels. Explore the possibilities and selections for cabinetry, doors and windows plus decorative moldings. Choose bathroom and kitchen fixtures in addition to overall flooring.
Before building commences, owners purchase a property site based on general location and size. Besides home size, the land must have enough space for landscaping, driveways and any other features homebuilders create along with the home or leave enough space for add-ons at a later date. Owners must also consider the location of garden plots, play areas or locations for additional outdoor buildings.