The ultimate checklist for designing your home
You’ve decided to re-design or build a new home and you might be thinking, where do I start?
A designer can help you create your dream home and design your space in the most efficient and practical way for you and your family. A designer will help you plan your space and can help ensure your rooms are facing the optimal direction, adding extra comfort; natural lighting and saving you on heating and electricity.
However before you meet your designer it’s important to get a few things together.
Firstly put together a wish list of the ideas and designs you'd like in your new home. This will help your designer get a feel for what type of home you’d like to build.
Pictures from magazines of homes you like, or don’t like, are a great starting point for designers to understand what style you’re looking for and the type of presence you want your home to give.
Also provide home assessment and information you’ve collected for the design of your home this will help prioritise the build.
The planning approval process can be a challenging task but with a designer on hand they’ll help with the whole process and can even provide the documentation and drawings needed for approval. You might be thinking, I can handle planning approval without a designer just fine. And, that’s great news. However, it’s important to keep in mind that a designer can offer you more services then just assistance with planning approval.
Once your plans are approved a designer can offer you more detailed drawings for builders including items like built in furniture and fixtures, joinery and other interior details. They can also manage builders and the construction process for you.
If you've decided to go ahead without a designer, plan your space efficiently and don’t build more then you need to. If possible, have your living areas facing north. These rooms will receive the most sun in the winter and will be easy to shade in the summer, saving you on heating and cooling expenses.
Close off rooms you heat and cool most often to save energy. If you like the open-plan designs, this can still be achieved using doors or partitions.
And finally, group wet rooms, such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundries as this will help you save on plumbing costs and prohibit any water and energy wastage.
So before you start your renovations or building your new home, think seriously about how a professional designer can benefit your project and whether or not hiring one is best for you.
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