Many of us have a vision of building and living in our dream home. It’s not always possible to buy a house that crosses every single box on our wish list, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give up. Building houses and taking on renovation and remodeling projects have become more popular in recent years. If you are thinking of going down this route, here’s a guide to everything you need to know when designing the home of your dreams

set a budget for building upfront

Perhaps the most important task to cross off your list when planning a building or renovation project is setting a budget. Taking on a fixer-upper, building your own home, or transforming an existing house is more complex than buying move-in-ready property. You will need to factor in the cost of the property and then add materials, labor, fixtures, and hiring experts to undertake work. It is essential to keep track of spending from day one and to plan in advance so that you can make sure that you can afford to take on the project. It is worth spending time contacting contractors and building firms to get quotes before you agree to go ahead with the purchase. 

find or create a floorplan you like

The prospect of undertaking a remodel or designing a home from scratch is incredibly exciting. But there is a lot to think about.  You may even doubt your decision as you start looking at plans and talking to professionals.

If you plan to build a custom home, the first step is to search for an architect. They will help you draw up plans and bounce ideas around. Look for experts who have experience in the type of build you’re taking on. From a traditional architect to professionals who have expertise in creating unique, quirky homes, look through portfolios and galleries and read testimonials before you decide which firm to hire. Take your time to digest and evaluate plans and suggestions and make sure you are 100% happy before you sign off on proposals. It’s better to make modifications early in the process. 

Bear in mind as well that you might need to take inspiration from other homes that you can find out there. You might for instance know that you want to build a luxury home on the beach, in which case looking at existing beachfront homes and seeing what their floor plan is like can be a really good idea. Don’t underestimate how important this can be.

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establish a timeframe

Every home renovation or building project is different. For prospective or existing homeowners, it’s useful to have a timeframe in mind to allow you to make plans. If you are renovating and you won’t have access to certain spaces for several weeks, consider a short0-term lease. If you’re building a house, you’ll need to know how long it will take. This way you can find the proper accommodations.

hire well

Hiring is one of the most important aspects of managing any kind of design project. It is essential to make sure that you have trust in the firms or individuals you hire and to look for companies that have an excellent track record. Read reviews, ask around for recommendations and browse examples of previous work. Meet with representatives, compare quotes and offers and try to look for value, rather than the lowest prices. 

Designing your dream home is an exhilarating prospect but it can also be time-consuming and stressful. Before you buy land or start picking out decor, it’s important to consider your budget.  Get quotes, discuss ideas and plans and locate experts with an outstanding reputation.