Three Central Design Guidelines for Planning for Home Construction

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Three Central Design Guidelines for Planning for Home Construction

23 November 2021
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Building a new home is the ideal option for most potential homeowners. This option, unlike buying, provides an opportunity for creating a custom house that matches your unique dreams. However, the countless possibilities can also bring rise to complications. Often, poor design choices contribute to problems like exponential building costs, unsatisfactory results and even unsound structures. Therefore, if you are interested in custom home construction, choose a qualified contractor for guidance from the planning phase. In addition, use these home design guidelines to avoid common pitfalls.

Evaluate Your Site

You should plan on maximising your lot's potential through designing for your space. In simple terms, do not create a generic design based on your imagination only. Instead, visit the site and look at the general layout of the land. Check the configuration of the space, and develop your ideas with the appearance in mind. Often, homeowners miss out on the true potential of their tract by ignoring unique features and factors. For example, if you have an irregularly shaped or sloped piece of land, you will get more by incorporating these aspects into the design.

Address Legal Issues

Do not design or build your home before understanding the legal aspects of construction in your local area. In general, a new home build requires building approval. This permit is issued once a building surveyor evaluates your plans and deems them suitable for the lot. Therefore, you must make certain that your design will meet the required standards for construction during the design. Otherwise, you will waste a lot of time on revisions and repeated permit applications. Under ideal circumstances, you should review the building codes and regulations during design. However, it is more feasible to consult an expert contractor for help.

Avoid Useless Trends

Most ideas for a custom home come from sources like magazines, social media, and home décor websites. Some of these ideas can be practically incorporated into your planned house. However, others will only result in a waste of time and money. When reviewing sources of inspiration and compiling ideas, keep a realistic mindset. For example, avoid designs that cannot be practically implemented in the local climatic conditions. Remember, some forms of construction are only feasible in certain unique environments. Also, understand other constraints like safety and security during the design. Some trends in design might look appealing, but they cannot be implemented because they will expose residents to dangers like burglary, wild animal attacks, and weather exposure. Finally, consider your budget constraints and create a design you can afford. 

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